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Opinion: Mass killers should be denied notoriety they crave

An orgy of mutual disgust now greets every mass shooting in America. Liberals despise conservatives who, they predict, will offer only insipid “thoughts and prayers” in the face of what they conceive to be preventable massacres. Conservatives scorn liberals who, they believe, will propose “feel-good” gun measures that would have no effect on any mass shooting. But there is...
Editorial: Our kids are dying. It’s time to end NRA’s grip on our laws.

Editorial: Our kids are dying. It’s time to end NRA’s grip on our laws.

On Wednesday morning, Alyssa Alhadeff was, in her mother’s description, “a talented soccer player, an incredible creative writer, and all she had to offer the world was love.” Nicholas Dworet was a hard-working swimmer with a scholarship to the University of Indianapolis. Carmen Schentrup was a National Merit Scholar semifinalist. Wednesday afternoon, the teenagers were dead. They...
POINT OF VIEW: Protecting my daughter from a lonely man with a gun

POINT OF VIEW: Protecting my daughter from a lonely man with a gun

My daughter points to the gunman and asks, “Is that a bad man?” We watch the terrible news unfold at the school shooting just minutes away, not realizing Blair has entered the living room. I stare at her green eyes. It’s a yes-or-no question. But it’s not simple. Or concrete, like when we play Candyland and you pick the Lollipop card and take that spot on the board. Instead...
Letters: Ban assault rifles; children’s deaths ‘cry out for justice’

Letters: Ban assault rifles; children’s deaths ‘cry out for justice’

Editor’s note: Readers have reacted vehemently to the mass shooting Wednesday at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School. We received more than 100 letters by Friday afternoon; virtually all demanded stronger gun laws. * The National Rifle Association and all our politicians will offer their condolences, their sympathies, their prayers and their best wishes. And not one will stand up, speak up...

Opinion: Infrastructure spending won’t transform America

“MASON CITY. To get there you follow Highway 58, going northeast out of the city, and it is a good highway and new.” — Robert Penn Warren, “All the King’s Men” (1946) WASHINGTON — Appropriately, Warren began the best book about American populism, his novel based on Huey Long’s Louisiana career, with a rolling sentence about a road. Time was, infrastructure...

Letters: Dangerous precedent: Who decides which signs are actionable?

Who decides which signs are actionable? It is very interesting to know that the people defacing and tearing down the so-called “snipe signs” along Northlake Boulevard are volunteers for the Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Department. Who determines which signs qualify to be treated as a “snipe sign”? Is this an effective way of erasing dissent and opposing views? This practice...

POINT OF VIEW: Broward school shooting shows affluence no protection

This is my first letter to a newspaper. But in the wake of this week’s tragic shootings as Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, I’m motivated to share my thoughts and feelings. I retired two years ago as a Broward County guidance counselor who worked my last 6½ years at that school in Parkland. I am distraught over the carnage in my old school, but I’m not surprised. The...

POINT OF VIEW: Cuba is making the crisis in Venezuela worse

With President Donald Trump singling out “the communist and socialist dictatorships in Cuba and Venezuela” in his State of the Union address and Secretary of State Rex Tillerson using his first trip to Latin America to rally regional support for tougher measures against Venezuela, the Trump administration is clearly signaling its intention to escalate diplomatic and economic pressure on...

Letters Don’t limit Palm Beach Gardens voters’ options by ordinance

Don’t limit voters’ options by ordinance Palm Beach Gardens has had term limits since its inception: elections. Those holding office are accountable to the electorate. If they do a good job for the city and its residents, they will be rewarded with re-election; if they don’t, they will be turned out of office. So why the residents of Palm Beach Gardens voted two years ago to limit...
Editorial: Time is now for Florida to pass assault weapons ban

Editorial: Time is now for Florida to pass assault weapons ban

So Florida now follows Connecticut as the state with the second-worst mass school shooting in modern U.S. history. Here’s a better way that the “Gunshine State” can follow its northern sibling: ban high-capacity magazines and military-style assault weapons like the AR-15 rifle reportedly used by 19-year-old Nikolas Cruz to kill at least 17, and wound another 14 people at Marjory...
Gail Collins: Who’s President Trump’s worst minion?

