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Letters Support Mast in supporting AHCA

Support Mast in supporting AHCA Brian Mast supports quality health care for all Americans. Congress set out to provide our citizens with quality affordable health care. The first legislation led to the Affordable Care Act, aka Obamacare, which is collapsing across the nation with premiums rising, limited care and unaffordable rates, especially for those who need it most. Rep. Brian Mast, R-Palm City...

POINT OF VIEW: Do more to get overdose survivors into treatment

Our community hospitals will be doing more to reduce the number of accidental overdoses caused by heroin, opiates and illegal drugs. A new law signed by Florida Gov. Rick Scott this month requires hospitals with emergency departments to develop best practices that focus on the prevention of unintentional overdoses. Additionally, the law permits reporting of suspected or actual overdoses to a central...

Friedman: Where did ‘We the People’ go?

A few days ago, I was at a conference in Montreal, and a Canadian, trying to grasp what’s happening to America, asked me a simple question: “What do you fear most these days?” “I fear we’re seeing the end of ‘truth,’” I said, “that we simply can’t agree anymore on basic facts. And I fear that we’re becoming Sunnis and Shiites &mdash...

Parker: Can words be lethal?

Words matter, journalists are fond of saying. This comes lately in the context of presidential tweets that conceivably could have serious repercussions. Otherwise, we seem conflicted about how much words should matter. Political correctness, or ignorance, has caused us to discard words and expressions that some find offensive, despite constitutional protections for nearly every form of speech short...

Letters Easy changes would simplify health care

Easy changes would simplify health care I would like to extend the letter titled, “Medicare for all solves everything” (May 28), two steps further. Every time a health care insurance company pays your bill, they take out their cut since they have administrative expenses to pay and they are profit-making organizations. Take them out of the picture and you eliminate their administrative...

COMMENTARY: Off into the jungle of political suspicion

Let it be said that for one lovely moment, House Speaker Paul Ryan and House Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi responded exactly as those in authority should to a shocking assault on human lives and our political system. After last week’s shooting on a baseball field, both spoke in a spirit of thoughtful solidarity and genuinely mutual concern. Kudos to them. Unfortunately, so much else that has...

Opinion: After the ISIS war, a U.S.-Russia collision?

On Sunday, a Navy F-18 Hornet shot down a Syrian air force jet, an act of war against a nation with which Congress has never declared or authorized a war. Washington says the Syrian plane was bombing U.S.-backed rebels. Damascus says its plane was attacking ISIS. Vladimir Putin’s defense ministry was direct and blunt: “Repeated combat actions by U.S. aviation under the cover of counterterrorism...

POINT OF VIEW Demand civilian gun laws that ban weapons of war

The United States has experienced 155 mass shootings in the first 165 days of this year, as of the shooting of U.S. Rep. Steve Scalise, R-Louisiana, and four others in Alexandria, Va. While most of the discussion of this incident has thus far centered on the background of the shooter, security detail of the victims and impact of the poisonous political environment, the omnipresence of guns and gun...

Opinion: On death row, but is he innocent?

One June day in 1983, a California professor drove over to a neighbor’s house to pick up his 11-year-old son from a sleepover. Nobody answered the door, so the professor peered through a window — and saw a ghastly panorama of blood. The professor found his son stabbed to death, along with the bodies of Peggy and Doug Ryen, the homeowners. The Ryens’ 10-year-old daughter was also...

Dowd: Trump, Uber and the hazards of Broism

It’s been a bad week for brozillas. Our two most famous Neanderthal disrupters, one on each coast, have been in a race to see who can flame out more quickly — and insensibly. Arrogance. Chaos. Childish pique. Gauche verbal blunders. Deceptions. Unacceptable behavior toward women. A bunker paranoia at the top, with staffers below scheming to undercut one another. Even though one embodies...

