The editorial “Campus fight is a loser” was excellent and right on target.
After the fact is a terrible way to have done this. Two years of hearings, meetings, plans and back-and-forth negotiations all done “in the sunshine” and only now is this cadre of malcontents coming forward to criticize Loxahatchee Groves’ approval of a campus for Palm Beach State College.
A great many of us welcome the college and will work to give it a good home while finding ways to minimize any and all potential impacts on our community. Non-residential development has been slated for our Southern Boulevard border since we worked on the neighborhood plan in the early 1990s, the town’s visioning process and beyond. Municipalities are required to supply some commercial activities and other services. Having these at our periphery rather than in the center, along Okeechobee Boulevard, is the best way to protect the core of our ruralesque community and our lifestyles.
Palm Beach State College, let’s travel into tomorrow together. Welcome to the western communities and Loxahatchee Groves in particular.
J. WILLIAM LOUDA
Editor’s note: J. William Louda is a former Loxahatchee Groves council member.
College better option
than commercial use
Finding a suitable fit on Palm Beach State College’s property has been ongoing in Loxahatchee Groves since the early 1990s. The college is the best fit that anyone could ask for, since the college maintains its properties, provides its own 24-7 security force and had agreed to share in the cost of traffic-control measures on B Road.
The college will always be there. If the property were commercial and the individual tenant moved out, the property could be leased to someone we don’t know or the property could remain vacant for a lengthy period of time. Plus, the college closes down every night by 10 p.m., is not open on Sundays and observes all holidays.
During the upcoming election, the choice is up to voters as to who they want to be their neighbor.
Smoke alarm bill
a silly proposition
You have got to be kidding me. Legislating what type of smoke alarm we have to have? Did anybody think this through? Certainly not the bill’s sponsor, a retired firefighter who is obviously not a rocket scientist.
How about the additional cost to the consumer for these high-tech devices? How are they labeled to be sure they are fresh, like a bottle of beer? Does the sponsor have an interest in the company that used to supply 787 batteries that can be modified for use in smoke detectors? The lithium battery devices would probably cause more fires than they prevent. Besides, what battery ever lasts as long as advertised?
Just put a new battery in that beeping device on your wall or ceiling. If you want to legislate something practical, work on minimum hose sizes for firefighters.
West Palm Beach
on Iraq misplaced
Regarding “Procession escorts ex-SEAL to burial site,” thousands of people rendered homage to Chris Kyle, America’s most lethal sniper. He claimed that he had killed 255 Iraqis (160 confirmed.) He justified it as a “payback for 9/11.” Iraq had nothing to do with 9/11. Mr. Kyle leaves behind a wife and two children. How many widows and orphans has he left behind in Iraq?
West Palm Beach
Push needed for
more PBIA nonstops
The letter “PBIA needs more nonstop flights” was most pertinent.
Southwest Airlines canceled its flight segment from West Palm Beach to Tampa in mid-January. I took that flight, changing planes in Tampa, and continuing on to New Orleans. It was not the best itinerary for this very, very senior person, but it was the best available.
Almost simultaneous with that announcement was one stating that Southwest was initiating a nonstop flight from Key West to New Orleans. I wrote Southwest CEO Gary C. Kelly in protest of worsening flight schedules and received a somewhat flippant (I felt) reply, that they couldn’t schedule for only a few passengers who might be inconvenienced.
Perhaps if the Palm Beach County Tourist Development Council or a similar agency could take a full-page ad in an airline’s in-flight magazine, that airline might heed our pleas for better service. I noticed that cities along Southwest Airlines routes had taken out similar ads.
West Palm Beach
GOP using Benghazi
for political ends
Regarding the cartoon showing Benghazi as a Republican obsession, although you can never trivialize the death of Americans in service to their country, let’s be realistic.
On Sept. 11, 2012, four Americans were killed in a volatile country halfway around the world. On the “real” Sept. 11, in 2001, 3,000 Americans were killed in major cities in the United States. There was documented proof that the outgoing Clinton staff had warned about a domestic attack by al-Qaida. It came at a time when Republicans were in control of Washington.
Did the Republicans demand an immediate congressional investigation? No, they stonewalled until late 2002. And for those with good memories, let’s go back to 1983, when 241 Americans, most of them Marines, were killed in their barracks in Beirut, Lebanon. Whose administration? Ronald Reagan’s, patron saint of conservative Republicans everywhere.
No, Benghazi is not an obsession. It is a charade with three purposes: to feed red meat to the base, have another shot at a Senate seat in Massachusetts, and begin the rock throwing at Hillary Clinton.
weren’t all diplomats
I have now seen at least two letters on the Benghazi issue refer to “four dead diplomats.” These writers seem unaware that only Ambassador Chris Stevens was a diplomat. The other three were gunmen. One was Mr. Stevens’ security guard, and the other two were contractors from the nearby CIA building. Facts do make a difference.
Another misconception is that every consulate should be as heavily guarded as an embassy. There is only one embassy per country, and each is heavily guarded by Marines. However, there are thousands of consulates, one in most every major city of almost every country. It is impossible to create a fortress of each one of these.
With utmost respect and compassion for Mr. Stevens’s death, why did he choose to leave the heavily protected embassy in Tripoli (Libya’s capital) to visit a consulate on such a politically charged and dangerous date as 9/11?
four slain Americans
The implication that congressmen and congresswomen (solely in the Republican Party ) who have concerns regarding the mishandling and attempted cover-up of the Benghazi incident are “obsessive” partisan fools is repugnant. Our ambassador, his assistant and two brave American warriors we placed in harm’s way are murdered, and cartoonist Nick Anderson thinks it’s a “brain clot obsession.” You were shameful in running that cartoon.
CHARLES J. HARTLEY
Killing U.S. terrorist
I disagree with your editorial critical of the Obama administration’s killing of known al-Qaida terrorist Anwar al-Awlaki. There was much evidence linking him to several attacks that killed Americans as well as planning future ones. If ever there were justification for the death penalty this is it: an American citizen guilty of treason in time of war.
Nothing wrong with
The Rev. Matthew Harrison, president of The Lutheran Church/Missouri Synod, chastised a Newtown, Conn., Lutheran pastor for “inadvertently (giving) the impression he condoned joint worship by offering the benediction at a Dec. 16 event with other religious leaders for the elementary school shooting victims.”
Said the Rev. Harrison, “There is sometimes a real tension between wanting to bear witness to Christ and at the same time avoiding situations which may give the impression that our differences with respect to who God is and how we get to heaven, really don’t matter in the end.” I don’t think the man — or god or son — who said “Suffer little children, and forbid them not, to come unto me: for of such is the kingdom of heaven.” (King James: Matthew:19:14) would reprimand anyone
offering a benediction for 23 little children entering his father’s, or his kingdom.
West Palm Beach