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No matter what journey you take in life, it is inevitable that you will come across various roadblocks and obstacles. Whether it is things that pop up at work or at home, there is always a way to push through and make it to the other side of whatever stands in your way.

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Distinguished Professor Emeritus of Economics at Ohio University Richard Vedder's new book, "Restoring the Promise," published by the Independent Institute based in Oakland, California, is about the crisis in higher education. He summarizes the three major problems faced by America's college…

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Although I have spent a lot of time with you over the last couple of months, I can’t say that I know you well. Most of my time has been spent outside what they call an emergency influx shelter for unaccompanied migrant teens, right past the Air Force Reserve Base. But I have driven through y…

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This is in response to the op-ed by Rep. Mucarsel-Powell, May 10, 2019, pg 7A.

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The city of Homestead can be proud of a good many things: its friendly population, its institutions...Recently, I also found out that it is the proper place to bring your sick or injured pet. It has outstanding veterinarians but, particularly, I am thinking here of Dr. Teresa Tucci.

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Last week's column discussed Dr. Thomas Sowell's newest book "Discrimination and Disparities," which is an enlarged and revised edition of an earlier version. In this review, I am going to focus on one of his richest chapters titled "Social Visions and Human Consequences." Sowell challenges …

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When I lived in Ecuador, I grew up surrounded by vibrant life; beautiful exotic plants and animals that would make anyone fall in love with our planet. When I moved to Miami, I felt a similar appreciation and love for our unique ecosystems like the Everglades, and our stunning coastlines—are…

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When Martin Truex Jr. pulled his No. 19 car into Victory Circle following the rain-delayed Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race at Dover last Monday, it was the third time he had done that in 27 career races at the Monster Mile.  For the 2017 MENCS champion who claimed the Ford EcoBoost 400…

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I was 27. The Loop, nicknamed for the ring of elevated train tracks which anchored Chicago’s downtown area, was less than a mile to my right as I walked out of OBM—the Olive Branch Mission—and toward Grant Park on Lake Michigan. The Chicago Stadium where Michael Jordan was shooting the light…

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After having Sunday off for the holidays a few weeks ago, NASCAR returned to action this past week at Talladega Superspeedway. The race was well worth the extra wait as the GEICO 500 delivered some of the most exciting racing this year.

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When you think of a prototypical athlete, most people immediately think of stick and ball sports such as football, basketball or baseball. Your mind sculpts an image of a tall, muscular individual who can accomplish almost any feat on the field of play – someone like Bo Jackson or LeBron Jam…

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Every once in a while an athlete comes along and alters a franchise or even an entire sport. These athletes are few and far between. They put up Hall of Fame worthy statistics, achieve feats that are rarely seen and propel their team into the playoffs year after year. Perhaps equally special…

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Despite 138 objectors and a Community Council that favors developers instead of giving respect to neighbors, was the outcome of last Thursday's Redland Community Council 14's zoning meeting. Residents of the Biscayne -288 St --McMinn --172 Ave area, were hoping for a favorable zoning decisio…

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In the first 100 days of the 116th Congress, we’ve been able to accomplish so much for our South Florida community – a community that I am proud to

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If one needed evidence of the gross ignorance of millennials, and their teachers and college professors, it's their solid support for socialism and socialist presidential candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders. Socialism has produced tragedy wherever it has been implemented. Last year marked the 40th…

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To prevent child abuse, we must understand it. That's why you'll soon see blue pinwheels and other signs that April is Child Abuse Prevention Month. The better we understand the long-term damage that trauma inflicts on children, the better we'll be at preventing it.

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If you watch any sport long enough, it’s inevitable that you will witness unthinkable moments and see upsets that are historic in nature. As we reach the pinnacle of the NCAA basketball tournament, March Madness is a time where we are more prone to see underdogs come out on top.

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In many ways, science and sports have always gone hand-in-hand. In traditional stick and ball sports, the practice of sports medicine and the understanding of the anatomy of an athlete’s body have helped athletes improve over time while allowing fans to comprehend sports in a different way.

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Some Americans have much higher income and wealth than others. Former President Barack Obama explained, "I do think at a certain point you've made enough money." An adviser to Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez who has a Twitter account called "Every Billionaire Is A Policy Failure" tweeted, "My …

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When I travel across South Florida, I listen to people’s concerns: quality health care isn’t affordable; student debt is crushing our economy; polluters can operate unchecked even when individuals are taking steps to reduce their own carbon footprint. South Floridians have been feeling that …

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As I sat at mass this past Sunday thoughts raced through my head like a runner sprinting to the finish line. I was listening to the homily but then I glanced around, and my mind just took off. Memories began to swirl in my head.