Gerson: The endgame of accommodation with Trump

Nearly 150 days into the Trump era, no non-delusional conservative can be happy with the direction of events or pleased with the options going forward. President Donald Trump is remarkably unpopular, particularly with the young (among whom his approval is underwater by a remarkable 48 percentage points in one poll). And the reasons have little to do with elitism or media bias. Trump has been ruled...
Commentary: Net neutrality rules are needed to protect ordinary people

Commentary: Net neutrality rules are needed to protect ordinary people

Network neutrality rules are needed to protect individuals against cable companies and other giant Internet Service Providers (ISPs) that want to put their own profits ahead of the public interest in a free and open internet where anybody can communicate and compete on an equal playing field. They want network neutrality protections removed so they can tilt the rules of the game in their own favor...
Commentary: Net neutrality is bad for consumers

Commentary: Net neutrality is bad for consumers

The Federal Communications Commission’s proposed rollback of its 2015 Open Internet Order has put the term “net neutrality” back in the political zeitgeist. The phrase itself is more strategic marketing than precise meaning, but understanding that all it really means is heavy-handed government regulation of the internet makes it clear that net neutrality policy is bad for broadband...

Letters Developer Greene’s plans need city support, action

Greene’s plans need city support, action The front-page article “Greene: Ambitious plans for Downtown are still on” (Sunday), on Jeff Greene’s potential investments and real estate developments in West Palm Beach, was informative and hopeful for those who live and work in West Palm Beach. During the past 30 years, the area adjacent to Greene’s proposed developments along...

POINT OF VIEW Conservation zone buyback by county hardly a done deal

The Palm Beach Post article — “Conservation zone buyback lauded” (Sunday) — badly mischaracterizes the decision that the County Commission is facing regarding the McMurrain property. The article implies that if the county does not repurchase this property, residential development will surely follow. Therefore we must purchase it to prevent development. This is a false choice...
How we can start taking back our country

How we can start taking back our country

Americans are justifiably frustrated regarding what is going on in Washington. But let’s not forget that we elect these folks. We may have a mess, but we can at least be proud that it’s our mess. There is one unique problem. Unlike business, where change can be made quickly, government programs are so hard to change that it is almost a one-way street. It’s not so easy to pass new...
Editorial: Boynton indictment: Faking records adds to cops’ black eye

Editorial: Boynton indictment: Faking records adds to cops’ black eye

The indictment of Boynton Beach Police personnel alleges behavior that no community can tolerate of its law enforcement officers. According to a federal civil rights complaint filed on June 8, a sergeant allowed officers to rewrite their police reports to justify their use of force after learning that a Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office helicopter camera had captured them punching, kicking...

POINT OF VIEW: Remove CON barriers to improve medical costs, access

The Florida Legislature wrapped up its regular session with no changes to the Certificate of Need (CON) program, a regulatory process that requires hospitals and other care providers to obtain state approval before offering new or modified services. But that should not end the conversation on re-evaluating the role of free-market competition in health care to address cost and access issues. When Florida&rsquo...

Letters

Tequesta rams through lane reduction plan In a recent letter, readers were reminded again of the foolishness of reducing U.S. 1 from six lanes to four in Tequesta. North Palm Beach has adopted a master plan that in part calls for the very same thing to be done along a 1.6-mile stretch of its own U.S. 1. The sad part about Tequesta is that many of its residents did not fully understand or even know...

POINT OF VIEW: South Floridians need to become ‘water smart’

It can happen in the blink of an eye or the turn of a back. It’s a parent’s worst nightmare, but it’s a reality we must acknowledge. As the summer temperatures begin to settle in, countless South Floridians will try to beat the heat each day by seeking refuge in a swimming pool or other body of water. The time to focus on water safety and drowning prevention is now. Just last week...

Letters First Amendment not just for doctors; patients can opt out

First Amendment not just for docs Now that the courts have ruled that doctors have a First Amendment right to ask their patients if they own guns, I want to remind the patients that they also have the same First Amendment right. To keep your gun ownership private, do not tell the doctors you own guns as it will become part of your medical records and every agency of our federal government will have...