Gail Collins: Who’s President Trump’s worst minion?

Does every terrible employee in America work for the Trump White House? O.K., probably not. Donald Trump didn’t hire the guy who told Hawaiians they were about to be hit by a ballistic missile. Or the airline representative who was accused of pressing a passenger to flush her hamster down the toilet. But for overall ineptitude and ability to create crises at the highest level, you have to go...
Jackie Cushman: Consider how Washington and Lincoln shaped our country

Jackie Cushman: Consider how Washington and Lincoln shaped our country

This coming week, we recognize the federal holiday celebrating George Washington’s birthday. Many states now recognize President Abraham Lincoln’s birthday on the same day. For retail advertisers, it’s more about the sales than anything else, and for some school systems that had snow days earlier in the year, it’s a chance to make up a day of instruction. My challenge to you...

Opinion: Is U.S. being sucked into Syria’s war?

Candidate Donald Trump may have promised to extricate us from Middle East wars, once ISIS and al-Qaida were routed, yet events and people seem to be conspiring to keep us endlessly enmeshed. On Friday night, a drone, apparently modeled on a U.S. drone that fell into Iran’s hands, intruded briefly into Israeli airspace over the Golan Heights, and was shot down by an Apache helicopter. Israel...

POINT OF VIEW: Florida’s lawmakers need to fix auto liability system

From a $2.59 lawsuit to arrests and even a feature story on the A&E series, “American Takedown,” Floridians are all too familiar with the stories of “personal injury protection” (PIP) or “no fault” auto insurance abuse. In addition to the honor of being home to these outrageous examples of fraud, Floridians also have the privilege of paying for them. How did we...

Parker: Invasion of the bots

If you want to know whether Democrats will take back the House and/or Senate in November, just ask Russia. Or rather, ask the Russian trolls who have triumphed in disseminating real “fake news” to influence U.S. elections. They credibly did so in 2016. And, reportedly, they’re determined to make trouble again in the 2018 midterms. In the meantime, Russian “bots” &mdash...

Friedman: Syria: You fix it, you own it, so just rent it

Two weeks ago, standing on the Syria-Israel border in the Golan Heights, I wrote a column positing that this frontier was the “second-most dangerous” war zone in the world today — after the Korean Peninsula. Your honor, I’d like to amend that column. Having watched the opening ceremony of the Winter Olympics, where North and South Korean athletes marched last week into the...

Letters: Mayor Triolo’s Lake Worth snapshot lacked some big points

Lake Worth snapshot lacks some big points There were talking points not being talked about by the Lake Worth mayor at the annual State of the City address. (“Lake Worth is on the rise and getting better, mayor says,” Feb. 8) Her statement of “turning back the clock on years of benign neglect,” I guess does not include the neglect of the public pool which is in dire need of...
Editorial: Thoughts and prayers won’t stop these mass shootings

Editorial: Thoughts and prayers won’t stop these mass shootings

Save the thoughts and prayers. We need action. Now. There was another mass shooting in the United States Wednesday afternoon. This one was at a school. The 18th shooting at a school this year, a year that is not yet 7 weeks old, according to Everytown for Gun Safety. Law enforcement authorities said 19-year-old Nikolas Cruz, a former student, terrorized Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland...
Commentary: Expanding offshore drilling is dangerous and unwise

Commentary: Expanding offshore drilling is dangerous and unwise

Four days into the new year, Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke unveiled a plan to open more than 90 percent of federal offshore waters to new oil and gas development, affecting virtually every mile of coastline along the continental United States and Alaska. The single largest expansion ever proposed, this Draft Proposed Program calls for auctioning off ocean territories of the National Outer Continental...
Commentary: Offshore energy is critical to future energy security

Commentary: Offshore energy is critical to future energy security

Offshore development plays a critical role in U.S. energy security, supplying more than 1 million barrels of oil per day for the past 20 years. And that’s with 94 percent of federal offshore acreage closed to exploration. Imagine how much more natural gas and oil we could develop if additional coastal resources were accessible. If the Trump administration’s proposed offshore expansion...

