Keep Surfside small: Your article about a staff writer running for city commission in Surfside ("Stomped in Surfside," Gus Garcia-Roberts, June 28) was entertaining, but I feel like you were mocking the city as well. It is a very nice town that I spend a lot of time in, and I hope it doesn't give in to the pressure of being just another SoBe-like block on Collins Avenue. Leave that to Bal Harbour, North Miami Beach, Sunny Isles Beach, and Hallandale Beach. Surfside has small-town appeal with its cleanliness and lack of clutter, which is so overwhelming on the rest of the A1A.
Can't Beat the Heat
Make up your mind: So, Luke, now you're telling Stephen Ross and Jeffrey Loria that they should be copying the Miami Heat's model ("Luke's Gospel: The Miami Heat Is Light Years Ahead of the Marlins and Dolphins," Luther Campbell, June 28). But didn't you just write a column a few months ago arguing that the Heat made a mistake by hiring coach Erik Spoelstra? You are the dumbest writer ever.
Don't be a sheep: Props to Jonathan Corbett, the Miami Beach man who made a YouTube video showing how to beat the Transportation Security Administration's expensive body scanners ("War on TSA," Tim Elfrink, June 28). The TSA is a modern-day Nazi goon squad that has brought together burger-flipping rejects, given them uniforms, and then allowed them to violate civil rights and molest citizens. Now before you can get on a bus with wings, they get to look at you naked by putting you in a radioactive cancer chamber. Sadly, most sheep line up and blindly follow their orders.
More hassle coming: Why not have people walk through an old-school metal detector and then the body scanner? Corbett might have made flying a tad safer by revealing this flaw in the body scanners' technology, but now we will have to go through the hassle of two screenings. So is he a hero? I don't know about that.
Don't hate on security: You guys are a bunch of hippies! Yes, the screening is a bit overboard, but do you seriously want no screening? Regular metal detectors are not safe enough when used alone. I enjoy life; I don't want a crazy passenger or a terrorist to end mine. Unfortunately, because of those types of people, we need to go through such measures to ensure a safe flight. Quit whining if you are not going to do something to better the situation.
Life is easy with powerful friends: After reading your story about Golden Beach's town manager getting arrested again for DUI ("Golden Power," Gus Garcia-Roberts, June 28), the bottom line is Alexander Diaz now has been twice booked for this crime. His first DUI was dismissed because he is very connected and has the backing of the mayor. They have the ears of several judges. My guess is phone calls have been already made for his get-out-of-jail card for this offense as well. The system is broken; we can thank State Attorney Katherine Fernandez Rundle and the judges turning a blind eye to public corruption. Way to go, guys, for doing what you do best. Alexander Diaz makes a mockery of the justice system.
Stop him before it's too late: Where is Mothers Against Drunk Driving? What are the residents and politicians waiting for? Diaz is going to kill an innocent person — it is just a matter of time. Obviously, he has a problem and maybe not just with alcohol. This man should be fired on the spot. The reason the mayor has not fired Diaz is because of money. It's all about money. Somebody needs to take responsibility for the actions of this town manager. Why can't Golden Beach do what the neighboring city of Hollywood did and fire the town manager for getting a DUI?
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Miami New Times has earned two first-place awards from the National Association of Black Journalists for stories published last year. Senior writer Gus Garcia-Roberts won in the sportswriting category for "Hard Hit," a piece about an NFL veteran's suicide after a lifetime of concussions. Staff writer Michael Miller took the prize in international reporting for "Haiti's Wounds," a look into a Port-au-Prince hospital.