Regarding Friday’s article “Judge gives prostitute second chance”: Every time I hear crime statistics they are down 40 percent. If that were true, there would be no more crime along the Broadway Corridor in West Palm Beach.
Businesses along Broadway are encouraged to place No Trespassing signs on all sides of their buildings to combat the criminals hanging around, but this does not improve business; it hampers business. Crime prevention in this area is not working.
I am not blaming the West Palm Beach Police Department all of the time. I blame the entire legal system in Florida. Some of us actually own our homes in the Northwood area, and pay taxes and very high insurance costs. When we return home from work, we find condoms in our driveways and along the curb in front of our homes. We observe cars parked in front of our homes with the driver relaxing and a head bobbing up and down in the front seat. All of our storage buildings have been emptied of gardening equipment and bicycles by thieves walking around all night long telling the police that they are going to the store when they are actually casing our properties.
There must be a solution to the problems up here. I believe that cleaning up this area would benefit the entire city and Palm Beach County.
SAMUEL H. HAIRSTON III
West Palm Beach
Kudos to Valdes for well-written story
Kudos to Ana M. Valdes for her perfectly written article on the arrests of the three suspects in the murder of the bartender at Josephine’s Restaurant in Boca Raton.
The article was articulate, had perfect descriptions of happenings, and excellent information on how the police were able to piece the entire case together to come up with the arrests they made. The police were great, but in this instance Ana M. Valdes’ well-written article made them and her outstanding.
West Palm Beach
Mental health system needs support
I read the article “Mental health system under stress: Inside the locked unit” and found it riveting. Thank you for shedding light on this important issue.
Our mental health system needs support. So many issues come up: stigma, shame, guilt, and lack of funding. I hope that sharing this story about South County Mental Health Inc. will bring more awareness of the extreme stress the non-profit health centers face on a daily basis. They are run by people who care and are not being given monetary compensation for their acts of compassion. In fact, it is the opposite, as illustrated by the continuing funding cuts coming their way. My wish is that we have a community in which the most vulnerable are given a chance to recover.
Bill would help those in line for KidCare
The article “Expansion of kids’ health insurance program stalled” was a refreshing read, as the article focused on an issue that helps bring awareness to the public about a needed reform.
Hopefully, this will get the readers of The Palm Beach Post to reach out to their representative in Tallahassee and influence them to pass House Bill 689. The article not only gives a general idea of what the bill would do, but it also points out why the bill may have some trouble passing.
It’s nice to read an article that comes with concrete facts and raises attention to the health care gap that some children fall into when their parents suffer financial hardship and their children lose their health care temporarily while waiting to be covered by KidCare.
Make users pay for airport towers
Regarding “Budget cuts to close Boca tower,” I have not flown private aircraft since 1969, but at that time, flying out of LaGuardia in New York, part of my lesson fee was $5 every time my wheels touched the runway. I flew to other non-controlled (no tower) fields to practice my touch-and-go landings where there were no fees.
Pilots are trained to land at non-controlled fields. Most of the airports complaining about the federal budget cuts from the sequester have grown due to commercial use. So why not charge the aircraft a $25 fee every time they touch down and commercial users a fixed monthly fee, to keep the towers going.
Put your thinking caps on and make the users pay the bills to pay for their own towers. It doesn’t take a rocket scientist to crunch the numbers to make these fields self-sufficient.
Corporate welfare at private airports?
Regarding the article “Budget cuts to close Boca tower,” I was shocked to hear that the government is eliminating flight controllers at the tower at Boca Raton Airport. My shock was at finding out that my taxes were going toward paying $650,000 per year to controllers to handle 50,600 planes a year at a private airport.
I assumed that those who used corporate jets and other private planes were paying the cost to operate this airport safely. I find it hard to believe that those who choose not to fly on a commercial airline landing at either of the two airports located one half hour to the north and south can’t come up with an additional $13 per takeoff. I pay more than that for my suitcase to fly. Is this what they call corporate welfare?
No need for armed officers at schools
Regarding the debate over armed school guards: My children understand that having an armed officer will not keep them safe. It may make the perpetrator choose an easier target, a mall or movie theater, but the violence is still there, always lurking, until we can fix it.
Anti-bullying laws need to be enforced even more, parenting workshops need to be given more frequently and at more accessible times and guns cannot be tolerated. How can our leaders and school district even contemplate having officers at an elementary school with guns? What kind of lesson is being taught here? I am all for protecting oneself and the innocent, but this would only be using up taxpayers’ money in an inefficient manner.
Stop with the guns. Children do not need, nor should they see, guns at school.
Honey Fitz presided over good times
Regarding “The Honey Fitz is back in business,” the boat was named for John F. Kennedy’s maternal grandfather, who owned it in the 1920s and 1930s until it was taken for the war effort.
During the 1930s, the Honey Fitz would be seen cruising Hull Bay on the Massachusetts coast south of Boston. “Honey Fitz” (John F. Fitzgerald) was a political power broker. He had a summer home in Hull, as did the Kennedys. Honey Fitz sponsored and ran a weekend called Hull Gala Days, which was held on the recreation area between Central Avenue and Nantasket Avenue and First and Second streets.
It included baseball games, children’s races, swimming races, pony rides, clowns, free candy and popcorn, and the big event, the finals of the summer tennis tournament. Honey presided from a high judge’s platform at center court. As a 10-year-old, I and all the other children and young adults enjoyed the fun he provided.
WILLIAM R. HIBEL
Palm Beach Gardens
Kravis leaders ignore cause of early exits
Regarding Frank Cerabino’s column “Kravis crowds gain infamy for exiting early,” Mr. Cerabino has not defined the primary problem at the Kravis Center. What is the response from the management and board of directors after so many years of a safety hazard: the patrons leaving before the performance is over?
Just think about what the common complaint says: a shoulder-to-shoulder walk through the breezeway leading to the garage and the length of time it takes for cars to empty the multi-level structure. Or the additional money to pay for early car pickup by attendants. Has management really identified the problem with input from the fire department?
The delays in attendants getting the patrons’ cars at an additional expense have not been rectified. The confusion and confrontation at the end of each performance is the reason why I have not continued as a patron of the Kravis Center. Volunteers do the best they can under the circumstances, while management and the board lap up the kudos.