Bob Diamond

Reach out, touch people, because you care

This November, I will be term-limited out after serving almost ten years as a Commissioner in Aventura. As my political days are over, I offer advice to those who are running for political office: “Reach out, touch people, because you care.” Years ago, I had the great honor of serving ...

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The Presidents Tee Off

At the recent Republican National Convention, Marco Rubio joked of President Obama, “By all accounts, he is a good husband, a good father…and thanks to lots of practice, a pretty good golfer.” Obama is not alone as nearly every president over the past century has been a golfer. The exceptions ...

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1812: Our Most Misunderstood War

Associated Press reporter Beth J. Harpaz was right when she recently wrote, “Good luck finding someone who can explain in 10 words or less what the War of 1812 was all about.” Some historians will say it was over “Impressment,” namely, that the U.S. declared war against England because the ...

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Our Greatest Chief Justice – John Marshall

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Where in our Constitution does it state that the Supreme Court has the power to over-rule and declare as unconstitutional acts by our President and Legislature? Nowhere! This was precisely a key issue facing our Founding Fathers in their trying to creating a nation based upon individual rights that never ...

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Arthur I. Snyder – Aventura’s First Mayor

Bob Diamond

The most unforgettable person I ever met was Arthur I. Snyder. I first met him some twenty years ago when we were part of a tennis group at Turnberry. With Aventura’s creation in 1996, Arthur ran for Mayor, asking me to be his campaign manager. A former judge, Arthur had ...

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Ruth Gruber – The Jewish Rescuer

Bob Diamond

While completing her doctorate degree in 1932 in Cologne, Germany, Gruber heard Adolph Hitler’s vicious anti-Semitism. She returned to America, became a journalist and wrote about Hitler’s threats against the Jews. In 1944, Harold Ickes, FDR’s Secretary of the Interior, asked Gruber to “take on a secret mission, escorting a ...

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Where is Revolutionary War Hero Thomas Paine buried?

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New Rochelle N.Y. has offered a reward for the remains of Thomas Paine for re-burial. A corset-maker by trade in England, Paine immigrated to the American colonies in 1774 in time to play a major role in the American Revolution. With little journalistic experience, Paine wrote a powerful, widely read ...

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