Regardless of the post-mortem to follow, I thank Mary Jane Saunders for making the courageous decision to step down as Florida Atlantic University’s president. Hopefully, the administration now will begin to think of students as more than data in an Excel table.
I ask the trustees to take a closer look at the administration and choose an interim president then a permanent president with vision and the willingness to really listen to concerns of the faculty and students. Ignoring problems is not the best way to solve them. The administration is top-heavy, and the top administrators’ primary goal has appeared to be to interact only with their administrative subordinates, whom they can control.
Dr. Saunders’ advisers failed in their responsibility. The administration and the board will come and go, but the faculty and the staff are the backbone of the university. FAU has a great deal to offer to the region, and we have wonderful students who are committed to succeed. Let us learn important lessons and move on. As former FAU President Frank Brogan used to say, “The best days of FAU are yet to come.” FAU’s highly acclaimed Nobel Lectures attracted international attention. With people at the top who care more about the institution that their own jobs, FAU can attract the right kind of national and global attention.
Editor’s note: Dr. Ramaswamy Narayanan is a professor of biology at Florida Atlantic University.
Democrats took page from GOP playbook
So Republicans are angry that the Democrats may have used the IRS to target conservatives. I am so happy the Democrats finally learned something useful from a Republican administration, which in the mid-1970s used the FBI and the military to target political opponents. The case was Berlin Democratic Club v. Schlesinger, and Donald Rumsfeld was secretary of defense.
Perhaps the Democrats will also take another page from the Nixon book of political tricks: “When the president does it, that means that it is not illegal.” I wonder when the parties will start thinking about what to do for America.
West Palm Beach
NTSB wrong to target social drinkers
The National Transportation Safety Boards’s recommendation that states lower the blood-alcohol level for drunken driving is a terrible one. This restriction would do nothing to stop the hardcore drunks from getting behind the wheel but would make law-abiding citizens, soccer moms and dads included, criminals for having one or two drinks.
If we are going to solve the drunken driving problem, we aren’t going to do it by targeting moderate social drinkers. Law enforcement resources are better spent on the worst offenders instead of what I call moderate drinkers.
North Palm Beach
Kravis traffic normal for big events
Regarding the letter “Kravis needs to fix disastrous parking”: My husband and I attend shows and concerts at South Florida venues throughout the year and I cannot remember when one does not struggle with slow-moving traffic after the event.
The Kravis Center does not charge for a spot in the parking garage, whereas we spend a minimum of $10 at other arenas and theaters in the area and still have to wait in line after the show. Maybe we should all appreciate this little bonus. Instead of complaining and being disrespectful by leaving early, we could chose to sit outside for a while and chat with our friends about the nice show that we were able to see, thanks to a theater like the Kravis Center. It would be better than complaining about rather trivial issues.
There is no excuse to walk out early on artists who try to offer the best entertainment possible. It must be as annoying to them as it is for some people being stuck in traffic, or, as one letter-writer put it, “waiting for what seems an eternity.”
West Palm Beach
Lease, don’t sell Morikami hotel site
Regarding your story “County to take bids for Morikami hotel”: The hotel site itself should never be sold to a developer. It should be the subject of a long-term lease agreement. It is not in the best interest of Palm Beach County to sell any part of what has become an extremely valuable gift from Mr. Morikami.
As an example for the county commission, the Rockefeller Center complex in New York City was built on land actually owned by and leased from Columbia University. The buildings can be replaced. The land cannot.
ALFRED M. LEVY
Immigrants do jobs that Americans won’t
Regarding “Bipartisan immigration bill survives test votes”: Illegal immigrants don’t take jobs from United States citizens. Virtually all of them do work that Americans won’t do, like low-wage seasonal farm work. Then, many of them go back to their own countries. Some illegal immigrants get paid off the books, to keep their wages down. But that has to do with the employers, and there are penalties if the employers are caught.
Also, not all those here illegally are from Mexico. There are many from Europe and Asia. About half of the estimated 11 million illegal immigrants actually got into the United States legally; they simply didn’t go back when their legally obtained visas expired.
The government, having learned from past mistakes, is now doing extensive background checks to avoid giving illegal immigrants benefits such as Medicaid. That inability to access our health care system, in fact, has forced many to return to their native lands.
Buy a sports team? Spend your money
Sportswriter Ben Volin reported that San Diego was removed from the Super Bowl rotation because it refuses to update Qualcomm Stadium with public funds. Anyone see anything wrong with that? I don’t.
But Dolphins owner Stephen Ross, who backed Mitt Romney with his own money and threw the presidential candidate who was in love with small government a nice fundraiser last year, evidently does. What arrogance. What gall to claim that the possible relocation of his team would be on the hands of Florida House Speaker Will Weatherford, R-Wesley Chapel. Now, the Dolphins are claiming (threatening) that they won’t pay for the renovations. You want to buy a team? Spend your own money.
Miami Heat fan needs some manners
After reading “Finger fan no stranger to notoriety,” I felt compelled to write.
Filomena Tobias may have embarrassed her daughter, but what really needs to be pointed out is the bad example she sets with her disregard for good sportsmanship. My sons have participated in the Jupiter Tequesta Athletic Association throughout the years, playing baseball, football, soccer and basketball. My husband has been a volunteer coach in all but soccer. One thing we are strong advocates for is good sportsmanship. We often notice a lack of it among professional athletes, who for some reason unknown to us, will shake the hands of their teammates but not those of their opponents.
As for Ms. Tobias, she was quoted as saying, “People need to get a life.” Ms. Tobias needs to get some manners.
Firm should honor family’s fire claim
Regarding your article on the Ward family and their insurance company’s denial of their fire claim (“Time running out for bill on insurance claim denials”): The implications are as monstrous as they are ludicrous.
Most fires are thoroughly investigated, to determine cause, and since no arson charges were brought, it is very disturbing that the insurer can allege fraud without charges being filed or litigated. Because of credit issues, will all people in the credit-challenged category be automatically added to the list of suspects for all bank robberies and convenience store heists? Lots of things can happen to good people financially. To automatically blacklist them as fraud risks is an affront to any honest person.
Guilty, until proven innocent? This is not rule of law; it is rule of convenience, and profit. If you pay your insurance bill, in good faith, you should be able to have your legitimate claim honored.
Palm Beach Gardens