Letters Gardens ballot has far-reaching impact

Gardens ballot has

far-reaching impact

Palm Beach Gardens has four questions on the March 13 election ballot related to the city’s charter: its constitution.

The council is taking advantage of this extremely low-turnout election, with no candidates on the ballot, to get rid of the two three-year term limit that more than 16,000 voted for in November 2014 by adding a third term and allowing council members to run again. They’re removing “majority wins” (50 percent+1) to save the cost of runoffs, which rarely happen.

“Majority wins” ensures that the winner is the choice of most of the voters. They fail to see the irony in spending $130,000, the cost of two runoff elections. The council vote was not unanimous.

“Educational” materials will stress that the city’s charter is simply being modernized — not detailing that a “yes” vote removes required charter reviews, city manager residence, city manager reviews, alters how council vacancies are filled, disenfranchises voters in determining “total votes cast” and more. This was attempted in 2012 and rejected by 11,000 of the voters.

Who benefits? The council, none of whom has even completed a single term. Do your research.


If Pitts is angry, is

Will angry, too?

The letter-writer who wrote, “Pitt fears race card won’t remain in deck” (Sunday), describes Leonard Pitts Jr. as an “angry black man.”

The picture of George Will on the right side of that same page is very similar to the picture of Leonard Pitts Jr. Is George Will an “angry white man”?


What’s the solution

to all the plastic?

Regarding eateries and governments targeting plastic straws:

Why not address the excessive plastic packaging on everything from pencil sharpeners to “clamshells” for fruit or orders from Amazon, bundled in plastic wrap to protect or fill boxes? Values, morals and respect are replaced with plastic.

What about the plastic coating on the bazillions of magazines from People to Us to O, which subsequently become landfill?

China has already declared they will no longer take in our garbage. What is the replacement plan? Is there one?


America’s diversity

is fine by me

To the letter-writer who believes e pluribus unum means “out of many, one language,” I believe it means, “out of many, one voice.” America is known as a country of diversity which I am happy to live in.


Editor’s note: E pluribus unum is defined as “out of many, one.” Its context on the Great Seal and on several U.S. coins is “out of many (states), one (nation).”

Partisan dysfunction

puts China in control

It has been one year since Donald Trump became president. I am totally amazed at the irrational and dysfunctional actions of the Democrats and some Republicans regarding his presidency. Most of the disagreement with Trump’s policies stems from their fear that he will make good on his promise to “drain the swamp” in Washington.

While he is trying to bring America back from the decline of more than 35 years under both Democrat and Republican rule, China and several other countries are silently taking over the world. Not by war but “economically.”

So, keep arguing and spending the taxpayers’ money trying to defeat Trump’s policies. Nothing is being accomplished except that the foreign powers of the world are silently taking over the world.


With Patriots’ loss,

men at sea until Sept. 6

Please join me in a moment of silence as we mourn the New England Patriots’ Super Bowl LII loss.

Across the nation, red-blooded American men once again stumble into the darkness as the curtain comes down on another NFL football season, trusting in their maker that they will live on until the 2018 preseason heralds the dawning of another season of NFL football.


Reader Comments ...

Next Up in Opinion

Opinion: Gun control about saving lives, not waging culture wars

WASHINGTON — You have perhaps heard the joke about the liberal who is so open-minded that he can’t even take his own side in an argument. What’s less funny is that on gun control, liberals have been told for years that if they do take their own side in the argument, they will only hurt their cause. Supporters of even modest restrictions...
Opinion: Respect first, then gun control.

This has been an emotional week. We greet tragedies like the school shooting in Florida with shock, sadness, mourning and grief that turns into indignation and rage. The anger inevitably gets directed at the NRA, those who support gun rights and the politicians who refuse to do anything while children die. Many of us walked this emotional path. But...
Letters This is the time when heroes emerge

This is the time when heroes emerge Peter didn’t know me. I live far away in a small house with my wife, but the sounds of bravery echoed across the vast expanse. A young boy with a military dream heard the sounds of gunfire and was called to arms with his wit and courage. In the face of danger, he stood his post — the enemy was at the...
Opinion: ‘Daily Me’ undermines ability to understand ‘other side’

We live in two Americas. In one America, a mentally unstable president selected partly by Russia lies daily and stirs up bigotry that tears our social fabric. In another America, a can-do president tries to make America great again as lying journalists stir up hatred that tears our social fabric. The one thing we all agree on: Our social fabric is...
Opinion: Parkland school student rises up to challenge gun carnage

WASHINGTON — It was a profoundly poignant image: Thirty to 40 teens huddled together in a small dark room, their downturned faces illuminated by cellphones as they learned about an active shooter prowling their school. Via news apps, these survivors of Wednesday’s murderous rampage at a Parkland, Florida, high school, where 17 were killed...
More Stories