Gerson: The Oval Office deserves better than its current occupant

Among the more revealing moments in the ongoing White House nervous breakdown came in chief of staff John Kelly’s initial defense of staff secretary Rob Porter. As accusations of domestic abuse against Porter became public, Kelly pronounced him a man of “true integrity and honor.” I have never been in the military, and have great respect for Kelly’s distinguished service. But...

Dowd: Will new American identity be born in backwash of Trump era?

Donald Trump slipped into the Oval Office through a wormhole of confusion about the American identity. We weren’t winning wars anymore. They just went on and on and on, with inexplicable and deceptive aims and so many lives and limbs and trillions lost. We couldn’t believe in our institutions, with breaches of trust and displays of ineptitude. We were moving from a white-majority, male-dominated...

POINT OF VIEW: Give small businesses a change to compete, succeed

In the recent Point of View letter, the writer missed the point regarding the awarding of contracts to minorities. His point about the free market system is well taken, and most minorities believe and subscribe to our capitalistic free market system. After all, most of our immigrant ancestors came to this great county for the opportunity and chance to succeed. This is what makes America great. Most...
Letters Switching to plurality protects incumbents

Letters Switching to plurality protects incumbents

Switching to plurality protects incumbents Regarding the Palm Beach Gardens Charter Question 4, there is no evidence that “plurality” is a change being requested by the electorate of Palm Beach Gardens. Seventy percent of Florida cities equal or larger than the city use majority wins (50 percent+1) in elections for mayor or council positions. So why are we changing? Who benefits from changing...
Editorial: Don’t let site setback derail county’s drug treatment aims

Editorial: Don’t let site setback derail county’s drug treatment aims

The news that a planned emergency room for opioid overdoses has been delayed because of problems with the site is disappointing — but not disheartening. On the contrary, it tells us Palm Beach County officials are intent on making drug treatment a key element in their fight against the opioid epidemic, the killer that claimed 600 lives here last year. And that’s rare. How rare? Well, President...

Opinion: President Trump, how is this immigrant a danger?

President Donald Trump suggests that the aim of his crackdown on immigrants is to “defend Americans” from “savage,” “worst of the worst” intruders who kill Americans or at least are “dangerous criminals.” What does Trump’s crackdown look like in real life? In Lawrence, Kansas, the other day, immigration agents handcuffed a beloved chemistry professor...

Opinion: HBCUs, libertarian alliance can help fight poverty

In 2015, as told on the Center for Advancing Opportunity website, Johnny C. Taylor Jr., then-president of the Thurgood Marshall College Fund, heard libertarian billionaire businessman Charles Koch, in a TV interview, discussing eliminating barriers to opportunity. Taylor reached out to Koch, and the result was a Koch contribution of $25.6 million to the TMCF to establish the Center for Advancing Opportunity...

Letters Frankel unresponsive to her vast constituency

Frankel unresponsive to her vast constituency For many years I had Congressman Ted Deutch, D-Boca Raton, as my representative. To his credit, he always answered every letter I sent him. He was very easy to contact with an email address, phones in his offices and fax lines. I am a Republican, which meant nothing to him as a Democrat. Now, due to a change in districts, I inherited Rep. Lois Frankel...

POINT OF VIEW: Speaker Corcoran needs to schedule fracking bill now

The vision of huge drilling rigs off of our Gulf Coast has re-energized the discussion regarding the appropriateness of certain oil and gas activities in our state. Florida has extensive wetland landscapes like America’s Everglades, sensitive aquifers that provide drinking water for so many, and a valued ecotourism and real estate-based economy. Once spoiled, these natural resources and the...

Opinion: The anti-Porter conspiracy

I’m having trouble understanding why Rob Porter had to resign his job as White House staff secretary. Yes, he was credibly accused of domestic abuse by two ex-wives. One produced a photo of her black eye and bruised cheek; the other had phoned 911 when he allegedly punched through the glass of her front door in an effort to break into her house. She obtained a protective order against him. Well...
Editorial: Senate needs to stand up to House bully on education bill

Editorial: Senate needs to stand up to House bully on education bill

House Speaker Richard Corcoran is seeking to push through the Florida Legislature an omnibus education bill, and a key component is a voucher-like program for bullied students. How apropos. Corcoran is on a mission to fundamentally remake Florida’s public education system and he is acting every bit the bully to get his way. This time, the Florida Senate shouldn’t let him — especially...
Commentary: GOP has rigged the system for years. That may be changing.

