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Opinion

Health care bill failure highlights Trump’s competence gap

One of President Donald Trump’s rare strengths has been his ability to project competence. The Dow Jones stock index is up an astonishing 2,200 points since his election in part because investors believed Trump could deliver tax reform and infrastructure spending. Think again! The Trump administration is increasingly showing itself to be breathtakingly incompetent, and that’s the real...

Letters Problem isn’t fraud; it’s voter suppression

Problem isn’t fraud; it’s voter suppression Your editorial, “Fix Florida’s absurdly lax mail-in voting laws” (Wednesday), is missing the point. The problem in our elections is a lack of participation, not fraud. Many eligible voters don’t vote at all or are not even registered. This is especially the case when it comes to local elections. If you don’t want...

POINT OF VIEW Price controls won’t work in post-PIP world

However well intentioned, price controls will not work in Florida, if the Legislature moves to finally repeal the No-Fault/Personal Insurance Protection (PIP) auto insurance system this spring. While the concept of No-Fault/PIP may sound reasonable — $10,000 of personal injury protection made available regardless of fault in an accident — many state leaders have thrown up their hands in...
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CARTOON VIEW DANA SUMMERS

Gerson: How Trump can get his groove back

The central promise of the Trump administration — the repeal and replacement of Obamacare — has failed. The central premise of the Trump administration — that Donald Trump is a brilliant negotiator — has been discredited. In the process of losing a legislative battle, Trump has lost the theory of his presidency. It was a profoundly personal rejection. Trump’s ignorance...

Dowd: Dear DJT: Are we going to lose so much we’ll get tired of losing?

Dear Donald, We’ve known each other a long time, so I think I can be blunt. You know how you said at campaign rallies that you did not like being identified as a politician? Don’t worry. No one will ever mistake you for a politician. After this past week, they won’t even mistake you for a top-notch negotiator. I was born in D.C. And my primary observation about Washington is this...

Freedom Caucus conservatives are today’s abolitionists

The House Freedom Caucusis taking flak, with many saying they are responsible for the failure to pass the American Health Care Act. With all other Republicans on board, the votes of the 29 Freedom Caucus members could have led to passing the legislation. But they refused to support it. Should they be chastised as obstructionists? Are they childish idealists who don’t grasp that politics is about...
Editorial: ‘Safety’ bill nothing more than effort to snuff Brightline

Editorial: ‘Safety’ bill nothing more than effort to snuff Brightline

A bill called the “Florida High-Speed Passenger Rail Safety Act,” wending through the Florida Legislature, hit a roadblock Tuesday morning when it was pulled from the agenda of a House subcommittee. That’s a good thing because the bill is misnamed. It should be the “Stop Brightline in Its Tracks Act.” The legislation is aimed, of course, at the soon-to-debut high-speed...
Palm Beach Post editorial cartoon: March 28

Palm Beach Post editorial cartoon: March 28

CARTOON VIEW JACK OHMAN
Editorial: Litt, Klug, McCray best picks in today’s runoffs

Editorial: Litt, Klug, McCray best picks in today’s runoffs

Today’s three municipal runoff elections have one thing in common: issues that come with the next phase of growth management. For Boynton Beach, it’s reinvigorating and redeveloping a problem area that is the “heart” of the city. For Palm Beach Gardens, it is bringing proposed far-flung communities smoothly into the city. And for Jupiter, it’s finding a compromise for...

Letters: Santino as judge is hypocritical

Dana Santino wants a double standard that allows her to forget about ethics and break the rules while she sits in judgment of other rule breakers (“Santino says she broke rules in election but still fit to be judge,” Friday). There’s enough hypocrisy in public life without this. Gregg Lerman was absolutely correct when he said her letter of apology several months after the election...

Letters Will country’s ideological divide drive us to second civil war?

