Letters My downtown bears no resemblance to Ultima gym owner’s


My downtown bears

no resemblance to Platt’s

As a longtime business and property owner who will be opening a brand-new business venture, I was surprised to learn that Ultima Gym was moving. Until recently, I had worked out there for years since calling West Palm Beach home over 20 years ago. (“Ultima Gym exits downtown, heads for Flagler Dr. office building,” Dec. 7)

I was more surprised at comments from the owner, Michael Platt, that “the downtown area was much nicer than it is now,” and the description of downtown as a “commercial hellhole.”

Nicer than it is now? I remember when no one came downtown. There were virtually no restaurants, pedestrian foot traffic was minimal and almost every storefront was empty.

I strongly disagree with Platt. What he described is not the downtown that I know and where I have planned my future. I own my residence and my law practice, both in downtown. And now, I’ve chosen the downtown for my business venture, a craft brewery.

My whole life is about 10 square blocks. I live, work, workout, recreate and dine downtown. I jog and bike along the Intracoastal, play tennis at Howard Park and shop at CityPlace.

Downtown is a thriving, enjoyable place and not at all like the dark picture that Mr. Platt painted.

JOHN PANKAUSKI, WEST PALM BEACH

Where does Frankel

stand on Hastings?

The Post gave front-page coverage and photo of U.S. Rep. Lois Frankel calling to investigate Trump. (“Frankel leads call for sexual-misconduct investigation of Trump,” Tuesday)

While her position on fellow U.S. Rep. Alcee Hastings, D-Delray Beach, is conveniently missing from the story, The Post reported that taxpayers paid $220,000 to settle his sexual harassment lawsuit. Her partisan posture against Trump has no validity if she is complicit in the House Ethics Committee clearing Hastings sexual harassment in 2014 by paying off the victim.

CHARLES LYDAY, BOCA RATON

Editor’s note: Rep. Hastings has denied the claims in the suit and said he did not know of the settlement until this month and is “outraged” by it. President Donald Trump has said that allegations against him are “fabricated.”

Some say, why now?

I say, why not now?

In light of all of the high-profile sexual assault allegations, many people are asking, “Why now?” If the alleged assault happened years ago, why bring it to light now?

To that I say, why not now? Whether the alleged assault happened 50 years ago or yesterday, it is still relevant. All too long, women have had to work twice as hard to try and become equal to men. Certain men, like Harvey Weinstein, have used this to their advantage by manipulating women to do what they want. This highlights the underlying trope among many of these men, which has kept these women silent for years.

Power.

To bring their story to light now is not about fame or the spotlight, it’s about wanting to get their voices heard in spite of the powerful men who have kept them silent.

Unfortunately, getting one’s voice heard is not easy. But standing alongside other dauntless women and telling the world that you, too, were sexually assaulted is a bold act that should not be diminished by the timing of when it’s done.

Every day women are making strides in closing the gap between men and women’s inequalities. There will come a day when people stop promoting silence and instead start supporting one another’s valiant efforts to speak the truth. One day people will stop asking, why now and will instead ask, why not now?

SARA MONAGHAN, WEST PALM BEACH



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