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.

The battle of library closings goes on and on

Unless you have been living in a cave for the last month you are probably aware of the fact that Miami-Dade County government, more specifically our mayor, Carlos Gimenez, and our county commissioners, have announced that due to the lack of sufficient revenue it is necessary to close 22 of our county libraries — that’s […]

Shame on U.S. Senate for ignoring will of the people

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You are member of Congress. You are a Senator or a member of the House of Representatives. It doesn’t matter if you are a Democrat, Republican or an Independent. Unless you are living in a cave without television, newspapers or radio, you know that every national survey (except perhaps a survey conducted by the NRA) […]

Dolphins’ stadium rehab — a different story this time around

The community went into shock when they first heard the news that Steve Ross, the owner of the Miami Dolphins, wanted the taxpayers, through the hotel bed tax, to foot the bill to upgrade his Sun Life Stadium. Dejá vu all over again. First we got stuck with a lease so badly written that to […]

Legislature starts session with a ‘no’ on Medicaid expansion

After several years of a conservative, strictly pro-business, anti-ordinary man-onthe- street, legislature we find our elected officials are starting to listen to the voices of the people. I loved the recent Miami Herald headline “Lawmakers to angry voters: We hear you.” Now let’s see if they are listening or just patronizing us. I don’t think […]

How not to boost the growth of the economy

Foreign nations must be laughing at us. I can hear them now: “Those crazy Americans, they have almost bankrupted their country trying to convert the governments of the world to what they call democracy when they can’t even govern their own country.” And they are right. Our elected officials should hang their heads in collective […]

Dolphins’ stadium rehab — a different story this time

The community went into shock when they first heard the news that Steve Ross, the owner of the Miami Dolphins, wanted the taxpayers, through the hotel bed tax, to foot the bill to upgrade his Sun Life Stadium. Dejá vu all over again. First we got stuck with a lease so badly written that to […]

Social Security: Entitlement or prepaid retirement benefit?

Are Social Security benefits a gift to the retired from the taxpayers of America? Or is Social Security a retirement plan that we subscribed to and made monthly payments while we worked anticipating that some day, when we retire, we would receive a monthly benefit? What happened to the money taken from my paycheck every […]

Gov. Scott’s numbers on Medicaid do not add up

Our governor is at it again. Gov. Rick Scott on more than one occasion has refused money from Washington knowing that his refusal will not reduce the national debt, a good intention, but only give federally collected taxpayer money to benefit another state. Now he is playing with the numbers in saying that the cost […]

Gun control isn’t just about controlling gun sales

Some 300 million guns, more or less, currently are in the hands of Americans. For all purposes that equates to roughly one gun per American. When I say American, I mean each and every person — babies, children, adults and the elderly — living in our country. The average life of a gun is 75 […]

America must regain its confidence in the future

The solution to regaining our confidence in America is simple. The results are obvious. The implementation is beyond difficult. Unless we are certain the future is secure, we, the American people, will not spend. And, spending is the only way out of our current malaise — individual spending, that is you and I, not government. […]

ALF problems: Much said, little done in Tallahassee

In 2011, the Miami Herald ran a series of exposés on the neglect taking place in many of the assisted living facilities (ALFs) in Florida. Patients walking out the door and never seen again; patients sleeping in their own excrement; patients with bed sores from lying in the same position for days on end, and […]

Adiós, Governor Scott, time to leave Tallahassee

It was a good try, governor. But it seems you don’t have the touch for politics. Democrats and few Independents ever supported you. Now, Republicans don’t want to be seen with you. Time to go. I strongly suggest you do not run for reelection — it would be embarrassing. Let a fresh face, like Marco […]

Some miscellaneous thoughts on the recent election

Reconciling my bank account I saw again the contributions I made to several political campaigns. I am still wondering if my few dollars meant anything when put up against the multimillion-dollar funds created since the Supreme Court’s Citizen United decision. I ask nothing in return for my few dollars — except better government. I ask […]

Changed my mind on Amendment 240

Today I met with Rita Schwartz and Michael Rosenberg, two of the founders of the Pet Trust, the originators of the proposed county charter amendment ballot number 240, Improved Animal Services. They objected to my recommendation to vote against 240. I was looking at the idea that if we were going to increase our real […]