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Letters: West Palm city government a do-nothing joke


City government

a do-nothing joke

I read, with utter dismay, the article, “Razing problem homes is difficult” (Monday), on how the neighbors of a run-down, falling-down, dilapidated house have been waiting since 2012 to have it torn down. In case they don’t know, it’s almost 2017. Here is another incident of our do-nothing city government.

I would bet my bottom dollar that if that run-down house was in any of our city officials’ neighborhoods, it would have been gone as soon as possible in 2012.

The runaround, the excuses, the do-nothing attitude of our city officials is beyond comprehension.

How about everyone at City Hall stops passing the buck for almost five years, and helps these people out?

JOAN GROSSMAN, WEST PALM BEACH

Writer too quick

to judge addicts

I thought the Palm Beach Post did a great service to the community by publishing that page of photos, mostly of the very young, who died of heroin-related overdoses. It was shocking to see them take up the entire page, despite the photos being so small, even though I knew there were sometimes one or more deaths in the county every day.

It was my hope, as a retired nurse and great-grandmother, that someone who is addicted — maybe even hundreds who are addicted — would have put themselves into serious rehab after seeing how many died in the county in just one year.

Or that it gave a loved one the courage to approach them with the need to enter rehab. It surely illustrated to those left behind that they are not alone in their sorrow over the death of their own loved one, but that hundreds just like them are suffering in their own grief.

And then, I read the letter to the editor Monday morning titled, “No tears for junkies,” and my heart broke again, not only for those who died but for their loved ones toward whom the writer seemed so insensitive.

I hope one of his own loved ones does not become hooked on a prescription narcotic painkiller, from getting more and more doctors to prescribe it when the original doctor refuses to give him or her more refills. And then the day comes when no more doctors will refill it because it was called to their attention by the pharmacist that this is going on and they realize the patient is addicted.

That is when his loved one will turn to heroin, which is so easily obtainable on the street. And if that happens, I pray he or she does not accidentally overdose as the addiction becomes worse.

Sometimes it is best not to judge others because one does not know what they are going through or went through to get to the place they are now.

I don’t believe all those pictured wanted to become addicted, even if they tried it for mere recreational purposes instead of painkiller addiction. Too many don’t realize how quickly addiction to heroin occurs.

Nor do I believe that all of them, if any, purposefully overdosed. If the letter-writer had read their stories, he’d know most of them had great plans for their futures that did not include heroin addiction.

PEGGY BUTLER, WEST PALM BEACH

Kudos to Pitts, Post

for effort at balance

Thank you for the Leonard Pitts columns every Sunday, particularly the ones on Nov. 20 and Nov 27.

I read “I can’t unite behind Trump; it’s time to resist, fight back” (Nov. 20), three times to recognize the full angst in his soul. I read his column, “Want to avoid fake news? Then open a newspaper” (Sunday) to see how he would balance his opinions one week later after reading the responding letters … pro and con.

He is a consummate literary professional and as such, entitled to vent his spleen when an outrageous event shakes our world. Thank you for printing letters from both sides for those of us who appreciate the importance of opening a newspaper.

The Palm Beach Post should keep printing journalists like Pitts for the real news and the answering opinions whatever readers believe. I have so far retained the hope that there will be enough real news followers to keep the consequences of this irrational national election at bay.

I’m willing to give the president-elect a chance but, like Pitts, I am also ready to give him hell quickly.

HARRIET PASHMAN, JUPITER

You want a list?

Start with McConnell

This is in response to the Nov. 25 letter, “Divisive? Liberals need a good mirror,” whose author said that he never met a divisive conservative.

Let’s start with Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, who, rather than work with President Barack Obama to develop policies that would improve the lives of all Americans, said that his primary goal was to make sure that Obama was a one-term president.

What is that if not divisive?

SHELDON RATNER, BOYNTON BEACH

Wisconsin recount

a waste of money

What did the Wisconsin legislature have in mind when it enacted a law that permits a candidate who won 10 votes, figuratively speaking, to buy a recount?

If anything, Jill Stein should be told she has no standing because, regardless of the outcome, it cannot affect her candidacy. Any benefit to her would be in the most obtuse way, if at all. Of course, it is no surprise that Hillary Clinton’s gang is making the grand gesture of collaborating in this charade.

This is a preposterous waste of money that could have been better spent in dozens of ways.

DAVID G. KAMM, PALM BEACH

Trump’s circular

thinking problematic

Here’s a sad but accurate observation on Donald Trump’s thinking. He claims that the reason he didn’t win the popular vote was because of voter fraud and illegal voters. And if asked for proof of such fraud he would say, I’m sure, that the proof is that he didn’t win the popular vote.

Yep, we got ourselves a real gem this time. What’s even scarier is that a multitude of his supporters would read this letter and not see a problem with his thinking.

MORTON GALLAGHER, JUPITER

Critics, media

just spew poison

The never-Trumpers will not stop. Everything thing he does or says is blown out of proportion, will it ever stop? The media helps them spew this poison but no one ever talks about the issues only poison.

LEONARD SHAPIRO, BOYNTON BEACH

Speak now, or

forever hold peace

In reference to the tone and rhetoric of the past Republican campaign and the subsequent troubling ideology of the new Cabinet and government nominees, I would like to submit my version of Martin Niemöller’s famous poem that ended with the phrase: “And there was no one left to speak for me.”

First, they proposed an attack on Muslim rights, and I did not speak out or protest.

Then they proposed an attack on the rights of people of color and minorities, and I did not speak out or protest.

Then they increased hateful anti-Semite propaganda, and I did not speak out or protest.

Then they proposed an attack on LGBTQ rights, and I did not speak out or protest.

Then they proposed an attack on basic civil rights, and I did not speak out or protest.

Then they proposed an attack on women’s rights, and I did not speak out or protest.

Then they promoted selected voter suppression, and I did not speak out or protest.

With no rights left, there was no one to speak out or protest for me.

Please don’t let history repeat itself in the greatest country on earth.

MARY ANN D’ANGIO, BOYNTON BEACH


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