Clerk’s office protects
your right to know
The cornerstone of our democracy is founded on the right to know what your government is doing. This week is National Sunshine Week, which is dedicated to the education and awareness of that concept.
In Florida, our constitution guarantees the right to information necessary to hold our public officials accountable. An open and transparent government is a responsible government. And you should expect no less.
As your independently elected clerk and comptroller of Palm Beach County, I make the preservation, maintenance and availability of public records a priority of my office. We serve as a gateway to all county, court and official records. As the county’s watchdog, I protect the integrity of all public records to ensure transparency and accountability in the process.
This week, I encourage you to take the time to research the activities of your county government, learn more about your right to information and take advantage of the online tools and resources available. On our website, you will find monthly summaries on county investments, yearly financial reports, county debt information, agendas, minutes and videos of Board of County Commission meetings and a database storing the official records of Palm Beach County.
You can also peruse court case data and documents. All of this information can be found at www.mypalmbeachclerk.com. It is your right to know.
SHARON BOCK, WEST PALM BEACH
Editor’s note: Sharon Bock, first elected in 2004, is serving her fourth term as Palm Beach County clerk and comptroller.
Why the rush to
Can Congress explain why they are trying to rush passage of the American Health Care Act (“Trumpcare”)? We know from past experience that when people lose insurance, the public bears the cost of their care. We pay more and get less.
Can the White House explain its disrespect of the American Medical Association? The AMA is a historically conservative doctors’ group promoting medical education, science and ethics. Science shows that uninsured people die sooner and live sicker. So the AMA has outlined its minimum standards for health reform. It says Trumpcare “falls short” and is willing to keep working with Congress and the Trump administration.
Finally, can Florida’s governor and legislators explain how we will meet the predicted shortfall?
H. JOAN WAITKEVICZ, WEST PALM BEACH
Why protect ‘rights’
of those here illegally?
I was shocked and appalled at the article “Anti-deportation training offered” (Monday).
It had instructions for anti-deportation training being offered to illegals by advocacy groups. It’s also called “know your rights.” Are they kidding?
It seems that the burden of proof is on the federal government to prove these people are here illegally and can’t deport them unless there is more information on them.
LEONARD SHAPIRO, BOYNTON BEACH
Ban special perks
for public servants
You have notified us in the article “Two in race had no-shutoff orders” (Saturday) of 500 utility accounts that have been made “exempt for cut-off” but shouldn’t have.
These accounts must be brought up to date before these people run for a public office or we will have another example of special treatment for public servants.
We should not be allowing “special” people to be exempt from normal fees for public services simply because they requested it, or we will be in the position of promoting special privileges just because they claim to be entitled.
This policy should apply to any public office from the very top, down to the local level.
JOHN BATTAGLIA, BOYNTON BEACH