The top stories last week
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.