stuck us with Trump
As a consumer of the news and current affairs, I am amazed at the repeated statements by our officials using doublespeak and the parroting of our free press, calling it news. For months we have heard about the Russians hacking and meddling in our election. Nobody, including this paper, ever says what was done, just that it was done.
I don’t know who hacked whom, but I know that the hackers exposed our own Debbie Wasserman Schultz, whom I once met and admired, together with other officials of the Democratic National Committee allegedly trying to fix the nomination for Hillary Clinton. I don’t know if the Russians affected our election process but I know that a crooked Democratic nomination process got us Donald J. Trump.
I did not vote for Trump, but I doubt if I can ever again vote for a Democrat (for president).
ALBERT HENSLER, DELRAY BEACH
Politicians don’t care
To my fellow residents of Palm Beach County, I have one thing to say: Get used to it for the next four and possibly eight years if President Donald Trump is so fortunate to be re-elected.
My fellow residents must also realize, the politicians do not care about us or how we are being inconvenienced by the horrible traffic congestion we face.
The only time these national politicians care about us or our feelings is every two years when we vote for members of the U.S. House, every four years when we vote for the president and every six years when we vote for members of the Senate.
Other than those years, the politicians could care less about the feelings of the average American and how they are being inconvenienced.
ERIC PITTSLEY, WEST PALM BEACH
Trump traffic costs
my small business
I am an owner of a small business in the West Palm Beach area. Our company has been in operation for two years. It has been a struggle to survive but we are now into our third year of business.
We provide outpatient clinical services for people with severe mental health conditions. Recently, our patients have not been able to get to the clinic due to excessive traffic in our area.
President Donald Trump has caused our company harm by coming to West Palm Beach frequently. I don’t believe this area can sustain the influx of people associated with the president’s frequent vacations.
Washington D.C., is designed to accommodate the president of the United States. Trump should either stay in his new home, which he sought so feverishly last fall, or resign and let someone more qualified fill that post.
DAVID MICHAEL, WEST PALM BEACH
Editor’s note: David Michael is chief executive officer of A Safe Harbor Eating Disorder IOP.
means watching Fox
I don’t think any liberal would be caught dead watching Bill O’Reilly on Fox News. Now they say they will boycott him, and the companies who advertise and support him. That means they will have to watch him to see who pays his bills. Liberals have a real problem handling or accepting the truth. If they work hard, they might just win the next time.
TOM BYRNE, BRINY BREEZES
fails on crucial point
One can always count on Charles Krauthammer to give a reasoned history lesson from the conservative point of view. In his column, “Reid’s power move in 2013 comes back to haunt liberals,” (Saturday), he explains how Republicans came to use the “nuclear option” in the confirmation of Supreme Court Justice Neil Gorsuch.
Krauthammer is right — Sen. Harry Reid did open Pandora’s box and the liberals were thereby punished. But Krauthammer also admits that the Supreme Court of the United States no longer provides a “rugged, reliable frame” for the norms that preserve our vitality and liberty. It has become a “super legislature” — something our Founders never intended.
He continues his conservative analysis, and that’s where I part ways with him. He avers that this transmogrification has suited American liberalism well. Au contraire — it has become the means by which the conservatives can change the entire legal landscape. Republicans have shown over these past two decades that their modus operandi is what fellow columnist E.J. Dionne has called “the politics of power-grabbing and bullying.”
Starting with the case that placed George W. Bush in the White House, a right-leaning court has added cases where money can buy an election; restrictions have been placed on abortion rights; economic regulations have been struck down; employee rights have been attacked; and prosecutions in criminal law have been shored up. Legal scholars who look at overall trends rather than individual decisions show that there has been a steady tendency toward activism in a conservative direction.
Krauthammer warns that the next appointment will tip the ideological balance of power to the far right for a generation. If so, we may be looking at the demise of checks and balances as our forefathers originally envisioned.
MARCIA DE FREN, WEST PALM BEACH
Kudos for choosing
public school for visit
A Palm Beach County public school for the arts was chosen by the schools administration to be visited by first lady Melania Trump and her Chinese counterpart, Peng Liyuan. The Bak Middle School of the Arts is a free public school in Palm Beach County with one of the highest-rated faculties. It represents America’s world-class standing in free public school performing arts education.
Madame Peng is a world-renowned soprano and comes from an artistic family. It is wonderful that she got to see this high caliber of faculty and normal American public school students, instead of students from select private and voucher schools.
I know because I’m blessed in having one of their former students living next door to me.
BARRIE MIZERSKI, BOYNTON BEACH