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February 2013

bigstock_Mail_Button_1727945Horrors: About as Credible as the Kardashians

As a 34-year resident of Eastern Shores, and one who has been continually involved in the community, I have never heard the word “hate” used in any reference to Eastern Shores or its residents, until I read Jim W. Harper’s “Little Park of Horrors” (January 2013).

The author used the word “hate” eight times in his “Park Patrol” article to describe his perception of the Eastern Shores community with regard to children, pedestrians, parks, and of course, the Kardashians.

At this point, the only thing I hate is his article, which I find offensive, unfair, and as credible as the Kardashians.


Chuck Asarnow, president
Eastern Shores Property Owners Association

 

Horrors: Hate? Look in the Mirror, BT

Wow! Talk about hate.... Biscayne Times has it big time.

I am a happy resident of Eastern Shores. Even though we have no kids living here, my husband and I always say that we love the fact that there are so many children in the neighborhood. To hear them laugh and to see them playing together, happily, makes the community that much nicer.

We in Eastern Shores love our kids as much as families in any other part of our planet love theirs. What would make us different?

Jim W. Harper’s article seems to focus on our “hate for children” more than the tot lot. I mean, he mentions quite a few times how much we hate.

I would love to see a follow-up with an explanation, and pursuit of whatever the real issue is.

Peace and love. No room for hate here.


Marina Cacici
Eastern Shores

 

Horrors: You’re A World Traveler and This Is the Worst You’ve Seen?

To Jim W. Harper: Good grief, man! Your article seems a bit over the tot lot. Reporters like you and the Kardashians may be hated, but I’m sure the residents of Eastern Shores don’t hate children.

Perhaps the residents prefer to keep their children on the safe side of the guard gates, with all the comfort and safety of those luxurious homes overlooking the lovely canals.

Or perhaps there are not many small children who would use the lot? Did you actually interview any of the alleged baby haters? I’m sure our residents and council people would encourage the City of North Miami Beach to spruce it up if the 4000 residents of Eastern Shores had a problem with it.

I did a little research myself and can see you are a well-educated and worldly individual who has traveled six continents. And this is the worst thing you’ve ever seen?

Perhaps you should aim your rants at something affecting millions of people. Or maybe the horror the constant decline of customer service by local businesses, or the overwhelming traffic conditions during the holiday season.


Janet Masumian
Eastern Shores

 

Kent to Jack: Beware Nazis Passing as Liberals

Jack King’s commentary “Locked and Loaded,” in January’s edition of Biscayne Times, really came as no surprise, and considering your publication’s liberal-leaning slant of late, was really quite predictable.

The only rational assumption he made in the column, which I fully agree with, is the fact that most if not all Americans, irrespective of their positions on gun ownership, are thoroughly shocked and disgusted with what happened at Sandy Hook Elementary School. I would venture to say that Wayne LaPierre of the NRA feels exactly the same way.

However, for the less-than-objective folks in the mainstream media these days, Mr. King included, it is always easier to jump to quick conclusions and hop on the politically correct bandwagon, focusing on that which seems to be the most tangible cause, in this case “guns,” rather than address the intangible or the root cause of the problem, which is a culture raised and inspired by a steady diet of violence on TV, film, and video gaming.

Factor in single-working-parent homes, broken families, lack of moral and formative values, and a steady diet of pharmaceuticals to treat depression and a slew of other mental illnesses, real or imagined, and the end result is what happened at Sandy Hook.

Those of us who are in fact responsible, licensed gun owners aren’t the ones out there committing the crimes. It is the criminal or, in this case, a mentally deranged individual, using illegally obtained guns to commit the crime, and who I am guessing would be less inclined to do so if they suspected they were confronting someone with a gun.

This is precisely why most such crimes occur in states with gun laws already in place, since it is unlikely the intended victim(s) will be armed.

While I do believe certain gun-law loopholes need to be closed to mitigate the opportunity for felons or the mentally ill from obtaining weapons directly or indirectly, I suspect, as with most legislation coming out of Washington these days, that it will likely be the responsible gun owners who will end up suffering the unintended or perhaps intended consequences of whatever is signed into law. After all, it’s much easier to go after and make it harder for registered gun owners than dedicate the resources to go after unregistered weapons in the hands of criminals and other undesirables.

If there is any one thing that has established this great country for what it is, it is the Constitution on which it was founded. It appears, though, that Mr. King defines anyone who defends the Constitution as a right-wing neo-Nazi, a label I believe would apply to a majority of Americans who still value and cherish the freedoms for which it stands.

I suggest that, before putting pen to paper again, Mr. King read up on the rise of national socialism in pre-war Germany, for I believe he will find many similar parallels to the liberal-progressive movement taking root in the U.S. at the moment. National socialism gave rise to Nazism, which is on par with the eventual evolution of the progressive movement and its agenda, which is gearing more and more toward silencing opposing opinions and infringing on people’s rights and beliefs.


Kent O. Bonde
Miami Shores

 

Honor the Miami Herald’s Journalists, Not Their Masters

With respect to Erik Bojnansky’s excellent article on “Historic Monument or Monumentally Ugly” (December 2012), I can’t imagine what Miami did in the first place to deserve the Miami Herald building on its bayfront.

Nor can I think of another newspaper building -- not in Seattle, Boston, San Francisco, San Diego, Chicago, Cleveland, Baltimore, or Tampa -- that has gunked up and blocked off its city’s waterfront views. A monument to the Herald is what the Herald building is.

The Miami Herald‘s legacy, by the way, is in its people. Honor them, but don’t memorialize the building or thank its masters, who, if you’ll recall, paid $4.5 billion for Knight Ridder -- way, way too much.

With McClatchy stock now at just $3 a share on a good day, the corporate bean counters apparently decided if they couldn’t make back their money from the Herald, they’d at least sell the floor out from under it -- and to Genting, even though commercial gambling isn’t yet legal in Florida under any conditions that would be of interest to the consortium.

The Herald is no victim here. Its editorial-page writers display shameless cynicism, maintaining they have no dog in this fight even as they praise the city for rejecting historical designation. The impure motives, they say, lie with the heritage-designation supporters, incited more by antipathy toward a “mega resort” than by preservation advocacy.

Frankly, bravo to the preservationists if their actions make city planners pause for a moment and give more thought to a massive development project that will reshape the downtown area permanently, and whose owners are keen on bringing in Vegas-style casino gambling.

Those same city planners will be babes in the woods when they face Genting’s powerful political and financial lobbying efforts. Be careful what you wish for, Miami; you won’t be able to undo it.

Newspapers have always served their owners’ interests. But owners used to be local and they had to face their neighbors every day, and their interests used to be plain for all to see.

Let the “local” daily limp off into the sunset out there beyond MIA, and bring back true civic journalism.


Carmen Delgado
North Miami

 

Correction

In Erik Bojnansky’s cover story “Checking In, Checking Out” (January 2013), the name of the Shalimar Motel’s owner was misspelled. The correct spelling is Tikva Gluck.

 

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