Reader Mail: Hungry, Broke Miamians Aren't Into the Marlins and the New Stadium
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Waste of talent: Your profile of Marlins outfielder and prolific Twitter user Logan Morrison ("Tweeter in Chief," Gus Garcia-Roberts, March 29) makes me wonder why Morrison isn't taking advantage of his talents. God, if I had his swing, his power, and his body build, I wouldn't even have a Facebook page. The dude is funny and all, but all he does is act like a dweeb. The Marlins' new stadium is nice, and the rebuilt team will be fun to follow. But I honestly don't think new shortstop Jose Reyes is enough to lead this squad of cartoon characters to the postseason.
No money, no fans: The lack of comments from Marlins fans on this story speaks volumes. The people ain't into the stadium or the hype because they are hungry and broke! What a boner this push for a new stadium was from the outset.
Blow the whistle: The article about how the small, wealthy town of Golden Beach repeatedly hires dirty cops ("Criminal Cops," Gus Garcia-Roberts, March 29) makes it clear the system does not work against criminals in uniform. These guys are in every form of government and in supervisory positions across the nation, doing evil at taxpayers' expense. It will never stop until people like Officer Tammy Valdes, who blew the whistle in Golden Beach, stand up to the thugs and hold them responsible. Once again, a good person like Valdes got screwed for standing up for her rights. Ms. Valdes, you did the right thing, and you should forget about police work. You should run for office and get rid of these same people eating away at America.
Mayor knew everything: I'm no longer amazed by politicians making statements that will come back to haunt them. In your article, Mayor Glenn Singer blames the former police chief for hiring bad cops. But the truth is that Singer was informed in a letter of the criminal activity within his police department. Singer did what he does best: He terminated the employee who brought the criminal allegations to his attention. The fact is that Singer and others were aware of the corruption within the Golden Beach PD yet they chose to do nothing. Several officers also spoke to the police administration regarding the corruption plaguing the department. Those officers were labeled as troublemakers. The administration in return lashed out against them by opening multiple bogus internal affairs investigations.
Too old to masturbate: I read staff writer Gus Garcia-Roberts's announcement that he's seeking an open seat on the Surfside Commission ("My Seaside Lair," Gus Garcia-Roberts, March 29), and I can't believe his priority is stopping people from masturbating in public. Dude, I live in Surfside, and seriously, the guys at the beaches are more worried about their colonoscopies than sex. It's just a bunch of old guys. As for cops giving tickets to people driving 37 mph, I live on Collins and 92nd Street, and every time I come back from a run, I almost get killed by someone speeding up to 50 mph. I never see people getting ticketed for speed. If you're gonna bash a town, I think you need a more logical argument. I've lived here longer than you have, and Surfside has turned deadly unsexy in the past five years.
Gus, Gus, Gus!: I don't know Gus or if he is serious about running for commission, but we need leaders who can think independently and ask a few questions rather than follow the dictum set by the mayor, manager, and city attorney. The police department budget alone approaches $5 million; the people at 95th Street and Abbott Avenue are getting an oversize, four-story parking garage rammed down their throat; the city manager offends everyone he comes in contact with; the supposedly full-time attorney works three days a week; and the parks guy gets a take-home car. Go, Gus! Surfside is a great little town, and all of this nonsense can be reversed, but we need someone to knock some sense into government.
Think of the kids: After reading your story about the list of complaints against a chief supervisor of Miami-Dade lifeguards ("Drowning the Lifeguards," Francisco Alvarado," March 29), I have to ask: What confidence do you have in the safety of your children at Miami beaches? Is the lifeguard in the tower really watching your child, or is he or she reading a book, sleeping, texting, or chatting on a cell phone? I was a lifeguard many years ago and have seen firsthand that unprofessional activity occurs on a regular basis on our beaches. It takes only a few minutes for a swimmer to go underwater and drown.
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