Ideological divide driving us to war? With the end of an extremely contentious presidential election, it is clear that our country is more divided than ever. Sadly, I don’t see any way to heal this rift. Our country is divided by deep-seated ideological beliefs. Just before the Civil War, our country was also divided along ideological lines. In its simplest terms, the war was fought because...
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CARTOON VIEW MIKE LUCKOVICH

POINT OF VIEW Negative signals from Legislature suppress job numbers

Headlines across Florida recently highlighted the strong private-sector jobs created in January. It’s true, January was a banner month for jobs with 51,000 new jobs added in Florida. Unfortunately, that’s where the good news turns to concern. That’s because brand-new U.S. labor statistics show Florida created fewer jobs in 2016 than in 2015 — 60,800 private-sector jobs fewer...

We’re against emotionalism, except when we’re not

Conservatives have rightly taken pride in Neil Gorsuch’s calm and cerebral performance at his Senate confirmation hearings. Many commentators, along with Republican senators, have mocked Democrats for presuming to evaluate Gorsuch based on the outcomes of his cases. Did he “side with the little guy” or with big corporations? The right answer, conservatives have correctly chided,...
Editorial: Glades’ worries deserve answers but shouldn’t kill reservoir

Editorial: Glades’ worries deserve answers but shouldn’t kill reservoir

State Senate President Joe Negron walked into a lion’s den last weekend at Pahokee High School. A spillover crowd wanted their district’s Republican senator to see how strongly they oppose a reservoir south of Lake Okeechobee, and how fearful they are that agricultural land would go out of production, taking their jobs and sinking their struggling communities. The anguish is understandable...
Christie commentary: Agree with my politics, or else

Christie commentary: Agree with my politics, or else

You may have noticed that one thing folks in power dislike most is being checked. And the more authoritarian they are, the more they dislike it. To understand this is to understand why our judiciary — on county, state and federal levels — has come under increasing attack in recent years from their brethren in the executive and legislative branches. Sometimes, to the point of it becoming...

Trump’s chickens finally come home to roost

On Monday, accountability finally arrived for Donald Trump. After 70 years spent largely skating free of consequences for his puerile misbehaviors and diarrheal mouth, he likely found it something of a shock. Seven decades is a long time, after all, and if the so-called president has learned nothing else in those years, he has learned this: Accountability is for other people. Received a bill? Stiff...
Palm Beach Post editorial cartoon: March 26

Palm Beach Post editorial cartoon: March 26

CARTOON VIEW JEFF KOTERBA
Letters: County’s model for trauma care is first rate

Letters: County’s model for trauma care is first rate

I agree with Dr. Robert Borrego, “County’s trauma system a model for state, nation” (March 17). The Palm Beach County trauma system is first rate. It is certainly not broken so please don’t “fix” it. For very good reasons, hospitals specialize in certain areas to provide the best overall care for a community. We are fortunate to have a number of quality hospitals...

An oasis of liberty in the Arizona sun

PHOENIX — As a boy, Barry Goldwater Jr., son of the former senator and 1964 Republican presidential nominee, would step out of his father’s house and shoot at tin cans 50 yards away. Now 78, he says he could fire in any direction and not endanger “anything but a cactus.” His father, born in 1909 in Arizona territory, three years before statehood, built the house on a bluff...

POINT OF VIEW Don’t pull the rug out from under poor people

There is a lot to dislike about President Donald Trump’s budget proposal, no matter where you fall on the political spectrum. Fiscal conservatives are correct to suspect most of its cuts will not survive the trip through Congress while its spending increases will make it through just fine. The military spending hike is an absurdist exercise in irresponsibility and recklessness given the Pentagon&rsquo...
Gail Collins: Trump stays buggy

Gail Collins: Trump stays buggy

Whatever Donald Trump has, it’s spreading. We’ve got a president who makes things up — and won’t retract when he’s cornered. This week press secretary Sean Spicer followed the leader. He picked up Trump’s wiretap story and added a new exciting detail: Not only had Barack Obama bugged Trump Tower, he might have used British intelligence spies to do the dirty work...

POINT OF VIEW Does GOP health plan encourage personal responsibility?

The question about the Republican plan to alter the current state of the health care insurance system in the U.S. remains: How much is being repealed here? What we know is that it angered the party’s far-right members as it maintains vestiges of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) or Obamacare. It maintains: (1) pre-existing condition as no longer a disqualifier; (2) children keeping insurance under...