Opinion: Media justification gives criminals cover for aggression

“He was hunting us.” Those were the words of Republican Congressman Mike Bishop describing the depraved gun assault on members of Congress while they were innocently fielding ground balls and practicing base hits on a suburban Virginia field. The politics of personal destruction became literal. Within a few hours, the president and congressional leadership put aside bitter partisanship...
Editorial: Scott’s double-whammy against public education in Florida

Editorial: Scott’s double-whammy against public education in Florida

With one stroke of his pen last week, Gov. Rick Scott set back progress for Florida’s public universities. And with another stroke, he did astounding damage to the state’s K-12 public schools. Nice work, Governor. In the first instance, Scott vetoed most of the policy initiatives sought by Senate President Joe Negron in hopes of catapulting Florida campuses into the nation’s top...
LETTERS: Follow money trail to get answers on private prisons

LETTERS: Follow money trail to get answers on private prisons

I read with interest the piece “Time to end secrecy around private prisons” (Thursday). I would suggest that each of you contact your congressperson in the U.S. Congress and Florida Legislature and ask them how much money they receive in campaign donations from private prisons. Hopefully, you will get more of a straight answer than I did when contacting my Florida representative. As in...
POINT OF VIEW: Ariana Grande made fans proud in response to tragedy

POINT OF VIEW: Ariana Grande made fans proud in response to tragedy

For many, Ariana Grande is just another pop star, a distant face on TV or magazines, but having grown up in Boca Raton and seen her rise to fame, I feel a certain connection to the star who shares my hometown. Her favorite hangouts are the ones my friends and I visit. Whenever she comes to town, it seems my school is the first to know. Many of my friends attended her Miami concert in April. Thus,...

Gabrielle Giffords: We need courage to face our gun safety problem now

I woke up Wednesday morning to images I have prayed I would never see again: a member of Congress and a congressional aide, shot. Children and bystanders scrambling for cover. Fear. Danger. Rage, apparently, from the shooter, at a quiet neighborhood field where my former colleagues were having baseball practice before Thursday night’s charity game. As my fellow lawmakers had been when I was...

Opinion: In wake of Alexandria, knee-jerk calls for gun control, again

Before the facts were even known about Wednesday morning’s 7 a.m. shooting in Alexandria, Virginia, gun control advocates were already calling for more stringent laws. “News” coverage of these events shows the same knee-jerk biases for more gun control. Guns are often referred to as “assault weapons” even if they function exactly the same as a hunting rifle. Nowhere do...

Opinion: A simple traffic stop left Ayanna Cruver terrified

Two weeks ago, a black woman driving alone in Princeton, Louisiana, was pulled over for no apparent reason. But she was not shot and killed. Or hauled from her car and body-slammed. Or even arrested for getting snippy. The officer explained that she was driving under the speed limit, something he said drivers do when they are tired or inebriated. He said he just wanted to make sure she was OK. &ldquo...

Opinion: Demolition of a 1931 law would make building much cheaper

“You really ought to give Iowa a try. Provided you are contrary.” — “Iowa Stubborn,” from Meredith Wilson’s “The Music Man” WASHINGTON — “Contrary” does not quite capture Steve King’s astringency. The Iowa native and conservative congressman was born, appropriately, in Storm Lake, and carries turbulence with him. He also carries...

COMMENTARY: Destroying health care from the shadows

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell once had passionate views about how carefully Congress should consider sweeping changes to the health care system. “Fast-tracking a major legislative overhaul such as health care reform or a new national energy tax without the benefit of a full and transparent debate does a disservice to the American people,” McConnell said in 2009, referring to the...

POINT OF VIEW: Growth can be boon or bane for downtown West Palm Beach

Look around and you will marvel at all the construction cranes and earth moving bulldozers now on the streets of downtown West Palm Beach. Fern Street, between Olive Avenue and Dixie Highway, has workers holding stop signs on both ends of the street all day long to accommodate the big equipment. The Brightline train track effort causes daily traffic interruptions on those streets having grade-crossing...

Letters Stop importing dogs; this is how canine flu got in

Stop importing dogs; this is how flu got in There has been some concern about canine flu in the area. What most do not realize is that this strain of the canine flu was brought in by foreign rescue dogs. This flu version is very serious, especially for young, old and immune-compromised animals. Most get over it, but some have extreme permanent lung damage and even death. But some local rescue groups...

