Pot minutiae keeps
pols from real issues
If our elected officials in Florida would spend as much time on real problems like housing for the poor or providing affordable medical care for all instead of whether you should be allowed to smoke medical pot vs. eating it, maybe, just maybe, things would really start to improve.
I just don’t get it.
MARK FEINSTEIN, OCEAN RIDGE
lead on budget savings
If schools Superintendent Robert Avossa is so concerned about budget setbacks, he should start by cutting back his salary and huge fringe benefits. Savings start from the inside.
SUSAN WEISS, WEST PALM BEACH
Mast likable, but can
he defend his votes?
What did I learn from Congressman Brian Mast, R-Palm City, during his April 15 town hall meeting in Loxahatchee Groves?
The congressman appears to be a very sincere and likable person who has given much for his country. I appreciate that he held a town hall meeting in a relatively hostile (but very civil) environment when most of his Republican colleagues (e.g., Sen. Marco Rubio) are cowering in their offices and are afraid to face their constituents.
He is pro-choice in regard to whether an individual is required to purchase health insurance (there are emergency rooms after all). However, he adamantly does not believe in a woman’s choice when it comes to her personal reproductive health decisions.
He is in favor of protecting the environment but will not stand up against the proposed severe reductions in the Environmental Protection Administration budget because “all” federal agencies are inefficient and wasteful.
He is a faithful member of his party and will vote the doctrine. For some ultra-conservatives, I guess this is a good thing, but for me, I look forward to the next campaign when the congressman attempts to defend his votes.
PHILIP GREEN, WEST PALM BEACH
Tell Hernandez’s story,
the good and the bad
About Jose Fernandez’s statue and what the younger generations should be told about him:
Here’s what I would tell my grandchildren:
“Jose Fernandez was an amazing baseball player with a super future ahead of him, but he did something that you can learn from — he did a stupid thing. He made the mistake of taking drugs and drinking alcohol, a combination that got him killed in an awful accident.
“Another ballplayer who was his friend and was with him that night said no when Jose asked him to join him on the boat. And that man is alive today because he knew enough to walk away, even when his friend encouraged him to go along with the crowd.”
A response like this takes nothing away from Jose’s baseball legacy and the magic of his pitching, while at the same time — hopefully — enabling his terrible death to count for something in the way of a lesson of encouragement to others to use their heads to make better decisions.
Kids can stand at the statue and hear those kinds of stories about what Jose was like, and still come away with a sense of loss that was caused by one dumb mistake.
DANIEL ROUSSEAU, JUPITER
Keep Trump tax
I don’t care a thing about President Donald Trump releasing his tax returns, and I doubt that the protesters this past weekend do either. We saw what happened when Mitt Romney released his. We have already seen the media feeding frenzy that would occur.
These are wealthy, successful men and their taxes should be private. We should be glad that successful people want to be president, and not discourage that by trying to ridicule them.
EDWARD SCOVILLE, TEQUESTA