Commentary: GOP has rigged the system for years. That may be changing.

The Supreme Court has refused to hear a challenge to a decision by the Pennsylvania Supreme Court that struck down the state’s congressional districts as an unlawful gerrymander that violated the state’s constitution. In response, one Republican state senator launched a drive to impeach the state Supreme Court justices who had voted to strike down the congressional districts. Because that&rsquo...
POINT OF VIEW: Chronic stress from racism places black women at risk

POINT OF VIEW: Chronic stress from racism places black women at risk

Tennis great Serena Williams is strong, smart and famous. But none of that protected her from a life-threatening complication after giving birth to her daughter, according to the harrowing account she shared in a recent edition of Vogue magazine. Williams is 243 percent more likely to die from pregnancy and childbirth-related causes than any white woman in the hospital room next to her, according...
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letters

Celebrate Florida Jewish Heritage Week Now is as important a time as ever for the Jewish people of Florida and the United States to stand together in the face of prejudice to promote tolerance and acceptance. On the eve of Holocaust International Remembrance Day (Jan. 27), a legislative body in Poland passed a measure setting up criminal penalties for using the term “Polish death camps.&rdquo...

Opinion: The question Trump failed to answer

This is about a question Donald Trump failed to answer. Granted, there are a lot of those, but this was a particularly tough one. Indeed, it was likely more difficult in its way than anything April Ryan or Lester Holt has ever asked him. But then, they’re only adults. Ava Rose Olsen is 7 years old. As anyone who has experience with human beings of that age can attest, no one asks more pointed...

Opinion: Snakes on a plane for emotional support?

WASHINGTON — When next you shoehorn yourself into one of America’s ever-shrinking airline seats, you might encounter a new wrinkle in the romance of air travel. You might be amused, or not, to discover a midsize — say, 7-feet long — boa constrictor named Oscar coiled contentedly, or so you hope, in the seat next to you. Oscar is an “emotional-support animal.” He...

Letters Herbicides a danger to all life, not just plants

Herbicides a danger to all life, not just plants The latest issue of the Lake Worth Drainage District “Reflections” (aka the LWDD newsletter) had a discussion on “Controlling Aquatic Plants.” What I have to say here concerns not only the LWDD but all drainage and water control districts. The use of herbicides, which are ecotoxins, should be used as little as possible, as they...

Point of View: We can’t afford to treat climate change as if it’s a hoax

More than one one smart person has posited the idea that if we make efforts to stall climate change, and it proves to be a hoax, we’ll have lost nothing and will have improved areas of the planet, saved species and created new technologies and jobs. But if we treat climate change as a hoax, and it turns out not to be a hoax, we’ll have sat by too long to save Earth and our children&rsquo...

POINT OF VIEW: Americans’ low savings a big red flag for the economy

News that the economy did all right in 2017 landed on Feb. 2 with a benign thud, but behind that thud lurks a red flag. For the duration of this economic expansion, consumer spending has been the dynamo driving growth in gross domestic product, or GDP. But now there are indications Americans are getting a little too dynamic. Their actions are out of whack. For the past two years, spending has risen...

Letters Put Flagler Shore to a citywide vote

Put Flagler Shore to a citywide vote I wholeheartedly agree with Chris Powers of West Palm Beach about the absurdity of Mayor Jeri Muoio’s decision to distort West Palm Beach’s beautiful Flagler Drive. (“Flagler Shore flies in face of growth,” Tuesday) I’m sure the protests will set the internet afire condemning the atrocity that has been forced on us. I live on South...
Commentary: Why America might listen to Trump’s pitch for prison reform