POINT OF VIEW: Water managers are good at keeping public land public

People flock to the Sunshine State to enjoy the abundant opportunities to enjoy Florida’s natural lands and waters. However, if properties have a “No trespassing” or “Closed to the public” sign, citizens and visitors are prevented access. These closures are particularly vexing on public lands paid for by taxpayers. Floridians and visitors want generous access to Florida&rsquo...

Letters Florida should take page from Massachusetts schools

Fla. should take page from Mass. schools The governor and Republican-led Legislature are patting themselves on the back for their measly contribution to public education in Florida. And before the next legislative session rolls around, many will continue to lambaste teachers and administrators for the poor job they are doing. As an educator with 50-plus years in Massachusetts and Florida schools,...

Parker: Lightheaded and nauseated in the age of Trump

In one of Walker Percy’s brilliant novels, “The Second Coming,” protagonist Will Barrett keeps falling down for no apparent reason. He also suffers trances during which he contemplates existential questions. Barrett comes to mind in the era of Donald Trump. I’m not falling down on the golf course yet, as Barrett did, but I confess to a feeling of lightheadedness coupled with...

Letters No logic in reducing US 1 to four lanes from six

No logic in reducing US 1 to four lanes I can’t for the life of me wrap my head around the logic of reducing U.S. 1 North in Tequesta from six lanes to four lanes next year, especially considering that a three-year construction project begins shortly after that, replacing the drawbridge to the south. Even with six lanes of traffic, it will be a nightmare during that time. Am I missing something...

POINT OF VIEW Time to end secrecy around private prisons

U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions recently announced new guidelines that will result in a significant increase in the prison population, directing federal prosecutors to seek the toughest penalties possible for nonviolent defendants. Those prisoners will have to be incarcerated somewhere, which is perhaps the reason for the attorney general’s February memo reversing an Obama-era directive...

Friedman: Solving the Korea crisis by teaching a horse to sing

Some stories have to be experienced to fully grasp — the Korea crisis is one of them. I arrived in Seoul on the evening of May 28. As I was dressing for breakfast the next morning, I was jarred by a news alert ringing on my phone: North Korea had just fired a short-range missile that had landed in the sea off its east coast. I waited for the sirens to tell us to go to the hotel shelter, as happened...

Opinion: Are we nearing civil war?

President Trump may be chief of state, head of government and commander in chief, but his administration is shot through with disloyalists plotting to bring him down. We are approaching something of a civil war where the capital city seeks the overthrow of the sovereign and its own restoration. Thus far, it is a nonviolent struggle, though street clashes between pro- and anti-Trump forces are increasingly...
Opinion: Dear Paul Ryan — listen to Planned Parenthood patients

Opinion: Dear Paul Ryan — listen to Planned Parenthood patients

Dear Paul Ryan, As you work with President Trump to cut off federal funds for Planned Parenthood, Mr. Ryan, I consulted some experts — patients in your own district. I visited the three Planned Parenthood clinics in your congressional district in Wisconsin and spoke to women and men arriving full of anxieties. They feared unwanted pregnancy, gonorrhea, breast cancer, and they can’t understand...

Gerson: Does it matter what Sanders thinks of your view on salvation?

It is apparently not enough for some of the liberal-minded to help those on Medicare and Social Security; now people must be guaranteed eligibility for heaven as well. Or at least be protected from those who believe in the other place. At a contentious confirmation hearing last week for Russell Vought as deputy director of the Office of Management and Budget — generally not known as an institution...

Dowd: Comey and Trump, the G-Man vs. the Mob Boss

Lordy, what a fine day to be Donald Trump. Three hours of earnest James Comey testimony before the Senate Intelligence Committee and the president is not in immediate jeopardy of being indicted or impeached. High crimes can wait. The master of low expectations headed off to his New Jersey golf club to celebrate the fact that he still has plenty of time for further self-incrimination. If there&rsquo...
Commentary: The ‘Year of Now or Neverglades’

Commentary: The ‘Year of Now or Neverglades’

When the history of Everglades restoration is written, 2016 will be remembered as a pivotal point. As record rains during the winter of 2015-16 tested the capacity of Lake Okeechobee, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers shunted the excess into the Caloosahatchee and St. Lucie rivers. Altogether, nearly 1 trillion gallons of polluted Lake Okeechobee water was flushed east and west, devastating the ecosystems...
Commentary: Attacks on sugar cane farmers untrue and unfair

