Ban smoking at Florida beaches?
Regarding the article “Smoking bans beach-bound?”, if the smoking public wants to imperil their health in public spaces, by all means let them. But they must grasp the simple concept that our most treasured natural resource, our greatest economic draw — a source of their job? — our beaches are not their personal ashtray.
What’s not to understand about that? Who thinks it’s acceptable to enjoy a day at the beach while stubbing cigarettes out in the sand? Only folks who feel a sense of entitlement. It’s the same as cleaning up after your dog when out walking. Take responsibility. Of course you are entitled to smoke, but not to litter sidewalks, green areas and beaches with your butts.
Ruin your own health. Increase your own health insurance premiums. Risk heart disease. But don’t make the rest of us suffer along with you.
No less than the front page dedicated to a “California-styled, there is nothing left to legislate but cigarette butts on the beach” initiative.
Florida cannot get the primaries right. Florida cannot get an election count process right. Consider more reporting on relevant legislation to push back on mobile phone use and texting in automobiles. California and umpteen more states have already addressed the issue, but it seems the cellphone operators are the same guys as the Big Sugar dudes.
Come on, Palm Beach Post. Step up to the plate and get the bats off your shoulders. It is spring training, and there are some issues out there.
West Palm Beach
pick abortion fight
In “Catholics’ lost influence,” New York Times columnist Ross Douthat mentions “the White House’s cynical decision to energize its base by picking fights over abortion and contraception.” I believe he has that fact backward.
In 1973, the Supreme Court gave women the right to abortion. That should have been the end of it. Since then, many states have fought hard to restrict that right. Laws have been passed strictly to make abortion difficult and, in some cases, inaccessible.
One of the most notable figures in this anti-abortion movement is Virginia Gov. Robert McDonnell, the man MSNBC host Rachel Maddow has dubbed “Governor Ultrasound.” He tried to force women to have unnecessary transvaginal ultrasounds but backed off and went with regular ultrasounds, also unnecessary.
Democrats are not the party “picking a fight.” They are simply trying to help women hold on to a right given to them by the Supreme Court 40 years ago.
Palm Beach Gardens
Citizens officials’ travel
deserves more scrutiny
Am I the only one who is incensed about the actions of the so called leadership of Citizens Property Insurance Corp.? (“Citizens agrees to new travel rules.)
If paying thousands of dollars for hotel and meals at supposedly necessary meeting sites is a measure of these unscrupulous government employees is a measure of their management skills, God help those of us who must foot the bills. The Post’s headline addressed only travel regulations. Do we who suffer yearly premium increases know what other very bad judgments are included in Citizens’ budgets?
As a long time State Department officer, we were constantly reminded that poor judgment would result in our dismissal, including criminal investigations when necessary. The Post reported that these high ranking employees “did not break the travel regulations.” I would suggest that we ask who wrote the rules.
We hope that The Post, a newspaper that has done such excellent investigative reporting, will not give this abuse a pass or a kindly slap on the wrist. The actions of these people who abused the trust we gave them should be fired and, where necessary, charged appropriately. We who must carry the burden of exorbitant insurance costs must not allow this type of behavior to prevail.
Rubio water sip got
too much coverage
Can a drink of water make or break a political career?” This is what CNN’s Wolf Blitzer reported as headline news. Our own Palm Beach Post ran a front-page story under the headline: “Post Coverage: State of the Union: Rubio jokes about water gulp – Florida junior senator boosts his national profile despite gaffe.”
When did it become a career-ending gaffe to take a drink of water during a speech. Has there never been a glass of water at a speaker’s podium? Cable news outlets broadcast Sen. Marco Rubio’s “bizarre water-drinking behavior” 200 times the day following his State of the Union rebuttal.
Have the mainstream media failed to provide us real reporting? Is there some reason silliness has replaced important news?
Palm Beach Gardens
Focus on Benghazi,
not Rubio refreshment
How far can the disingenuousness of the Democratic Party and its acolytes in the media go?
The administration was unresponsive to a deteriorating situation in Benghazi despite requests for increased security. Then-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton lost her cool during the resulting congressional inquiry. Questioned why an offensive video was blamed for the terrorist attacks that killed four Americans, she offered no explanation and reacted angrily, asking what difference it made. Nevertheless, the mainstream media was virtually unanimous in heralding her triumphant vindication.
Fast forward to Sen. Marco Rubio’s rebuttal to the State of the Union. He paused to reach for a drink of water, and one would think from media reaction that he had fallen off the stage. The liberal chorus howls, ‘This could be a career-ender!” Let me offer the opposite interpretation, which makes much more sense: “Secretary Clinton loses it during interrogation, shouts angrily at committee while providing no answers. This could be a career-ender!”
Why did Sen. Rubio reach for a glass of water during his GOP rebuttal speech? What difference does it make?
Four dead in Libya
trumps Rubio reaction
This is a reply to the reader who asked, “Is this all they got,” referring to Republicans questioning the administration about Benghazi. It is ironic that he thinks four Americans being killed is not much of story to keep mentioning until the truth comes out.
I would like to ask him whether, since Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., gave an on-target and accurate account of himself but all the Democrats can talk about is his taking a drink of water, “Is that all they got?” Four dead Americans isn’t a worthwhile subject, but I am sure he is applauding the Democrats’ reply to Marco Rubio’s drink of water. That is real fair and balanced.
After watching his Republican response to the State of the Union, can we all agree that Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., is not the great public speaker that some claim, and that he has virtually nothing important to say?
Poor Marco could not go eight minutes without breaking into a nervous sweat, displaying numerous spasms and facial tics, then finally lunging for a bottle of water in mid-sentence. Any sales pitch lady on the QVC Shopping Network can do better than that. His comments seemed to have nothing in common with the speech just given by the president. But they were rich in the warmed-over pabulum popular with the conservative campaign donors who watch Fox News.
As usual, Marco Rubio’s favorite topic was Marco Rubio. He reminded us how blessed he is to be him. But even on the issues of immigration reform or foreign policy, Marco proposed almost nothing. Cubans remain the only nationality that gets an automatic pass into the U.S. With the recent end of exit visa requirements by the Cuban government, Florida could be facing the biggest disaster since the Mariel boatlift of 1980. On this issue, Marco remains silent. Florida needs and deserves a better senator than Marco Rubio.