Commentary: Why America might listen to Trump’s pitch for prison reform

It didn’t seem to fit in President Trump’s State of the Union address, perhaps something tossed in at the last minute, like a garnish. But there it was: “As America regains its strength, opportunity must be extended to all citizens. That is why this year we will embark on reforming our prisons, to help former inmates who have served their time get a second chance at life.”...
Commentary: Why John Kelly is Trump’s worst watcher

Commentary: Why John Kelly is Trump’s worst watcher

Do you remember back when everybody thought John Kelly was going to calm down the Trump White House? Stop laughing. Although it has been another wow of a week, hasn’t it? We had one top administration official, Rob Porter, resigning over claims of domestic abuse regarding two ex-wives. Kelly defended Porter as “a friend, a confidant and a trusted professional” shortly before a picture...

POINT OF VIEW: It doesn’t have to be business vs. the environment

The time has come when the business interests and the environmental community in Palm Beach County must recognize that both sides have legitimate concerns that are critical to the long-term health of our county and state. These co-dependent interests often find themselves at odds as we attempt to find some balance between economic growth and conservation interests. The business community believes...

Letters Gardens ballot has far-reaching impact

Gardens ballot has far-reaching impact Palm Beach Gardens has four questions on the March 13 election ballot related to the city’s charter: its constitution. The council is taking advantage of this extremely low-turnout election, with no candidates on the ballot, to get rid of the two three-year term limit that more than 16,000 voted for in November 2014 by adding a third term and allowing council...

Parker: Karma loves football, but it hates Tom Brady

The delirium over the Philadelphia Eagles’ victory over the New England Patriots seems to have been matched by delight in Tom Brady’s defeat and the phantom throw of the century. There he was, arguably the greatest quarterback ever to caress the pigskin, about to throw a crucial pass in the final few minutes — and the ball disappeared. Knocked out of his hand by the Eagles&rsquo...

Friedman: Everyone is going all the way — off a cliff

It is hard to spend a week in Israel and not come away feeling that Israelis have the wind at their backs. They’ve built an awesome high-tech industry, and everyone’s kid seems to work for a startup. Even Israeli Arabs have caught the bug — the number studying for degrees at Israeli universities rose 60 percent in the past seven years, to 47,000. Regionally, the Arabs and Palestinians...

Opinion: Nunes duels the Deep State

That memo worked up in the Intel Committee of Chairman Devin Nunes may not have sunk the Mueller investigation, but from the sound of the secondary explosions, this torpedo was no dud. To persuade a FISA court to issue a warrant to spy on Trump aide Carter Page, the FBI relied on a dossier produced by a Trump-hating British spy, who was using old Kremlin contacts, while being paid to dig up dirt on...

Opinion: We should all stand on the side of ‘she-devils’

In Missouri, an acolyte of President Donald Trump is running for the U.S. Senate and denouncing “manophobic hell-bent feminist she-devils.” The candidate, Courtland Sykes, a conservative Republican, is seeking to oust a moderate Democrat, Claire McCaskill. That diatribe by Sykes is worth quoting as a window into the backlash against #MeToo and empowered women: “I don’t buy...
Editorial: The public’s vote on Flagler Shore is clear. It’s a flop.

Editorial: The public’s vote on Flagler Shore is clear. It’s a flop.

The lovely name “Flagler Shore” describes an unlovely collection of plastic barriers, “Road Closed” signs and blinking lights that keep motor traffic from entering the two east lanes of the four-lane Flagler Drive along downtown West Palm Beach’s waterfront. The goal, a worthy one, is to create more space for walkers, joggers, bicyclists and food trucks. Since October...
Letters Meager fines won’t deter texting, driving

Letters Meager fines won’t deter texting, driving

Meager fines won’t deter texting, driving Fines of $30 and $60 serve as no deterrent whatsoever. If you really want to stop the slaughter on our highways from texting, make the fine for the first offense $500 and the fine for each subsequent offense $1,000 plus points on the license for both. The word would spread very quickly. KEN HUTCHINGS, BOYNTON BEACH Where are stand-up citizens at FBI...
Commentary: Increase the public debt at your peril

Commentary: Increase the public debt at your peril

Milton Friedman never tired of reminding us that in economics there is no such thing as a free lunch. If ever his adage had validity it has to be in relation to the question of running up excessive government debt. While throwing caution to the wind and increasing our public debt now might allow our government to finance a large unfunded tax cut, it does so at the very real risk of mortgaging our...