Commentary: Attacks on sugar cane farmers untrue and unfair

A column published in The Palm Beach Post (“It’s time to halt Big Sugar’s assault on the Everglades,” June 7) about sugar cane farming painted a wholly incomplete and inaccurate picture of the industry, which has done more to help Everglades restoration than any other private entity to date. The op-ed asserted that farmers are causing “environmental damage,” which...
Letters Hope Scripps’ memory-wiper pill will erase Trump years

Letters Hope Scripps’ memory-wiper pill will erase Trump years

Scripps’ memory pill will erase Trump years Kudos to those at Scripps Florida for bringing us a whole new class of drugs that will erase memories with specificity, “Scripps: Promising results with opioid addiction drug” (Saturday). With clinical trials set to begin in 2020 just in time for the next presidential election, just take a pill and everything will be all right. Thank you...
POINT OF VIEW In ‘Docs v. Glocks’, a win for free speech, public health

POINT OF VIEW In ‘Docs v. Glocks’, a win for free speech, public health

Let’s not mince words. Once again, the courts have rescued the people of Florida from the extremism of their own Legislature. Attorney General Pam Bondi and Gov. Rick Scott let the deadline pass to appeal to the U.S. Supreme Court the decision striking down the gag order on doctors in the infamous “Docs v. Glocks” case. Whether this was an intentional decision to throw in the towel...
Editorial: Too many decisions made in private, by just three people

Editorial: Too many decisions made in private, by just three people

A modest proposal: For efficiency’s sake, why don’t we just tell the Florida Legislature to stay home and let the state’s laws and spending be decided by only the governor, the president of the Senate and the speaker of the House? Because that, in essence was the story of the 2017 legislative session. To a remarkable degree, the outcome was the product of the personalities and...
Opinion: GOP right to drain Dems’ toxic Dodd-Frank swamp

Opinion: GOP right to drain Dems’ toxic Dodd-Frank swamp

The House just passed the Financial CHOICE Act, which enacts major reforms to the Dodd-Frank Act, signed into law by President Obama in 2010. The 2,300-page Dodd-Frank Act was passed to fix what supposedly was broken in our financial system that led to the massive financial collapse in 2007. The potential economic impact of the sweeping reforms of the Financial CHOICE Act are as far reaching as anything...

Letters

Chihuly pedestrian bridge should inspire Perhaps the brain trust of West Palm Beach who is searching for an answer on how to safely cross Okeechobee Boulevard at CityPlace should take a look at the city of Tacoma, Wash., for an answer. With a downtown bisected by a busy expressway, the city of Tacoma built a 500-foot-long pedestrian bridge, then enlisted the artistic insight of native son Dale Chihuly...

POINT OF VIEW: A doctor’s prescription for climate change

Our climate is changing rapidly. We all see it in Florida. The president recently reneged on America’s commitment to the Paris Climate Agreement signed by 195 countries. As a South Florida physician who sees patients with conditions affected by climate change, I’m concerned. With the increasing shortage of primary-care physicians in Florida, the health effects of climate change will exacerbate...

Letters Woods should get no pass just because he’s a good golfer

Woods gets no pass for his golf prowess This is not the first time Tiger Woods has made a self-destructive decision. I guarantee that you would be absolutely livid had he killed or severely injured for life your family member or a close friend. Yes, he is a great golfer. However, that is no excuse for the danger to which he subjected the public. End of discussion. STEVE GLODECK, DELRAY BEACH Fireworks...
‘I Alone Can Fix’ not going well for Trump, or nation

‘I Alone Can Fix’ not going well for Trump, or nation

It began as a rumble and has swelled to a chorus. Anonymous White House aides, outside well-wishers and Republican apparatchiks are all begging President Donald Trump to stop tweeting. The Wall Street Journal editorial page, which has performed acrobatic contortions attempting to coax normality and actual results from the current president, erupted with frustration at what it called the “cycle...

