Here are the stories that caught my eye this morning in the local mainstream media.
A- Herald: At least taxes aren't going up.
Library lovers across Broward County should brace for more cuts, possibly at every branch.B- Herald: How did I miss this. Transit Miami gets profiled by the Herald.
An outside consultant has recommended drastic measures to preserve the cash-poor library system. The options: closure of branches, a system-wide shutdown an additional day a week, reduction in hours on open days, and a cut in services at the libraries.
The blogger was Felipe Azenha of Transit Miami. The lean, 36-year-old banker and University of Miami real estate development graduate student wants to do for Biscayne what he helped do for Brickell -- rally the community and convince the Florida Department of Transportation to make the road more pedestrian and business friendly.C- Herald: Vote!
Early voting begins Monday at 20 locations in the recall election for Miami-Dade Mayor Carlos Alvarez.D- Herald: They write letters.
More than 20,000 absentee ballots have already been returned for the March 15 election.
Voters in District 13, which includes Hialeah and Miami Lakes, will also decide whether to recall Miami-Dade County Commissioner Natacha Seijas.
Attack on unionsE- Palm Beach Post: Photos, video, Lake Worth Street Painting Festival.
The GOP’s war on wages is bound to bear them bitter fruit in 2012. It is driving me hard left. I guess it’s OK for screenwriters and actors, broadcast engineers and TV and radio announcers, all the skilled trades and the NFL and all the millionaire pro athletes to have collective-bargaining rights, but not teachers.
Obviously, wages and benefits are better in the unions. The GOP’s great idea is to bring the level of wages and benefits down, not up. The GOP’s great idea is to create a society in which we cannot provide teachers, garbage collectors or sewer workers with a decent compensation package. Sounds like utopia – for those who have money.
No wonder the poor and old are afraid, too. Do Republican governors around the country really believe that union workers are going to go home every night and successfully play the market in a self-directed retirement plan? Let’s find solutions to our fiscal problems that put people first.
Steve Christensen, Miami