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Edward Flattau

Park Fire Sale

Edward Flattau | Posted April 10, 2012

As the chairman of the House Energy Subcommittee on Investigations, Rep. Cliff Stearns, R-Fla., is a powerful force in Republican congressional ranks. That said, when he recently suggested the federal government sell off some of our national parks to reduce the budget deficit, was he reflecting the prevailing...

Isabel Otero

The Ozzie Guillen Political Correct-mess

Isabel Otero | Posted April 11, 2012

Lately those in the public eye seem to have reverted back to Cold-War memes where someone, most prominently Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney, can call Russia our "No. 1 geopolitical foe." I am not sure if this is nostalgia or a sincere attempt to find something to argue about. This...

Subhash Kateel

What the Polls Don't Ask, But the Comment Boards Answer, About Trayvon

Subhash Kateel | Posted April 10, 2012

Online comment sections in most newspapers are rarely the best place for thoughtful dialog on controversial issues of the day. Which is why I glance at the comments under the Miami Herald articles covering Trayvon Martin's shooting with very low expectations. But last week, I saw a brief conversation that...

Roberta Brandes Gratz

Walk, Observe, Discuss

Roberta Brandes Gratz | Posted April 11, 2012

Jane Jacobs changed the way we look and think about cities. In her seminal book, Death and Life of Great American Cities, she helped us see the multiple and diverse elements that make up the fine-grained texture that is a real urban place. She empowered everyone to have confidence in...

Rev. Al Sharpton

The Trayvon Martin and Tulsa Shootings: The Time for Inaction Is Over

Rev. Al Sharpton | Posted April 10, 2012

Most young people today have studied the stories of the great civil rights struggle in this country and the heroic acts of many from all walks of life that eventually brought about change in America. While older generations may recall segregation or the disturbing days of water hoses and police...

Ken Blackwell

The Truth About "Stand Your Ground" Laws

Ken Blackwell | Posted April 13, 2012

Sadly, some are exploiting the Trayvon Martin shooting to target self-defense laws that protect innocent lives. These laws safeguard law-abiding and peaceable citizens, and are not to blame in the tragic Florida incident. Stand your ground laws did not apply in that situation, and statements to the contrary are irresponsible...