Both the Corps and the SFWMD make it appear that they would like to put more water into the northeast Shark River slough but they can't because it would flood us. They fail to mention that if we were flooded, the sparrow habitat just south of us would also be flooded.

The Corps states that they are unable to provide us with flood protection because their sponsoring agency, the SFWMD, will not approve the project and they can only do what their sponsor will allow them to do. The Corps also states that money for the project is held by Everglades National Park and the park will not release it. The Corps tells me they would have provided us with some form of flood protection years ago if not for these hindrances.

The agencies involved in the restoration effort are to blame for this mess. In the meantime a species may become extinct while government agencies bicker over who is supposed to do what. The sparrows have people to stand up for their rights. We have no one to speak for us, and no one will listen to our side of the story.

Madeleine Fortin
Southwest Dade

That Darn Herald -- You Tell 'Em, Hugh
Having read Peter Eisner's article "Uncertain Justice" (March 26) about Manuel Noriega, I believe Eisner was engaged in an attempt to drum up sales for his revisionist-history text America's Prisoner. I found his article to be as dubious as the 1993 documentary The Panama Deception.

It is interesting that Eisner made no mention of Luis E. Murillo's book The Noriega Mess: The Drugs, the Canal, and Why America Invaded. For readers who are serious about learning the sad history of the Panamanian dictatorship, Murillo's work is a must-read.

Furthermore, it is obvious that the Mossad agent Eisner quotes is the infamous Mike Harari. To present Harari's statement that Noriega was never involved in drug-running is nothing short of intellectual prostitution. This would be comparable to presenting Hermann Goering as a character witness for Hitler.

It angers me to think that ignorant people will read Eisner's article and accept his arguments as facts. In the future, I hope the Miami Herald will print less supermarket-tabloid material.

Hugh A. Meagher
Panama City, Panama

Noriega, Our Dreyfus
Your paper is like an Emile Zola in a sea of Citizen Hearsts, yellow journalism, and trendy headlines with faux-caustic ironies. Manuel Noriega was already tried and convicted by the media before he could get a fair trial (New Times is the exception to the rule).

Noriega is more like a political prisoner than a criminal. His only crime? Deconstructing the plush capital base built up by Torrijos, Barletta, and Delvalle, who, with a little help from the United States, built up their monopolistic empires. No longer useful to our country, the obstinate Noriega (poor bastard) was vilified and dragged out of office under the guise of being a drug trafficker. Imagine somebody else coming here and removing our president's behind from the Oval Office.

The Pandora's box opened by Peter Eisner revealed refutable testimony, phantom documents, and very questionable plea-bargain arrangements. Does anybody else smell a Machiavellian rat? It's about time we told Monroe and Manifest Destiny to hit the road and let some of these countries work out their own problems. Somebody needs to let that man out of jail!

Manny Losada

Cuba Is Colorblind (and Other Myths)
This is in response to Kathy Glasgow's article "La Vida Dura" (March 12): Oftentimes when black Americans speak of the social injustices they endure because of their race, Cubans are the first to point out that there is no racism in their homeland.

More than once a white Cuban would say there are no race distinctions in Cuba, there never have been, and that all the people are just Cuban, not black and not white. But then it is those same Cubans who called that black musician a "nigger" when he refused to take a political stand. It is those same Cubans who fling around the word negra when I walk into a room filled with Cubans.

This is not to say that all Cubans are racists or that they are more prone to racism than anyone else. As a matter of fact, when I was a student at Miami Beach Senior High School, a Cuban, Rey Delgado, got me interested in pursuing a career in journalism.

The point I am making is this: Racism exists. And for Cubans to cry racism when they are linked with scandal, then cry paranoia when a black man or woman cries racism is plain hypocrisy. It's ridiculous.

For the first time in a long time, I read an article that brought me a realistic view of life in Cuba. For the first time in a long time, someone wrote about Cuba and focused on a group of people who are often ignored when we speak of Cuba. For the first time in a long time, I read a story about Cuba that I could relate to. Thank you, Kathy Glasgow and New Times.

Gariot Louisna

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