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An­thony Ab­bate, Florida At­lantic Univer­sity, As­so­ci­ate Provost, Broward

July 30 is the last day to reg­is­ter to vote for the Aug. 28 pri­maries. Oct. 9 is the last day for the gen­eral elec­tion. Con­sider that vot­ing is a right and not a “priv­i­lege.” Rights come with re­spon­si­bil­ity, and this one comes with a duty to ex­er­cise it. The Con­sti­tu­tion men­tions the right to vote nu­mer­ous times, per­haps more so than any other right. The 14th, 15th, 19th, and 24th Amend­ments pro­tect this right for cit­i­zens (re­gard­less of sex or race) who have at­tained the age of 18, and pro­hibits a tax on vot­ing — such as a poll tax.

Bur­nadette Nor­ris-Weeks, at­tor­ney, Austin Pamies Nor­ris Weeks, LLC

Early vot­ing for the Au­gust Pri­mary elec­tion will be held from Satur­day, Aug. 18, to Sun­day, Aug. 26. Broward has 21 early vot­ing sites. Reg­is­tered vot­ers can vote at any one of the 21 sites. Vot­ers should bring an ap­proved iden­ti­fi­ca­tion doc­u­ment. Vot­ers should also check on the Broward SOE’s web­site broward­soe.org for more in­for­ma­tion re­gard­ing proper iden­ti­fi­ca­tion. Early vot­ing in Broward will be avail­able from 10 a.m.-6 p.m. dur­ing the early vot­ing pe­riod. Broward vot­ers will have nine days, for a to­tal of 81 hours to cast a bal­lot.

Joshua Thi­fault, Ad­vance­ment Direc­tor, Turn­ing Point USA

As the trade de­bate rages be­tween the USA and China, busi­nesses brace for im­pact. Why is the most pro-busi­ness pres­i­dent in Amer­i­can his­tory tak­ing this ap­proach? Be­cause free trade is a two-way street. We al­low al­most all Chi­nese com­pa­nies to sell in Amer­ica, while China bans myr­iad Amer­i­can com­pa­nies. That’s not real free-trade. It’s not a good idea to fight your big­gest cus­tomer, and that is what China at­tempts to do to­day. While the cur­rent sit­u­a­tion is not ideal, we must wait. The end re­sult of Trump’s hard-line stance will help Amer­i­can busi­nesses for decades.

Arch­bishop Thomas Wen­ski, Arch­dio­cese of Mi­ami

Pope Bene­dict once said that while glob­al­iza­tion has made us all neigh­bors, it hasn’t made us “broth­ers and sis­ters.” That we are aware of tragedies that oc­cur far away — like the wild­fires in Greece that killed scores of peo­ple, or the dam col­lapse in Laos per­haps killing hun­dreds is a sign that we are a glob­al­ized world. Glob­al­iza­tion in­duces fear in many — as we see in neg­a­tive re­ac­tion against mi­grants; but as the res­cue of the Thai soc­cer team showed, it can in­spire sol­i­dar­ity. May the world show sol­i­dar­ity and not in­dif­fer­ence to the vic­tims in Greece and Laos.

Tim Lon­er­gan, pres­i­dent, Broward League of Cities; mayor, Oak­land Park

A re­cently re­leased draft study out­lin­ing rec­om­men­da­tions for solid waste dis­posal and re­cy­cling is be­ing re­viewed by the county, its Solid Waste Work­ing Group and city of­fi­cials. The re­port ad­dresses how a 75 per­cent coun­ty­wide re­cy­cling goal might be reached; the vi­a­bil­ity of the Al­pha 250 site for fu­ture solid waste needs, and solid waste dis­posal is­sues re­gard­ing flow con­trol, gov­er­nance and re­gional ap­proaches for man­age­ment of Broward’s fu­ture solid waste. The find­ings are im­por­tant to cities as costs for re­cy­cling con­tinue to in­crease. Eco­nomic vi­a­bil­ity of re­cy­cling is crit­i­cal, so ma­te­rial is prop­erly re­cy­cled and not di­verted into land­fills.

Ghenete Wright Muir, at­tor­ney. Re­al­tor. LGBTQ ad­vo­cate

A col­league emailed me a job list­ing that re­ally struck me and made me feel hope­ful for the fu­ture. It en­cour­aged peo­ple with a his­tory of in­car­cer­a­tion as well as peo­ple with no ed­u­ca­tional de­grees to ap­ply. It was pro­found. We have some­how ac­cepted that many em­ploy­ers au­to­mat­i­cally ex­clude peo­ple with “crim­i­nal back­grounds” and those with­out col­lege de­grees when both pop­u­la­tions can con­trib­ute sig­nif­i­cantly to the work­force. Iron­i­cally, a col­lege de­gree does not nec­es­sar­ily pre­pare peo­ple for the work­force. Many of us ac­tu­ally learn on the job. Here’s hop­ing more em­ploy­ers open their minds to hav­ing more in­clu­sive hir­ing prac­tices.

Tom Shea, pres­i­dent, Right Man­age­ment

As un­em­ploy­ment rates con­tinue to fall, the cur­rent work­force dy­nam­ics are quickly chang­ing to an em­ployee-driven mar­ket. There are five gen­er­a­tions in the ac­tive work­force. All bring unique per­spec­tives, ideas and ex­pec­ta­tions, and can now be more se­lec­tive in when and where they choose to work. Em­ploy­ers must find ways to cre­atively at­tract and re­tain needed tal­ent from each gen­er­a­tion. Stay­ing ahead of the com­pe­ti­tion now takes more than just great ben­e­fits and com­pet­i­tive pay.

Ted Deutch, mem­ber, U.S. House of Rep­re­sen­ta­tives

Start­ing this week, any­one with an in­ter­net con­nec­tion will have ac­cess to de­signs to make un­trace­able, fully func­tional firearms at home. That’s be­cause the Trump ad­min­is­tra­tion set­tled a law­suit with a com­pany that plans to pub­lish blue­prints for plas­tic hand­guns and even as­sault ri­fles. Th­ese “ghost guns” aren’t de­tectable by metal de­tec­tors, giv­ing at­tack­ers a way to sneak guns through se­cu­rity check­points like at air­ports and schools. No­body should sup­port ac­cess to plans for th­ese un­de­tectable guns that will make all of us less safe.

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