Letters from the issue of March 3, 2011

Crime and Punishment

No second chance: You claim in your article about the Haitian criminals being deported that Wildrick Guerrier, who died, possibly of cholera, after he was sent home, was an innocent man ("Death by Deportation," Chuck Strouse, February 24). This man was a multiple felon that still chose to break the law after being given probation. How many chances should a person be given? When he took probation, the judge told him that doing so could lead to his deportation and he chose to violate by leaving the house when he was not supposed to, having a knife that he was not permitted to have, and being in possession of a gun. That sounds like someone that should have been deported sooner. His death is unfortunate, but if he stayed in the U.S. he may have murdered an actual "innocent" person. Now that would have been tragic. Why does a "soft-spoken, nice guy who would not attack or hurt someone" need all those weapons for? Maybe to fight off the police the next time they try and pull him over while transporting cocaine.

Sean Ballesteros

Born in the USA: Guerrier kicked a cop in the nuts? Did I read that right ? I don't think I would do that, and I'm white, here legally, and a fourth generation American.


No exceptions: I feel bad for the Haitian community, but the writer should write about the whole deportation process. It is the same for Central Americans and everybody else, and they have been doing it the same way for years. How come now it is only not fair for Haitians? This guy had a criminal record, so what makes him exempt from the law?


Death behind bars: The real issue I have is that when they get deported they end up in Haitian jails. I know a couple of deportees who are successful business people in Haiti, but I suppose if you were unproductive in the U.S., then you're probably going to be worse off in Haiti. So going to Haiti itself is not a death sentence, but ending up in a Haitian jail may be.


Send them home: The law is clear, foreign nationals who commit felonies must be deported. Why should we shelter Haiti's criminals?


Think again: We don't deport Cubans who have committed felonies. Do you ever wonder why?


Dread Scott

Foot-in-mouth disease: Thanks, Mr. Campbell. Loved your column about Governor Rick Scott assuming all blacks were once poor and from the projects ("Luke's Gospel," Luther Campbell, February 24). Once again, Scott really "put his foot on his mouth."


True stereotype: Rick Scott spoke the truth, and I can't fault him for that. Most of those blacks were from the projects, low income, etc. So why get so defensive. He wasn't putting anyone down.


Black like me: Rick Scott was talking to a group of black professionals who most likely didn't grow up in poverty. A lot of black people have never seen the projects, and I am one of them.

Janee Blackwell

Wake up: Rick Scott eventually will irreversibly damage the future of Florida. He is making himself rich at the sacrifice of the people who live here, including the dummies who voted for him. He uses deceptive tactics to fool the public to get what he wants and afterward laughs his way all the way to the bank.


Fishy Service

Disappointed: Who's minding the kitchen at the Rickenbacker Fish Company Restaurant ("The Fish Is for the Dogs," Lee Klein, February 24)? It's a shame to have this nice-looking restaurant with subpar service and food preparation. Quite frankly, when I read their menu on their website, I was somewhat disappointed because I thought it sounded like something from the late '70s or early '80s. I worked at the original Horatio's (the building they are in) when it opened in December 1985 and was excited that someone was going to go in and remodel and institute a new menu. Training is the most important part of cooking; consistency is key! As a former chef, I always told applicants that I was interviewing, "If you're here to work your 8 hours (clock punchers) and leave, don't bother applying. I want someone who has a passion for food!" It sounds as if they'd better find a chef who has stricter standards in the kitchen. In my book, you're only as good as your last plate to leave the line... My friends and I have been long-long time residents of this area, so we have fully informed as many people as we could about this place and hope its stay will be short lived. Thanks for your truthfulness.

Victor Glaser

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I know you have never been in that situation, so how can you speak not every one getting deported on the same thing and futher more some peopl dont know about deportation because they get brought over very young and even so some people who commit crimes dont get told that it will mess up there immigration status in the us. Then i know you never looked into deprotation laws because wether you know it you can get deported for a DUI's and even if you get in trouble for a small crime that we consider a misd. is a deportble crime even if you get to many parking tickits. so i hope they just stay in the house because just spitting on the floor they could get deported. you can even go to court pled guilty and the judge gives you only court coust and its just a misd. YOU CAN AND WILL get picked up by ice, who doess not tell you were your going, dont tell your family were, and your leaving your children who were born in the us behind. and you could have committed the crime 25 years ago they dont care. Then we send then some were they dont even know any more some were they dont even know because they came over when they were 2-6 im sorry people thats sad in some cases. What makes it even worse we getting ride of people who probly did some thing so small, back to a cuntry to get murdered when we have people over here who go to jail for rapping a child who have kills innc. children/ people and we call immig. with a DUI bad no that make us sad people, and were im from a school teacher ran over children and druged two under her care did not stop to help the children and two died at the scene and she simply drove off, and she got probation lol thats funny but they cant even get to many tickits yes i do agree we sad people so why dont you look at there laws like i did. Then you will see why some stuff is simply crazy. I know when the just say deport you think its some thing really bad but our simple laws is NOT there laws so to all immigrants DO NOT GET COUGHT JAY WALKING you might get sent back to haiti were you have to sleep on rat infested floors and bobo in a bag and pee in a buckit and stay in this room 24 hours a day just for parking tickits.


Everybody has their comments about the whole deportation process to Haiti, and this is fine.. At the same time each individual (Deportee's) have their own situation. There need to be something set in place period for this issue, without anyone being singled out for what they are being deported for, whether its murder, drugs, robbery, etc, the same condition will apply to whom ever they are sending back, meaning cholera, medical needs, unfit situations. Come on now, we are acting like here in america people dont commit these type of crimes, its nothing different, they commit the crime and pay for it by doing the time. As long as these haitians have pay for what they have done why send them back, do them like we do us if we happen to commit another crime we either get probation or locked up for a long period of time.


no one is saying not to deport back to Haiti we are just asking to please give the country time to recover before they start doing that. they no longer deport people to Cuba why Haiti their government is just as bad...i smell something fishy!!!!!


Who lied to you??? I'm sick and tired of ppl from other nationalities using the "cubans don't get deported" line. My uncle came from Cuba in the 80's, didn't behave well during the 80's, he has HIV and is currently pending deportation to Cuba. HERE'S A SHOCKER: CUBANS ARE BEING DEPORTED TOO. So stop using that Cubans don't get deported excuse. FAIR IS FAIR... you do the crime = go back to your friggin' country.


You smell nothing. The USA is not responsible for Haiti being a sewer.

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