Commentary: Debts and deficits — should we be worried?

With the Republican tax cut projected to add $1.5 trillion to the national debt over the next decade, we are seeing a new round of fear-mongering over the debt. While this tax cut is a poor use of public funds, the whining over the debt and deficits is best ignored. It is easy to scare people with talk of multitrillion- dollar debts, but this is a politics of fear, not a basis for constructing reality-based...

POINT OF VIEW: Florida insurers should stay out of doctors’ exam rooms

As the debate around health reform continues to rumble on Capitol Hill, there’s a common-sense fix that Florida lawmakers can make right now to ensure better care for Floridians. Insurance companies are changing patient prescriptions without doctor consent, all in an effort to save money. This is happening while patients are locked into their health policy for the year — with nowhere to...

Gerson: Lickspittle wing of GOP is now firmly in charge

According to House Speaker Paul Ryan, the declassified Devin Nunes memo — alleging FBI misconduct in the Russia investigation — is “not an indictment of the FBI, of the Department of Justice.” According to President Donald Trump, the memo shows how leaders at the FBI “politicized the sacred investigative process in favor of Democrats” and “totally vindicates...

Rampell: Is Trump to blame for Monday’s market dive?

President Donald Trump has been bragging about the stock market since he took office, attributing any upward movement to his stewardship of the economy. Curiously, with the market tumbling in recent days, he’s been a teensy bit shyer about taking credit for market performance. So: What’s going on? And is Trump to blame? Markets move in mysterious ways — animal spirits and all that...

Opinion: Celebrate black history through black ownership

I have long been in favor of reforming Social Security by changing it to a system of personally owned retirement accounts. Instead of paying a payroll tax, with the U.S. government telling you what you’ll get when you retire, you take ownership of that money — the payroll tax — and invest in your own retirement account. I am for IRAs not the IRS. This is a good time to bring this...

POINT OF VIEW: A ‘President Pence’ for 10 years? It could happen

Both Democrats and Republicans should be keenly aware of the timetable established in Amendment XXII, Section 1, of the United States Constitution — especial those of either party who foresee an end to the Donald J. Trump presidency happening before the present four-year term comes to a close. Regardless of which side of the aisle someone identifies with, a small adjustment in the timing of...

Letters Flagler Shore flies in face of already runaway growth

Flagler Shore flies in face of growth How can Mayor Jeri Muoio not notice that West Palm Beach is growing? More apartments, more hotels and more office buildings. All this adds to already heavy traffic. In the face of this, our mayor turns Flagler Drive into Flagler Shore — with or without a state traffic study. Good thinking: increased traffic, cut down on pedestrian safety and traffic flow...

POINT OF VIEW: Florida’s children deserve dental care

As a pediatric dentist, and as a father and grandfather, it breaks my heart to see children suffer from long-lasting oral health problems that could have been prevented. Tooth decay is the No. 1 chronic childhood disease in America with 40 percent of children having cavities by the time they enter kindergarten. Oral health problems can threaten children’s heart health, self-confidence and ability...

Letters Will Kravis upgrades help the hearing impaired?

Will Kravis upgrades help hearing impaired? Thank you for the article outlining the renovations at the Kravis Center. The project is quite exciting. (“Kravis Center planning $40 million redesign to help traffic issue,” Jan. 27) I am one of the 48 million people in the U.S. who cannot hear well without the assistance of technology such as hearing aids and cochlear implants. I am writing...

