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GOP may hide behind Supreme Court rulings

Members of the Grand Old Party heaved a collective sigh of relief Thursday when the U.S. Supreme Court handed down rulings on the Affordable Care Act and same-sex marriage. GOP members in Florida who are running for election or reelection, ...

Insensitive comments show lack of character

Kurtis Cook, a former volunteer who had belonged to the Mabank Fire Department in Texas, said last Thursday on a newspaper website that Dylann Roof “needs to be praised for the good deed he has done.” Roof is accused of ...

Curb juvenile delinquency

The astounding reminder that violent crimes in our community are being committed by children as young as 13 years old, should give pause. Identified as early as 1991 by a grand jury, the problem with juvenile delinquency persists. Only last ...

Miami-Dade residents need a raise

A recent meeting of Miami-Dade County Commission Chairman Jean Monestime’s Council for Prosperity Initiatives reiterated what everyone already knew: wages are too low in the county for many. Monestime identified through the American Community Survey that Miami-Dade ranked dead last ...

Don’t let the summer turn into a blood bath

The fear heard among community leaders is now that school is out, the temperatures rise and time stretches, children will be at risk for gun violence. Already, there are signs that the summer could be a bloody one. Last summer ...

Prosecutors, surprise public with police convictions

In 2012 a Cleveland police officer jumped on the hood of a car and fired 15 shots at an occupied car, after other officers on the scene had stopped shooting. In all, 137 shots were fired into the vehicle, whose ...

Housing crisis created by broken system

There is a catch 22 for those who live in slums in Miami. Because of their limited income, credit issues and perhaps criminal history, residents may have no choice but to live in housing that is sub-standard. Landlords have little ...

Despicable police conduct exposed on Miami Beach

The undesirable and despicable racist and sexist e-mails exchanged between Miami Beach police officers and exposed at a press conference last Thursday by the Miami-Dade State Attorney’s Office and the Miami Beach Police Chief Daniel Oates still convey shock but ...

My Brother’s Keeper should be Obama’s legacy

The My Brother’s Keeper Alliance announced by President Barack Obama May 4 aims to give young, Black men a chance to improve their lives. An outgrowth of the My Brother’s Keeper initiative launched more than a year ago, the nationwide ...

Miami Gardens is a city of purpose

In 2003, the City of Miami Gardens was incorporated and instantly became the third-largest city in Miami-Dade County. Twelve years later, the city continues to stretch its imagination to attain greater achievements for our residents and our children. Project developments ...

Meeting the community concerns at Liberty Square

In Miami, the Scott-Carver public housing project was no worse than other poor neighborhoods, says Yvonne Stratford, a former resi- dent and activist with the Miami Workers Center. “We had lots of generations there—grandparents and great-grandparents. We had a big ...

Another American civil war on the horizon

A civil war is defined as a war between groups in the same country. Apply that definition to what is happening between some citizens and law enforcement and it seems the United States is heading for a civil war, if ...

Where is the outcry from the community?

It seems that some of our legislators have forgotten how strenuous the testing experience can be on a child. Some of them believe that months of class instruction and homework time must reflect in a single test score. A score ...

Family income should not determine a child’s future

When I graduated from the University of Pennsylvania in the mid 90’s, I moved to New York City. And I did what most young folks did them: found the cheapest apartment I could afford in the nicest neighborhood possible. That ...

Tallahassee, leave police body cam video alone

It can be a perilously slippery slope when lawmakers try to limit public information. Sen. Chris Smith (D-Fort Lauderdale) may have had good intentions when he crafted the Senate Bill 248 but creating loopholes for police departments who choose to ...

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