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Heed county’s sham request: broaden open government

Heed county’s sham request: broaden open government

A call to open more state lawmaking to view won near-unanimous Miami-Dade commission approval last week. It was so on target that you’d wish they meant it. Unfortunately, it was…

Billy, stop watching TV and go battle for global supremacy

Billy, stop watching TV and go battle for global supremacy

You wouldn’t play in the National Football League using the local Pee Wee League champs. You wouldn’t ask the high school aviation club to pilot the American Airlines fleet. You…

News flash to voters: repaying county bonds costs money

News flash to voters: repaying county bonds costs money

Commissioners have allowed voters to know that general obligation bonds are repaid from property taxes. In Miami-Dade, that simple truth is a step in candor. It is not the great…

Government flip-flops on bids burn businesses, taxpayers

Government flip-flops on bids burn businesses, taxpayers

Irresponsible bid handling by Miami-Dade governments is costing businesses and taxpayers hundreds of millions. Bidders incur high costs. Every time government changes its mind and starts over, bid expenses become…

Mr. Manners’ five solutions to the Miami RSVP dilemma

Mr. Manners’ five solutions to the Miami RSVP dilemma

Our Etiquette Department has received many requests (all from one person) to explain the mysterious term “RSVP.” Our serial requester makes that plea every time we go to one of…

Malaysian giant stakes casino gambit on illegal foreign labor

Malaysian giant stakes casino gambit on illegal foreign labor

If you harbor even a sliver of doubt about how promises Genting made in seeking a Miami mega-casino would play out, its pleas in federal court last week tell you…

How tilting the playing field spilled millions in Homestead

How tilting the playing field spilled millions in Homestead

Homestead just learned a painful lesson: anti-competitive policies cost taxpayers millions. If city commissioners are wise, they’ll take that lesson to heart and undo a policy that gives local bidders…

Miami needs to make hard choice on trolley service now

Miami needs to make hard choice on trolley service now

Miami’s trolleys, like most mass transit, lose money. The more riders, routes and amenities, the more the system loses. Not a good business model. But commissioners never planned for a…

This father-son lease by county hall is too close for comfort

This father-son lease by county hall is too close for comfort

A county lease in the making sets off loud alarm bells that seem to fall on deaf commission ears. The lease for a local office for Commissioner Bruno Barreiro could…

If taxis are a public service, who exactly do they serve?

If taxis are a public service, who exactly do they serve?

Do taxicabs exist to serve passengers, or does the public ride merely to serve taxi companies? The answer is obvious, isn’t it? Everybody knows that taxis are licensed only to…

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