Laf Aut Laud
Pronounced funny: Fantastic article about the entrepreneurs behind the street signs ("Signs of Life," Francisco Alvarado, August 25). I was cracking up at the "biutiful" part. My girlfriend came to Miami when she was a kid and still pronounces it be-a-YU-ti-ful. What was the guy's number again?
letters to the editor
Slice of life: Excellent article! Depicts life in South Florida so well. We are full of "inventors." Congrats on this article.
Crash course: Why do you mock a 32-year established Hialeah company that promises to teach English in six months when the University of Miami promises to do a thorough course teaching español in only seven days? Maybe UM offers the formal, proper Spanish, which very few people in South Florida speak or understand. It is similar to someone from Oxbridge trying to understand someone from the backwoods of Mississippi. Otherwise, your article was fairly amusing.
Good-humor man: Francisco Alvarado has found humor in the daily drudge of Miami-Dade. Great piece; made me smile.
Not alone: As a pharmacist and friend of Jason Villano's, it's about time the real story about how the pill crackdown netted the wrong guy was made public ("Pill Mill Patsy," Chuck Strouse, August 25). Everyone in South Florida should be happy to know where their tax dollars are going: to support a corrupt police department and legal system that doesn't care about the truth, but about getting paid off by the Mafia. And if you think this is an isolated example, think again.
Drug bust: Oxycontin is refined heroin, so if you're going to sell heroin out of a strip-mall store, this is what you can expect to have to deal with. Pain pills of this nature should be distributed only in a hospital and strictly regulated. Rick Scott is doing the best thing he can by finally being the one governor who is putting a stop to this nonsense.
Witch-hunt: I remember the morning this broke on the local news years ago. I always knew there was more to the story — as a pharmacist and someone who knew Jason and his values, the story never quite made sense. So quick are they to parade a "witch" in their so-called hunt to set an "example." As a former independent mom-and-pop pharmacy employee, I know the types that come in with their prescriptions. There is a fear of robbery and junkie goons that is enough to make you change professions! To hear about the police work related to this story is not comforting at all.
Light tragedy: The column comparing NCAA football to modern-day slavery is the most ignorant thing I've read in a long time ("Luke's Gospel," Luther Campbell, August 25). These kids are getting opportunities they would never have otherwise. Saying the NCAA's treatment is like slavery is like saying boxing is like the Holocaust. Think before you speak, and don't trivialize tragedy.
Real doers: No one owes student athletes anything to play college sports. They're already getting a free ride on education, which is far more than most students could ever dream of. I am still paying for my loans and will be well into my 40s. I am tired of hearing they make all this money for the schools and get nothing in return. So do the med students who find cures inside the school laboratories or engineering students who must give the patent rights to the school and get zero in return. Those people do more for society than some jock spiking the ball in the end zone.
Gospel truth: What Luke says is very true. I played college basketball and was an All-American player, and colleges do make millions upon millions of dollars on talented black athletes. So why would they not pay for our talent? Because the schools make the rules with the NCAA and split the profits among themselves.
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End zone: The minute students get paid, that will be the end of college sports as we know it. Yes, it will exist, but not in its current form because no one wants to fork over money to see what would essentially be an amateur league. To compare it to slavery is ridiculous. No one is forced to play sports; in fact, many try to get a spot and can't. I don't recall too many people trying to be slaves back in the day. If the student does not like it, he can always quit.