Meager fines won’t
deter texting, driving
Fines of $30 and $60 serve as no deterrent whatsoever. If you really want to stop the slaughter on our highways from texting, make the fine for the first offense $500 and the fine for each subsequent offense $1,000 plus points on the license for both.
The word would spread very quickly.
KEN HUTCHINGS, BOYNTON BEACH
Where are stand-up
citizens at FBI, DOJ?
Why should American citizens still trust the FBI or the Department of Justice?
The evidence being revealed by these two agencies, on an almost daily basis, is something that every American should be very concerned about, regardless of his or her political persuasion. There seems no doubt there is corruption, and there has been a violation of the law, and citizens’ civil rights, at the highest levels of both agencies.
But I am bothered that the problem may have much deeper roots than we think.
Every day I hear politicians and news pundits pontificating about the “hardworking, honest, sincere employees doing their job protecting us, while the corruption is only a few rogue political appointees at the top.” Well, I’m not so sure I believe that. So far there have been half dozen or more staff at the FBI, and several at the DOJ named as being suspect.
But they can’t do all this stuff by themselves. Someone has to do the legwork, keep the files, do the communication, coordinate the meetings, etc. There absolutely have to be other underlings who knew what was going on, yet have not spoken up about it. These are very serious matters that all citizens should be very concerned about.
Much comparison is made to the crimes of Watergate. In that case, if it weren’t for one honest man, much later identified as Mark Felt, No. 2 man at the FBI at the time, leaking information to the Washington Post reporters, we may have never learned what really happened. Where is the honest man or woman in these agencies with a conscience today?
When some of the rank-and-file employees start speaking up, then I will believe these agencies are not totally corrupt. Until then I will be suspicious.
CHARLES WEEKS, PALM BEACH GARDENS
Whose denial will
turn out to be true?
There’s a genuine and growing possibility we face a constitutional crisis.
If we assume the Democratic Party is in cahoots with the FBI and the CIA in a flagrant and successful attempt to dupe the FISA court into issuing a warrant to eavesdrop on Carter Page, they’re guilty of violating his civil rights and providing false documentation to the court.
The civil rights of every American would be seriously under threat, and Republicans would have every right to be outraged.
Now suppose the Democrats are not in cahoots with the CIA and the FBI. Then the Republicans are potentially guilty of compromising the electoral process and subverting the independence of the CIA and the FBI, in a blatant attempt to derail special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation. I need not say why.
I’ve worked in financial services for 15 years. How do we know, generally speaking, when two companies are going to merge? It’s really not that complicated — they deny it. The louder they deny, the more certain we are.
Either the Democratic Party sought to subvert the constitutional guarantees of Mr. Page, the Republican Party seeks to subvert the independence of the CIA, the FBI, and the electoral process — or both.
All are a prescription for a constitutional crisis.
PAUL HAUSER, WELLINGTON
Thanks, Mr. President,
for my tax relief
Democrat House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi and Democrat Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer have said: “The tax relief that was just passed last month will be just crumbs.” Both Pelosi and Schumer are millionaires. How much “crumbs” are they receiving?
Thank you, President Donald J. Trump, for the “crumbs” I’m receiving.
In 2008 the House, Senate, and the White House were all Democrats and I received no tax relief but a tax increase with Obamacare.
Thanks to the president’s tax relief bill, my 401(k) is doing great.
DONALD WEBB, LOXAHATCHEE
Editor’s note: Chuck Schumer’s net worth was just over $700,000, the New York Daily News reported in 2014. Nancy Pelosi’s net worth was more than $29 million, Roll Call reported in 2014.
Regarding the Grammys, I was very disappointed with the opening number, as I couldn’t understand one word he said. I spoke with others who looked forward to the show and felt the same way.
Rap has its followers but not as widely followed as most other music genres. Bruno Mars is talented and sings so we understand his words. He is a great dancer and appeals to many age groups.
I’m sorry the Grammys include rap and I hope next year the opening act will be more entertaining and appeal to more ages.
EVE ROSE, WEST PALM BEACH
not widely shared
Amid all the hype about the new tax law allowing firms to give raises, comes a bit of reality.
The respected HR consulting firm Willis Towers Watson conducted a survey of 333 companies with 1,000 or more workers. Only 3 percent had offered raises, another 4 percent said they planned to, and 13 percent said they “might.” A full 80 percent had no intention of sharing the tax windfall with employees.
Pundits have predicted most of the money will go for stock buybacks, executive compensation and bigger dividends to shareholders — not raises. It seems they’re right.
What about those reported bonuses in lieu of raises? Read the fine print. Walmart will award $1,000 only to long-term employees. The average Walmarter, and there are about a million of them, will get $190.
Attention, Walmart workers: Don’t spend it all in one place.
JAY SCHLEIFER, WELLINGTON