Letters Serve Palm Beach by widening bike lanes

Serve Palm Beach by widening bike lanes On Sunday morning there was a large cycling event along South Ocean Boulevard. As one pack of riders neared 3200 S. Ocean, there was a pileup that left bikes and riders on A1A and the grass berm. No vehicles were involved. I believe the bike lanes are so narrow that, as the bike packs grow larger, the danger increases. The original width was never generous and...
Krauthammer: American democracy is not so decadent after all

Krauthammer: American democracy is not so decadent after all

Under the dark gray cloud, amid the general gloom, allow me to offer a ray of sunshine. The last two months have brought a pleasant surprise: Turns out the much feared, much predicted withering of our democratic institutions has been grossly exaggerated. The system lives. Let me explain. Donald Trump’s triumph last year was based on a frontal attack on the Washington “establishment,&rdquo...

POINT OF VIEW Don’t trade a tax cut for a tax increase

For three decades, Florida has offered insurance companies a highly effective, performance-based tax credit that has resulted in tens of thousands of good jobs being created or imported to our state. Not only does this credit bolster our state’s economy in a transparent, accountable way, it also helps ensure insurance rates for Floridians stay as affordable as possible. Senate Bill 378 by state...
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CARTOON VIEW WALT HANDELSMAN

Letters Look around, Mayor Gerwig; opioid crisis is everywhere

Look around, mayor; crisis is everywhere Regarding the article “Wellington mayor: No opioid ‘crisis’” (Sunday): Mayor Anne Gerwig must think that Wellington is like the city in the TV show, “Under the Dome,” and that her town is out of reach of the alcohol and drug epidemics that are plaguing each and every county, city and village in this country. The mentality...

Will Russiagate backfire on the left?

The big losers of the Russian hacking scandal may yet be those who invested all their capital in a script that turned out to based on a fairy tale. In Monday’s Intelligence Committee hearings, James Comey did confirm that his FBI has found nothing to support President Trump’s tweet that President Obama ordered him wiretapped. Not unexpected, but undeniably an embarrassment for the tweeter-in-chief...

COMMENTARY: Gorsuch’s convenient untruth about partisan judges

With a shrewdly calculated innocence, Judge Neil Gorsuch told a big fat lie at his confirmation hearing on Tuesday. Because it was a lie everyone expected, nobody called it that. “There’s no such thing as a Republican judge or a Democratic judge,” Gorsuch said. Gorsuch, the amiable veteran of many Republican campaigns, is well-placed to know how serious a fib that was. As Sen. Al...

Letters Prosecutor must follow the law

Prosecutor must follow the law Gov. Rick Scott removed a newly elected prosecutor, Aramis Ayala, from a murder case involving Markeith Loyd when she announced that she “would not pursue the death penalty in capital cases.” Loyd is alleged to be responsible for the killing of a police officer, Loyd’s pregnant girlfriend and Deputy Norman Lewis, who died in pursuit of Loyd. As a taxpaying...

POINT OF VIEW Guardians ad Litem provide vital voices for children

Children whose lives are impacted by abuse, neglect or abandonment need help to survive and succeed. What we do for our children today is a valuable investment for generations to come. Every day, Florida’s Guardian ad Litem (GAL) volunteers work diligently to represent the best interest of our state’s most fragile and vulnerable children. These volunteers advocate in court by bringing...

Friedman: Calling on a few good men in the Trump administration

Memo To: Secretary of Defense James Mattis, national security adviser H.R. McMaster, Secretary of Homeland Security John Kelly, CIA Director Mike Pompeo and Secretary of State Rex Tillerson Dear Sirs, I am writing you today as the five adults with the most integrity in the Trump administration. Mattis, McMaster and Kelly, you all served our nation as generals in battle. Pompeo, you graduated first...
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CARTOON VIEW DANA SUMMERS

And Jesus said unto Paul of Ryan …

A woman who had been bleeding for 12 years came up behind Jesus and touched his clothes in hope of a cure. Jesus turned to her and said: “Fear not. Because of your faith, you are now healed.” Then spoke Pious Paul of Ryan: “But teacher, is that wise? When you cure her, she learns dependency. Then the poor won’t take care of themselves, knowing that you’ll always bail...

