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March 2017

bigstock_Mail_Button_1727945From Soaring to Sinking

I was delighted with your front page and very nice article by Janet Goodman about Pelican Harbor Seabird Station (“Taking Flight,” February 2017). It’s a wonderful article, to the point that I wanted to spend some advertising budget with your magazine.

Unfortunately, I found then the column written by Jack King (“In the Realm of Alternative Facts,” February 2017), and this completely turned down my enthusiasm.

His article full of partisan rude judgments is a disgrace for your magazine due to the negative energy leaking from each and every comment.

I left my country 20 years ago due to people like him, who believe they have to share their ideas and opinions with the world.

I do feel that, like it or not, even Trump voters are reading Biscayne Times, which last time I checked, is not a political debate publication or the Facebook page of your writer.

Yveline Andrieu
Fort Lauderdale


King Is the Problem

I’m writing about Jack King’s racist article “In the Realm of Alternative Facts.”

It’s okay to give an opinion, and to write an anti-Trump article, even though it’s not original.

It’s not okay to insult Trump voters and to make racist comments.

I don’t appreciate this writer talking about “the brain-dead middle of the country, mostly white.”

Don’t you ever think some of your readers are not liberals/progressive people and that they get tired of being insulted all day long by the media?

Jack King is complaining about the non-voters. Maybe people like him are part of the problem. If you vote and 90 percent of the media tell you the president is illegitimate, why would I move my ass to vote?

I will not read Biscayne Times again.

B. Brian Paran


Welfare Parasites Adore King

Why do you have to ruin your paper with articles like Jack King’s February column, “In the Realm of Alternative Facts”?

Don’t you realize that the voters voted and the election is over? And that articles like this one are not liked?

The Herald, the New York Times etc. are going down the tubes for catering to non-buying, non-reading populations.

Food-stampers and welfare parasites are the ones who like articles like this.

If you don’t believe me, just ask around. And don’t believe the polls like CNN, MSNBC, New York Times. Those were the ones that convinced everyone Hillary was going to win.

And that’s why you and they cannot get over it.

Name Withheld by Request


King Has a Fan!

It was a pleasure to read Jack King’s article “In the Realm of Alternative Facts.”

I’ve been upset with the election results, but even more so in the last two weeks. To sit back and see Trump destroy everything Obama did to protect us is inconceivable. How can greed and evil just take over?

Right now we don’t even have a separation of powers. I’m so sorry for our country. I’m not worried as a member of a political party -- I’m worried as an American, for our country and the world.

Trump reminds me a lot of Hugo Chávez. A dictator on the left or on the right has the same personality. The constant lying, insults, lack of moral values, lack of empathy.

It seems as though we’re setting new norms, and I’m not proud. Trump does not represent most American values.

Dulce Noguera


Residents May Brag but the Results Are a Drag

While some local residents, responding to Erik Bojnansky’s “This Land Is Your Land -- Or Should Be” (February 2017), keep butchering any single project proposed in the area, the Biscayne Boulevard corridor is still a dark, desolated, and uninviting compilation of chain-link fences.

They fight in the name of the neighborhood, but so far no one has a practical plan for Miami’s Upper Eastside vacant lots. They brag about the intensity of their fight, but instead of being part of the solution, they’re a key component of the problem that keeps the MiMo Historic District from becoming the young and vibrant area we all want it to be.

Local businesses keep suffering because of the lack of parking and the scarce pedestrian traffic along the corridor. One wonders how many of the 275 people who went to that town hall meeting on January 18 drove to the Legion Park Community Center instead of walking.

On the other hand, our local authorities couldn’t be happier witnessing the show some of those neighbors are putting together; they’re giving them a green light to approve any crappy, poorly designed structure proposed for the area, as long it’s freestanding, restricted commercial, and not taller than 30 feet.

Jorge Sanchez
Palm Grove


Neighborhoods Who Play Together...

Neighborhood correspondent John Ise nails it again, correctly pointing out that crime is actually down in Miami Shores and the nation (“Information Saturation,” February 2017). I, too, am grateful that the village has tried to keep us up to date on hovering helicopters and apprehensions in progress, but social media is a double-edged sword.

Each time I’m made aware of something related to crime in my Shores neighborhood, I see an equally unhelpful social media post with an otherwise well-meaning resident saying something like this: “ANOTHER robbery near my house. DISGRACE!”

Last week, after getting home, I went to the end of my driveway to retrieve our trash can. Our ten-year-old neighbor across the street called out, asking if I wanted to see a magic trick.

He was good, and I went inside to get my husband and daughter. Within minutes another neighbor, a college kid, came over. Then his mother joined us. This impromptu magic show lasted nearly half an hour.

I heartily recommend that we all get outside, be with people, and stop being paranoid. There’s enough to worry about with what’s happening in Washington; let’s not overreact to a few car break-ins.

Jesse Walters, executive director
Greater Miami Shores Chamber of Commerce


Don’t Be Like Us

After reading Francisco Alvarado’s article “Could Be a Code Breaker” (February 2017), I just had to say that, as a resident of North Miami, I couldn’t agree more with Regina Vlasek’s statement about “not wanting to be like North Miami.”

We have illegal trucks parked overnight on weekends, developers working loudly on Sundays, trash-dumping on neighbors’ properties, loud noise and partying into the wee hours, speeding boats in canals.

Keep up the good work, Miami Shores, and suggest that your unhappy residents move to North Miami!

Roberta Leonard
North Miami


Chinatown? Why Not?

Erik Bojnansky’s “Chasing Magic Dragons” (January 2017) has an all-inclusive depth and objectivity that is pleasing to someone who actually reads what is written.

So for starters, we are of German descent and enjoy the ethnic diversity of Miami-Dade County. We are also retired and have the time to shop for the best and the freshest at the best prices throughout the county.

There are Chinese eateries in town, but most look not very appetizing. The ones we go to are mostly of an Asian mix of Japanese, Thai, Vietnamese, Korean, Indian, and some Chinese.

The area your article is talking about [NW 7th Avenue] has indeed been blighted since we came to Miami in 1970.

We live on the edge of North Miami Beach and are delighted by the entrepreneurial spirit exhibited among Haitians and other immigrants, in contrast to so many native American blacks. I don’t know what it takes to get these folks up to par or to excel.

There are huge stretches along Biscayne Boulevard that cry for development, but with each new development traffic is bound to get worse. NW 7th Avenue is, for insiders, an escape route -- nothing more, fly-over country in popular speech -- it’s unexplainable to me that some folks living along that stretch worry so much about change. Nothing is static in this world, and a fresh breeze should be welcome along that stretch.

The Roads changed from a blighted single-family neighborhood to a highly desirable residential jewel. In time, real estate prices started to increase. Folks were able to sell their houses with a gain and move to places they most certainly would have preferred to live in but could not afford.

The idea of a designated Chinatown would sit very well with us -- not so much as a residential value, but as an entertainment, shopping, dining-out alternative and tourist attraction.

Chinatown is a reflection of the competitive spirit of the city fathers of North Miami, and I congratulate them in their efforts in providing employment opportunities for those who do not want to move.

Helmut Hauser
North Miami Beach


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