Letters: Burying utilities in Palm Beach is just making a mess


Burying utilities

just making a mess

I am a resident of Palm Beach and live at the south end. I am appalled at what the town is doing to our properties: digging up great mounds of dirt in front of our buildings; cutting underground phone and internet lines; breaking water main pipes and gas lines; and creating power surges and power losses and not knowing what they are going to encounter next.

It is outrageous that this work is going on. I am of the impression that none of this work should have been started until the lawsuits against the idea of an undergrounding (power lines) project have been settled. The town is completely ignoring this fact and going ahead, not informing the public that the project is not yet a done deal until the lawsuits are settled.

The town is also ignoring the fact that the south end is in the most severe flood hazard zone of its FEMA flood map area. Why is this project even being done in a flood zone?

Money should be spent on our battered beaches that have suffered from the hurricanes, not for something which the town feels will “look nicer” than the concrete poles, which incidentally have proved very reliable.

Stop these machines from digging up these gaping holes in front of our once beautiful lawns, leaving unsightly huge patches of gray dirt with three really ugly large yellow-capped rubber protrusions sticking up in the middle of it all.

Is what the town is doing right? I would venture to say no.

BARBARA NEIMAN, PALM BEACH

Autistic child was

battered, period

Regarding the article “Was punishing of autistic child on bus a crime?” (Sunday), of course, it was a crime — called battery of another person.

The child is autistic, and autistic children have actions that are within their own sphere of behavior. Often they cannot control their actions and while they are acting out, as perceived by others, they often cannot absorb what others are trying to tell them at that moment.

Squeezing a child’s neck, pressing him into the weight of his body, driving an elbow into his back sounds like physical abuse upon another person.

When is it permissible to hurt another, especially one who is mentally incapable of protecting himself? The bus aide admitted that he caused the child pain. And he was going to inflict this treatment every time the child got on the bus: pre-meditated abuse.

To support a charge of child abuse, the state must prove that a defendant intentionally inflicted physical injury upon a child. The aide abused the child on the bus and would do it again. Many children with disabilities have abnormal behaviors. An aide working on a bus needs to learn how to deal with these special children in an appropriate way.

Sounds like the aide needs a course in compassion or another type of job.

SUSAN WAGNER, LAKE WORTH

What other benefits

do teachers accrue?

Regarding teachers and raise packages, it would be great to see what a five-year teacher was paid, showing the benefits, i.e., pension, sick time, vacation, work insurance, Social Security, health, whatever else might be in the benefit load.

ERNEST TERRIEN, WEST PALM BEACH



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