Stories written by Kenneth Bluh
Kenneth has been writing a column for Community Newspapers since 1989 when he first wrote about the incorporation movement in UMSA (Unincorporated Municipal Services Area). His columns cover the political scene in Miami-Dade and Tallahassee. Educated at the Wharton School in Philadelphia, Kenneth has been a member of the banking/mortgage lending profession in Florida since 1962. Contact him at kbluh@americanbsm.com or 786-247-0547 where he manages American Bancshares Mortgage LLC’s Reverse Mortgage Department.

Where might you buy medical marijuana in Florida?

You can soon buy medical marijuana in Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado, Connecticut, District of Columbia, Delaware, Hawaii, Illinois, Maine, Massachusetts, Michigan, Montana, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, Oregon, Rhode Island, Vermont and Washington State. That is, once their legislatures figure out who is going to be authorized to buy and who will be […]

A gun range in your next-door neighbor’s backyard?

BANG, BANG…BANG! Alicia, call 911. Didn’t you hear gunshots? Call the police! Where is Carlos? I told that kid to stay home tonight! ¡Dios mío! Where are those shots coming from? Get down on the floor! Where are they coming from? A few minutes later Roberto hears the sound of police cars roaring into the […]

County commissioners need a lesson in finance

R. Kenneth Bluh

What is there not to understand? Moody’s and other credit-rating agencies can make or break a community’s budget when it comes to repaying municipal bond financing. It happened before when Miami-Dade County officials decided to raid the emergency reserve fund to cover expenses that were well known at the time the budget was being drafted. […]

Legislators, is a bazooka in the backyard okay?

Thanks to our fabulous Florida Legislature we can, unobstructed by county or municipal government protestations, build and use a gun range in our back yard. First, let me thank our esteemed legislators for limiting the shooting to the backyard. Heaven forbid a person might get hurt from a ricocheted bullet if someone was shooting from […]

What is terrorism doing to future of Olympics?

For the past 50 years so many communities that have hosted the Olympics, both summer and winter, have found that the glory of hosting athletes from around the world quickly fades but the cost lives on for many years. Now a new element has arisen — the heightened cost of security, the reality of terrorism […]

STOP still spells ‘slow down’ for Miami drivers

Do you remember the column I wrote, maybe five years ago: “In Miami STOP spells slow down?” Well it’s still happening in our fair city. My cell phone rings the other day. “Bluh, you won’t believe this,” the anguished caller almost demanded of me. “This morning, only a couple of hours ago, I was in […]

Shortsighted budget game costs county in long run

The Miami Herald headline read: “Moody’s downgrades part of Miami-Dade’s credit.” The mayor and the county commission played games with the county budget and now we can look forward to paying higher interest when we borrow money in the future. We saved a few dollars today but will pay heavily in the future. County Mayor […]

The community gets only what it’s willing to pay for

Property owners of Miami-Dade and our county government have for too many years been in conflict over what we expect in the form of services from our government and how much we are willing to pay in property taxes to cover these requested services. How it works: We pay property taxes; additionally the county collects […]

Spies vs. spies: Who is listening to whom?

The headlines should not be reading: “America, listening in on the world.” It should be: “Who isn’t listening in on whom?” Since the days the Romans sent spies into Egypt to learn of its defenses against a possible Roman attack the world has been spying on both friend and foe. In 1986, the United States […]

State Dept. approving Russia building monitoring stations in U.S.?

The New York Times headline Nov. 16, read “A Russian GPS Using U.S. Soil Stirs Spy Fears.” Fears, I guess so. The story, in brief, stated that the State Department wants to approve the Russian space agency, Roscosmos’ request to build a series of guided missile tracking and monitoring stations across the U.S. states. That’s […]

I agree with former Vice President Dick Cheney

I agree with former Vice President Dick Cheney that “GOP needs to look to new leaders.” Cheney did not elaborate on who is a potential candidate for the Republicans to go against the Democrats in the next presidential election, but it was evident on a recent Meet the Press that he is not happy with […]

Who is to blame for federal government shutdown?

Obama’s healthcare program: Some love it, some hate it, and many don’t understand the details of the program. OMB, the federal Office of Management and Budget, actually estimates it will lower the cost of health insurance. Some Republicans say it will cost so much that it will literally break the federal government. Who knows? More […]

World War II: last war/conflict America has won

The year was 1953; America was officially out of Korea. Not a war, it was called a “police action.” Yet, today, 60 years later, we still have soldiers stationed in South Korea, standing by in the event the North Koreans decide to invade the South again. How many lives did we lose during the conflict? […]

Gov. Scott starts voter registration purge again

The United States Supreme Court ruled in June of this year that the long-standing portion of the Voting Rights Act that required 15 states with a history of discrimination (Florida being one of them) in voter registration obtain prior approval from the Justice Department before changing voting laws was unconstitutional. The requirement that these states […]

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