Reader Mail: Florida's Guardian System Is Broken
Protectors or Predators?
Elder abuse is everywhere: I'm glad you did an investigation into abuse in Florida's underregulated guardianship industry ("Who's Watching the Guardians?" Michael E. Miller, May 8) because elder abuse is rampant in the state. I have lived through it. I'm 73, and I was hospitalized almost two years ago at Holy Cross and had a reaction to anesthesia and pain medication. I was out of it, so I was put in a private room. Although my adult son and daughter had been with me 24/7, they were told to leave because they were upsetting me. After they left, I was Baker Acted and abused by a nurse's aide. My children hadn't been notified, and there was no paperwork for anyone. I was released 18 hours later. I contend that I was illegally Baker Acted, according to state law. Police took a year to investigate abuse and found no probable cause. Hospitals lie, of course. I have countless hospital records and a lengthy police report. Can't prove the abuse — two people in a private room — but I'm concerned about how this can happen. Wallace Clark
Legalized kidnapping: This story is really about the legalization of kidnapping, abuse, neglect, and exploitation under the laws created to protect the elderly and disabled. People need to pay attention to stories such as this. Judicial abuse and guardianship abuse are occurring in every state in the U.S. This is about our future and the destruction of American families watching their disabled and elderly loved ones being used for profits generated in probate courts. The business industry of guardianships begins in the probate courts. It is a moneymaking racket off the most vulnerable citizens in our society. One day this will happen to you or someone you love. There is no getting out. Guardianship becomes a stranglehold on a person's life and leaves the families devastated. Dvaldez008
That's how you do it: Now this is investigative reporting! What a great and sad story. Redd
Take that money and run: Leandro Depontes, the Brazilian who targeted Gulliver Schools parents in his financial fraud schemes ("Flying Low," Tim Elfrink, May 8), was smart but sloppy. After he took the two doctors for more than a million dollars, he should have disappeared instead of sticking around to get caught. Frank Castle
Somebody knows why: I'm sorry that Orvil Delisson is baffled about why his home was targeted with dozens of shots in a middle-of-the-night shooting ("Drive-By Confusion," Trevor Bach, May 8), but I'm guessing someone who either lives in that home or was seen entering that home as a guest and was mistaken as living there knows exactly why 29 shots were fired into it. Anastasia Biltmore
No shots fired: I guess Thomas Harrison, the Biscayne Park cop who was previously punished by the Miami-Dade Schools Police when he was caught partying on the beach in his cruiser ("Corona-tion," Michael E. Miller, May 8), is the only cop who gets punished for something. At least it wasn't for shooting his fellow police officers or unarmed suspects. Tired of Corruption
Almost in America: Truth is that Miami's Keystone Kops are known worldwide for their incompetence. That's why international drug kingpins buy luxury high-rise condos sign-unseen with impunity because they know the cops here are mostly all corrupt. The Broward Sheriff's Office was bought by Ponzi schemer Scott Rothstein because it was for sale. Miami is the only place in America where the cops are as corrupt as the worst of the worst citizens and why it attracts both bad cops and illegal transactions and illicit lifestyles. Oh, my bad — Miami isn't actually in America, but luckily it's very close to civilization. frankd4
Great View, Bad Food
Too broke to matter: Your review of new celeb hot spot Seasalt & Pepper ("See and Be Scene," Zachary Fagenson, May 8) must have been written by the ex-partner who's now suing over the place. I've been there, and the people who are spending money there don't give a rat's ass what New Times thinks about the restaurant. It's a big-money crowd. They couldn't care less if your broke ass complains about the service you got there. If you're not as wealthy, go eat at Garcia's or Casablanca down the road. This place is for the über-rich and will never close. The whole point of the lawsuit is greed. Art Kunhardt
Ridiculous experience: When I visited, the food was actually pretty good, considering we waited more than an hour for appetizers. Perhaps I was just a tad hungry! You're right that the view is awesome and the restaurant's décor is very nice. We got half our bill comped because of the wait time, but only because I told the manager I was not paying for it and told her what I was willing to pay for the ridiculous experience. Charlotte Pillay
Get the Weekly Newsletter
Our weekly feature stories, movie reviews, calendar picks and more - minus the newsprint and sent directly to your inbox.