Letters Scrap schools superintendent for teams of experts


Scrap superintendent

for teams of experts

As a retired teacher, I have a proposal to deal with the office of the school superintendent that has been in the news lately.

First, I propose abolishing the position. That could save hundreds of thousands of dollars. Replace his position with teams of retired teachers, administrators and lawyers.

Since most of them have good pensions, they could volunteer for $1 a year plus a small amount for expenses. We have a wealth of experienced retired people living in this county and it is a shame to waste this asset.

The position of superintendent could be broken into teams of two or three people to deal with the budget, personnel and legal issues. One team would coordinate the other teams and review their work. Also, there could be dozens of consultants available to help the teams, again being paid $1 a year.

I know my proposal has little chance of coming to pass, but at least we should have a public discussion on its merits.

MICHAEL I. COHEN, WEST PALM BEACH

U.S. not at war with

Yemen, until now

Our politicians and our media talk passionately about the sad death of one U.S. soldier, but nobody mentions the innocent 14 civilians who were killed as collateral damage on that same mission. Everyone’s death is sad, and in the case of Yemen, unjustified. The Yemen war is a Saudi war, not an American war.

As sad as the death of any soldier is, that is part of going to war. What is really tragic is that he died in an operation that never should have happened. There is no legal standing for America to be at war with Yemen.

Our free press is not serving the American people with their acquiescence, and neither is Congress by passing the responsibility of war to the White House. The relatives and friends of the 14 civilians killed now are more likely to become part of terrorist groups rather than friends of America.

I am a veteran and lucky that I was never assigned to a war zone.

AL HENSLER, DELRAY BEACH

Simple experiment

could solve gun issue

Let’s do a thought experiment and ask which society would be safer — one in which only the members of a “well-regulated militia” such as the police or the armed forces can “keep and bear arms,” or one in which there is no regulation and everyone is armed?

The answer ought to determine which direction we move. Do we want a society where the right to “keep and bear arms” is “well-regulated” or one in which there is no limit to and no regulation of the kinds of firearms permitted, where they are allowed or the people who use them?

It appears the Florida Legislature is headed toward that latter possibility. Republican House Speaker Richard Corcoran wants someone to show him “one stinking fact, statistic that says this is worse than the current situation.”

If the Legislature allows people to bring guns to college and university campuses, airport terminals, government meetings and, deservedly, legislative sessions, then Corcoran will get his “stinking facts.”

Corcoran will give us a real experiment but one that could cost many lives.

BOB BARTH, GREENACRES

Next for Chatman?

Run for office?

When I saw the headline “Kenny Chatman arrested on charges of money laundering, insurance fraud and sex trafficking” (Feb. 21), my first response was that he must be running for governor of Florida.

All that remains to be seen is if he has enough money and friends to get off, plead the Fifth and run for office.

MARK LANGE, PALM BEACH GARDENS



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