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

Lori Ber­man, Florida state se­na­tor

We wit­nessed a tremen­dous vic­tory for vot­ing rights this week. A U.S. dis­trict judge struck down Florida’s ban of early vot­ing sites on col­lege cam­puses, as­sert­ing that the ban was dis­crim­i­na­tory and im­poses an un­due bur­den on the vot­ing rights of young peo­ple. Easy ac­cess to vot­ing is cru­cial, es­pe­cially for pop­u­la­tions with lim­ited re­li­able trans­porta­tion. The ex­pan­sion of early vot­ing fa­cil­i­ties on col­lege cam­puses en­cour­ages more stu­dents to par­tic­i­pate. This de­ci­sion is a win for all Florida vot­ers.

Kath­leen Can­non, pres­i­dent, United Way of Broward County

Mil­len­ni­als rock. Just look at New York U.S. House pri­mary win­ner Alexan­dria Oca­sio-Cortez. She is 28, 30 years younger than the av­er­age U.S. rep­re­sen­ta­tive. Per­haps she more ac­cu­rately re­flects her elec­torate. Sim­ply look at the stu­dents of Mar­jory Stone­man Dou­glas for ev­i­dence that civic abil­ity isn’t de­ter­mined by age. Let’s not for­get the av­er­age con­gres­sional rep­re­sen­ta­tive is 20 years older than the av­er­age age of those who signed the Dec­la­ra­tion. Again, mil­len­ni­als rock.

Cindy Aren­berg Seltzer, pres­i­dent, Chil­dren’s Ser­vices Coun­cil of Broward County

Florida pros­e­cu­tors will be forced to re­assess the way they de­ter­mine whether or not they seek the death penalty in mur­der cases. Re­cently, a Broward jury re­jected State At­tor­ney Mike Satz’s plea for death for three con­victed cop killers while a sec­ond jury spared the life of a man con­victed of killing his step­daugh­ter and her mother. The new law re­quir­ing ju­ries to unan­i­mously find at least one ag­gra­vat­ing fac­tor and a sec­ond unan­i­mous vote rec­om­mend­ing death will make it more dif­fi­cult to ef­fec­tu­ate state-sanc­tioned death. This brings Florida more in line with other states that still have the death penalty and en­sures that it will be uti­lized only in the worst of the worst mur­der cases.

Ge­orge Han­bury, pres­i­dent, Nova South­east­ern Univer­sity

This week NSU made his­tory, wel­com­ing 300 med­i­cal stu­dents in the na­tion’s firstever com­bined White Coat Cer­e­mony cel­e­brat­ing both D.O. and M.D. can­di­dates. Wel­com­ing the char­ter class of 53 M.D. stu­dents, NSU is now home to the only D.O. and M.D. pro­grams in Broward County, is one of only three univer­si­ties in the United States with two med­i­cal col­leges, and the first to of­fer D.O. and M.D. pro­grams on the same cam­pus. Th­ese achieve­ments will spark growth and op­por­tu­nity with NSU’s pro­jected $5 bil­lion eco­nomic im­pact in Florida by 2020, el­e­vat­ing the univer­sity as a top-ranked na­tional re­search univer­sity.

Frank Or­tis, mayor, Pem­broke Pines

We live in a time when peo­ple want to make their own de­ci­sions and eval­u­ate for them­selves what hap­pens in var­i­ous sit­u­a­tions. An ap­peals court has ruled that the pub­lic can see sur­veil­lance footage show­ing law en­force­ment ac­tions out­side of the build­ing dur­ing the tragic Mar­jory Stone­man Dou­glas High School shoot­ing. The Broward Sher­iff ’s Of­fice had 48 hours to re­lease the se­cu­rity cam­era footage. Will view­ing this build con­fi­dence in se­cu­rity mea­sures taken, or will it fur­ther the an­guish and di­vi­sive­ness felt by many? Trans­parency is good, but also has con­se­quences. I guess we’ll know when ev­ery­one watches the videos.

Steven Ronik, CEO, Hen­der­son Be­hav­ioral Health

A new law has passed re­quir­ing Florida school dis­tricts to ask stu­dents to re­port if they’ve ever re­ceived men­tal health ser­vices. This new re­quire­ment is unique to Florida and has men­tal health ad­vo­cates deeply con­cerned. It will dis­cour­age stu­dents from seek­ing help, fur­ther stig­ma­tizes those who do, and is dis­crim­i­na­tory — since no other health ser­vices a stu­dent may have re­ceived re­quire re­port­ing. Want to make a dif­fer­ence? Fully fund the sys­tem so it’s eas­ier to ac­cess and use, and re­quire men­tal health ed­u­ca­tion in all K-12 schools — such has been re­cently en­acted in New York City. Let’s do what re­ally mat­ters.

Beam Furr, mayor, Broward County

Mon­ster Fav, the largest sec­tion of coral on our South­east Florida Reef tract, has passed away. This tragic death from a mys­te­ri­ous dis­ease is heart­break­ing news for our reef. Fav was “born” around 1644, and was the “grand­fa­ther” coral of the en­tire reef – the old­est liv­ing crea­ture in South Florida. Now, the whole reef is in the ICU. Over the last few weeks, Broward County staff met with NOAA, South Florida Re­gional Plan­ning Coun­cil, and var­i­ous stake­hold­ers on so­lu­tions to stop the dis­ease that killed “Fav.” Our reef is es­sen­tial to South Florida life. Let’s work to­gether to save it.

Paul Cas­tronovo, host, Paul Cas­tronovo Show on Big 105.9

Shocker! Adult film star Stormy Daniels was in the news this week, but not for an al­ter­ca­tion in a strip club, and there’s no new claims against the pres­i­dent. No, her hus­band is fil­ing for di­vorce, claim­ing … ADUL­TERY! How is that pos­si­ble? The en­tire na­ture of her busi­ness is sex out­side the mar­riage, isn’t it? When you met her and she said she was a “porn star,” didn’t that give you an inkling that she may “sleep around”? In fact, I’m think­ing there may not be a lot of work for a porn star who doesn’t. I hope you get al­imony, pal.

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