Letters Mayor wrong; most downtown residents oppose Flagler Shore


Downtown residents

oppose Flagler Shore

I attended the West Palm Beach City Council meeting on Monday evening to listen to the discussion on the Flagler Shore project. After listening for over an hour it was quite evident that the downtown residents were against it. The majority are in their 60s, not the average age the mayor quoted at the meeting, 39. The mayor was talking about all of West Palm Beach, not just downtown.

We the residents of downtown don’t want our beautiful waterfront area filled with food trucks, loud music and other Coney Island-type of attractions.

KEN DRUSKIN, WEST PALM BEACH

Dangerous loads

a real road hazard

I appreciated your coverage a few months ago of a dangerous situation on our roads here in Florida, highlighting the dangerous debris that often falls out of trucks, mainly pickup trucks.

I’ve been snapping pictures (only while I’ve been stopped at traffic lights or in parking lots) of poorly secured or unsecured loads of everything from heavy equipment to furniture to canoes. I could have taken hundreds more similar pictures but did not want to do so while driving. How is it even possible that these loads can be legal?

It’s like we have traffic anarchy here, which comes as a surprise to absolutely no one. Everyone knows we have a disproportionately large share of reckless drivers behind a steering wheel.

Can nothing be done about the many dangerously loaded trucks whose drivers often combine aggressive driving with their hazardously loose loads?

RANDY WARSAGER, WEST PALM BEACH

Believers Academy

a jewel of a school

As I read about Believers Academy, I was struck by the accomplishments that Lori Dyer and her teachers, staff, etc. have been able to make in their students and neighborhood. (“School’s graduation rate belies its success,” Sunday)

I was very impressed that she and her staff have only the desire to make these young men and women productive participants in their community and, actually, their own life.

For far too many years, the education system has concentrated on certain lofty goals they have consistently failed, on a large scale, to accomplish for the majority of our students.

The focus on standardized tests and other goals has led them to mainly accomplish merely graduating students instead of producing young men and women who can contribute to not only their own well-being but to the well-being of their community. These young people need to learn how to exist in this crazy world that we are leaving for them.

To be able to read and write, balance a checkbook, have the knowledge to buy a car or a home, be able to coexist with the people at their workplace or at their chosen place for higher learning is a lost art with so many of our high school graduates. We live in such a selfish, self-centered world today that young people are pressured to know how to defend themselves from all the crazy, aggressive people out there.

This educator and her staff are giving the young people who are fortunate enough to gain entry into their school the ability to have a better than even chance to succeed and have, if not luxurious, at least a life that allows them to contribute to their community and their own happiness.

I give thousands of kudos to Ms. Dyer and her staff. Thank you so much for caring for the future of these young people.

SANDRA BECK, WEST PALM BEACH



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