Go back or stick around, that is the question: It is a stark contrast to read yet another horror story about Haitians treated like dogs by our racist government (Janine Zeitlin and Amy Guthrie, "Washed Up," November 29) and then hear Mitt Romney pander to the "Calle Ocho Warriors," saying that he would like for twice as many Cubans to come to America to live. Of course, like most Republicans, it must have slipped his mind that these people would all be illegal aliens — people his party finds lower than whale turd at the bottom of the deep blue sea! But never mind the law... Cubans are the only Hispanic group that votes overwhelmingly for the GOP, once they use their preferential treatment and become American citizens. No wonder Mittens wants more of them here! In the meantime, Haitians will continue to wash up on our shores or die trying — and will be sent back to Haiti.
How we fight terrorism: After reading Bob Norman's article "Have Terror, Will Travel" (November 22), I was enlightened about the Liberty City Seven terrorism trial.
At the Miami Book Fair, I heard retired four-star Gen. Wesley Clark talk about how the whole operation of FBI/CIA/Homeland Security to combat terrorism by any means has put our country more at risk for a terrorist attack because of the incompetence of the Bush administration. If the American people knew what was going on behind the scenes of these agencies, they would create an outcry and a demand for answers to hard questions about the credibility of people in key positions who are running the country and the war.
Former FBI agent James Wedick said, "The single most important factor when evaluating an informant's suitability is truthfulness." That was obviously not used as a standard for evidence from Assad and Al-Saidi in the Liberty City Seven case.
Long drive for the money: I am writing about Isaiah Thompson's November 22 article "Rent to Moan." I rented from Dadeland Place (after management assumed my lease) for about nine months, and it was a living hell. Everything written in the article is on point. Sadly, this has been the condition of the building — bare floors and all — since October of last year. I was a student and as such was essentially forced to live there. They assumed my lease and started being slumlords around October, and there was no way I could find an eight-month lease or afford another place. After I moved out, they kept my $3,300 deposit. It took nearly two months on the phone, threatening to sue them, and having to drive to Miami from North Carolina to get my deposit back.
Count me out: As an elected official in Dania Beach, I resent the article "Wish I Was in Dixie" (Ashley Harrell, November 15). There were many incorrect statements in the article. The one in particular I find to be ludicrous and ridiculous links me, of all people, a black man, to being part of the town's leadership that comes largely from "a small-entrenched group" in which many mayors and city commissioners have been elected four and five times.
For your information, my first time on the commission was 1993, serving until 1997. I wasn't elected again until March 2007, ten years later. Linking me with others is not only grossly erroneous but completely absurd. I am writing to set the record straight. My reputation and character are impeccable and above reproach. The great granddaddy of all elected officials in Dania Beach is John Bertino, who has served six terms (30 years) while I have had a measly one term (four years).
Kaufman speaks forsomeof us: I listened to Joyce Kaufman years ago ("Talking Up a Storm," Amy Guthrie, October 25), back in the old Al Rantel/Steve Kane days, and wasn't all that big a fan. I found her again on WFTL just as she took up the fight against illegal immigration. Wow, talk about a talk-show host being born again! She has me listening most every day and calling in on occasion. Joyce says exactly what I and many Americans in South Florida feel about illegal aliens — the preservation of our language and our country's sovereignty. Though Joyce is of Hispanic descent, she doesn't pander to South Florida's Hispanic population. We Americans in South Florida have long been fed up with taking a back seat to those who have migrated here illegally and those here legally who don't care to speak the language of this country or assimilate.
Name withheld by request
In the November 22 "Wrappin' " section of New Times, the Margate shop Atlantic Bicycle was mistakenly identified as Atlantic Bikes.