Letters: Voters need details from School District before OK’ing tax

Voters need details

before OK’ing tax

Re: The Post editorial, “1-cent sales tax hike will greatly help Palm Beach County” (Friday), supporting the 1-cent increase in Palm Beach County sales tax: Although the increase will provide needed money to the schools, county and cities, I’m very concerned that there has been little, if any, planning for the money being provided for schools. Likewise, there are few, if any, fences around the school money or oversight of the plans to ensure the money is used for infrastructure. The public presentations from school officials on their plan has been long on fluff and sparse on details.

I understand from your editorial that $100 million would be used to replace and repair plumbing; $215 million would be used to replace air-conditioning units; and there would be money for new buses and computers. That’s fine but doesn’t come near to the $1.4 billion total the schools would get. I suspect the bureaucracy could always find uses for the rest of the money, just not uses that were considered by the voters to be efficient or effective.

I suggest the schools provide the detailed plan to the public before Nov. 8, or the increase should be rejected by the voters.


Editor’s note: Details on the School District’s plans can be seen at http://onecountyonepenny.org/



Has Trump no

sense of decency?

There is little doubt of the decision the U.S. Supreme Court would make if asked if the doctrine “sins of the father” apply as well as to sins of the brother or sister or mother or — to cut to the chase — sins of the husband.

Hillary Clinton’s critics fault her for adhering to the promise she made when she and Bill were married. She promised to support and love Bill “for richer or poorer, in sickness and in health.”

In 1953, attorney Joseph Welch looked at Joe McCarthy and asked: “Have you no sense of decency, sir?” Donald Trump, have you no sense of decency?


Drug legalization?

Don’t hold breath

In response to the article, “Decriminalize use of all illicit drugs” (Oct. 13), if drugs are legalized, legal sales should be priced so that the illegal sellers can’t make a profit.

This will stop the effort to make new addicts, so that over time, the problem would be reduced. A side benefit would be a reduction in our prison population, less need for enforcement, trials, less effective foreign cartels, less Taliban tax income from Afghanistan poppy fields, and less need for Iran’s drug refiners.

Unfortunately, there is not much chance for decriminalization. Legislators would be influenced by lobbyists funded by private prison corporations, lawyers, judges, drug enforcement and border patrols.


Mast’s abandonment

of vets is puzzling

In the latest advertisment comparing Randy Perkins and Brian Mast, I wonder also how and why Mast considers himself qualified to suggest ending Social Security and privatizing Medicare when these programs are sometimes the sole sources of income and medical care some veterans have.

Yes, he is a hero in my book because he sacrificed his legs in a war. And, true, the Veterans Administration is flawed and needs an overhaul, but no one expected the Middle East war to continue for this long, or produce as many disabled men and women. No one was prepared for the influx of continuing injured.

But just because someone fought in a war as a soldier does not give him the educational or political experience to suggest such drastic cuts or changes to two of the programs that support so many of the people he fought with and protected.


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