Letters Fear of the unarmed? Time to face reality

Fear of the unarmed? Time to face reality The question continues to be, what will it take to hold law enforcement responsible for killing an unarmed citizen? A mistrial was declared in the wrongful death trial of PBSO Sgt. Michael Custer, who shot and killed Seth Adams in 2012 on his own property. Despite compelling evidence disputing the deputy’s claims, two of nine jurors could not find it...
POINT OF VIEW Protect public’s right to keep eye on elected officials

POINT OF VIEW Protect public’s right to keep eye on elected officials

The cornerstone of our constitutional democratic republic is protecting citizens’ right to full and public notice when their elected officials are discussing or making decisions that could affect the taxpayer’s daily lives. As a non-partisan government watchdog and taxpayer research institute that focuses on promoting government accountability and transparency, Florida TaxWatch supports...

Gerson: The world watches the shrinking of the American presidency

It is difficult to overestimate the geopolitical risks of this moment — or the (both disturbed and eager) global scrutiny now being given to the American president. Aggression is growing along the westward reach of Russian influence and the southern boundary of Chinese influence. Intercontinental nuclear capacity may soon be in the hands of a mental pubescent in North Korea. In the Middle East...

Dowd: Trump, working-class zero, not growing into the job

It’s not unknown, of course. In ancient Egypt, there was the symbol of the ouroboros, the snake that eats its own tail. Nerve-addled octopuses sometimes consume their own arms. But we’ve never watched a president so hungrily devour his own presidency. Soon, there won’t be anything left except the sound of people snickering. Consumed by his paranoia about the deep state, Donald Trump...
Counterpoint: Millions of Americans hurt by gutting EPA’s budget

Counterpoint: Millions of Americans hurt by gutting EPA’s budget

When President Donald Trump laid out his agenda before Congress last month, he vowed to “promote clean air and clean water.” Then why did his administration recently propose to slash the Environmental Protection Agency’s current budget by 24 percent and cut its staff by 20 percent? All told, the administration is calling for eliminating 38 programs entirely and reducing state grants...
Point: A bright future for the environment

Point: A bright future for the environment

Whatever the size or scope of the Environmental Protection Agency following President Donald Trump’s proposed agency reforms, there are reasons to be hopeful about the future of the environment in the United States. Many environmentalists are quick to point to the landmark Clean Air Act of 1970 as the beginning of environmental improvement in America. Studies, however, have shown that innovation...
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CARTOON VIEW LEE JUDGE
Editorial: Fix Florida’s absurdly lax mail-in voting laws

Editorial: Fix Florida’s absurdly lax mail-in voting laws

Absentee ballots have never really gotten much attention when it comes to potential voter fraud. It’s rather hard to believe given that voting-by-mail has become increasingly popular over the past decade. Voters, candidates and the major political parties have all been allowed to push the proverbial envelope with comparatively little oversight when contrasted with in-person voting. Yet state...

OPINION: Gorsuch offers chance to be nation of laws, not Left politics

My first experience with Senate confirmation hearings for a Supreme Court justice nominee was in 1991 at the hearings for Clarence Thomas. I came to Washington to support Justice Thomas. The hearings were a national embarrassment. The main focus turned out to be about neither the Constitution nor about Thomas’ jurisprudence. It was about Democratic senators descending to the gutter and dredging...

