Opinion

OPINION: On Election Day, Florida voters will have the opportunity to vote on several constitutional amendments included on the general election ballot. Among the proposals is Amendment 7. This amendment, like several others voters will consider in just a few weeks, combines matters that share a common thread – in this case, higher education. 
OPINION: Florida’s 13 million voters have a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to help convicted felons who have paid their debt to society earn the right to vote, and to a second chance. Called the “Voting Restoration Amendment,” a proposed constitutional amendment will grant most of the 1.7 million convicted felons the right to vote and help select their elected leaders. That’s a good thing. It makes sense.
OPINION: It comes as no surprise to local Miamians that we are among the top tourists destinations in the world. Our community has everything a traveler seeks out—unique culture, impeccable food, and one-of-a-kind experiences. Greater Miami’s travel and tourism industry works hard to tell the world why they should plan their next trip to Miami. This is no selfless act, though. Attracting visitors to our community is absolutely critical to growing our economy and creating jobs. 
OPINION: Since the beginning, the business industry has backed the DACA program as well as the opportunity to pass comprehensive immigration reform. Business leaders have participated in direct communication with President Trump, formed organizations to fight for DACA, organized fly-ins and have personally met with congress. At the end of last year, over 100 companies put pressure on Congress by supporting a lawsuit that challenges the Trump Administration’s decision to end DACA. These companies include names such as IBM, Facebook, Twitter and Uber.
OPINION: Gov. Rick Scott and the Florida Cabinet have a chance to right a wrong of their own making. They can – and should – comply with a court order to create a reasonable process to restore voting rights to ex-prisoners.U.S. District Judge Mark Warner ordered the state to develop a new method of deciding when and how convicted felons can regain their voting rights. The ruling gives the Florida Cabinet one month to create a new clemency process that consists of standards, not whims. In the words made famous by the governor himself, it’s time to ‘get to work.’
OPINION: As our country faces an unprecedented opioid epidemic that takes at least 115 lives each day, you may have noticed a new neighbor on your block.  Without fanfare or neighborhood notification, the house next door may now be a “sober home” or “recovery residence,” where multiple unrelated individuals in drug recovery live together in pursuit of sobriety. 
OPINION: Florida is known to be one of the most popular travel destinations in the world. Given that fact, most Floridians know tourism is the main driver of the economy in the Sunshine State. What most aren’t aware of is that agriculture is a primary reason why Florida has a top 5 GDP (Gross Domestic Product) in the United States. From citrus and vegetables to sugarcane and forestry, the agriculture industry employs over 2 million people and contributes $127 billion statewide annually. All this success was negatively impacted, however, when the Obama administration and the EPA broadened the clean water regulations and banned the industry’s most widely used pesticide.
OPINION: Floridians are blessed with a low cost of living.  When comparing the cost of housing, utilities, transportation, health, or the overall cost of living, Florida is lower than the U.S. average.  Why, then, is Florida ranked among the five most expensive states for car insurance?  The answer is, in part, because of a broken statutory system that does not require the purchase of third-party bodily injury coverage (BI) but does require the purchase of Personal Injury Protection (PIP) coverage laden with high costs and pervasive fraud.
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