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As we continue through the month of March, I encourage you all to take some time out of your day and thank all of the women in your lives. For those of you who don’t know, March marks Women’s History Month on the calendar here in the United States. What originally began as a week-long honor …

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   On Valentine’s Day, I was scheduled for a sleep study at one of Baptist’s centers in Kendall.  My Pulmonologist wanted the study for two reasons; first, I have been on a CPAP machine since 2013 and it is slowly dying a slow death and second because I have lost a lot of weight and may not …

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In most sports, teams and athletes take part in preseason practices and games to get ready for the upcoming season. The preseason offers athletes a chance to fine-tune their skills and get into shape by the time the regular season rolls around. Essentially, preseason is used as a way to eval…

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Last weekend my children, son and daughter who are local, took me on an outing with the five grands who live here. So, after mass I drove up to Cutler Bay to my daughter’s home as I would ride with them.

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Frederic Bastiat, a French economist and member of the French National Assembly, lived from 1801 to 1850. He had great admiration for our country, except for our two faults -- slavery and tariffs. He said: "Look at the United States. There is no country in the world where the law is kept mor…

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We all love to travel. We look forward to getting away from it all and escaping. Oh what a great time you will have if only you can get there. Yes...if only....

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Last week in this space we looked ahead to commencement of the 2019 NASCAR season at Daytona International Speedway. Now, “Speedweeks,” which is comprised of many racing events at Daytona during the two weeks leading up to the start of the season, has come and gone with Sunday’s running of t…

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Ten states and Washington, D.C., have legalized the recreational use of marijuana. Twenty-two other states, along with U.S. territories Puerto Rico and Guam, allow marijuana to be used for medical purposes. Let's examine some hidden issues about marijuana use. Before we start, permit me to s…

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It just cannot be. I cannot believe it. Surely this was an error on someone’s part! These were the words that ran through my mind this past week.

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We’ve turned the final corner of the NASCAR offseason and are finally ready to commence the 2019 campaign. The last two weeks have given us a taste of what’s to come this year as we got to see qualifying and the Advance Auto Parts Clash last Sunday, and then the Gander RV Duels last night.

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Suppose I declare that I am a king. Should you be required to address me as "Your Majesty"? You say, "Williams, that's lunacy! You can't prove such

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In every sport, there are milestones and accomplishments that define a player, coach, owner or team. In football – from a team standpoint – it’s the Lombardi Trophy, which we just saw earned by the New England Patriots last Sunday as they won the Super Bowl for an astounding sixth time.

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Well I must tell you that last weekend I had a “first time in my life” experience.

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So… by now you all know that my “so long”, “farewell”, “auf Wiedersehen”,

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When it comes to being a member of the South Florida community, we are always looking for ways to use our facility here at Homestead-Miami Speedway. Aside from Ford Championship Weekend, where we’ve crowned NASCAR’s champions in all three national series for each of the last 17 years, we’re …

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In 1976, Gerald Ford won 15 percent of the black vote. That's the most of any recent Republican presidential candidate. In most elections, blacks give Democrats over 90 percent of their votes. It's not unreasonable to ask what have blacks gained from such unquestioning loyalty to the Democra…

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As Americans, we have some basic, reasonable expectations. Among them: our food should be safe to eat, our businesses should be able to operate, our workers should be paid for their labor, and our government should function effectively.

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Just this past week the Senate Democrats proposed another “Assault Weapons Ban of 2019”, to differentiate it from the one they had from 1994-2004. This is one definition of insanity. According to the DOJ under gun hater Bill Clinton, there was little to no impact on crimes and gun deaths. Ot…

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I am writing to thank those South Dade/Florida Keys residents who shared the true meaning of Christmas with children in need this holiday season. The generosity shown to the South Dade Florida Keys Area Team enabled us to collect 3,905 shoebox gifts for Operation Christmas Child, a project o…

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Just this past week the Senate Democrats proposed another “Assault Weapons Ban of 2019”, to differentiate it from the one they had from 1994-2004. This is one definition of insanity. According to the DOJ under gun hater Bill Clinton, there was little to no impact on crimes and gun deaths. Ot…

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I am writing to thank those South Dade/Florida Keys residents who shared the true meaning of Christmas with children in need this holiday season. The generosity shown to the South Dade Florida Keys Area Team enabled us to collect 3,905 shoebox gifts for Operation Christmas Child, a project o…

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We’re less than a month away from the 2019 NASCAR season which kicks off with the 61st running of the Daytona 500. “The Great American Race” is not just one of the biggest spectacles in auto racing, but in all of sports as well. The Daytona 500 marks the beginning of a new NASCAR season, but…

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The nine grands have been keeping Grammy and Papa busy lately. How do people do it with more? They would like us to attend every event and we want to but sometimes, it is just impossible. I keep telling them, “Remember…Grammy and Papa are old!” They don’t seem to understand that.