Letters: Time to admit it: Flagler changes were a mistake

Time to admit it:

Flagler a mistake

I agree with the writers regarding Flagler Drive and it being so unsightly. I travel the road two to four times a day. What really bothers me is that it is not being used by pedestrians, bike riders, etc. I have not seen a total of more than six people using the blocked-off road.

To top it off, I have seen bike riders on the road for the cars. It is too narrow for them to be using the area.

City officials, it’s time to admit that you made a huge mistake blocking off half of Flagler.


Explaining mural

doesn’t make me like it

Thanks, Leslie Streeter, for your article, “Outdoor mural: Story behind West Palm Beach painting of goddess” (Nov. 9), explaining what muralist Danny Doya meant in choosing a Greek goddess of discord to look down upon us all in passing her.

The artist himself, in the picture, standing before his work, seems to have the very same stony, sullen expression as Eris. Perhaps if Doya had given our unsmiling Eris a great, short, modern haircut and an Apple iPhone in her hand instead of an apple, I could pass her and say, “Good morning, Eris. Have a nice day!”

It just doesn’t happen that way for me. I still think Doya is a great artist.


A Veterans Day moment

of loss, remembrance

On Veterans Day, two old soldiers visiting Arlington, one looking at his son’s grave, who then notices another old man in a top coat, collar up, just walking around, sometimes touching gravestones as he passes. He is all alone.

The first recognizes the second as Secretary of Defense James Mattis. As Mattis passes him, he says, “Just visiting my son, General, you were one of his heroes.”

Mattis replies, “Your son is one of mine.”

It seems that the Hollywood sex scandals, kneelers in football and the constant bickering and one-upmanship in Congress is petty, small and unproductive when thinking of these two old soldiers who have both lost sons, alone on Veterans Day, showing respect for each other and the heartache they must be enduring, with no one around them but memories of what is really important.


Simplify tax code to

make it fair for all

Every tax benefit for someone is a tax disadvantage to someone else. Why should the government favor homebuyers over renters, people who donate money to charities over people who do not, people who choose to live in high-tax states over people who do not, and all the other multitudes of current benefits (loopholes) in our current tax code?

The tax code should simply be designed to collect taxes — fairly and evenly. If you want to do something or not, make your own choice.

It’s time to simplify the tax code and make it fair for all.


Blaming the victim

is part of problem

I am wondering if the writer of the letter “What about women who ask for it” (Tuesday) watches the news and sees that there are a variety of ages of victims.

Many of these women stayed silent for years because they were afraid of the shame our society brought to them. Bravo to the victims for having the courage to tell their stories.


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