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Dr. King would be appalled by this stunt | Editorial

Tue, 17 Jan 2017 15:07:00 PST

It should be embarrassing to any participant that Dr. Martin Luther King's name is somehow linked to this ridiculous stunt.

As if Dr. King would somehow be honored that his name is involved with creating chaos on our streets, blocking traffic, speeding through red lights and creating enough havoc...


Despite nasty Russian rumors, Trump can prove he's legit | Opinion

Tue, 17 Jan 2017 15:08:00 PST

As our new president prepares to take the oath of office, Republicans desperately dispute every suggestion that Russian meddling influenced the election. Of particular concern is the allegation that Russia has in its possession evidence that Donald Trump committed depraved acts and can use that...


Rush an Obamacare repeal? Get a second opinion | Opinion

Tue, 17 Jan 2017 15:08:00 PST

Though Donald Trump wants to dump the Affordable Care Act 10 minutes after he takes office, one potential alternative already is in the emergency room with a sucking chest wound.

On Tuesday, the Congressional Budget Office released its analysis of a Republican plan Congress approved last February...


Boycotting Donald Trump's inauguration is disrespectful | Opinion

Tue, 17 Jan 2017 11:43:00 PST

Liberal lawmakers and others who find the prospect of a Donald Trump presidency untenable are busy making plans to be anywhere but Washington come Friday, when Chief Justice John Roberts asks one of the biggest purveyors of falsehoods in modern memory to swear on a Bible to uphold the Constitution....


Hackers are lurking, and we must protect ourselves | Opinion

Tue, 17 Jan 2017 09:53:00 PST

"You say it can't happen to you, until it happens to you." These were Miami Beach Mayor Philip Levine's words after the city discovered that $3.6 million was stolen from a government bank account, possibly by a hacker.

It is unclear exactly what happened, but all signs seem to point to a failure...


Point: Shut down the VA and give funds to veterans | Opinion

Tue, 17 Jan 2017 04:24:00 PST

It's disgraceful that we're still debating how to fix the dysfunctional Department of Veterans Affairs health care system. It ought to be shut down.

No other public servants, active or retired, are forced to go to government-owned hospitals for care. So why are veterans?

Public disgust with the...


Counterpoint: VA badly broken — but fix it, don't kill it | Opinion

Tue, 17 Jan 2017 04:24:00 PST

The federal system that cares for millions of our veterans is badly broken, but dumping the problem in the lap of private medicine won't fix it.

The endless problems and scandals at the Department of Veterans Affairs have renewed calls for creating a voucher system that would transfer VA health...


Confirm Rex Tillerson, cross fingers and pray | Editorial

Mon, 16 Jan 2017 03:35:00 PST

Florida Sen. Marco Rubio said after questioning Rex Tillerson that he was "concerned" about some things Tillerson said and "encouraged" by others.

We understand the feeling. After listening to Sen. Rubio's excellent questioning for the Foreign Relations Committee, it is an understatement to say...


A word before you go, Mrs. Obama — Must you? | Opinion

Mon, 16 Jan 2017 03:45:00 PST

Don't go, first lady.

I realize this is an impossible request, but it's my gut reaction nonetheless to the fact that in just a few days we are losing a national treasure.

Michelle LaVaughn Robinson Obama has exhibited style, grace and compassion in a highly visible, highly scrutinized position...


MLK Day quiz — test your knowledge | Opinion

Mon, 16 Jan 2017 06:00:00 PST

One of the greatest leaders of 20th century America, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., challenged the United States to uphold the promise of the Declaration of Independence that all men be guaranteed the unalienable rights of life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.

During his 13 years of service...


NRA’s Hammer: Mental illness is the issue | Opinion

Sat, 14 Jan 2017 14:27:00 PST

Marion Hammer, the longtime face of the NRA in Florida, was quick to return my call.

It was a couple days after Esteban Santiago, an Iraqi war veteran with a history of mental illness, retrieved his handgun from baggage claim at Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport and proceeded to shoot...


Florida leaders offer thoughts, solutions after airport shooting

Sat, 14 Jan 2017 13:31:00 PST

We asked Florida government leaders, as well as our congressional delegation, what they learned from the airport shooting and what can be done to prevent more such incidents. All but Florida Senate President Joe Negron responded. Here's what they said. Gov. Rick Scott The attack last week at Ft....(image)

Trust me, you'll miss Obama plenty | Opinion

Sat, 14 Jan 2017 14:33:00 PST

I miss Barack Obama already, even though he has a few more days to live in the White House.

