It is total speculation as to why on April 15, 2016, Stacey Konwiser walked into the cage occupied by Hati, the 350-pound Malayan tiger she loved and cared for at the Palm Beach Zoo and met her untimely demise.
We know that Stacey was leaving the Palm Beach Zoo to embark on a new career and this was her last day to bond with the tiger she so dearly loved. I truly believe that Konwiser walked into the cage simply to say goodbye to Hati.
I cannot believe that Hati killed Konwiser maliciously, as I am sure he returned her love unconditionally.
My heartfelt sympathy to the family of Stacey Konwiser.
DELLIE ROSEN, PALM BEACH GARDENS
Wild animals are
not photo props
The photo of a smiling man atop the alligator in Wednesday’s edition (April 12), is but one more example of how little respect and understanding humans have for wildlife.
Had the gator gotten loose and injured someone, it would have been blamed and killed for man’s folly. Wildlife are not photo props, jokes or entertainment. Shame to all involved in this display of ignorance.
JOHN HOLT, LANTANA
in White House
Less than three months into his presidency, Donald J. Trump has shown the American public his vision of what it means to be this country’s leader. The White House has become an extension of the Trump organization, and President Trump thinks he’s in a 9-to-5 job, with weekends off to relax at home. With the appointment of his daughter, Ivanka, to an unpaid position as an adviser, he now relies heavily on her and her husband, Jared Kushner, for advice on policy positions. This is nepotism at its worst. Add to this the millions of dollars spent every time the president comes to his private club in Palm Beach, with the taxpayers footing the bill. One wonders how long the public will allow this fiasco to continue?
MICHAEL BAZ, TEQUESTA
Fla. must act now
on climate change
As the editorial on climate change points out, “Flooding risk from rising sea levels is a Florida reality,” (April 12), Florida is “ground zero” for climate change. We need to take action now and Sen. Bill Nelson is the person to lead us in this important cause. Since Gov. Rick Scott will not act, I suggest Nelson run for governor of our beautiful state. He can campaign on the promise to take the only action that makes sense: disallow any building along the coast that is not 10 or 15 feet (or whatever the experts tell us ) above sea level. Since we all know climate change has caused the seas to rise we need to understand the implications and act now.
HARVEY GOLUB, PALM BEACH GARDENS
Airlines must rethink
For years those of us who have flown on domestic airlines have been witness to what United Airline CEO, Oscar Munoz, euphemistically refers to as “re-accommodating” customers. But the latest case of the practice of “overbooking” on the United Airlines flight out of Chicago last Sunday takes this frustrating practice to a new low. There is no justification for having a paying passenger removed with force in order to accommodate, in this case, the airline’s own employees.
I think it is time for all of the airline companies to re-evaluate the practice of overbooking and to establish a more fair and honest way to resolve issues that lead to overbooking. Certainly, no paying customer should ever be dragged off any airline just to accommodate an overbooking problem. I applaud those other United passengers on the flight who followed the lead of a man traveling with high school students when he stood and announced that he was getting off that plane. There’s a protest I can get behind.
CATHY YONKERS, JUPITER
God help us now that
GOP is using playbook
Well, here we go. The Republican playbook has been dusted off in barely a few years and they’re running it again page-by-page. First, create or escalate a skirmish with some nation halfway around the world. Second, be sure you and all your billionaire friends have your investment portfolios nicely positioned with all of the major defense contractors. Third, play on the ignorance of many Americans on how we must stop the tyrannical leaders of some nation because they don’t share our “values” — when actually they do.
Cutting prenatal care funding for poor and middle-class families kills babies, they’re just not stacked up and shown on TV. Cutting funding for nutrition programs in public schools kills young children. Again, no national broadcasting on that. There is a stench of hypocrisy in the air whenever I hear certain leaders speak on such matters.
Fourth, beef up the nation’s defense spending budget because we need more bombs while the big investors gain more wealth off of the government they claim to hate. Fifth, fulfill your promise as a “jobs creator” because the military is waiting for thousands of poor and middle-class young men and women to enlist to go fight the war and be killed, maimed or return with severe mental issues — and then, get minimal treatment for such.
America is (again) barely into the first chapter of this playbook. May God help us all.
MASHAN BENBOW, WELLINGTON