Regarding the commentary “Scott’s veto helped only divorce attorneys”: The governor’s veto of the alimony bill was not only a personal disappointment to me, but a miscarriage of justice to all Floridians. In his veto letter, the governor took a one-sided, old-world view. That is not what is happening today in mine.
Gov. Scott makes the grand assumption that women are staying home and giving up careers to raise children. Perhaps in his elitist household. At the time of my divorce filing, I was 44 and my former spouse 41. My ex-wife worked part-time half the year and full-time the remainder. We shared parenting and household responsibilities. Our children were 12, 9 and 7. The marriage ended at 17 years and two months.
I had my education and career prior to the marriage. She was awarded half of my pension, and all marital assets were split equally. Yet despite shared custody, I was ordered to pay lifetime alimony. All too often, these are the cases reaching the courts. They are not the cases of women in their 60s. Had Gov. Scott signed the bill, those cases still would have had protection. Trying to eliminate or modify alimony when you retire does not happen.
In criminal law, we would never punish someone this way. We save that for family court. Gov. Scott and the Family Law Section of the Florida Bar should be embarrassed.
Tell men true cost of marriage
Thanks to The Post for covering the alimony debate, including the commentary “Scott’s veto helped only divorce attorneys.” However, the coverage raises more questions.
Specifically, what are the total costs to men in a divorce, including legal fees, asset splits, alimony and child support? With half of marriages ending in divorce, why aren’t these dollar figures widely known by men prior to marriage? Some follow-up reporting, please.
Scott ignored will of the people
I am deeply disappointed with Gov. Scott’s veto of alimony reform. The veto equates to a death sentence for people whose only crime was falling out of love.
I have heard the opposition state how easy it is to go back to court for a modification following a change of circumstances. Modifications are granted by the court as often as you see unicorns driving on Interstate 95. My husband may die an early death without relief and his former spouse will live a comfortable retirement. Governor, thank you for contributing to the demise of my family.
When I called the governor’s office, I was told that the majority of calls were in support of alimony reform, yet he chose to ignore the will of the people. As a high school government teacher, I work hard to negate students’ cynicism and convince them that the process does work and politicians actually care and listen to their constituents. Politicians like Gov. Scott make my job very difficult.
The governor took office with the slogan, “Let’s get to work.” I propose a new slogan: “Let’s get everybody to work, including former spouses.” That would truly put Florida families first.
West Palm Beach
Senators wrong to scold Apple
Regarding “Apple CEO defends tax stance in Senate”: It was remarkable to read about the senators’ concerns regarding Apple’s tax accounting practices, since the Senate is responsible for the laws that govern those procedures.
According to reports, Apple followed the appropriate tax rules and regulations, but apparently the loss of that revenue gave the lawmakers an opportunity to dress down an American corporate icon. Too bad those with their noses all out of joint don’t have the same determination to go after the billions of dollars lost each year to government fraud and waste. How many billions have been lost to “green energy” schemes, Medicare and Medicaid fraud, and on and on.
Those responsible for the tax laws no doubt took advantage of the loopholes when they could. The public scolding of Apple by the Senate was inappropriate. There are plenty of other causes to rally behind, starting with the senators’ own dirty laundry.
Preakness stories befit major event
This is to express my appreciation for Sunday’s coverage of the Preakness Stakes. So little attention is often given to horse racing, even the big events. The articles Sunday were generous in length and informative to those of us who share this interest.
It was an especially exciting time for the Preakness this year, with the fine caliber of the mounts and the human interest in relatively unknown jockeys. The skimpier reporting of the Kentucky Derby in recent years has been a disappointment to the fans among us. I know that you used largely wire service copy, but it was the space and the banners that drew attention. And don’t you wish that you were there?
Animal Adventures does great work
The article “Ex-‘Tarzan’ actor to lose cats” refers to Animal Adventures as the possible new home for Steve Sipek’s big cats. I decided to visit Animal Adventures, near Lake Okeechobee.
We were greeted by a warm, friendly volunteer. As we introduced ourselves, we had to talk loudly over the beautiful white cockatoo and stunning parrots. Then it was off to the preserve and cages to see the rescued, abandoned and recovering animals. We walked slowly because there was so much to see: tiger cubs playing in their tub, bobcats, a bear, a panther, lemurs, a lion, a white tiger with blue eyes, turkeys, snakes, a llama and more. All are healthy and happy.
As we met up with the owner, she was busy making room for the actor’s cats. She introduced each tiger and gave a little history. We could tell she loves her cats and animals, and they love her. They know her voice and come to attention when she says their names.
Animal Adventures is very different from a zoo. There is a much more intimate feeling of seeing and getting to know the animals. What a treasure we have in our backyard.
Okeechobee site perfect for big cats
I cannot believe that someone with the Animal Rights Foundation was skeptical about letting Animal Adventures in Okeechobee take care of Steve Sipek’s tigers and panther. I have been to Animal Adventures twice, and was amazed at how well all the cats, monkeys, birds, etc. are taken care of. Sue Pierce is a wonderful woman and a friend of Steve’s, so his animals will be in good hands.
Dad irresponsible during ocean visit
While Rick Robb’s account of a mishap at the Singer Island beach (“I could have lost my little girl”) was compelling, I found his actions irresponsible.
I know that beach well, and there is a sudden drop-off shortly after entering the water, as well as a gentle current that will cause you to drift north if you’re not paying attention. The thought of him clutching his trusting 9-year-old daughter in choppy, chest-high water when the yellow caution flag was flying is terrifying. I would never have gone beyond my ankles in that water.
Palm Beach Gardens
New city manager has right focus
I applaud the editorial “Basics, not just the beach” for its analysis of Lake Worth’s new city manager, Michael Bornstein, and the future of one of South Florida’s unique and cities. I am particularly proud of Mr. Bornstein’s focus on Lake Worth’s infrastructure and community outreach.
I have always viewed Lake Worth as an unpolished gem, comparable in many ways to St Augustine, Key West and Winter Park, just waiting for a master jeweler to give it a shine. During my time on the Lake Worth City Commission in the 1970s and ’80s we discussed the city’s crumbling infrastructure, but alas it’s 30 years later and matters have only gotten worse .
Mr. Bornstein led the early efforts to restore the original Palm Beach County courthouse in downtown West Palm Beach, to great success. Maybe given the chance, despite Lake Worth’s history of political histrionics, our master jeweler has finally arrived.
West Palm Beach
Editor’s note: Mark Foley served in the Florida Senate and the U.S. House after serving on the Lake Worth City Commission.