A lot of you may not miss him immediately, but you will soon enough. Obama might not push Teddy Roosevelt off Mount Rushmore, but history will regard him as a great president.

For eight years, Obama's critics...


South Florida 100 Forum January 15

Sat, 14 Jan 2017 20:58:00 PST

South Florida's most influential people weigh in on current events. Read their thoughts on the biggest stories of the week and see what they think will make headlines next week. John "Jack" P. Seiler, mayor, Fort Lauderdale Last week: We grieve for the innocent victims and everyone affected by...(image)

Democrats shouldn't play revenge game | Opinion

Sat, 14 Jan 2017 06:25:00 PST

"In taking revenge, a man is but even with his enemy; but in passing it over, he is superior" — Sir Francis Bacon.

Soul searching Congressional Democrats should take those centuries old words of wisdom to heart when Donald Trump is sworn in to office on Friday.

For eight years they watched their...


Trump should let Obama's Cuba decision stand | Editorial

Fri, 13 Jan 2017 10:55:00 PST

There’s no solution to the half-century old Cuba problem that will satisfy everyone, but we strongly believe President Obama made the right decision to end the troubled “wet foot, dry foot” policy.For years, the Sun Sentinel Editorial Board has called for an end to a well-meaning but dangerous...


Obama slams the door on Cubans fleeing Castro | Opinion

Fri, 13 Jan 2017 09:48:00 PST

The announcement that President Barack Obama has rescinded the so-called "wet foot, dry foot" policy for Cubans fleeing Castro is another example of a heartless foreign policy developed in secrecy without public discussion, and apparently without consultation with the U.S. Congress. Not even the...


It's past time to restore ex-felons' rights | Editorial

Thu, 12 Jan 2017 14:27:00 PST

For a state that likes to think of itself as forward-thinking and culturally cutting edge, Florida is often way behind the times.

We were among the last states to allow same-sex marriage. And we were among the last to give gays and lesbians the right to adopt.

Then there is the matter of restoring...


It's time to pass mental health legislation that makes us safer | Opinion

Thu, 12 Jan 2017 12:04:00 PST

Representing North Florida in Congress, I worked closely with the region's many county sheriffs and municipal police chiefs and listened to their concerns and ideas for making our communities safer.

Serving in areas as diverse as urban Tallahassee and rural Liberty County, those law enforcement...


If you expected mellower Trump, forget it | Editorial

Wed, 11 Jan 2017 13:49:00 PST

He was combative, angry, hostile toward his perceived enemies, defiant, evasive, and not the least bit humbled about the office he is about to enter.

In other words, President-elect Donald Trump was unchanged from the volatile man we saw on the campaign trail as he held his first news conference...


How BuzzFeed crossed the line in publishing salacious 'dossier' on Trump | Opinion

Wed, 11 Jan 2017 10:17:00 PST

Where does transparency meet irresponsibility? Right at the line that BuzzFeed's editor Ben Smith approached on Tuesday and decided to step over in the name of serving citizens' best interests.

With caveats and explanations aplenty, Smith published a 35-page "dossier" — actually just a bunch of...


Obama inspires while Trump divides | Opinion

Tue, 10 Jan 2017 19:14:00 PST

No matter what you think of President Barack Obama's eight years in office — and make no mistake, history will reflect kindly on him — only the most illogical Obama haters can deny we're losing someone special.On a week when President-elect Donald Trump's thin skin nearly slipped off his bones,...


Puerto Rican statehood can wait; economy can't | Editorial

Tue, 10 Jan 2017 13:50:00 PST

Puerto Rico should shed its status as a U.S. territory, either by becoming the 51st state or by establishing full independence. But that is a "some day" goal. Puerto Rico's more immediate goal must be to shed its status as an economic disaster.

Puerto Rico's new governor, Ricardo Rossello, was...


From Aleppo to our airport, failures of official courage | Opinion

Tue, 10 Jan 2017 14:09:00 PST

Is there any connection between the carnage in Aleppo, Syria, and the carnage at Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport? Or between those two tragedies and the carnage at the Pulse night club in Orlando. I don't mean a direct link, such as some underground terrorist connection. But I think...


If Trump doesn't divest, GOP should not sell out

Tue, 10 Jan 2017 14:10:00 PST

We will learn this week whether Republicans want to set a standard for accountability or hypocrisy.

Hearings are underway for Donald Trump's Cabinet nominees. Many have not completed the Office of Government Ethics Form 278, which requires appointees to publicly disclose their finances. Traditionally,...