POINT OF VIEW Trump risking U.S. credibility with Paris withdrawal

If we are to believe President Donald Trump and his Republican cohorts concerning the Paris Agreement are right, then 195 countries are wrong. Science academies around the world are wrong. Business leaders, including oil and energy company CEOs — like former ExxonMobil head and current Secretary of State Rex Tillerson — are wrong. But is climate change a hoax? As environmentalist and 350...

Paul Krugman: Trump is wrecking the ship of state

After Donald Trump’s surprise election victory, many people on the right and even in the center tried to make the case that he wouldn’t really be that bad. Every time he showed a hint of self-restraint — even if it amounted to nothing more than reading his lines without ad-libbing and laying off Twitter for a day or two — pundits rushed to declare that he had just “become...
Editorial: Cities must step up, help county plug housing hole

Editorial: Cities must step up, help county plug housing hole

It’s settled then. Palm Beach County is in the middle of a workforce housing “crisis.” That much is clear following a heavily attended housing summit last month spearheaded by the county. What’s also abundantly clear from the six-hour confab that included more than 500 local government officials, lenders and builders, is that a dearth of attainable housing for an expanding...
Commentary: Travel ban useless against homegrown terrorists

Commentary: Travel ban useless against homegrown terrorists

Shortly after the news broke the evening of June 3 about a possible terrorist attack in London, President Donald J. Trump tweeted: “We need to be smart, vigilant and tough. We need the courts to give us back our rights. We need the Travel Ban as an extra level of safety!” A good deal of the judicial opposition to the Trump administration’s proposed temporary ban of citizens of six...
Letters: HOA thief gets jail but Bak bookkeeper goes free

Letters: HOA thief gets jail but Bak bookkeeper goes free

So, the former treasurer of a Boynton Beach homeowners’ association is sentenced to 10 months in jail, five years of probation, and repayment of the stolen money for embezzlement that occurred from 2012-2014. This seems to be an appropriate punishment for the crimes committed.o Meanwhile, the bookkeeper of a Palm Beach County school (Bak Middle School of the Arts) steals $66,000 and she is not...
POINT OF VIEW: Fighting the opioid epidemic in the exam room

POINT OF VIEW: Fighting the opioid epidemic in the exam room

The United States is in the midst of a public health crisis. Opioid addiction is taking mothers, fathers and children; destroying lives, breaking up families. The problem is particularly insidious in Florida, which has become a destination for rehabilitative services and sober home living. In the first part of 2016, approximately 2,600 people died from opioid overdoses in the state and the epidemic...
Opinion: Where did Maher get the idea he could say that word?

Opinion: Where did Maher get the idea he could say that word?

Here’s a good rule of thumb for aspiring comics. Whenever you are compelled to say, “Hey, it was a joke,” it probably wasn’t. At the very least, it didn’t land like one. Bill Maher is an accomplished comic, not an aspiring one, but he deftly illustrated that rule Friday night on his HBO show. As you’ve surely heard, Maher was interviewing GOP Sen. Ben Sasse, who...

Letters Mast misrepresents about cost of single-payer health care

Mast wrong about cost of single-payer U.S. Rep. Brian Mast, R-Palm City, a beneficiary of socialized medicine via the Veterans Administration, lies about single-payer. I attended Mast’s town hall Monday night in Stuart. He claims it would cost $4 trillion to have such a system and thus we cannot afford it. That is a flat-out lie. In a study by Gerald Friedman, professor of economics at the University...

POINT OF VIEW AP piece a Trump slam? No, it’s a clinical fact-check

It’s written by the Associated Press, the storied newswire, and it carries the label “fact check.” Its opening line is rather declarative: “President Donald Trump can’t be counted on to give accurate information to Americans when violent acts are unfolding abroad,” reads the piece. The story then proceeded to substantiate that claim: A Saturday tweet from Trump...

Letters Gardens blew chance to protect LGBT youth

Gardens blew chance to protect LGBT youth Regarding “Gardens weighs ‘resolution’ vs. ‘ordinance’ for banning conversion therapy” (Saturday): As a gay man, it saddened me to read that the city of Palm Beach Gardens could recognize that conversion therapies harm some of their most vulnerable residents but fail to take steps to protect these youth. The city passed...

