Miami Dade County Community Forum

Tuesday, September 22, 2009

Civility Absent at City of Miami Debate

There was a candidates forum at the Museum of Science last week for the candidates for Mayor of the City of Miami. The audience was rude, calling out and shouting down other people in the audience. It was reported that a woman spit on someone.

It is a sad state of affairs when we can't come together and respect each other's point of view. Moderator, Michael Putney could not control the behavior.

The last time the UEL saw this type of occurrence was at a forum we sponsored in North Miami Beach. It was a debate between County Commissioner Rolle and Former State Rep. Phillip Brutus. The campaign workers for Rolle shouted out during the questions and answers disturbing the listeners.

Any suggestions you might have for maintaining decorum in these situations would be appreciated.

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