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UM’s trustees must lead so that a new president does too

UM’s trustees must lead so that a new president does too

University of Miami trustees have a golden opportunity as they replace their retiring president to sharpen the vision of the university’s mission and future and select the person most likely…

Roots of airport contract cheating reach back to county hall

Roots of airport contract cheating reach back to county hall

In a dirty game, many of 400 to 500 firms holding contracts at Miami International Airport routinely underpay the county by as much as $3 million apiece. Now that Commissioner…

Fare’s fair: Metromover rides are too useful to give away

Fare’s fair: Metromover rides are too useful to give away

An old can of worms flew open this week as two county commissioners offered a plan to charge actual cash for the privilege of riding public transit downtown. They’re absolutely…

Yes, Pamela, more true thinkers do come to Miami than flee

Yes, Pamela, more true thinkers do come to Miami than flee

A flock of folks have been all atwitter about an opinion piece by a former Miamian that essentially says we’re a city of birdbrains. Pamela Druckerman carefully researched her piece…

Debate public-private deals before they’re set in concrete

Debate public-private deals before they’re set in concrete

Governments are signing more public-private partnerships, a healthy trend – that is, if deals serve a public interest and don’t crowd out pressing needs. Last week we wrote about two…

Big-time college sports headed for a paycheck touchdown

Big-time college sports headed for a paycheck touchdown

Last week Florida International University unveiled a three-year naming rights deal with Ocean Bank to get income from its football stadium. Two days later a federal judge ruled that top-tier…

Who really stole those missing millions from the airport?

Who really stole those missing millions from the airport?

Maybe you read the main story in the daily paper Friday: three managers of a small lounge at Miami International Airport were charged with funneling millions intended for the county…

With railway’s benefits so great, don’t get left at the station

With railway’s benefits so great, don’t get left at the station

A plan for privately-built fast passenger rail linking Miami and Orlando offers such great benefits here that you’d think it would be all aboard with All Aboard Florida. Imagine cashing…

Miami needs to become exceptional, not merely excessive

Miami needs to become exceptional, not merely excessive

How much is too much, how many too many? When, in fact, is bigger not better? Welcome to Miami, land of excess. This is the place where nobody knows how…

County pilots Airport City toward high-cost crash landing

County pilots Airport City toward high-cost crash landing

Airport City began as a model to help fund a $6.2 billion Miami International Airport expansion. Today it’s the poster boy for failed contracts that raise costs in other bidding…

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