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Sick city hall needs to prove it’s acting for public’s benefit

Coronavirus is crippling China. Miami suffers from its own contagious virus, spreading rapidly at city hall. In both cases, cause and cure are elusive. You can gauge city hall’s health by the two final items on next…

Ratchet up Miami-Dade’s spectacular unemployment count

Ratchet up Miami-Dade’s spectacular unemployment count

Two weeks ago this space was titled “Miami-Dade’s 1.8% unemployment is spectacular – if true.” While the widely touted figure remains spectacular, it definitely isn’t true. The real figure is…

Act in haste on public-private land deals, repent at leisure

Act in haste on public-private land deals, repent at leisure

Alarms rang in Miami when an unstable city commission talked of undoing a riverfront land swap for a new administration building. The complex deal with a subsidiary of The Adler…

Miami-Dade’s 1.8% unemployment is spectacular – if true

Miami-Dade’s 1.8% unemployment is spectacular – if true

The news was so good Friday that I couldn’t believe it, but there it was: Miami-Dade County’s unemployment rate had hit its lowest point ever – by far. From November’s…

State tourism spending cut failed; instead, try increasing it

State tourism spending cut failed; instead, try increasing it

Florida tourism officials this week are in Tallahassee making a case for keeping their state marketing arm alive. Our thriving real estate industry – and others – should be at…

Miami needs to patch up its commission mess on live TV

Miami needs to patch up its commission mess on live TV

When Miamians elected five commissioners, we presumed they aimed to do their best for the city. We still believe that. But they’re making it mighty hard for us to see…

In Melreese talks, safeguard public interest, not dollar sign

In Melreese talks, safeguard public interest, not dollar sign

As Miami awaits terms due in May to lease Melreese Golf Course for mega-complex Miami Freedom Park, officials should use the precious months to probe why they’re caught up in…

It’s intellectual flu season: legislature again targets beliefs

It’s intellectual flu season: legislature again targets beliefs

The legislature is again being asked to order a probe into the minds of every faculty member and student in every public Florida university. We test learning regularly, but this…

Among our bucketful of mobility ideas, let’s let some get out

Among our bucketful of mobility ideas, let’s let some get out

You know the crabs-in-a-bucket story? One crab trapped in a bucket can easily climb out, but with a bucket full of crabs those that lag behind will pull the leader…

County commissioners are right: contracts aren’t their duty

County commissioners are right: contracts aren’t their duty

A tough but correct call by Miami-Dade commissioners will save tens of millions of dollars while vastly accelerating upgrade of the county’s top economic engine, Miami International Airport. Saving money…

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