Letters Kudos to legislators for putting rail safety first


Kudos for putting

rail safety first

Hooray for the members of the state Legislature who believe that safety comes first as reported in “Bill could hurt Brightline” (March 14).

It seems to come in second for the rail officials, who place the completion of the line to Orlando over the safety of those who live and work along the tracks or must cross them daily. We will have to watch out for Brightline trains racing through our communities at 110 mph.

Moreover, the All Aboard folks contend that the feds already regulate many, but not all, the elements of the bill. When it comes to safety that’s not good enough. Once again Brightline officials have cynically placed dollars over damage to our residents.

LAURA HENNING, PALM BEACH GARDENS

Don’t wait to act

if symptoms appear

Steve Dorfman’s article, “Colorectal cancer on the rise for millenials, Gen-Xers” (March 14), regarding colorectal cancer among young people, is a gift.

I am a 50-year-old active male who was diagnosed with rectal cancer last May, at the age of 49. Nobody was more surprised than I. My situation could’ve been completely avoided if I had taken action when I noticed changes several years ago. As a young, active adult below 50 years, I attributed the changes to hemorrhoids or an ulcer due to stress. I had no discomfort, no pain, no weight loss, no fatigue and no loss of appetite. I looked and felt great.

This went on for two years until I started to feel discomfort. I scheduled a colonoscopy, which I never had before (because I thought I wasn’t “old enough”). After the colonoscopy, I was diagnosed with stage 3 rectal cancer.

Upon my diagnosis, I started researching and assembling a team of doctors renowned for treating colorectal cancer. I recently completed my last chemotherapy treatment and to my and the doctors’ amazement, I experienced no side effects from the chemotherapy.

I’m convinced my situation could’ve been completely avoided if I had taken action right away, despite my age. I am compelled to urge people of all ages to consult their doctors and address any changes that could indicate colorectal problems. This malady can be beaten.

BILL BUSCAGLIA, JR., BOYNTON BEACH

VA issues go way

beyond portraits

Regarding the Palm Beach Post article, “Lack of Trump photo at VA hospital irks vets,” (March 16): Why so defensive about portraits of our president and the Veterans Administration secretary delivered by U.S. Rep. Brian Mast, who is also a vet who gets his health care from that same VA hospital?

With the long wait times and the sometimes not-so-stellar health care delivered at that VA, I’d say that [public affairs officer] Kenita Gordon has way more pressing problems than worrying about a sitting congressman’s helpful offering of a portrait of our president and one of the VA secretary.

CATHY YONKERS, JUPITER

McCain shows he’s

devoted to people

Republican Sen. John McCain deserves our thanks and respect for his devotion to the American people in taking a position that seems to be in conflict with his party affiliation.

Referring to President Donald Trump’s charges that President Barack Obama has illegally wiretapped his phones, in effect, McCain has said, “Donald, put up or shut up.”

Where are all of the other Republicans elected to serve the best interests of the American people and not the political party of their choice?

LOU MOORE, BOCA RATON



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