Everything is not black or white, but I’m beginning to see red all over.
I can’t speak for the rest of your readers, but I’m tired of hearing about Trayvon Martin and George Zimmerman. I’m tired of the polarization. When will we accept the fact that we are all in this together, and we have nobody to blame but the media and ourselves for fueling every conflict created on earth.
I accept people on their merits and judge all equally. Why is it that when I opened up the Palm Beach Post Monday morning I came across an independent supplement by MIA Media & Communications Group advertising “Palm Beach County’s Top Black Doctors?” I sat and pondered how this supplement would have gone over had it read “Palm Beach County’s Top White Doctors?” What’s next? “Palm Beach County’s Top Doctors Who Are Homosexuals?” Could someone explain to me what is going on here?
Black doctors insert stoked curiosity
I read with interest the insert in Monday’s Palm Beach Post “Palm Beach County’s Top Black Doctors.” I’m curious when we can expect “The Top White Doctors” insert?
Narrow focus helps fuel racial divide
I have seen the supplement you added to the Monday edition of your newspaper about the top black doctors in Palm Beach County. It really upset me. I feel that supplements such as this is feed the racial divide in our country.
I would be just as upset if you had chosen to list the top white doctors in Palm Beach County. The physicians treating me are Sikh, Hindu, Jewish and Christian. In the past, I was under the care of a black doctor, who unfortunately passed away. I chose these doctors based on their level of competence, not on their skin color or religion.
In future editions, will you have an insert featuring the top 25 black business leaders of 2013? Would you consider balancing this out with a list of the top 25 business leaders of all races? I believe that would help in promoting racial equality.
Doctor’s skin color not reason to visit
For 15 years when I lived in Boca Raton, I had a neighbor friend who was a doctor and just happened to be black. He became a doctor not because he was black but because he worked his butt off to get through medical school, internship, residency and the like. You are pandering to your black readership when you publish such a treatise as “Palm Beach County’s Top Black Doctors.” Imagine the riot that would take place if the title was “Palm Beach County’s Top White Doctors.”
There are many reasons to go to a doctor. The color of his skin is not one of them. You are doing race relations a disservice by distributing such stuff.
JOSEPH W. BERLINGER
Pap Corps raises money for research
The July 11 article “When did Pretty Baby become a hot flash?” didn’t mention the movie show times of the recent Pap Corps fundraiser at Movies of Delray.
“The Hot Flashes’’ is a “feel-good’’ movie about middle-aged women who found a creative way to raise money for breast cancer prevention. And it’s no wonder that three local chapters of the The Pap Corps, Champions for Cancer Research seized on it as a fund-raising event by having members and friends attend the movie. The three chapters are Aberdeen, Valencia Isles and Ponte Vecchio.
Since 1952, the Pap Corps has provided more than $43 million in seed money for Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center and University of Miami Miller School of Medicine’s researchers and physicians. “The Hot Flashes’’ fundraiser was just one of many such events.
‘Maiden name’ an antiquated term
I enjoyed reading Nara Schoenberg’s article “Maiden name in the middle?”, but I had to force myself to keep reading, as I couldn’t get past the term “maiden name.”
I know that term as “birth name.” I thought we were in the 21st century. In the old, old days of my grandmother and mother, young women were known as “maidens,” hence “maiden name.” The young men were known as “young men” or “gentlemen.” Forty-plus years ago, my high school best friend and I made a deal that we would never change our birth name when (if) we married. We knew that our birth name is one of the few things you can take with you when you die.
We both honored that deal. I married twice and kept my birth name both times, with no problems. My sister-in-law and my brother gave her birth name as a middle name to their son when he was born. Buckley is my birth name, and I always will be Betty Anne Buckley. My husband is fine with that. Oh, and the word “obey” was omitted from my wedding vows, both times.
BETTY ANNE BUCKLEY
District officials wrong to skip vigil
As a 2011 graduate of Dreyfoos School of the Arts, I am deeply saddened by the deaths of Christopher Marshall and Ted Orama. Both men worked exceptionally hard to help make Dreyfoos a great place to attend school.
When I heard that not a single representative from the Palm Beach County School District was at the vigil to remember these men, I was shocked. West Palm Beach Mayor Jeri Muoio, Service Employees International Union President Alphonso Mayfield and U.S. Rep. Alcee Hasting’s aide were able to attend. Was no one at the school district available for two hours?
Two school district employees were murdered on the job. The district can talk about how all of its employees matter, but ignoring a vigil commemorating two employees who were shot dead in their office shows disregard of employees and their families, as well as a disturbing lack of professionalism in human resources. The school district can, and should do better.
West Palm Beach
Gay marriage foes threat to liberty
The decision by gay marriage opponents in California to continue their efforts to enforce Proposition 8 despite the Supreme Court decision displays a refusal to accept that their views of homosexuality are based on religious ideas thousands of years old.
Modern science now understands that several biological factors cause homosexuality and that a minority of the population is routinely born with a different sexual preference but is normal in every other respect, just as left-handed, blue-eyed or red-haired minorities are. Homosexuals desire the same marriage commitment, love and benefits that heterosexuals experience, and they deserve them. Unfortunately, continuing a cowardly tradition begun with “separate but equal,” the Supreme Court has refused to state, once and for all, that marriage is a right protected by the Constitution.
As we read about abuses of women and minorities in foreign countries by religious extremists we need to be aware that similar forces are at work here. Thankfully, they are not violent, but they are a danger to our liberties, because the arch-conservative religious community will continue to try to force its views on everyone in violation of the Constitution, which, thankfully, prevents establishment of a state religion.
White House spins events in Africa
The quote from White House Press Secretary Jay Carney in “Talking Points” illustrates the spin the White House is using regarding events occurring in Africa.
This spin was applied to the recent overthrow of the freely elected President Mohammed Morsi of Egypt by its military. The quote indicated that “the fact millions of Egyptians do not see what happened as a coup” means it should not be labeled as one. So should we address coups as taking place by the degree, in someone’s mind, of their popularity?
This puzzling spin on words regarding Africa began with our involvement in Libya. It was there we decided that “troops” did not include “special forces” and that “arms embargo” did not include supplying rebels. It went on after the Benghazi attack and applied to White House “talking points.” We were left to try to understand the difference between “stand down” and “stay put” regarding the lack of a rescue attempt. No one can guess what new meaning is in store as we venture deeper into Africa.