Regarding Wednesday’s article “Holder: ‘Justice must be done’ ”: Questions surfaced about the objectivity and competence of Attorney General Eric Holder when he did not prosecute the Black Panthers for voter intimidation. Despite eyewitness testimony that the Panthers brandished nightsticks and used racial slurs against whites at the entrance to a Philadelphia polling place on Election Day 2008, Mr. Holder let it slide.
Further respect for him was lost when he claimed he did not know about his department’s role in the gun smuggling operation known as Fast and Furious. In that fiasco, arms were allowed to cross the border into Mexico into the hands of drug cartels. The law enforcement aim of this preposterous idea was murky. However, it did result in the death of a Border Patrol agent as well as that of countless Mexican civilians.
Now the nation’s chief law enforcement officer has the audacity to belittle the judicial system by not accepting the decision of the Martin/Zimmerman jury. The jury acted as the law prescribed, and Mr. Holder’s job is to uphold the law. At least his boss, President Barack Obama, had the sense to say, “… we are a nation of laws and the jury has spoken.” Legal pundits have all but said pursuing a civil rights case against George Zimmerman would be a waste of time. President Obama needs to rein in and/or replace Mr. Holder whose actions are far below the standards of professionalism required by his office and whose remarks are not only unethical but are fanning the flames of racial unrest.
Holder’s attitude an insult to blacks
Regarding “Holder: ‘Justice must be done’ ”: I think what the government is doing is an insult to the black community as a whole. Note that Mr. Holder can’t answer to the Fast and Furious incident, in which a white officer of the law was killed.
As for Al Sharpton, he still has not explained the Tawana Brawley episode in New York. Lies ruined people’s lives, and nobody was held accountable. The DOJ is seeking information to decide if there can be a federal civil rights charge against George Zimmerman. Given all the circumstances, why would the government look to further divide our country?
If Mr. Holder and the Rev. Sharpton want to stop the killing of black youngsters, they should stop young blacks from killing each other.
System worked in Zimmerman case
Regarding “Holder: ‘Justice must be done’ ”: The attorney general is correct: Justice must be served — on himself.
Let’s start with the Fast and Furious investigation before he drags George Zimmerman through the mud. In true hypocritical fashion, he wants to pursue Mr. Zimmerman, who was found not guilty. Our system worked; there was no evidence of racism. This case was not about “stand your ground.” It was a case of self-defense. This was a tragic meeting between two people whose lives crossed that evening, and families will be forever changed.
One must remove himself from Trayvon Martin’s shoes and ask, “What if I were in George Zimmerman’s shoes that night? What would I have done?” How would you feel if you were on trial, facing life in prison, and everyone from the president on down was publicly crying for justice to be served before the trial even started?
Our system worked. Now people call for “justice” to be served. This is sounding more like a lynch mentality than people looking for justice.
West Palm Beach
Different approach, different result?
“Excuse me, young man. My name is George Zimmerman, and I’m captain of the neighborhood watch for this community
“I’m sorry for following and approaching you, but we’ve had some break-ins lately, and as I don’t recognize you from the neighborhood, I’m letting people know that we’re on the street keeping our eyes open. Do you live here?”
“I’m visiting my father. He lives just up the street”
“OK. Here’s my card. Please ask your dad if he’d like to volunteer. Thanks, and enjoy the Skittles.”
Shouldn’t it have been this easy?
Royal Palm Beach
Black youth lack civil behavior
I watched with great interest the coverage of the Zimmerman trial and its aftermath. I have seen and heard uninformed talk show hosts speak about the “grave situation in our country for young black men who are treated poorly.” While all of the protest and calls for a need to “change the system” get air time, I have heard nothing about teaching our young black men civil behavior and ordinary manners.
Will anyone in the media (some of our most potent teachers) ever become advocates for common, ordinary rules of civil behavior? If Trayvon Martin had learned rules of civil behavior, he might have said to George Zimmerman: “I am Trayvon Martin. My father lives here.” Extending a hand in friendship would have made it even better. This would have defused the situation immediately. The rest would never have occurred.
ANGELA M. RAIMO
Road projects take too long
Thanks for finally calling attention to the looooong suffering of merchants and commuters on this short stretch of road in Riviera Beach (“Road repairs raise dust, hope.”) What I fail to understand is why this job is taking so long.
It’s almost as if everyone is being punished, much as with the bridge job farther up U.S. 1 in North Palm Beach that took forever. What/why/how come these jobs go on forever? Reporting that would be most appreciated.
West Palm Beach
St. Mary’s cuts affect patients
On July 6, a Post headline read, “U.S. job growth gets stronger.” Interestingly, on June 24 a very small blurb cited 25 layoffs confirmed at St. Mary’s Medical Center in West Palm Beach. The blurb said “there would be no effect on patient care.”
I wish The Post would look further into that statement. Unit secretaries, LPNs and a lactation consultant position were eliminated. No effect on patient care? Perhaps some recent patients would beg to differ. Odd that the U.S jobs change by industry showed “health care” added 19,800.
Shark fin soup a deal-breaker
When my husband and I read your more than favorable review of The Grand Lake Dim Sum in West Palm Beach we quickly went there for dinner. Much to our dismay, when we opened the menu a featured appetizer was shark fin soup.
I think the issue of killing sharks for their fins is brutal. I think The Palm Beach Post should be much more cognizant of what featured restaurants serve before giving them a favorable review. I don’t care how good the soup was. The ingredients are an abomination.
West Palm Beach
Scientists agree on global warming
A recent letter to the editor presented a most unfortunate and inaccurate picture of global climate change (“President ignores public welfare.”) The writer contends that “every computer model that predicts global warming has been proven wrong.” Nothing could be further from the truth.
In reality, temperatures have risen 1.3 degrees Fahrenheit over the last century, with more than half of that increase since 1979. (Data are available at NOAA’s website). The 16-year “flat line” that seems to be of such concern to the writer is a nanosecond geologically; plateaus and even dips in temperature are common in the long-term net, inexorable temperature increase over the past 100-plus years.
Climate scientists no longer argue the climate change question. They have arrived at a consensus: global temperature increase is real and is the result of human activity. In a review of 12,000 peer-reviewed papers, 97 percent of scientists concluded that the planet is warming, and the warming is anthropogenic. What is troubling is that the computer models that consistently indicate a continuing warming trend may be too linear and thus are underestimating the temperature increases.
Sadly, the majority of the public believes that scientists are split 50/50. This may be because many citizens get their information from dubious sources, such as pundits who have a political agenda rather than a concern for the science. This is sort of like seeking advice on formation of a lasting personal relationship by watching “The Bachelorette.”