Letters: Be open to what changes a ‘new’ Flagler Drive will bring

Be open to what ‘new’

Flagler Drive brings

I, for one, love the beginning of the new Flagler Drive project.

At least five out of seven mornings, my husband and I join the many other pedestrians, cyclists and dog walkers enjoying the freedom of walking or biking on the newly closed east side of the road.

Throughout the week, we are also driving on the west side — and have yet to encounter any of the dangerous situations others have described.

Does traffic move a little slower now that cars are using only one side? Yes — but is that really a bad thing? Slow down, relax and enjoy. If we are heading to work or to run errands, we plan accordingly — often choosing a different route if time is essential.

Nothing stays the same. Be open to the possibilities of this new Flagler Drive.


Rizzo has chops to

lead state Democrats

Regarding the article “Democrats jockey for position after chairman Bittel’s exit” (Friday), the article names four women who lined up to replace Florida Democratic Party Chair Stephen Bittel, who resigned over “leering” accusations.

The women named are Alma Gonzalez, a lawyer for Hillsborough County; Stacy Patel, head of the Brevard County Democrats; Monica Russo, state president of Service Employees International Union; and Terrie Rizzo, described as an “activist” in Palm Beach County

Terrie Rizzo is not just an “activist.” She is and has been the elected chair of the Palm Beach County Democratic Party for the past five years.

With a dynamic personality and her party organizational skills and experience, Terrie Rizzo would make an excellent chair of the state Democratic Party.


Pitts’ imbalance

is part of national divide

Regarding Leonard Pitts’ column, “Is Thanksgiving’s afterglow caused by red-faced hatred?” (Sunday), he never ceases to amaze me with his leftist, liberal, democratic opinions of reality.

He tries to dampen the spirit of Thanksgiving by bringing up the situation of Roy Moore, senatorial candidate from Alabama accused of sexual harassment, and laments that “we all hate each other” in this country. Pitts goes on to imply that we would prefer a sexual deviant to a Democrat, and then how much we must “hate” Democrats if that is the case.

What Pitts conveniently left out of his rant was a couple of Democrats, Sen. Al Franken, of Minnesota, and Rep. John Conyers, of Michigan, are both accused of sexual harassment. Conyers’ office paid out $27,000 to an alleged victim and had the gall to use taxpayer dollars.

It’s this kind of slanted opinion that indeed has driven a clear wedge between “us and them” in this country, and is precisely why Donald Trump won the election.


Marlins’ broadcaster

Waltz is one of greats

I have been a devoted follower of the Miami Marlins for many years and have watched the great majority of their games on television. Unfortunately, in recent years the only enjoyable things about these broadcasts have been the home runs of Giancarlo Stanton and the superlative job done by Rich Waltz in the broadcast booth.

I would rank Waltz third in my pantheon of play-by-play men, behind only Red Barber and Vince Scully when they broadcast the Brooklyn Dodger games.

Please, please, please, Marlins, reconsider your decision to terminate Waltz.


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