POINT OF VIEW: Reaction to Paris accord pullout is overblown

Reactions to President Donald Trump’s withdrawal from the Paris accord on climate change are — forgive me — overheated. The ACLU is calling it an “assault on communities of color,” for some reason, and environmental activist Tom Steyer says it’s a “traitorous act of war against the American people.” For his part, Trump says that staying in the agreement...

Parker: Wishing for a Trump Twitterectomy

“If only he would stop tweeting.” Those words came from a friend of mine named “Jack,” quite possibly President Donald Trump’s biggest fan. A former Secret Service agent, Jack is your typical die-hard Trump supporter. That is to say, he’s a white, Christian male, married with two kids. He’s honest, hardworking — a true-blue patriot. He and I argue frequently...

Friedman: Trump Lies. China Thrives.

One of the many dangers posed to our society by having a president who’s a serial liar — and who doesn’t behave like an adult — is that we more easily ignore him even if he happens to say something true. I explored one of them in China last week — Trump’s charge that China is playing unfair on trade. My visit left me with two strong responses. The first is that...

Letters Gardiner Scholarship program helped son thrive

Gardiner program helped son thrive Earlier this month, I sent Gov. Rick Scott a letter urging him to sign House Bill 7069 into law. The bill contains $30 million in funding for the Gardiner Scholarship program, which serves students with unique needs. For me, the issue is personal. I have three kids, all with unique needs and learning styles. Thankfully, Florida is a state that supports a wide variety...

POINT OF VIEW: Scott puts personal politics ahead of Florida families

Last Friday, Gov. Rick Scott vetoed $409 million in projects that were approved by the Legislature as part of the state’s 2017-18 annual budget. Among the items vetoed was $37.4 million appropriated to pay court-mandated compensation to thousands of families in Broward and Lee counties, arising from the Florida Department of Agriculture’s destruction of their healthy backyard citrus trees...
‘Forever’ wars can kill republics

‘Forever’ wars can kill republics

On May 22, Salman Abedi, 22, waiting at the entrance of the Arianna Grande pop concert in Manchester, blew himself up, killing almost two dozen people, among them parents waiting to pick up their children. Saturday, three Islamic terrorists committed “suicide-by-cop,” using a van to run down pedestrians on London Bridge, and then slashing and stabbing patrons of pubs and diners in the...

COMMENTARY: The diplomacy of narcissism and how it demeans us

The problem with “America First” is that it describes an attitude, not a purpose. It substitutes selfishness for realism. It implies that nations can go it alone, that we stand for nothing beyond our immediate self-interest, and that we should give little thought to how the rest of humanity thinks or lives. It suggests that if we are strong enough, we can prosper no matter how much chaos...
From polygamy to pornography, Americans are getting more permissive

From polygamy to pornography, Americans are getting more permissive

Over the past decade and a half, tolerance for polygamy has more than doubled among the American public. A similar trend applies to human cloning.  Stunning as they are, these findings from the latest Gallup survey of moral opinion in the United States may tell more about the political future than the daily drama surrounding President Donald Trump. To be sure, the percentage declaring polygamy...
LETTERS: Randy police, pedophile priests; our moral compass has failed

LETTERS: Randy police, pedophile priests; our moral compass has failed

Police, priests; our moral compass failed Where were the red flags when Palm Beach Shores hired officer Charles Hoeffer? (“Town settles dispatcher suit for $150,000,” Friday). Numerous women had accused Hoeffer of sexual violence, rape, misconduct, etc. This behavior seems very similar to how the Catholic Church shuffled pedophile priests from one diocese to another without reporting them...

Gerson: Trump totally misunderstands climate change

Climate policy is the new culture war, driven by nearly theological passions. Or actually theological passions — with House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi claiming that Donald Trump’s withdrawal from the Paris climate accord was a “dishonor to God.” While God certainly values his creation, he is probably less concerned with the details of implementing the Paris Agreement. Trump...

Dowd: Peevish Trump stomps Planet Earth

We’ve been conditioned by Hollywood to see the president of the United States step up to the lectern to confidently tell us how he will combat the existential threat to the planet — be it aliens, asteroids, tidal waves, volcanoes, killer sharks, killer robots or a 500-billion-ton comet the size of New York City. So it was quite stunning to see the president of the United States step up...