Opinion: Despite intellectual trends, truth is not subjective

Early in George W. Bush’s first term, I was dining with a friend who didn’t agree with my worldview. He challenged my certitude, allowing that he wasn’t sure about many issues. “Don’t you wonder whether you’re right?” he asked. “Well,” I replied, “if I held an incorrect view, I’d change it to the correct one.” It was a joke, obviously...
Editorial: Race, gender remedies in contracting won’t hurt taxpayers

Editorial: Race, gender remedies in contracting won’t hurt taxpayers

Palm Beach County commissioners, in the wake of a dispiriting study confirming race and gender bias in the awarding of county contracts, wisely called for a 30-day period to gather public sentiment on how to move forward. Those who comment — and we hope there are many — should now realize that our county government’s competitive process of awarding contracts, as well-meaning as it...
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letters

Florida should revive vehicle inspections Bring back auto inspections. Being a snowbird for 35 years, I can remember when we had car inspections here in Florida. Why it stopped I have forgotten. Back in Massachusetts, it is mandatory once a year. Brakes, tires, headlights, brake lights, exhaust system, directional, etc., are all checked and must be repaired in order for the car to be registered. Maybe...
Commentary: Trump wrong about MS-13. His rhetoric will make it worse.

Commentary: Trump wrong about MS-13. His rhetoric will make it worse.

President Donald Trump claimed Tuesday night in the State of the Union address that the changes he wants to U.S. immigration laws are needed to keep Americans safe. The central piece of evidence in his argument was MS-13, the deadly gang also known as Mara Salvatrucha. “Tonight, I am calling on the Congress to finally close the deadly loopholes that have allowed MS-13 and other criminal gangs...

POINT OF VIEW: Some Super Bowl TV ads are worth the price

A 30-second ad that airs during today’s Super Bowl, viewed by an estimated 100 million Americans, will cost more than $5 million. Does that amount to overpriced entertainment, or do these ads generate big sales? In many cases, it seems the ads more than pay for themselves. Many marketing experts say Super Bowl ads are much less cost effective than other advertising, based in part on survey evidence...

Letters Mayor wrong; most downtown residents oppose Flagler Shore

Downtown residents oppose Flagler Shore I attended the West Palm Beach City Council meeting on Monday evening to listen to the discussion on the Flagler Shore project. After listening for over an hour it was quite evident that the downtown residents were against it. The majority are in their 60s, not the average age the mayor quoted at the meeting, 39. The mayor was talking about all of West Palm...

POINT OF VIEW: Tax cuts have already helped small businesses like mine

Under our new tax code, Apple recently announced plans to invest $30 billion in the U.S. economy over the next five years, which would create more than 20,000 jobs. But America’s largest corporations aren’t the only beneficiaries of tax cuts. Small-business owners, who account for two-thirds of new jobs in this country, are also using their tax savings to make new investments and reward...

Opinion: Why good economic news is bad news

WASHINGTON — In 1930, John Maynard Keynes was worried, but not about the unpleasantness that had begun the previous year and would linger long enough to become known as the Great Depression. What troubled the British economist was that humanity “is solving its economic problem.” In his essay “Economic Possibilities for Our Grandchildren,” Keynes, seeking to dispel pessimism...

Opinion: Sisters are doin’ it for us all

Sisters are doin’ it for themselves. That, you may remember, was the title of a hit 1985 pop song. But 33 years later, pop has become prophecy. What other conclusion can one draw from the tsunami of woman power now bearing down on us? As chronicled by the New York Times, CNN, NBC News, Time and others, 2018 has brought a record number of women — over 500 — running for major state...

POINT OF VIEW: Septic to sewer conversion is vital for our waterways

Thanks to the partners of the Lake Worth Lagoon Initiative — including Palm Beach County, Palm Beach County League of Cities and Florida Inland Navigation District — for their ongoing efforts to restore the lagoon’s beautiful ecosystem. These local partners know the lagoon is the heart of our local community. That is why over the next year they are willing to put up nearly $14.7...

Letters Long Island Rail Road had right idea; elevate the tracks

LIRR had right idea; elevate the tracks I have been reading some suggestions regarding the safety of the new Brightline train. I regret that some people ignore warning lights and the klaxon bells. And they see the guard rails are coming down, but they think that they can beat the train. Some do. Some don’t, with tragic consequences. Years ago, Nelson Rockefeller, then the governor of New York...

Friedman: Can crazy still keep the peace between Israel and Iran?

Who knew that the future of warfare would present itself with such serene beauty — like one of those warm 19th-century David Roberts landscapes of the Middle East. How so? I’m traveling along the Israeli border road at the intersection of Lebanon, Syria and Israel, and off in the distance there’s a freshly snow-capped Mount Hermon, begging for skiers. It’s framed by Lebanese...

