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Letters TV news deserves thanks for storm coverage


TV news deserves

thanks for coverage

In case no one has said this, I just wanted to thank all the local TV news stations that gave us such excellent, nonstop coverage of Hurricane Matthew. They always had the latest and most helpful information for their watchers.

Many thanks.

DEIRDRE RUFFINO, DELRAY BEACH

Tears appropriate

for divided nation

I am reminded of the old commercial “Keep America Beautiful,” where Iron Eyes Cody had that very meaningful tear in his eye while looking at garbage on the roadway.

That same tear could be used by all of us today while looking at what we wrought in this election. Such rampant polarization, such deep divisions whereby we easily dismiss the shortcomings of our candidates.

How does this country move on? Can this country move on? After the election, there is an inauguration — to inaugurate what, to celebrate what? A half divided nation that in itself has weakened all of us?

Like Iron Eyes Cody, we should all shed a tear, for what was, and now has become.

JOHN DARCY, JUPITER

Voters should read

Clinton emails first

For most of my life, 85 years and counting, all I heard was “it’s time to get those politicians out of office and get someone in who can show some common sense.” Now the time has come, and it may be the last chance for the next hundred years.

I don’t know how our country will be with Donald Trump, but I am pretty sure how it will be with two Clintons wearing the pants in the White House. The accusations against Trump are just that, but Hillary Clinton’s emails are facts. The Democratic administration has backed Clinton even to the point of cheating the only viable opponent for the Democratic nomination.

The experts, the polls, the politicians and the media would have us believe that Clinton has the black, the Latino and the feminine votes, enough to win. Trump has shown he has something that they don’t know about, that the people believe in.

I urge everyone to read the emails before voting.

LARRY LESTER, LAKE CLARKE SHORES

Trump would be

bad for business

The Donald Trump phenomenon is the most unusual thing I’ve ever experienced during my entire lifetime. The facts of this man’s statements and reality do not coincide in so many important ways.

When John F. Kennedy went to his inauguration in 1961 it was a cold winter day and he did not wear a hat. This was most unusual. When I began my business career approximately the same time, I wanted to look appropriately fit for my new chosen career in financial services and I immediately bought a gray flannel suit, a nice briefcase and a Stetson hat. Almost every male at that time wore hats as part of their usual business attire.

After Kennedy appeared hatless, the Stetson Hat Co., an American institution, closed its Philadelphia factory.

The power of the presidency is so strong this can be an example of how the public will follow the leader. Can you imagine if everyone began to do business with each other as Donald Trump has been shown to do, in his multiple endeavors in casinos, steaks, ties and home furnishings? The danger of this is potentially unimaginable.

Trump said he and his friends know how to negotiate much better than those in power now. He tells his enthusiastic audiences he will make money for America by negotiating sworn obligations to other than stated parameters — in other words, not pay debts in full. This, he says, is good for America.

There is an old axiom, “If someone will steal for you, they will steal from you.” Perhaps we can find some way to bring honesty and fair play for all up to where it belongs.

DONALD LAPINSOHN, BOCA RATON

Amendment 1 call

ended with blessing

A new low in pitching for Amendment 1 came to me in a phone call. Without explaining the hidden agenda, the speaker concluded by invoking God’s blessing. I don’t know if that was for me, our country or the good of the amendment, but it seems so misplaced to decorate the occasion with a religious reference.

It seems that bad taste in politics is becoming vogue.

MICHAEL ELLISER, STUART

Activism fuels

attacks on police

I saw a news story that students at the University of California-Irvine recently held a Blue Lives Don’t Matter rally.

Black Lives Matter activists and professional athletes protests all help fuel such activity. There is an increasing frequency of attacks on and killing of police officers.

I am not surprised that police officers are on edge, and may tend to overreact to aggressive actions by civilians. Hopefully, this will not spiral out of control.

EDWARD SCOVILLE, TEQUESTA

Editor’s note: A video and slideshow of the Oct. 7 protest in the Orange County Register show several dozen students holding signs such as “Black Lives Matter” and “Police Get Away with Murder.” One sign read: “Blue Lives Don’t Matter.”

Term limits best

to stop corruption

Our elected officials should be doing what is best for the majority who elected them, but instead are either pressured by their party to go along with the agenda dictated to them, or they won’t be financially supported in the next election. In some cases, these officials only do what is best for themselves, to line their pockets.

The longer people are in office the more they only look out for themselves. Mandatory limited terms are a necessity for the good of the people.

MARK LIEBERMAN, LAKE WORTH

Pot amendment

is a slippery slope

We are being misled once again with the wording in Amendment 2’s synopsis. I’m all for medical marijuana, but not the way this bill is written.

Everyone voting for or against Amendment 2 should understand what the wording actually states. As usual, the text on the ballot for this amendment does not say what you may think it does. This amendment is not about medical marijuana.

It states: “Allows the use of marijuana for individuals with debilitating medical conditions as determined by a licensed Florida physician. Allows caregivers to assist patients’ medical use of marijuana.”

The bill does not say the use of “medical” marijuana. It simply says “marijuana.” In other words, we are going to allow legal clinics to diagnose someone as requiring marijuana for a medical reason. They will be registered along with their supposed caregiver and allowed to be in possession. They will pay the physician a hefty sum for his diagnosis and go merrily on their way. This money machine will be no different than the pain clinics that were recently shut down.

The bill also states: “Sales tax will likely apply to most purchases…” Since when do we pay sales tax on prescriptions? On the other hand, we would expect to pay sales tax on recreational marijuana as they do in Colorado. This should give you a hint at where this amendment is trying to lead us.

I will be voting against it.

RICHARD MANZO, WEST PALM BEACH


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