Letters Drop Santino and put her opponent, Lerman, on county bench


Dump Santino; put

Lerman on bench

Dana Santino has now confessed to the Judicial Qualifications Commission charged with determining her fitness for the county court bench. She says she made a terrible mistake trusting her “hired gun” consultant’s advice and libeling her opponent in last fall’s race, Gregg Lerman, through vicious emails sent to county voters and an infamous “Truth About Gregg Lerman” Facebook page.

An Air Force general I worked for once told me, “Integrity means doing the right thing when nobody’s looking.” What could be a greater “fail” than for Santino to do the wrong thing when everyone’s looking? And then to double down and defend her actions repeatedly when called into question before Election Day, when there still was time to clean up her campaign?

The right thing to happen now is for the JQC panel to remove Santino from the bench. Then when Gov. Rick Scott appoints her replacement, the next right thing to do would be to appoint Lerman to the judge’s chair that he almost certainly would have won outright if not for Santino’s outrageous and illegal conduct.

That would be a remarkable act of statesmanship by the governor, for Lerman successfully sued the governor last year to prevent him from appointing the judgeship in the first place, forcing it onto the ballot so citizens like us could make the decision. It would mean Scott could set aside personal animus and do the fair thing that, intuitively, would very likely have been the will of the voters, had Santino not cheated so brazenly and fearlessly.

What a refreshing and encouraging message that action by our governor would send in this time of cynical partisanship.

STEVE EVERETT, SINGER ISLAND

Gifts from manufacturer

influenced red-light move

Recent newspaper reports state that the decision by the oceanfront community to “reactivate” the highly unpopular red-light cameras was influenced by gifts from Arizona-based American Traffic Solutions — specifically free, unrelated equipment worth thousands of dollars. (“Red-light cameras coming back to Boynton Beach,” Aug. 1)

This was not a negotiated enhancement of the primary contract but a totally off-contract gift in return for giving the company the business.

They also arguably enhanced the contract at no increased cost by providing an additional feature that would broaden the use of the technology for general surveillance — another controversial provision.

The taxpayers might have been happier to skip the gifts and get a reduction in the cost of the basic service — or judging from public opinion, not reactivated the cameras at all.

LARRY HORIST, BOCA RATON

Deputy’s behavior

reflects on sheriff

Honestly, after reading Sunday’s article, “Deputy faces trial in 100 mph crash,” regarding this deputy, I can only conclude that the leadership of the Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office is flawed and this weakness must be placed squarely on the desk of the sheriff. As a taxpayer, I want accountability and I don’t want to pay for behavior such as this.

Sheriff Bradshaw, some changes are in order.

DENNIS MORLEY, DELRAY BEACH

Birth control debate

is a sign of progress

Regarding the recent articles on over-the-counter birth control, we have come a long way.

Some years ago, the sale of condoms was illegal in Connecticut. A lucrative black market ensued. In other states, the sale of condoms was not illegal but the sale of them was “under the counter,” much like the sale of what were called “female items.” Sanitary pads were packaged in unlabeled boxes.

There was a bishop who gained notoriety by advising women who did not want to get pregnant to not have sexual relations. In this day and age, condoms are sold openly in Target and CVS. Sexual intercourse is as natural as menstruation.

If a woman needed a prescription to buy Kotex, women would quickly realize for whom to vote.

BOB MURPHY, PALM BEACH GARDENS



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