Letters Kudos to legislators for putting rail safety first

Kudos for putting rail safety first Hooray for the members of the state Legislature who believe that safety comes first as reported in “Bill could hurt Brightline” (March 14). It seems to come in second for the rail officials, who place the completion of the line to Orlando over the safety of those who live and work along the tracks or must cross them daily. We will have to watch out for...
POINT OF VIEW Pay equity for women is 50 years overdue

POINT OF VIEW Pay equity for women is 50 years overdue

It is concerning that as we celebrate Women’s History Month and International Women’s Day, women in the U.S. and Florida continue to be paid less than their male counterparts. In the U.S., women earn 79 cents for every dollar a man earns. In the state of Florida, women earn 85 cents for every dollar a man earns. Florida’s lower gap, however, is not something to be particularly proud...
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CARTOON VIEW JOHN BRANCH

More conservative than thou

In our ideologically scrambled age, it’s getting very hard to tell who’s who. Political conservatives have been opposed to “socialized” medicine pretty much forever. Republicans who agreed with this philosophically paid a heavy political price as Democrats rolled out the “Mediscare” tactic every election season. But how are we to make sense of the cross currents...

Letters: Safety a concern for Brightline trains? Seemingly not

Safety a concern? Seemingly not All the bloviating from All Aboard Florida regarding safety being its No. 1 concern went straight out the trains’ windows as soon as the Florida Legislature proposed regulations for high-speed trains that would make fencing and other safety conditions a requirement to protect people and animals from the threat of high-speed trains running through densely populated...

COMMENTARY: Conservative fantasies are finally colliding with reality

This week the Trump administration put out a budget blueprint — or more accurately, a “budget” blueprint. After all, real budgets detail where the money comes from and where it goes; this proclamation covers only around a third of federal spending, while saying nothing about revenues or projected deficits. As the fiscal expert Stan Collender put it: “This is not a budget. It&rsquo...

POINT OF VIEW Children’s Services Council on board with reading goal

Palm Beach County Schools Superintendent Robert Avossa correctly said, “We have a lot of ground to cover” to have at least 75 percent of all third-graders reading on grade level in the next five years. (“Avossa sums up year’s successes, challenges for community leaders,” March 10) While that seems like a tall mountain to climb, reaching that goal will, indeed, bring Palm...
Editorial: PBC right to seek tax to recoup president-hosting costs

Editorial: PBC right to seek tax to recoup president-hosting costs

Since being sworn in as president less than two months ago, President Donald J. Trump has spent five weekends, including this one, at his gilded estate Mar-a-Lago, which he has dubbed his “Southern White House.” While this is certainly an honor for the area, protecting the Leader of the Free World and his considerable retinue comes with certain costs. So far, the bill to the Palm Beach...

Questions for Supreme Court nominee Judge Gorsuch

WASHINGTON — This week, the Senate Judiciary Committee will question Neil Gorsuch about the judiciary’s role. Herewith some pertinent questions: — Lincoln’s greatness began with his recoil from the 1854 Kansas-Nebraska Act, which empowered residents of those territories to decide whether to have slavery. The act’s premise was that “popular sovereignty” &mdash...
Letters North Palm Beach absent at the polls

Letters North Palm Beach absent at the polls

Shame on the residents of North Palm Beach who did not vote in the March 14 election. There was only one council seat up for a vote. It took me less than five minutes to stop in and cast my ballot. Of the 12,182 residents, only 1,281 people voted, according to election results. The village is governed by five village council members. These five are responsible for the quality of life for residents...

POINT OF VIEW

Several years ago, I made a commitment to my generation to help other groups within the community gain a better understanding of who we are. In speeches across Palm Beach County, I’ve explained that millennials – those of us who are 18 to 35 years old – are a rising force within our country; now tying the baby boomers as the largest demographic of American voters, we aren’t...
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CARTOON VIEW CHAN LOWE
Goodman Commentary: Obamacare better than came before

Goodman Commentary: Obamacare better than came before

Six years ago, my wife and I came back home to Florida after a two-year sojourn to China, and found ourselves in some serious straits. We were over 60, we weren’t employed and, just at the age when our bodies were likely to start breaking down, we didn’t have health insurance. What’s more, we couldn’t get it. The Affordable Care Act (ACA) — also known as Obamacare &mdash...
Gail Collins: Trump channels Old Hickory

Gail Collins: Trump channels Old Hickory

Donald Trump wants us to think he’s like Andrew Jackson. So there he was, at Jackson’s home in Tennessee on Wednesday, celebrating Old Hickory’s 250th birthday. Fans called Jackson “Old Hickory” because he was tough and shared his men’s hardship and deprivation in the Army. There are no similar anecdotes for Donald Trump, although we are looking into a rumor he...
Charles Krauthammer: The real world of Obamacare repeal

Charles Krauthammer: The real world of Obamacare repeal

The Lord giveth and the Lord taketh away, but for governments it’s not that easy. Once something is given — say, health insurance coverage to 20 million Americans — you take it away at your peril. This is true for any government benefit, but especially for health care. There’s a reason not one Western democracy with some system of national health care has ever abolished it...

