South Florida Sun-Sentinel (Sunday)

TOP STORIES FROM LAST WEEK

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LaurenBook, member, Florida Senate. Iwant to suggest to the Broward Sheriff’s Office that they immediatel­y enact a new policy: If someone’s life is in immediate danger, the first order of business should be to protect that person’s life. When a crime is being committed (a forced entry into a home, for example), deputies should first stop the criminal, stop the crime and protect the person in danger. Currently, protecting the perimeter to make sure the criminal doesn’t escape apparently takes precedence over protecting people. That is simply wrong and must be corrected.

Paul Castronovo, host, PaulCastro­novo Show on Big 105.9. How’s Christmas going to be this year? Well, if youwant to see the tree in Rockefelle­r Center, you’ll have to have a ticket. Who knew that last December, when I tookmy family to see the tree, some shows and generally do Christmas theway itwas meant to be done (freezing and over-spending), theworldwo­uld soon implode? Frankly, I’m shocked I didn’t catch the ‘rona whilewewer­e there. Elbowto elbowon subways, Rock Center, in restaurant­s, cabs, hotels, bars … more bars … millions of people, and I’ll bet not one of them had Purell on them!

Bobby DuBose, minority co-leader, Flor

idaHouse of Representa­tives. Florida has hit a terrifying milestone: 1 million COVID-19 infections, and around 19,000 deaths. This has been a catastroph­ic year, but it’s up to us to protect our health, our families and our neighbors. Unfortunat­ely, the governor has tied the hands of local leaders, and the Legislatur­ewon’t act until at leastMarch, a full year after the pandemic hit the Sunshine State. Touting individual responsibi­lity alone is not the solution, because we are all in this together. We cannot continue using the same strategy and expect different results. It has not worked so far.

Howard Dvorkin, CPA, chairman, Debt. com. The pandemic hasn’t just sapped holiday cheer, it will also ruinNewYea­r’s Eve for struggling Americans. When the ball drops, many will be relieved the year is over, but some crucial federal programs will also end. At midnight on Dec. 31, the CARES Act expires – and with it, the moratorium on evictions, relief for federally and GSA-backed mortgages, and the suspension of principal and interest payments for federal student loans. I hate to be a Scrooge, but if you’ve benefited from these breaks in the CARES Act, you need to startworki­ng on your 2021 household budget right away.

BernieFern­andez Jr., M.D., CEO, Baptist Health Medical Group. With daily reports about theCOVID-19 vaccines being developed, it’s important to understand that the approval process for these drugs remains intact, even with an expedited timeline. Two vaccines are producing the promising data being reported. These vaccines are being further evaluated by theU.S. Food and Drug Administra­tion to ensure the validity of their safety and effectiven­ess and to verify that the manufactur­ing process and facilities will maintain product quality and consistenc­y. Once that evaluation is complete, theFDAwill decide whether to allowthe vaccines to be distribute­d under theEmergen­cyUse Authorizat­ion, which is expected.

ChipLaMarc­a, member, FloridaHou­se of Representa­tives. The Florida Department of Education(DOE) andGov. DeSantisis­sueda new emergency order to clarify the plan for theK-12springse­mester. Underthiso­rder, the decision will continue to be entirely up to the parent or guardian to decide whether in-person or virtual learning is best for their student during the pandemic. Bro ward County Public Schools will work with students to figure out the best plan forward for the student if they are falling behind in e-learning. The district will submit a plan to DOE for their student interventi­on plan if students fall behind in e-learning. The state will continue to fully fund districts for all students learning in-person or virtually.

AndyThomso­n, member, BocaRaton City

Council. Nearly 200,000 people in Palm Beach County are food in secure. Although food assistance programs certainly help, they haven’ t solved the problem. That’swhy acts of generosity like those organizedb­y SummerFaer­man, director of theTLCprog­ramat B’naiTorah Congregati­on in Boca Raton, are so important. Summerputu­pand helps replenish several “Little FreeFoodPa­ntries” aroundBoca Ratonwhere folks in need can get free food, including pasta, canned soups, beans, oatmeal andgranola bars. Thepantrie­s are located at the SalvationA­rmy, AdventLuth­eran and EbenezerCh­urch. Thankyou, Summer, for caring somuchfor our community!

RobertWein­roth, member, PalmBeach

CountyComm­ission. Conversion therapy, sometimes referredto as “reparative therapy,” is a discredite­d practice aimed at changing an individual’s sexual orientatio­n or gender identity using a variety of shaming, emotionall­y traumatic orphysical­ly painful stimuli tomake their victims associate those stimuli with their LGBTQident­ities. OnNov. 20, a federal appeals court ruled abanonconv­ersion therapy enactedbyP­almBeach CountyandB­ocaRatonwa­s a violation of the constituti­onal rights oftwo licensed family therapists­whohave heretofore provided sexual orientatio­n change efforts. This isnotwiths­tanding the AmericanPs­ychiatric Associatio­n’s determinat­ion thathomose­xuality is not amental illness.

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