Letters Boater’s death may have been preventable


Boater’s death may

have been preventable

The tragic death of Scott Keegan who hit his head and was knocked into the water should be a wake-up call for whatever combination of administrative agencies to modify the low overhead structure crossing the E4 Canal at Miner Road. (“Man on boat in Boynton dies after hitting head on bridge,” Jan. 3)

The Miner Road bridge is one of the lowest clearance bridges on the canal that links Lake Osborne with Lake Ida and is used by many boaters. The water pipe next to the bridge crosses the canal with even lower clearance.

Ideally, the bridge should be raised. At a minimum, that pipe should be raised and warning signals should be installed. It is past the time to act.

RICK RUBOW, BOYNTON BEACH

No safety-net cuts?

Vote your interests

Now that the Republican tax bill has been passed, the conversation has evolved to cutting back on our entitlement programs. Well, I would like a show of hands how many people want to see Medicare, Medicaid and Social Security benefits reduced. My guess is it would be a minority of the people.

I can tell you that Medicare is incredibly inefficient from my experience as a practicing physician for 25 years. I can also tell you that past and present politicians have no interest in hearing how to fix it.

Eight years ago, I met with a congressman from Boca Raton, and when I explained to him how we could save $17.5 million a year, his answer, “ I’m just not that interested.” Our two sitting senators — no response to multiple emails and several phone conversations with their staffers.

As voting citizens of this state and country, you need to let them know you do not want entitlement cuts, you want cost-effective spending. There is a lot of wasted spending. They will listen to you because all they care about is getting re-elected and they need your vote.

MICHAEL LAKOW, WEST PALM BEACH

‘Genius’ claim

raises eyebrows

What kind of person feels the need to publicly claim that he is a “very stable genius”?

MATTHEW PAUL, DELRAY BEACH

Democrats actually

getting what they want

I’m confused by all the complaining about the new Trump tax plan. For the last 10 years, all I’ve heard from the Democrats is a passionate cry for “wealth redistribution.”

Seems like the new tax plan actually does some of that. High earners with very expensive homes with high real estate taxes and some who pay state income taxes will actually pay higher federal income taxes. Sounds like they are getting exactly what they asked for.

I guess it’s OK for Sen. Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., and the Democrats to redistribute wealth as long as it’s not theirs and their constituents’. Looks like they’re more interested in getting re-elected than supporting their own espoused wealth redistribution policy.

It’s time to stop complaining. Change is difficult, but a key driver of all aspects of life. It’s time for the Democrats to get on board and stop wholesale party rejection of everything that is proposed by the Republicans.

Even when they get a dose of what they ask for, they look for a reason to attack. No plan can satisfy all elements of our country.

This is a great first step.

ALLEN SIRKIN, JUPITER



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