Letters Upgrade voter card to passport status

Upgrade voter card to passport status One of the most coveted documents in the world is a USA passport, presented with pride by the holders for its almost universal acceptance. In stark contrast is our voter registration card, which is nothing more than an afterthought. As an elections clerk for a 10-year period, I experienced that occasionally a voter would hold out his or her card and the clerk...

POINT OF VIEW Credit unions twist truth in attempt to expand powers

I found the opinion piece by Patrick LaPine, president of the League of Southeastern Credit Unions and Affiliates, — published in The Palm Beach Post — “Point of View: Lawmakers can give local government depository choice,” March 10 — misleading and self-serving. The government gave credit unions their tax-free status because they were to be nonprofits that had a limited...
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CARTOON VIEW PHIL HANDS

Letters Thrift store items should not be taxed

Thrift store items should not be taxed Why are thrift stores having to tax customers when everything they sell has already been taxed at full value? Other states, including New Jersey, have areas where this is not the case. Most people who shop in these stores watch every cent and this can add up, especially now with the newest tax. DOREEN SHEINMAN, WEST PALM BEACH Previous letter nailed my views...

POINT OF VIEW County’s trauma system a model for state, nation

If you were to experience a traumatic injury in Palm Beach County today, you would receive care from one of the top trauma centers in our state. First responders would stabilize you and then transport you by air or ground to the Level 1 Trauma Center at St. Mary’s Medical Center, or the Level 1 Trauma Center at Delray Medical Center. There, you would meet at least 30 members of our trauma team...

Is a Korean missile crisis ahead?

To back up Defense Secretary “Mad Dog” Mattis’ warning last month, that the U.S. “remains steadfast in its commitment” to its allies, President Donald Trump is sending B-1 and B-52 bombers to Korea. About 300,000 South Korean and 15,000 U.S. troops have begun their annual Foal Eagle joint war exercises that run through April. “The two sides are like two accelerating...

COMMENTARY: Health care and ‘The Virtue of Selfishness’

“The law, in its majestic equality, forbids the rich as well as the poor to sleep under bridges, to beg in the streets, and to steal bread.” The novelist Anatole France’s mischievous observation came to mind when the Congressional Budget Office released its analysis of the Republican cut-taxes/gut-Medicaid bill and its defenders went into a continuous loop talking about “freedom...

POINT OF VIEW ‘Trumpcare’ an entitlement for insurers, wealthy

As a constituent, I am outraged at the arrogance of the Republican proposal to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act. The plan would make coverage prohibitive for me and many others — particularly those who have been most hurt by the ravages of the Great Recession. The proposal — the American Health Care Act (AHCA) — does nothing to make health care more affordable. What it...

Parker: Yelling racist in a crowded nation

“Culture and demographics are our destiny.” Stop. But Rep. Steve King, R-Iowa, didn’t stop there. He continued to feed his foot deep into his gullet: “We can’t restore our civilization with somebody else’s babies.” Well, now. Let’s pause to parse. First, one never speaks of “somebody else’s babies” except to exclaim how precious they...

Letters Clerk’s office protects your right to know

Clerk’s office protects your right to know The cornerstone of our democracy is founded on the right to know what your government is doing. This week is National Sunshine Week, which is dedicated to the education and awareness of that concept. In Florida, our constitution guarantees the right to information necessary to hold our public officials accountable. An open and transparent government...

