No harm, no foul;
let Florida frack
Are our legislators out of their fracking minds? Their attempt to ban fracking in Florida is anti-consumer, anti-energy independence and anti-science.
Florida’s No. 1 industry is tourism — Disney, Universal, Busch Gardens, Sawgrass Mills, to name a few. All are car-friendly. All are visited by millions of Floridians every year. If you are anti-fracking, you are anti-Florida vacationers, not to mention Florida consumers in general.
A fracking ban doesn’t help a single Florida family. But it does help the authoritarian regimes in Iran, Venezuela and Saudi Arabia. It puts billions in their pockets by taking it from ours.
Do the math or at least the science. After decades of fracking, there are no cases of unhealthy water anywhere. Do you want pollution? Leave the lead in, like in Flint, Mich.
But our legislators need to get the lead out. Drive, don’t walk back to the Statehouse. Give Florida’s families affordable energy from fossil fuel fracking.
SID DINERSTEIN, PALM BEACH GARDENS
Editor’s note: The Environmental Protection Agency released a report in December which found, according to then-Deputy Administrator Tom Burke, “scientific evidence of impacts to drinking water resources at each stage of the hydraulic fracturing water cycle.”
Leaders must back
clean water for all
Healthy water for any community is not only a God-given right, it is a constitutional right as well, no matter what ethnic or economic background a community might be composed of.
To favor one community’s water purification over another is abhorrent and constitutionally un-American. Clean up the drinking water in the Glades. Tell that to the Florida Legislature and Gov. Rick Scott.
If they get on board with this, they will feel great about themselves and the voters will really respect them for doing the right thing. They all need to get on board loud and proud. That will sell the idea to everyone.
MICHAEL L. COHEN, WEST PALM BEACH
With those candidates,
what did we expect?
With so much drama going on over health care, conspiracy theories, etc., I wonder if we can take a step back and think about how we got here.
We just had a presidential election where the two major parties presented us with the two most despised candidates in history. Well over 300 million people in the country, and we wind up with these two candidates.
Doesn’t anyone think that is a far bigger scandal than any of the conspiracies being investigated by Congress today? If the absurd closed primaries, gerrymandered districts, special-interest money system we have accreted over time has brought us to this election, doesn’t anyone think it is time to blow it up and get new rules that would allow sensible moderates to consider running for office?
If we don’t fix things at the source, they will only get worse, which is hard to imagine but seems inevitable.
TOM HORSELY, DELRAY BEACH
Don’t expand WPB
beyond its seams
West Palm Beach is obese and you can’t put a 500-pound body in a size 2 without serious splitting at the seams.
The original purpose and design of West Palm Beach was as a service town to Palm Beach. The area did not include expansion dreams beyond its capability despite the magnetism of Palm Beach money.
West Palm Beach was a normal town with normal businesses and buildings with normal streets. Trying to increase the area of West Palm Beach by changing zoning laws, building towering buildings and narrowing streets is fodder for the foolish.
Get the dollar signs out of your eyes and let Mother Nature be at peace. West Palm Beach can accommodate approximately 75,000 people comfortably, healthily, respectfully and sanely. Plus our natural resources won’t be stretched. We are already beyond those numbers.
BETTE HUDSON, WEST PALM BEACH
Give citizens same
plan Congress has
The Republicans had over 50 meetings for votes to repeal the Affordable Care Act (Obamacare) during the past six years. And now their plan, American Health Care Act, is hitting roadblocks within their own party.
The best way to solve all these health care problems, for the citizens of America, is to have the same health care plan and benefits all the senators and representatives of Congress have. Problem solved.
ROBERT MONZ, WEST PALM BEACH
Editor’s note: All members of Congress and their staffers do have to obtain coverage via health plans created under Obamacare or through an Obamacare online exchange. That’s part of the ACA.
While reading the article, “Big downtown ‘transit hub’ project awaits green light” (Monday), about the transit hub and the controversy regarding how many parking spaces should be provided, I was wondering how the average commuter is going to feel about the outcomes — the person who for years has either lived and worked in the city, or has commuted from surrounding areas?
There is congestion now and it will exist in the future — that’s a given. If that person’s commute is now 20 minutes, he or she may still stick with his or her car as a matter of habit and convenience, even if that commute now increases 50 percent to 30 minutes. They won’t like it, but they’ll do it as the new normal.
In addition, car-to-transit options are talked about as if they were absolutely seamless in terms of time and they’re not. Just think of all the time, from parking the car, waiting for the bus and also having the bus stuck in traffic — all those minutes add up. This process happens whether parking spaces are in town or 10 miles out.
Getting inside the heads of existing and potential commuters and developing realistic estimates of various travel-time scenarios is the best thing the city can do to arrive at viable transportation solutions. It’s never what you wish people will do. It’s what they actually do when faced with real-life situations.
DAN PICHNEY, WEST PALM BEACH