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It’s time to lift the cone

Once again there is controversy over whether all stakeholders in the Liberty Square housing project redevelopment have been invited to the table. This time the stakeholder feeling left out is the Miami-Dade County Public Schools. The last controversy involved the ...

Request for new bids doesn’t pass smell test

Instead of being a salve for community leaders and Liberty Square residents who have been anxious of the future of the housing project, the announcement that the mayor wanted the best and final offers from the two top-ranked firms created ...

Water crisis in Flint government’s fault

The handling by all levels of government of the water crisis in Flint, Michigan has been nothing short of abominable. The residents of the mostly poor, Black suburb received little to no attention for more than a year and a ...

Ghost of Scott Carver haunts Liberty Square

Maya Angelou wrote that “History, despite its wrenching pain, cannot be unlived, but if faced with courage, need not be lived again.” Over a decade ago 1150 residents of Liberty City were told by Miami-Dade County’s Housing department that their ...

Monitor discipline at corrections department

Last week the Miami Times published an exclusive story about uneven discipline at the Miami-Dade Corrections and Rehabilitation Department, especially when it came to Black officers. Afterward, the paper received other stories about Black officers who experience harsh discipline, sometimes ...

MIA needs Chef Creole and Jackson’s

The announcement that two Black-owned restaurants are looking for space at Miami International Airport is welcome business news for Black entrepreneurs, and those who strive for a bigger piece of the lucrative economic pie. Congratulations to Miami-Dade Commissioner Barbara Jordan ...

MLK would be appalled by Black youth deaths

The Martin Luther King holiday generally is a time for reflection, reverence and revelry for the life of this nation’s greatest civil rights leader. How ironic it is that this year’s local holiday celebrations for a Black man who stood ...

Black Democrats should gather behind Hillary

With two weeks left before the first votes in Iowa, it is time for Democrats to try and steal the spotlight from the Republicans – if that is even possible. The Democratic candidates for the highest office in the nation ...

Minority contracting is the right thing to do

How commendable it is that Broward County Public Schools Superintendent Robert Runcie is committed to offering 15 percent of the district’s contracts from its voter-approved $800 million general obligation bond to Black businesses. After receiving data from a five-year disparity ...

Fixing Belafonte Tacolcy Center

The turnaround of the Belafonte TACOLCY Center is notable and remarkable. The institution that has served Liberty City since 1966 was in serious trouble in 2014 and still isn’t out of the woods. It is still carrying enormous debt -- ...

Make our homes safe havens

A 7-year-old boy lost his life Dec. 27. He was a boy with a bright future, played for the Palmetto Bay Broncos and made his family happy. His mother said she sent him to visit his cousin in Richmond Heights ...

Prevent youth from dying a violent death

I know that I speak for everyone in our law enforcement community when I say that we are all frustrated by the re-occurring pattern of violence that is leaving young Black males lying dead on our streets or critically hurt ...

Elections debacle put Haiti governing in jeopardy

The 2015 Haiti elections started as if democracy would take center stage. There were 54 candidates vying for president alone. And other offices of the government were set for elections as well. International agencies flooded the island to keep a ...

UTD is leading the way for public education

Our civil rights history has taught us that a strong and vibrant public education system is key to the future of our children. As we enter into 2016, this is as true as ever. Yet our public schools continue to ...

Peace the recipe for the holiday

The extreme violence in the Black community has brought angst to residents. Liberty Square started out the year as a community under siege by violence. Things seemed to have calmed somewhat over there but has moved into the streets of ...

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