Letters to the Editor

From the issue of March 1, 2001

Watching Marta Perez and new airport director Angela Gittens getting hold of things here is such a refreshing change of pace. It's just too bad the less-than-honest bureaucrats so greatly outnumber them. Please protect me from the zealots out there by withholding my name. Thanks.

Name Withheld by Request
Cooper City

Marta: D-
Hey, every party has a pooper: I would like to correct the record in "Rebel with a Cause." Manty Sabates Morse is not chairwoman of the Miami-Dade County Republican Party. She was the party's chair from 1996 to 1998 but was defeated by Mary Ellen Miller, our present chairwoman.

I would like to think Mrs. Sabates Morse lost her position in the party leadership because she could not justify, or even explain, why she voted to support higher property taxes during the 1997 school-year budget.

School board chairwoman Perla Tabares Hantman notwithstanding, I would also like to think that Marta Perez was not invited to schmooze with George W. Bush because of her opposition to school vouchers, a position she too has never justified or explained. Her position is particularly ironic when you understand that most of Dr. Perez's issues are, in the final analysis, structural problems. You can debate a lot about the merits of school vouchers, but few argue the fact that they do change the structure of our present public-school system. Unfortunately Dr. Perez doesn't understand this.

David Farrar

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