Parker: Can Trump sustain newfound aura of gravitas?

It was a good speech. Calm down. I said good. Despite talking for an hour and 20 minutes, the longest speech since Bill Clinton’s much-mocked 2000 stem-winder, Donald Trump’s first State of the Union address did exactly what it needed to do: nothing. It wasn’t strident; it wasn’t provocative; it wasn’t alienating; it wasn’t retributive; it wasn’t divisive...

Letters Brightline should use French system, elevate where necessary

Brightline should use French system Why is Mayor Jeri Muoio so keen on blaming her constituents for the Brightline incidents and spending money that Brightline should be spending to avoid them? Would she let automobiles travel 80 miles an hour on the streets of West Palm Beach? I have ridden the trains in France, and where appropriate or necessary, they are elevated. When Henry Flagler built his railroad...

POINT OF VIEW: Move Over law is for safety of those who keep us safe

First responders and service professionals have one of the most dangerous work environments: the side of the roadway. Imagine a car whizzing by you, merely inches away as you work to save the lives of those injured in crashes, tow a car or simply help someone change a tire. Florida’s Move Over Law protects these men and women who provide critical services along Florida’s roadways. The...

Gerson: Trump’s conspiracy theories endanger democracy

Just as Bill Clinton’s 1998 State of the Union address is known as the speech after the Monica Lewinsky scandal broke, Donald Trump’s 2018 State of the Union address is likely to be remembered as the speech before Robert Mueller’s report arrived. Clinton remains the gold standard in presidential scandal management: Stubbornly talk in public about “the people’s business...

Dowd: Trump hits Alps, but Melania is frosty in Florida

Melania has learned a few things from the master. The first lady will never be as brilliant at trolling as her husband. He is an idiot-savant who plays in the roiling ocean of Twitter as naturally as a blubbery-necked sea lion. Only Donald Trump, a Rat Pack relic who spurred the reckoning with his transgressions toward women, could send out a tweet taking credit for the women’s march. But the...

Commentary: That Trump economic boom? It’s mostly hype.

The final GDP growth figures for 2017 are out, which gives us an opportunity to answer this question: Is America currently experiencing a spectacular Trump Boom, in which the economy delivering so much winning that we’re all tired of winning? The answer is: Of course not. And it would be too much to expect any president to do that in their first year. The problem, though, is that that is exactly...

Commentary: Democrats are coming unhinged over the Trump economy

What a remarkable contrast: President Donald Trump was in command at Davos talking about economic growth and prosperity, while House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., and disgraced former Democratic National Committee Chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz, D-Fla.. were babbling and belittling thousand-dollar bonuses and increased take-home pay for American workers. Specifically, in case you missed...

POINT OF VIEW: Yes, the Census should be tracking race and ethnicity

As the federal government prepares to conduct the 2020 Census, critics of the Census Bureau are pushing to make fundamental changes to how it collects its data. This month, Ward Connerly and Mike Gonzalez argued in The Washington Post that the agency should remove questions used to monitor race and ethnicity. This is a bad idea — based on incorrect information — that would do more harm...

Letters West Palm’s golf course in an abysmal state

City’s golf course in an abysmal state I first played the West Palm Beach Golf Course in the late 1980s. I fell in love with its lovely clubhouse, its extensive history and its challenging design by Dick Wilson. Arnold Palmer actually won a PGA Tour event here. I may stop playing it, for soon there will be no golf course left. Four years ago, the clubhouse was unceremoniously torn down (mold...
Editorial: Signatures in, push now needed on ex-felon voting amendment

Editorial: Signatures in, push now needed on ex-felon voting amendment

Thanks to a public groundswell, Floridians now have a historic chance to erase a racist vestige of Jim Crow and restore rights to more than 1.5 million of our fellow citizens who, despite having served their sentences for felony convictions, cannot vote. Last week, the petition drive by the political committee Floridians for a Fair Democracy surpassed 766,000 signatures. With that strong show of support...
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