Last week, you published “Bill curbs gun buys by mentally ill people” and “Bradshaw requests $3 million for special crisis unit.” This is a perfect example of one hand not knowing what the other hand is doing.
In the first story, Miami-Dade County Judge Steven Leifman made clear to the House Criminal Justice Committee that after a person is Baker Acted, as long as he agrees to further treatment after 72 hours he can purchase a gun legally. The judge pointed out that only one percent of Baker Acts result in involuntary commitment. This leaves 99 percent of persons who have been deemed a danger to themselves or others to do as they wish.
In the second report, Palm Beach County Sheriff Ric Bradshaw was asking the Florida Senate for funding to create a violence prevention team. What about the current program, in which Counselors in Training officers help intervene for those who are suffering from symptoms of, or have a history of mental illness and/or violence when the police are called? Instead of trying to get monies for a new program, how about expanding the one in place?
Better yet, why hasn’t anyone proposed something similar to New York’s Kendra’s Law? The common denominator between the two proposals is helping to follow up on those who have needed hospitalization for mental health stabilization. That is just what Kendra’s Law provides. The Justice Department in March 2012 certified portions of the law as effective crime prevention measures.
We need to pool resources to better help those who really need it. Without treating mental illness long-term, with follow-up, there will be more Columbine-, Virginia Tech-, Aurora-, Sandy Hook- and University of Central Florida-like events. Our family and friends need our assistance to protect themselves and us.
Obama should stop
meddling in Calif. laws
Is no one disturbed that President Obama is urging the Supreme Court to overturn California’s ban on gay marriage?
Reading the administration’s brief, one would think that once gays “find” marriage, they will be in Seventh Heaven. That may be, until the marriage folds, and the children no longer have a real parent to rely on. Or, when they fall out of love, there comes a bitter fight over property.
It is conceded that California grants gay couples all the rights of married couples. What, then, can prostituting the definition of “marriage” give them? Words mean things, and “marriage” has a long and noble history in Western civilization.
President Obama seems not to have urged the court to follow the Constitution, and to give ear to the clearly expressed wishes of the California citizenry. Let the White House save amicus briefs for matters of real consequence.
DAVID G. KAMM
Old moral code not
relevant to today
Columnist Cal Thomas says gays wanting marriage equality should be asked whether “…they consider any other human relationship worthy of similar consideration …” There is nothing to stop polygamists from demanding legal protection except the current standard, which Mr. Thomas asks about, of social and cultural acceptance.
Our society does not accept polygamy; it does not seem to reflect as natural an impulse as homosexuality does for gays and lesbians. Polygamy is accepted in Muslim countries, as it was when “the rules for living and social order (were) set down in a book found in most hotel room drawers.” Mr. Thomas has a narrow view of what constitutes moral goodness in social change. He sees Americans as abandoning that “source of morality and goodness.”
Yet that source was added to after 1,500 or so years by another set of writings, and the church they led to was itself altered after 1,500 or so years by Martin Luther. Our Constitution needed 10 amendments soon after it was written, and has undergone 27 changes in all, to adjust to social change. While Mr. Thomas thinks it takes “moral courage to say ‘no’ to same-sex marriage,” it is because an “increasing number of Americans” are changing their views that the Defense of Marriage Act should be overturned.
ALLAN L. BROOKS
Editor’s note: On Tuesday, the Supreme Court will hear a challenge to California’s ban on same-sex marriage. On Wednesday, the court will hear a challenge to the federal Defense of Marriage Act.
bias against Scott tiring
On Tuesday, The Post published the results of a survey conducted “by Democratic-leaning Public Policy Polling,” which showed that 57 percent of Floridians disapprove of Gov. Rick Scott’s job performance. I find the results rather puzzling.
The unemployment rate in Florida just fell to its lowest since November 2008. The number of online job openings in Florida increased 8.8 percent in February. In 2012, tourists spent a record $71.8 billion. According to a June 2012 Orlando Sentinel analysis, Gov. Scott has cut more economic development deals than his two predecessors. In anticipation of increased container ship traffic, he has increased the state’s investment in port expansion by 278 percent.
So what is there not to like about Gov. Scott’s performance? Every major newspaper in Florida endorsed Alex Sink. They have continued a vendetta against Gov. Scott, and I believe the polls show that their constant stream of negative columns and editorials have succeeded in brainwashing a large segment of Florida voters. I trust that these voters will see the light and reject the media bias against Gov. Scott and Republicans.
needs lesson in savings
Please convey to New York Times columnist Paul Krugman, who doesn’t believe that we have a spending problem, these observations from a taxpayer who breathes less-rarefied oxygen.
As a former Florida County School System Department Director, I reduced operating expenses more than 30 percent without hurting the quality of services. As a former state internal auditor, I observed that every agency I audited could easily reduce operating expenses by more than 30 percent without hurting services delivered.
As the president or general manager of a 3,000-member condominium association, I witnessed hundreds of time-share condominium owners lose their investment due to excessive ad valorem taxation, which was used in part to fund governmental waste, fraud and abuse. As a 39-year reader of The Post, I have noted that your own investigative reporting confirms my findings. Future generations will do better providing essential (constitutional) public services only, allowing for more individual initiative and choices other than the one Professor Krugman advocates.
Traffic problem could
be solved with shuttle
This is in response to the issue of traffic problems during drop-off at Park Vista High School.
What about thinking outside the box? What if parents dropped off their children at a location near the school, such as a church, that is not open during drop-off hours? The students could then be shuttled by bus to Park Vista. Yes, it might take a little longer time, but it might take no longer than dealing with the traffic situation does now.
I am writing in response to Frank Cerabino’s column “No lieutenant governor for Florida?”
I am no fan of our governor or his administration. But Mr. Cerabino comparing the recently resigned Lt. Gov. Jennifer Carroll to being as useless as a male nipple takes The Palm Beach Post to a new low. How disrespectful and crass, regardless of the paper’s and the writer’s political beliefs. With articles as sophomoric as this, no wonder newspapers are suffering.
As far as the author’s column and performance goes, perhaps Mr. Cerabino should look in a mirror. He is simply a smart aleck wannabe writer masquerading as a journalist. Most males have two “useless” nipples. Is he rounding out the set?