"It ain't where you're from, it's where you're at." With that in mind, let's go Heat. No one can debate how good their game is. So when the NBA finals begin tonight with the jump ball, I know who I am rooting for. But it is not Micky Arison.
We want the people who claim to love our city to step up and prove it. Carnival and Micky Arison need to pay their fair share and be real leaders in a city facing budget cuts, foreclosures and high unemployment.
Carnival Cruise Lines, who made over $11 billion in profits in the last five years, paid just 1% of their profits in taxes. This while one of the largest public hospitals in the South East is laying off thousand of employees.
As a journalist, I was disturbed by the media's negligence as the disaster unfolded. What I observed was a story of slow-off-the-mark reporting and appalling insensitivity on the part of Carnival Corp. and at least two TV networks.