Flagler Shore plan doesn’t add up

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3:24 p.m Tuesday, Nov. 21, 2017 Opinion
Kayla Moore, wife of former Alabama Chief Justice and U.S. Senate candidate Roy Moore, speaks at a press conference, Friday, Nov. 17, 2017, in Montgomery, Ala. (AP Photo/Brynn Anderson)

I agree with all the numerous negative comments regarding Flagler Shore. I would add:

1. It is ugly with all the barrels, cones and cement barriers.

2. It is a disgrace to the beautiful and expensive taxpayer improvements of just a few years ago.

3. It is unnecessary, as the original design of the walkway is wide enough for both pedestrians and bicyclists.

4. It is dangerous, with drivers being challenged to converge to a two-way lane with little wiggle room, forced to bypass their destination and make U-turns, thereby causing more stop-and-go traffic.

5. It is a waste of taxpayer dollars putting up barricades, purchasing flimsy, uncomfortable metal chairs, nondescript box furniture, large potted plants and “art”-decorated cargo containers which prevent motorists from conveniently getting to their destination. I have to wonder if we hired a “consultant” to come up with this fiasco.

6. This is not Amsterdam, where many people ride their bike to work. We do not have bike garages and racks in front of office buildings. And it’s hot here. Where does one shower and what does one do with their work clothes?

7. It does not attract additional office space rentals and actually harms the business of existing eateries with the addition of unattractive food trucks.

8. And now they’re using Flagler Drive to make political statements, calling it “pop-up art.”

9. I urge all who are unhappy with what the town leaders did to Flagler Drive to email them.

NINA HEYD, WEST PALM BEACH

Couto a strong witness

to animal mistreatment

It was horrifying to read of the recent atrocities at two Florida dairy farms. How anyone could harm these caged and defenseless animals is beyond me.

I am grateful for people like Richard “Kudo” Couto and his wonderful team who film these unspeakable acts so that the public can be made aware of what is occurring.

It takes a strong person to witness and record this operation so that justice can be obtained for these beautiful animals.

“The greatness of a nation can be judged by the way its animals are treated.” — Mahatma Gandhi.

JULIE LOCKHART, WEST PALM BEACH

Sessions takes easy

way out in testimony

Attorney General Jeff Sessions is a lawyer and knows all the tricks on the witness stand. The rule of thumb is to answer in as few words as possible so a line of questioning doesn’t expand into areas that could lead to embarrassment or contradiction.

But the tried and true door-closer to a line of interrogation is “I don’t recall.” What do you say to someone who claims not to remember? Do you say, “Oh, yes you do” or “Why?” or “Well, that’s convenient”?

None of these change or effectively challenge the answer. It’s an easy way out: three words only, and hard to refute.

Sessions’ use of that method of escape is transparently false and telling, but he knew it would work. The frequency of his use of it in a congressional hearing either means he is lying or has a form of dementia.

MORTON GALLAGHER, JUPITER

Who should get tax

breaks to spur jobs?

Regarding “GOP is lying about corporate taxation” (Saturday) by Daniel Jacobson:

As I read the “help wanted” ads, I only see company names showing where to apply. Please help us understand.

The final sentence states: “Giving further tax breaks to companies under the guise of job creation is a total fraud.” If it is not companies that create jobs, then who is it – and who should receive tax breaks to stimulate job creation?

PERRY RUDA, WEST PALM BEACH

Residents can rename

Trump Tower by vote

Every time I read of the angst of Trump Tower residents, I wonder why they just don’t change the name. As it’s a condominium, it’s a very simple vote.

“The Plaza” sounds fine to me.

TED TASK, WEST PALM BEACH

Moore’s wife needs

to consider victims

Regarding the Palm Beach Post article “Moore allegations divide GOP women,” (Saturday ), Kayla Moore, wife of disgraced candidate for U.S. Senate candidate Roy Moore defends her husband against allegations of sexual misconduct involving five teenage girls, one of whom was as young as 14.

Mrs. Moore “lashed out at the news media and thanked people who were sticking with her husband. ” She also said “to the people of Alabama, thank you for being smarter than they think you are.”

My question for Kayla Moore is would she say the same things if this were her 14-year-old daughter who was molested by a man in his 30s?

I know what I would do to him.

MIKE STRAZZOLINI, WEST PALM BEACH

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