The top sto­ries last week

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

Irela Bagué, pres­i­dent, Bagué Group

We lost one of our best. Ge­orge H.W. Bush our 41st Pres­i­dent from the “Great­est Gen­er­a­tion” and the last Repub­li­can Pres­i­dent who un­der­stood the en­vi­ron­ment is the econ­omy. He passed the Clean Air Act of 1990, bi-par­ti­san leg­is­la­tion that used a mar­ket-based ap­proach to re­duce acid rain caused by coal-burn­ing power plants and in­cen­tiviz­ing the power in­dus­try. He is also re­spon­si­ble for sign­ing on to the U.N. Frame­work Con­ven­tion on Cli­mate Change as he clearly un­der­stood that the chal­lenge is global. Rest in Peace, Mr. Pres­i­dent, know­ing that be­cause of you, we are breath­ing cleaner air to­day.

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

MDC, in col­lab­o­ra­tion with In­ter­na­tional Sol­i­dar­ity for Hu­man Rights, com­mem­o­rated the 70th an­niver­sary of the Uni­ver­sal Dec­la­ra­tion of Hu­man Rights with a dy­namic art in­stal­la­tion Dec. 7, by in­ter­na­tion­ally-renowned artist Car­los Cruz-Diez. The art piece, ti­tled “In­duc­tion Chro­ma­tique,” rep­re­sents Hu­man Rights Ar­ti­cle 27, “Right to Cul­ture,” and is be­ing do­nated to the col­lege by ISHR as part of its ac­claimed Route to Hu­man Rights project. And, MDC’s MOAD held a spe­cial brunch also on Dec. 7, open­ing a new ex­hi­bi­tion, Su­per­flex. All these events and sev­eral oth­ers were part of MDC’s Mi­ami Art Week/Art Basel of­fer­ings.

Deb­bie Wasser­man Schultz, mem­ber, U.S. House of Rep­re­sen­ta­tives

As a fed­eral pros­e­cu­tor, La­bor Sec­re­tary Alex Acosta gave a sweet­heart deal to a wealthy and well-con­nected se­rial sex of­fender. This seem­ingly un­eth­i­cal de­ci­sion to dras­ti­cally re­duce the crim­i­nal penal­ties against Jef­frey Ep­stein, a vile sex­ual preda­tor, is un­ac­cept­able for any pub­lic of­fi­cial, es­pe­cially a Cab­i­net sec­re­tary who now over­sees sex­ual ha­rass­ment pre­ven­tion ef­forts in the work­place. That's why I'm lead­ing the call for an im­me­di­ate in­ves­ti­ga­tion by the In­spec­tor Gen­eral of the U.S. De­part­ment of Jus­tice. The Amer­i­can peo­ple and the vic­tims of these hor­rific crimes de­serve to know why jus­tice was not served in this dis­turb­ing case.

Shel­don Harr, found­ing rabbi emer­i­tus, Tem­ple Kol Ami Emanu-El

This past week Jews around the world cel­e­brated the Fes­ti­val of Chanukah. The theme of this hol­i­day is both a sim­ple one (re­li­gious free­dom ) and a more com­plex one (re­gards and re­spect for oth­ers who wor­ship dif­fer­ently than do we). This hol­i­day last­ing eight days and nights is par­tic­u­larly mean­ing­ful con­sid­er­ing the rise of anti-Semitism and the grow­ing po­lit­i­cal, eco­nomic, and cul­tural di­vi­sive­ness in our coun­try. Plac­ing the ideals of Chanukah with the po­ten­tial of the prom­ise of Christ­mas, at this time of the year we all have an op­por­tu­nity to make this world a bet­ter place for all.

Michael De Lucca, pres­i­dent, Broward Re­gional Health Plan­ning Coun­cil, Inc.

On Dec. 7, the 77th Na­tional Pearl Har­bor Re­mem­brance Day Com­mem­o­ra­tion was held in the morn­ing and open to the pub­lic. Pearl Har­bor sur­vivors, veter­ans and peo­ple from all around the world come to­gether on this day an­nu­ally, to honor and re­mem­ber the 2,403 ser­vice mem­bers and civil­ians who were killed dur­ing the Ja­panese at­tack on Pearl Har­bor. Through­out the United States there are four unique lo­ca­tions of the Pearl Har­bor Me­mo­rial sites lo­cated in Hawaii, Ari­zona and Cal­i­for­nia that cap­ture this day as one of the most piv­otal days in U.S. his­tory.

Dr. Michael Den­nis, chair, FAU Sch­midt Col­lege of Medicine

What’s hap­pened to re­spect­ing and hon­or­ing the de­ci­sions of our elec­torate? In Wis­con­sin, Repub­li­can law­mak­ers, hav­ing lost the of­fices of gov­er­nor and at­tor­ney gen­eral in the midterm elec­tions, passed leg­is­la­tion in­tended to limit the power of the in­com­ing Democrats. For ex­am­ple, the new gov­er­nor would now be re­quired to ob­tain per­mis­sion from the leg­is­la­ture for ad­just­ing pro­grams run jointly by the fed­eral and state gov­ern­ments and would have greater dif­fi­culty mak­ing po­lit­i­cal ap­point­ments. This bla­tant ac­tion is as awk­ward as our gov­er­nor re­mov­ing Broward County’s elec­tions su­per­vi­sor when she has al­ready an­nounced her re­tire­ment. Bet­ter to re­mem­ber the Golden Rule!!

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

Re­cent cli­mate change re­ports have ex­posed the dire place our world stands. The Global Car­bon Project found that global car­bon diox­ide lev­els are ex­pected to grow by 2.7 per­cent this year. A World Health Or­ga­ni­za­tion study projects that ad­dress­ing cli­mate change could ac­tu­ally save mil­lions of lives and bil­lions of dol­lars. Yet, in a re­mark­ably tone deaf move, the Trump Ad­min­is­tra­tion an­nounced its roll­back of en­vi­ron­men­tal pro­tec­tions lim­it­ing green­house gas emis­sions from coal plants. My bi­par­ti­san cli­mate change leg­is­la­tion would put a fee on car­bon and re­turn 100 per­cent of the net rev­enue back to Amer­i­cans, lead­ing to 90 per­cent emis­sions re­duc­tions by 2050.

Kath­leen Can­non, pres­i­dent, United Way of Broward County

The home­less are no longer liv­ing in the en­camp­ment out­side the Broward Main Li­brary and the tents are gone, but the work is far from over. As case man­agers help the former en­camp­ment res­i­dents with sup­port­ive ser­vices and per­ma­nent hous­ing, on­go­ing com­mu­nity sup­port and phi­lan­thropy is needed. This in­cludes new land­lords will­ing to rent to us; fur­nish­ings and sup­plies; em­ploy­ment op­por­tu­ni­ties for the newly housed; and more. At the same time, we must re­mem­ber: the en­camp­ment is just a tiny frac­tion of Broward’s home­less pop­u­la­tion. At least 2,300 in­di­vid­u­als are ex­pe­ri­enc­ing home­less­ness ev­ery day in Broward County, and our work must ex­pand to help them. Visit Unit­edWeEndHome­less­ness.org or Broward.org/ EndHome­less­ness.

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