Metropolitan is dirty: In response to "Grave Condition" (Francisco Alvarado, May 27): I've been to the emergency room at Metropolitan Hospital, and let me tell you, it looks like a hospital in a Third-World country. The sheets still have stains on them; the needles and tubing used for IVs are tossed on the floor. The staff rarely speaks English. Put it like this: I diagnosed myself faster with my pathology book than the so-called doctor who attended to me. I seriously think this hospital needs a surprise inspection from the state.
The docs should suffer: It's a shame these doctors suspected Julio Lorenzo of "faking it" and did nothing. It was their duty to rule out a problem to be on the safe side. If they confirmed their suspicions, they could have taken other actions. But to do nothing is criminal and caused a healthy person his life. They should lose their medical licenses.
Keep Those Curs Inside
Pot calling the kettle: I agree with Uncle Luke (Luke's Gospel, May 27) about government not interfering with people's rights. But I guess it's better than doing nothing and letting parents allow their children to be out at any hour. We choose to not allow kids to drive a car until a certain age for their protection. Is this a violation of their rights? When parents don't do what is right to protect their own children, we either let the kids do what they want or the law steps in and protects them. I also find it interesting that this article begins by stating that all people in the Tea Party are racist. Maybe Uncle Luke shouldn't call people he doesn't even know racists.
It's the ghetto's fault: Starbucks, jazz clubs, and teen discos — huh? And who is going to invest their capital in these business ventures? The only way for you to have this revitalization or birth similar to the Harlem Renaissance in NYC is to do it yourself (meaning the residents of Liberty City). Invest in yourself, buy properties, get small-business loans, open your own coffee shops, jazz clubs, speakeasies, etc. You have church congregations you can use to create a movement. You have the talent. Just do it and quit bitching and moaning and asking Miami Commissioner Richard Dunn or any other self-interested politician to do it for you. The people start it, and the politicians will follow or get voted out.
Tea Party is not racist: We are not a communist society, but we are a society of rules. If you think curfews should not be enforced, change them. As for your comment "I'm going to give the Tea Party and other racists a break": Why don't you look in the mirror if you're looking for a racist? I do not associate myself with the Tea Party movement, but I don't call them racists for wanting our government to spend less.
A kid speaks: Sheesh! Finally an adult who has some comprehension of what it's like for us "kids" (under 18) with nothin' to do! I admit we go to Aventura, but that's the only place we can go because Miami is solely for "legal people," meaning those legal to drink and drive (not as a mixture!). It's a party city, and we teens are left out because no one wants to deal with us when there's an event at Club Mansion or some prestigious club on South Beach. We sometimes have to go all the way to Broward, Doral, or even Kendall for something to do, and I know dang well my mama ain't takin' me to another county just so I can stay busy.
Chaos ahead: I understand the argument that the county ordinance is unconstitutional, but the youths of today are committing a majority of our crimes, and parents are not taking responsibility for their children's actions. At what point does the law step in — after the fact, when a crime has been committed? Or preemptively? We've spent a lot of energy rebuilding the inner city, but all it takes is one gang or act of violence to send that community back into chaos. It is a sad and unfortunate cycle that our society can never seem to escape.
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Step up, parents: I don't care what skin color a kid has; there is no reason a 17-year-old should be out on the streets on a weeknight after 11 p.m. without a guardian. Parents need to start doing their job and stop being friends and worrying about traumatizing the children. They need to start parenting. Curfew rules should be made in the home. It's dangerous enough for an adult to be out on these streets.