Letters West Palm needs locals to solve mobility issues

West Palm needs

locals to solve issues

I find the ongoing mobility study absolutely laughable. First of all, could our esteemed city leaders not have found a consultant firm in the greater West Palm Beach area or at least in the state of Florida? No, just another out-of-state consulting firm telling us what to do. (It takes an out-of-state consultant to tell us the best way to cross Okeechobee Boulevard?)

What does anyone expect regarding parking problems when the city continues downtown commercial and residential development without addressing infrastructure and parking issues first?

Not being a “consultant,” I guess I would not be that intelligent to suggest that the city request compensation from developers to start a fund that would allow completely free parking for downtown. I am absolutely sure that if you floated that idea among downtown business owners they would be all for it.

I am sure, in many minds, the next issue would be that the employees of downtown establishments would occupy the free spaces. Simple solution, why did not anyone think of using the former city hall or the tent site, among other city-owned properties, to provide employee parking and have the city trolleys shepherd said employees downtown.

The last time I checked, the trolleys are virtually empty. Maybe our mayor should start spending more time in West Palm Beach to solve this problem rather than traveling the globe to study how bicycles can improve the quality of life in downtown West Palm Beach.


Are boomers to blame

for millennial ennui?

Regarding the article, “The 27 things that millenials hate (and the one thing they love),” (Aug. 3):

Being the parent of three Gen-Y’s, I read the article with great interest. Although some of the aversions ( bar soap, wine corks, cold cereal) were amusing, I found the distaste of manners, relationships, marriage, home ownership, face-to-face interactions and the American dream to be rather sad, if not depressing.

Needless to say, I have witnessed many of these behaviors on my own home turf. Since my own children, as well as a majority of the other millennials, are the offspring of baby boomers (political activists and entrepreneurs when in our teens and 20s) the question emerges: How much of this phenomenon is our responsibility?

Did we create people whose mantra is rootlessness? Did this happen because we gave them too much and killed their sense of motivation? Was it the high rate of divorce in my generation? Or does it have more to do with the rise of the internet and its opening the floodgates to easy access to everything? (Anyone remember using an encyclopedia and library book to do research?)

Whatever the true explanation may be, I ache for these young adults who may miss out on many of the things that make a life worth living.


Manafort article

raises questions

Per “FBI raid target Manafort owns Gardens residence” (Thursday):

Paul Manafort resides in Virginia and winters in Florida? How does he qualify for homestead exemption? Does he vote in both places?


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