Has the U.S. become the Rodney Dangerfield of countries? We just get no respect. In pursuit of Edward Snowdon, the “NSA leaker,” China and Russia have simply shrugged off requests for extradition. Can we expect Ecuador to do the same?
More embarrassing, every country seems to “have our number” when it comes to arranging conferences. We seem thrilled to have rogue states like North Korea and Iran just think about arranging a meeting months in the future when both we and they know there will be no concessions and their nuclear programs will go on unimpeded.
With a spiraling national debt and hollow foreign policy, what else can you expect other than no respect?
Palm Beach Gardens
Stand with Obama
to send message
President Obama’s thoughtful way is, for the most part, one of his strongest attributes, especially when dealing with extremely delicate situations in foreign policy. His approach to the Libyan crisis is an example on how his thoughtfulness, his prudence and his analytical capabilities helped achieve the desired result — ousting dictator Moammar Gadhafi — without getting involved in a long and unpopular military situation. Many called it “leading from behind.” Now the world agrees that it was the right way to approach the crisis.
The United States is now in a different situation with the Edward Snowden affair and, while still being true to his sober character, the president needs to be assertive and willing to act to ensure that Snowden is brought to justice and that the countries that in anyway harbored him or assisted him suffer true and unequivocal consequences. Whether it’s China, Russia, Cuba or Ecuador, the United States must send a clear message that we will protect our interests anywhere, at anytime, and from anyone, large or small, poor or rich.
Returning this man to face justice in the U.S. is critical to our interests and they must understand that in no uncertain terms.
Even with our many troubles, America is still the only superpower in the world. Those who betray us from within and those who have the audacity to confront us around the world need to feel the weight of our power and our influence in proportion to their actions.
Americans of all stripes, of all walks of life, must stand with the president.
West Palm Beach
There’s a compromise
for same-sex marriage
The Supreme Court has dismissed the Defense of Marriage Act and opened the door for states to approve same-sex marriages. The forces opposed to gay-lesbian marriage are rising against it. Religious organizations are distressed on the basis of biblical concerns. They are gathering their forces and raising money to oppose it.
I want to suggest a compromise: A civil union, recognized by local, state and federal governments that provides the same legal, social, political and tax rights as married couples. No exceptions.
It brings to mind the symbolism that recently caused an uproar at Florida Atlantic University. The instructor did not demean, insult, or otherwise lower our respect and reverence for Jesus. It was an academic exercise to illustrate the importance of symbolism. In the present case the “label” of marriage is universally acceptable to describe the union of a man and woman. But, it is just a “symbol” that can be replaced by “union” as long as the rights of one are conferred on the other.
League of Women
Voters is apolitical
I was shocked at the letter you published that suggested the League of Women Voters is an arm of the Democratic Party. The League (which isn’t only for women) bends over backward to be apolitical. It endorses no party, no candidate. Rather it fields meetings where all candidates are welcomed.
The League discusses problems and seeks solutions. It works to solve problems in our democracy. It takes stands on issues, but not on people. It lobbies for what it believes is right.
The only reason one could think the League is an arm of the Democratic Party is because, after careful consideration of topics, it frequently comes up with an opinion that is closer to the Democratic viewpoint than the Republican. That should say something about the party and its relationship to the general public’s problems, not the League whose stand was carefully considered.
languishes at CityPlace
For more than six months, since my friend tripped on extremely uneven payment and fell on her face on the north side of Hibiscus Street between Rosemary and Sapodilla at CityPlace, I have issued many complaints.
I have walked to city hall twice and had extended conversations with two separate members of the mayor’s staff. They told me of a suit brought by another injured party, and explained the complications of determining who has responsibility for the dangerous condition of this area of very public sidewalk.
Truthfully, I don’t care who the guilty party or parties are. This serious hazard has been completely neglected. Even the barriers, that were placed after my first call to alert and redirect pedestrians, are not kept in place continuously.
Where does the “buck” stop? If a problem like this which can have truly serious implications can’t be fixed, at least a new law is required, or perhaps just bolder exercise of leadership.
Surely our city is capable of finding a way to make us safer quickly.
West Palm Beach
Why won’t state probe
voter registration fraud?
Gov. Rick Scott is showing zero interest in following up on the state’s efforts to investigate voter registration fraud. When asked at a June 25 news conference if he’s reviewed either of the two cases closed by the Florida Department of Law Enforcement into a vendor hired by the Republican Party of Florida, Scott had a one word reply: “No.”
The FDLE has shown a surprising lack of investigative rigor or urgency. None of the employees interviewed in the two investigations were supervisors. Only higher-ups could provide accounts of how Strategic Allied Consulting managed more than 2,000 employees across the state. The tepid investigative response from FDLE is hardly in line with the Republican campaign, leading up to the 2012 election, to stamp out any threat of voter registration fraud.
Republican lawmakers imposed stricter deadlines on voter registration groups to prevent the type of fraud that plagued Strategic Allied Consulting. “I want people to vote, but I also want to make sure there’s no fraud involved in elections,” Scott said when he signed the bill into law.
Two years later, when Scott was asked if he was satisfied with the thoroughness of the investigations into Strategic Allied, he responded with a vague and unrelated affirmation of voting rights. “I want to make sure every election we have that the people who have a right to vote in our state go out and vote.” SBut was the FDLE, which he controls, conducting thorough investigations into fraud? Scott wasn’t saying.
GOP has be advised
The Post reported that, in a speech at the Forum Club, GOP pollster Frank Luntz told Republicans they need to empathize more with ordinary voters. How bad does it have to be when a political party needs some guy to tell them how to say what they really mean, in a way that doesn’t offend the masses? Isn’t that what Sarah Palin meant by “lipstick on a pig?”
Figure out humane
way to raise animals
Yes, I eat dead chickens, dead pigs and dead cows, but until I read a letter to the editor, “Factory farming is miserable for all of us,” I didn’t realize the suffering they go through so that we can consume them. After all, they are God’s creatures; surely we can devise better ways to make their short lives more comfortable before we slaughter them.
Lake Clarke Shores