Look­ing ahead to this week

South Florida Sun-Sentinel (Sunday) - - Opinion -

Chris­tine Hun­schof­sky, mayor, Park­land

Start­ing this week, cities around Broward County will swear in newly elected (or re­elected) com­mis­sion­ers, coun­cil mem­bers and may­ors. Re­gard­less of whether the can­di­date you sup­ported in these im­por­tant lo­cal elec­tions won or lost, those who are be­ing sworn in are YOUR rep­re­sen­ta­tives. When you have a sug­ges­tion, ques­tion, or con­cern about how your city or town op­er­ates, reach out to your elected mu­nic­i­pal lead­ers to tell them your thoughts. Our roles as cit­i­zens don’t be­gin or end at the bal­lot box. Shape the di­rec­tion of your com­mu­nity through­out the year by proac­tively en­gag­ing with your elected of­fi­cials.

Maria Sachs, for­mer mem­ber, Florida Se­nate

Half a cen­tury ago this week, New York's Shirley Chisholm was elected the first African-Amer­i­can in Congress. Con­gress­woman Chisholm made his­tory and many of the African-Amer­i­can women elected Tues­day were in­spired by her lead­er­ship. Mayor An­drew Gil­lium ran as the first AfricanAmer­i­can can­di­date for Gover­nor of Florida from a ma­jor po­lit­i­cal party. He ran not just to make his­tory but to make ma­jor changes in the way our peo­ple are rep­re­sented. He showed us the way that even a child born in South Dade County and raised by a wise grand­mother can reach the pin­na­cle of suc­cess. Pol­i­tics in Florida will never be the same.

Dean Tran­talis, mayor, Fort Laud­erdale

On Vet­er­ans Day, we pay trib­ute to all those who have self­lessly an­swered the call of duty sac­ri­fic­ing on our be­half as mem­bers of the United States Armed Forces. This year marks the 100th An­niver­sary of the Ar­mistice which brought an end to World War I. Un­for­tu­nately, even as we ob­serve this his­toric peace agree­ment, strife and con­flict con­tinue to per­sist around the globe. As we honor our vet­er­ans, let us re­dou­ble our ef­forts to bring about world peace, and by do­ing so, demon­strate our sin­cere grat­i­tude to those who safe­guard our lib­erty, free­dom, and in­de­pen­dence.

Dr. Ed­uardo J. Padrón, pres­i­dent, Mi­ami Dade Col­lege

MDC’s Mi­ami Book Fair con­tin­ues through Nov. 18. I in­vite ev­ery­one to join us. I also salute all vet­er­ans on Vet­er­ans Day and, frankly, ev­ery day. At MDC, we have nearly 1,500 vet­er­ans in our stu­dent body, in­clud­ing five Pur­ple Heart re­cip­i­ents. They are al­ways among our best and bright­est. We also have nu­mer­ous fac­ulty mem­bers who have served. With Vet­er­ans Day this week and Thanks­giv­ing around the cor­ner, let’s pause and thank our vet­er­ans whose sac­ri­fices truly make our na­tion the best in the world.

Bar­bara Sharief, mem­ber, Broward County Com­mis­sion

Novem­ber is Na­tional Fam­ily Lit­er­acy Month and read­ing books that match abil­ity and in­ter­ests ex­poses chil­dren to a whole new world. Now is the per­fect op­por­tu­nity for fam­i­lies to get back into, or start, the tra­di­tion of read­ing as a fam­ily. Here are some ways you can pro­mote fam­ily lit­er­acy at home: set aside time each day for read­ing, keep books vis­i­ble around the house, make reg­u­lar vis­its to the li­brary, read the book ver­sion of your child’s fa­vorite movie and or­ga­nize a chil­dren’s book club with friends in the neigh­bor­hood. Visit broward.org/Li­brary/Events/ Pages/Fam­i­lyLit­er­acy.aspx to learn about Broward County’s free events.

Ina Lee, owner, Trav­el­host Elite of Greater Fort Laud­erdale

With Trump's fir­ing of At­tor­ney Gen­eral Jeff Ses­sions, there is a valid con­cern that the in­tegrity and in­de­pen­dence of the Jus­tice Depart­ment are in dan­ger. Now, more than ever, we need the checks and bal­ances that this coun­try was founded on.

Eleanor So­bel, for­mer mem­ber, State Se­nate

Pres­i­dent Trump beat up on the me­dia again at his most re­cent press con­fer­ence. I can­not re­mem­ber a pres­i­dent who has been as vi­cious in re­sponses to ques­tions asked at a press con­fer­ence. The me­dia have an obli­ga­tion to ask tough ques­tions. The pres­i­dent does not have to make his re­sponses per­sonal. His plan is to in­tim­i­date re­porters – to not ask tough ques­tions. The me­dia’s job is to stay strong and to ig­nore his hy­per­bole and to get to the facts. One might say that the pres­i­dent acts like a bully and uses the bully pul­pit to get his way.

Ran­dall Vi­tale, pres­i­dent, Hoff­man's Choco­lates

Trans­porta­tion in­vest­ments in Broward will be get­ting a boost with the pass­ing of the one penny in­crease in the sur­tax. Vot­ers ap­proved the mea­sure by over 60 per­cent this week - well above the 50 per­cent needed for pass­ing – but now the real work be­gins. The stakes are high for elected of­fi­cials, staff, and the over­sight board, to make sure this money is in­vested pru­dently and ad­dresses the pri­or­i­ties that were as­sured dur­ing the cam­paign. If used as promised, this should be a game-changer for the re­gion.

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