Friedman: Donald, have I got a deal for you

Every president has an early foreign policy test, and Donald Trump is no exception. Trump’s test is already in progress, and it bears some resemblance to the one faced by President John Kennedy. Indeed, Trump’s crisis has best been described as a “slow-motion Cuban missile crisis” — only the crisis-driver is North Korea’s bizarre despot, Kim Jong Un. If this crisis...

Are chemicals putting your sperm in trouble?

Let’s begin with sex. As a couple finishes its business, millions of sperm begin theirs: rushing toward an egg to fertilize it. But these days, scientists say, an increasing proportion of sperm — now about 90 percent in a typical young man — are misshapen, sometimes with two heads or two tails. Even when properly shaped, today’s sperm are often pathetic swimmers, veering like...
Letters: No harm, no foul; let Florida frack

Letters: No harm, no foul; let Florida frack

No harm, no foul; let Florida frack Are our legislators out of their fracking minds? Their attempt to ban fracking in Florida is anti-consumer, anti-energy independence and anti-science. Florida’s No. 1 industry is tourism — Disney, Universal, Busch Gardens, Sawgrass Mills, to name a few. All are car-friendly. All are visited by millions of Floridians every year. If you are anti-fracking...
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POINT OF VIEW Scant protection offered for autoimmune patients

Researchers are discovering new potential ways to treat a number of autoimmune diseases, such as scleroderma and lupus, that affect hundreds of thousands of Americans. Novel treatments are being investigated that will help restore the health and productivity of these affected patients. Unfortunately, even if researchers are successful in developing new treatments for scleroderma and other related...

Editorial: Keep Florida government open, in the sunshine

There are somewhere close to 1,120 exemptions to Florida’s Open Records laws, according to the First Amendment Foundation (FAF). And each year, the Florida Legislature seeks to add more. On March 6, the day before the formal opening of this year’s legislative session, the Senate Community Affairs Committee approved CS/SB 80, giving judges some discretion over whether to award attorney...

Marcus: Trump’s risky home alone administration

What happens when there’s a crisis? When, not if, because that is the nature of the presidency: Bad things happen — often early on, sometimes anticipated, sometimes out of nowhere. Consider the historical roster: Somali pirates holding an American captain hostage (Barack Obama’s administration), the Chinese forcing down a Navy aircraft and detaining its crew (George W. Bush), a siege...

Gerson: Republicans are defining lunacy down

The role of conspiracy theories has been consistently underestimated in the rise and appeal of President Trump. Trump came to the political attention of most Republicans by alleging a conspiracy to cover up Barack Obama’s supposedly foreign birth. “How amazing,” Trump tweeted in 2013, “the State Health Director who verified copies of Obama’s ‘birth certificate&rsquo...

OPINION: Friedman’s right man to be U.S. Ambassador to Israel

I recently had the opportunity to meet David Friedman, President Trump’s nominee to be America’s next ambassador to Israel. I was impressed by this brilliant and passionate man, an observant Jew, a fluent Hebrew speaker (he read my necklace that has my name in Hebrew), who has the values crucial to our important Israeli ally. This is critical to re-establish American leadership in the...

Letters: Best preschools foster critical thinking skills

The commendable letter, “For better education start with curriculum” (Wednesday), cites course content in schools that has waned since World War II. An even prior productive start has been emerging: pre-kindergarten school training, but one based on a bottom-up approach to learning. Adequate research shows that where preschool teachers are caring enough about their wards to take the time...
Palm Beach Post editorial cartoon: March 14

Palm Beach Post editorial cartoon: March 14

CARTOON VIEW JACK OHMAN
Editorial: It’s important to vote in local elections too

Editorial: It’s important to vote in local elections too

Tuesday is Election Day. And because many voters are still suffering from “ballot fatigue” from last November’s often hyperbolic and hysterical presidential contest, a reluctance to go to the polls four months later is understandable. But go you must. Why? Because the outcome of dozens of races in 21 Palm Beach County municipalities — including several mayoral —...

