Bravo to Delray
for tackling opioids
Kudos to Delray Beach’s longtime commissioners for the class action they have brought on behalf of the city against the unscrupulous Fortune 500 drug manufacturers who successfully pushed oxycodone to our city’s medical community.
Three million dollars spent by our city responding to well over 700 opioid calls in just this past year is unacceptable and must be addressed legally.
For nearly three years, Commissioner Shelly Petrolia has been persistent in leading the way and working behind the scene with city officials and leaders in the police and fire departments to draw attention to our opioid crisis. Let us hope this suit holds the manufacturers and distributors accountable for fueling this horrific, deadly and costly epidemic in our community.
DEBORAH SCHWARTZ, DELRAY BEACH
issue is interminable
When the citizens of Palm Beach Gardens vote for president, governor, county commissioner, state senator or state representatives, it is with the understanding that the public servant elected will be ineligible to run for office again once their terms have expired.
City voters in 2014 voted to term-limit our local council as well. But in 2018, under the cover of a charter review process, the current council is attempting to redefine the outcome of an election, which drew one of the largest participation rates in the city’s history.
Though participants in the term limit petition process have testified before the 4th District Court of Appeal that it was never their intention to impose a lifetime ban on their initiative, the court’s ruling did just that.
Perhaps unbeknownst to the 16,000 voters who participated in the previous term-limit vote, the current council has chosen to avoid revisiting the intent of the voters.
In special session on the night of Dec. 21, when there were more public salaries in the room than holiday-scarce citizens, they unanimously voted down Ordinance 32 2017, which proposed to place on the March 2018 ballot a question that asked the voters to clarify if we wanted to impose a lifetime ban.
We were told that the special session was all necessitated because the charter committee, which was composed of 60 percent lawyers and our city attorney, had unwittingly placed the council in an equal protection pickle with their recommendations.
Starting on Jan. 18, it is the plan of the city to mount a campaign promoting the current charter proposals with the message that we “just want the voters to decide.”
DAVID L. PARKS, PALM BEACH GARDENS
Flawed ACA at least
would fix my sight
I’m blind in my right eye and partially in my left due to cataracts. I lost my medical insurance when I was terminated by my former employer. I couldn’t afford COBRA. I planned to get health insurance through my next employer. Unfortunately, I’ve not been able to find one.
Cataract surgery with a knife is $6,000 without insurance. The average American has $1,000 in savings. Many people with $1,000 in savings have little credit or none, making it impossible to obtain financing for cataract surgery, let alone major surgery.
Without surgery, I cannot drive to or from employment. It’s too dangerous. I cannot read forms. My computer use, though I am highly literate, is limited at best because I cannot see. I cannot work without surgery.
As a country we need to answer the question, is it more important people have the physical ability to be productive members of our society or sit in our homes collecting welfare? What is the greater good for American society?
The Affordable Care Act enables people who fall through the cracks in our admittedly abominable health care system to obtain the care they need to return to being productive members of the society.
PAUL HAUSER, WELLINGTON
Embassy move risky,
but we’ve got Togo
The United Nations General Assembly has voted 128-9 to condemn President Donald Trump’s decision to recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capital and move the U.S. Embassy there from Tel Aviv. Thirty-five countries abstained, including American allies Canada and Australia.
But no one should be concerned about America’s global leadership role. Togo’s got our back. That tiny island nation voted to support the U.S., along with other international powers Micronesia, Guatemala, Honduras and the Marshall Islands.
Oh, Nauru and Palau also voted with the United States. Really? Nauru? Must be some obscure island nation in the Pacific. And I haven’t heard of Palau since reading about the bloody World War II battles there in 1944.
Those seven little countries could have joined the 35 nations that abstained on the vote, but they bravely threw their support to the U.S.A. No doubt, some will say that those seven voted that way to ensure the continuation of the American foreign aid they receive annually (Togo, $13.5 million; Micronesia, $130 million; Guatemala, $81 million; Honduras, $68 million; Marshall Islands, $70 million; Nauru, $30 million; and Palau, $25 million).
More likely they will be looking for a sharp increase in support as the administration strips foreign aid funding from the countries that voted against the U.S. on the nonbinding referendum.
But, not to worry, we’ll always have Togo.
GERALD SKONING, JUNO BEACH
leave a shameful ruling
I can assure you if Luann de Lesseps were not a celebrity of sorts, wealthy and white, the outcome of her hearing before Judge Ted Booras would have been different. (“‘Real Housewives’ star kicked officer, attorney says,” Sunday)
Imagine she were an ethnic minority (African-American, an Arab, Latino, etc.) who was booked on five counts, four of which were felonies. No jurist would have considered a ROR (released on her own recognizance) and allowed her to leave the state. She would have been held without bail and, quite possibly, labeled a terrorist.
Justice in America is truly not blind. The scales were not balanced in this case. The judge should be ashamed of this ruling.
KATHRYN RUSKIN, BOYNTON BEACH