Focus on Miami: Sure, it's a tragedy that coral reefs in the South Pacific are being trashed to fuel Florida's souvenir industry ("Ripping the Reefs," Chris Sweeney, May 3), but why not worry about your own back yard? The proposed deep dredging in the Port of Miami is about to kill all the coral in the reef off of Miami Beach for the vague prospect of increased shipping traffic. The thinking is that there is too much coral here to relocate, so we'll just kill it all.
Human cost: The Solomon Islands are destitute, they have plenty of coral, and as far as they are concerned, the coral has no value to them other than what it will get from Florida tourists. Tree-hugging stories like this one have real victims, and they aren't the reefs: They are the Solomon Islanders' children, who will have no chance for a decent life because some pinheads think they know best and what is good for everybody else. Tree-hugging morons want every wild thing in a protected park that only they can access. The rest of us live on this planet too, and tree-huggers are far from being either smart or educated.
History of Violence
Legalize drugs already: The jury verdict against a City of Miami police officer that found the department has a "policy" of depriving people of their constitutional rights ("Pattern of Cruelty," Dan Christensen, May 3) is just the latest evidence that the War on Drugs is a pretext for virtually limitless law enforcement power and budgets. Dealers of illegal drugs are sometimes (though not always) very dangerous people, but if their products were legalized, they would go away. Legalization would do more to enhance public safety than any amount of law enforcement.
Metta World War
Just desserts: Uncle Luke's column arguing that the L.A. Lakers' Metta World Peace was unfairly suspended for elbowing an opponent in the head ("Luke's Gospel: Free Metta World Peace," Luther Campbell, May 3) is full of wacky comparisons. The player formerly known as Ron Artest wasn't playing a "little rough" or "aggressive" defense to show the Oklahoma City Thunder they can't just roll into town and push him around. This was a case of unsportsmanlike conduct. World Peace scored, and on the return to his side of the court he basically sucker-punched a man. How would you feel if that was done to you? There's no comparison to rough play or aggressive defense. The ball was out of play when he threw that elbow. And you contradict yourself by saying that Westbrook should have been ejected for the hard foul against LeBron James earlier this year. So should the league suspend a player for rough play? I say not for rough play or being "aggressive," but for sucker-punching a player, you'd better believe it. He should have been suspended for a lot longer.
You joking, bro?: World Peace is a "throwback player"? Luke, you did see the 'bow Artest dropped, right? Nothing says "World Peace" like a good ol'-fashioned elbow to the dome.
Deserved punishment: You really are an idiot. An elbow or a knee during a play is not the same as sucker-elbowing somebody after the play is over. The only person screwing Ron Artest is Artest himself.
Facebook isn't private: Occupy Miami activist Muhammed Malik may not like your revelation that Miami-Dade police were watching his group's Facebook page ("Facebook Stakeout," Tim Elfrink, May 3), but his contention that it is an "invasion of privacy" is necessarily flawed. There was no invasion, and no expectation, of privacy. You can't get much more public than a public Facebook page.
Protests are legal: The real concern here is that local police consider political activists a threat to be monitored. Whether the Facebook page is public or not, the activities of activists are protected under the Constitution. Let's not be naive — surveillance and infiltration of peaceful political organizations is one step away from the repression of dissidence.
Juan Andres Morales
Sarcasm intended: Wow, next thing you know, cops will be reading the Miami Herald to get information! How dare they invade our "privacy" on Facebook. I'm going to be watching for more of these kinds of "revelations."
Let him waste cash: I don't understand the problem with Miami-Dade Commissioner Bruno Barreiro spending $10,000 in campaign cash on Apple products ("Apple Blowout," Francisco Alvarado, May 3). They are his campaign funds, not tax dollars. Why shouldn't he be as dumb as he wants to be and blow a wad on Apple products?