Letters Perez children remembered fondly

Perez children remembered fondly Thank you for writing the article about immigration deportations and the Perez children. I am so sad to read about their father’s death (“Perez family’s tragedy tells both sides of immigration debate,” March 5). I don’t remember Hector for stealing a pencil. I remember a sweet little boy with a ready smile. These children used to attend...

Letters Optimal health care must be real system

Optimal health care must be real system Obamacare and whatever will modify or replace it are both attacking the wrong culprit. The major problem with health care is that it’s not a system. Its efficiency and effectiveness are severely sub-optimized. We need to formulate the goals related to access, quality and cost. Then design strategies that will accomplish these critical goals. The responsive...

POINT OF VIEW Medicare Advantage works for seniors

A key issue facing America is health care. The importance only increases for senior citizens. Quality health care is essential to people in their retirement years — and that’s where Medicare Advantage comes in. Two decades ago, the U.S. Congress brought choices to Medicare, and Medicare Advantage was born. Today, the program includes hundreds of health plans across Florida, from which...
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POINT OF VIEW Support jobs programs for persons with disabilities

Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month is celebrated in March, which also marks the beginning of the Florida legislative session this year. As director of the Agency for Persons with Disabilities (APD), now is also the time to share the needs we hope the Legislature will fund when members pass their final budget. APD helps people with seven developmental disabilities: severe forms of autism, spina...

O.J. series lays bare our inability to distinguish fame, infamy

The cover image on iTunes for the Academy Award-winning documentary series “O.J. Simpson: Made in America” is a dripping glove in the design of the stars and stripes. It perfectly captures the message of the series — the “trial of the century” was really a reflection of America’s sins. So, yes, the history of the Rodney King beating, the Watts riots of 1965, Mark...

Eugenics was a progressive cause

WASHINGTON — The progressive mob that disrupted Charles Murray’s appearance last week at Middlebury College was protesting a 1994 book read by few if any of the protesters. Some of them denounced “eugenics,” thereby demonstrating an interesting ignorance: Eugenics — controlled breeding to improve the heritable traits of human beings — was a progressive cause. In...

Will someone tell Ben Carson slaves were not immigrants

A hypothetical narrative for your consideration: A man climbs through the window of a sleeping girl. She stirs awake and starts to scream, but he punches her with a closed fist. Brandishing a gun, he vows to kill her parents, asleep in the next room, if she makes another sound. She nods in tearful comprehension and he is upon her, tearing at her night clothes. Then he violently makes love to her....
Endorsements: Post picks in 15 municipalities for Tuesday’s races

Endorsements: Post picks in 15 municipalities for Tuesday’s races

It’s Election Day, Tuesday. And because many voters are still suffering from “ballot fatigue” from last November’s often hyperbolic and hysterical presidential contest, a reticence to go to the polls four months later is understandable. But go we must. Why? Because the outcome of dozens of races in 21 Palm Beach County municipalities — including several mayoral &mdash...
Charles Krauthammer: Down the conspiracy rabbit hole

Charles Krauthammer: Down the conspiracy rabbit hole

When he was Ronald Reagan’s secretary of state, George Shultz was once asked about the CIA’s disavowal of involvement in a mysterious recent bombing in Lebanon. Replied Shultz: “If the CIA denies something, it’s denied.” Has there ever been a more dry, more wry, more ironic verdict on the world of espionage? Within it, there is admission and denial, smoke and mirrors...
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Letters Violence-endorsing legislator from Panhandle is troublesome

Violence-endorsing legislator vexing Bravo to Frank Cerabino (“Florida’s protesters might want to be holding a ‘stop’ sign,” Feb. 27), who introduced us to state Sen. George Gainer from the Panhandle of Florida. Gainer has written Senate Bill 1096, which exempts a vehicle driver from liability in the injury or death of a protester or demonstrator who interferes with traffic...
Gail Collins: Getting freedom from health

Gail Collins: Getting freedom from health

What’s the rush on repealing Obamacare? It’s true President Donald Trump did promise speediness during the campaign. But that was before he discovered that health care was … “complicated.” This sort of thinking will send us back to discussions about how our president has no permanent convictions on any subject except the inferiority of Arnold Schwarzenegger as a reality...
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