POINT OF VIEW: Mural reminds us humans share strife as well as joy

I read with great interest Alyce Carrelli’s May 31 letter, “Fern Street Mural a Depressing Sight.” I agree with Carrelli that strife is an unwelcomed human condition, and its reminders are less than joyous. I understand her frustration with a large urban mural she walks past daily being dedicated to this aspect of humanity. It was also compelling to learn from Carrelli that the Goddess...
Commentary: Glades farmer bear brunt of reservoir efforts

Commentary: Glades farmer bear brunt of reservoir efforts

When state Sen. Joe Negron’s Senate Bill 10 — a plan to take 60,000 to 150,000 acres of Palm Beach County’s most fertile farms — was unveiled in January, it immediately caused turmoil among farm families like mine in the Everglades Agricultural Area (EAA). Besides being our home, the EAA is one of Palm Beach County’s largest economic drivers. The devastating consequences...

Commentary: Opinion: Big Sugar’s assault on the Everglades

Some Americans are aware that the federal sugar program makes their food cost more. But few know this same program is causing environmental wreckage in Florida that their tax dollars will have to pay for. The sugar program, known to its many critics as the “sugar racket,” is a tangle of price supports, which increase the cost of sugar in the United States, and tariffs and quotas on imported...
Opinion: Bill Maher’s poster child for liberals’ perpetual adolescence

Opinion: Bill Maher’s poster child for liberals’ perpetual adolescence

Nebraska Senator Ben Sasse appeared on HBO’s “Real Time with Bill Maher” to promote his new book, “The Vanishing American Adult: Our Coming of Age Crisis — And How To Build a Culture of Self Reliance.” Thanks to Bill Maher’s infamous and irreverent mouth, a routine publicity spot turned into a media storm. Now Maher has discovered that even a rich, left-wing...
Editorial: Special session an insult to voters, good government

Editorial: Special session an insult to voters, good government

Well, at least the schoolkids look to get a little more money. That’s about the only bright spot to be gleaned from the rubber-stamp of a legislative special session that’s slated to begin today and end on Friday. Although the task is unfinished, Florida’s lawmakers aren’t scheduled to talk about medical marijuana. They aren’t rethinking their huge giveaways to the charter...

POINT OF VIEW Keep ‘tent site’ off table as Okeechobee solutions swirl

On May 22 there was a “summit” held at the Palm Beach County Convention Center, organized in large part by my fellow city commissioner, Shanon Materio — (“Editorial: To fix Okeechobee Boulevard, leaders must pull in same direction,” Sunday). The intent of the summit was to bring together stakeholders to discuss the problems drivers, cyclists and pedestrians face on Okeechobee...

LETTERS

Okeechobee traffic woes need new fix Regarding the Post editorial, “City can’t fix boulevard if leaders are in opposite lanes” (Wednesday), none of the fixes proposed are going to fix the traffic problem. The only real fix is to have the train tracks go under or over Okeechobee Boulevard. It should have been a condition of the approval process for the Brightline service but, clearly...
Christie commentary: A year later, tragedy a Father’s Day reminder

Christie commentary: A year later, tragedy a Father’s Day reminder

Another joyful Father’s Day approaches … and unfortunately, so does a painful anniversary. Around 2 a.m. on June 12, 2016, Port St. Lucie resident Omar Mir Seddique Mateen committed the biggest mass shooting in modern U.S. history, killing 49 people and wounding another 53 at the Pulse nightclub in Orlando. It was an act of hate. It was an act of terror. It was an act that will forever...
POINT OF VIEW: Learn from criminal justice failures: Follow the data

POINT OF VIEW: Learn from criminal justice failures: Follow the data

I tell those considering a career in business that you have to get comfortable with failure. That’s how you figure out what works and what doesn’t. To find the right way forward, you study those setbacks, collect data, and change course accordingly. Setbacks are not failures unless you fail to learn from them. Ideally, this would be true in the public sector as well. But the recent chest-thumping...
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