Family has history
with sexual harassment
Our joyous Thanksgiving was not filled with political rancor; we are all on the same team, all 50 of us. The opportunity to discuss situations in the workplace with several of my female relatives was much more enlightening and shocking.
My 28-year-old niece changed her mid-level job because of unwanted advances from above. Thirty years ago, my sister-in-law had the owner of her ad agency in Chicago take her to lunch. Before they got to the restaurant, his hand was on her thigh.
Forty years ago, in San Francisco — I was 23 — I went to ask for a raise. I had to go to the owner of the company; he was at least 55. He was able to lock the door of his office with a button on his desk. I got away and got my raise.
My mother, who will turn 92 soon, added her story of 70 years ago. She was a nurse in a Catholic hospital in New York. The resident medical male students said obnoxious slurs as she walked by.
My 29-year-old niece has decided to head to law school and hopes to work in an all-female law firm.
The most wonderful news: My breathtakingly beautiful daughter has never had an issue; all her bosses have been gay men.
What does that say about the state of the world?
KATHY SMITH, DELRAY BEACH
Rose, too? Nothing
seems sacred now
As a man, I have not been particularly surprised at the publicly released sexual misconduct of President Donald Trump, Alabama Senate candidate Roy Moore, movie producer Harvey Weinstein et al.
But at 88, I actually cried this morning when I heard the devastating news that Charlie Rose, that paragon of TV interviewing and reporting, is now reduced to sexual notoriety.
Is nothing sacred? Who’s next?
MICHAEL PASCHKES, BOYNTON BEACH
‘Craft beverage’ tax cut
a lobbyist invention
The “craft beverage” legislation inserted into the Senate tax bill would cut federal alcohol excise tax revenues by 16 percent by 2019. Despite being labeled as tax cuts for craft beverages, the benefits will accrue to producers across the board, providing windfalls to the large producers of beer, wine and spirits and to foreign producers.
We learned in the case of tobacco that every time there is a tax increase on such products, there is a reduction in the percentage of use. If the opposite is true, then if there is a tax cut on alcohol there will be an increase in alcohol use. More Americans drinking more alcohol will result in a corresponding increase in loss of life, according to one economist.
This particular tax cut proposal is especially ridiculous when the Senate is trying to keep the deficit from the entire Senate bill to less than $1.5 trillion. While this tax cut may help some small craft beer producers to create some jobs, we would create many more jobs by having these dollars directed to badly needed repairs on our roads and bridges.
It seems to me that the primary reason for this proposal is either that the alcohol lobbyists have bought and paid for Republican senators, or the senators are trying to buy the support of alcohol consumers for the rest of the bill. Either way, we should know which senators are responsible for allowing this travesty.
STUART OPOTOWSKY, WEST PALM BEACH
Trump’s Indian slur
shows he’s brainless
On Monday, President Donald Trump proved himself to be unworthy to hold the office of president of the United States of America.
There was a White House ceremony to honor one of the most elite and decorated combat units in American history, and possibly the history of the world — the Navajo Code Talkers. Their native language was unknown to the Japanese and therefore an unbreakable code. Hundreds died or were tortured to death and, still, the code was never broken. They saved tens of thousands of lives and shortened World War II by about half a year.
Yet these few remaining noble American heroes, grizzled combat survivors, were slighted in a political nonsensical attempt at smarmy humor against a female senator Trump childishly named “Pocahontas.” Alabama is just as disgusted as I am that true American Navajo combat heroes, about whom a movie was made (not a reality TV show), were treated with such contempt and disregard for their valor.
I work in television commercials. I know the subconscious manipulation that is used on TV. You must use the truth to prove that not only does the emperor have no clothes but Trump has no brain.
I apologize; I am shaking. My entire family suffered through World War II in combat. Yet somehow my mother and father survived, and we came to America and lived the American dream.
And, yes, I served. Not in combat; I wasn’t brave enough.
BARRIE MIZERSKI, BOYNTON BEACH
We have serious woes;
more money could help
On Nov. 15, a news photo appeared of U.S. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin and his wife holding a sheet of newly printed currency bills. Despite enormous media coverage of the tax cut and reform battle, I haven’t seen, from any prominent source at all, a single discussion of the idea to just create the money needed to have both a big tax cut and avoid punishing cuts to Obamacare, Medicare, etc.
Just printing money has been done twice without dire existential consequences. America survived, strengthened and prevailed.
When I raise the idea of doing it again, people mumble about inflation. But such legal tender has great advantages. It is not raised by taxing earned income. Also, it doesn’t add to the national debt.
We are in intensifying crises: lack of living-wage jobs and wage stagnation while productivity and prices rise, sped-up climate disasters and crumbling infrastructure. Both major political parties serve their donors, including private banks.
A trillion dollars expended for government living-wage jobs, even using low-skilled work, could strengthen our infrastructure. It would also, through competition, drive up some of our lowest wages in private employment.
ROBERT COGAN, BOYNTON BEACH