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Opinion

Letters: GOP does not intend to replace ACA

Senator Marco Rubio voted “yea” on the bill that has been dubbed the “Repeal Resolution” by the GOP members of the Senate Budget Committee. This bill actually does nothing to repeal the Affordable Care Act. However, per the committee, the bill contains language that includes “reconciliation instructions to authorizing committees so that repeal legislation can move through...
Palm Beach Post editorial cartoon: Jan. 17

Palm Beach Post editorial cartoon: Jan. 17

CARTOON VIEW JACK OHMAN

POINT OF VIEW Airbnb threatens Florida B&Bs, endangers consumers

The owners of many local bed and breakfast inns initially viewed Airbnb optimistically as an exciting new marketing platform. Unfortunately, hope quickly gave way to reality as licensed “mom-and-pop” businesses found themselves deluged with unlawful operators on Airbnb and similar sites, often operating in residential areas. This goes well beyond simple market competition. Not only has...
Letters Time to disagree on election is over

Letters Time to disagree on election is over

The people have spoken. The results are in, people have expressed their free will and have chosen a new president. It is past the time to disagree. That time was on Nov. 8 at the polls. I find it abhorrent to see people using mob behavior to object to the result. All these malcontents had their right to select who they wanted to lead the country. MIKE DESCHENES, BOYNTON BEACH Tale of presidents a...
Editorial: County IG deserves better than cold shoulder from cities

Editorial: County IG deserves better than cold shoulder from cities

When Elliot Cohen was West Palm Beach’s spokesman, who took him to task for holding a side job with a contractor that did business with the city and for using his position to solicit outside publicity work? The Palm Beach County Office of Inspector General, that’s who. And who judged that Palm Beach Gardens violated the law when it failed to make audio recordings of meetings about contract...
Palm Beach Post editorial cartoon: Jan. 16

Palm Beach Post editorial cartoon: Jan. 16

CARTOON VIEW SCOTT STANTIS

POINT OF VIEW Rediscovering America: Martin Luther King Jr. Day

The Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., challenged the United States to uphold the promise of the Declaration of Independence that all men be guaranteed the unalienable rights of life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. This quiz provides an opportunity to test your knowledge of King and the modern civil rights movement as we observe Martin Luther King Jr. Day. 1. Who was the first advocate of nonviolent...

Goodbye to one selfie president, hello to another?

On Feb. 12, 2015, President Obama made a selfie-stick video for BuzzFeed. You may remember it — or perhaps not — because if there’s one thing Barack Obama delivered during his eight years in office, it was plenty of celebration of himself. The country was treated to Obama slow-jamming the news with Jimmy Fallon, sharing his Final Four brackets, fantasizing about what superhero powers...

Letters Trump change will be one we believe in

Trump change will be one we believe in In four days our country will change parties: we will no longer have the party of bad change and no hope. This year was the first year I heard people say “Merry Christmas” without shame. This year we are starting to get our country back. We are no longer to be ashamed of the greatness America has. In the past eight years, we have been forced to bow...

Jesus was right about the mouth revealing one’s heart

How about if we let Jesus answer Kellyanne Conway? Donald Trump’s indefatigable apologist was at it again on CNN, defending her boss against, of all people, Meryl Streep. The Oscar nominee got under Trump’s famously thin skin with a speech at the Golden Globes. In it, she chastised him for, among other things, mocking Serge F. Kovaleski, a New York Times reporter who has arthrogryposis...
Palm Beach Post editorial cartoon: Jan. 15

Palm Beach Post editorial cartoon: Jan. 15

CARTOON VIEW DANA SUMMERS
Goodman commentary: Combat ‘fake news’ with discipline, verification

Goodman commentary: Combat ‘fake news’ with discipline, verification

Back in journalism school, and in all the newsrooms where I’ve worked since, the professors preached and the pros practiced one cardinal rule: You don’t print anything that isn’t verified. Or as generations of city editors put it: “If your mama says she loves you, check it out.” If you hear a tip, it isn’t a story until you have evidence to back it up. That&rsquo...
POINT OF VIEW GOP faces tough choices replacing Obamacare

POINT OF VIEW GOP faces tough choices replacing Obamacare

The Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare, has not delivered on its promises to provide health insurance for virtually all Americans and lower costs but Republicans will find it tough to repeal and replace. According to the Kaiser Family Foundation, the ranks of the non-elderly uninsured are down nearly 13 million but 28.5 million are still without coverage. Even with generous federal subsidies...
Palm Beach Post editorial cartoon: Jan. 14

Palm Beach Post editorial cartoon: Jan. 14

CARTOON VIEW WALT HANDELSMAN

Letters ‘Golden Globes’ awards broadcast offended on many levels

‘Globes’ offended on many levels Another Golden Globes presentation event is now history and seemed totally misdirected, from the weird introduction to the totally unfunny Jimmy Fallon. The red-carpet crowd seemed like bedlam and the room was too small. Honorees were climbing over tablemates in their rush to the podium. The awards were run through at breakneck pace and without any clips...

POINT OF VIEW Why wasn’t gunman in treatment, not allowed to have gun?

The Palm Beach Post article, “Sheriff decries access of mentally ill to guns” (Monday) describes a young man, Esteban Santiago, who spent nine years in the military, received 11 medals and at one time, was deployed to Iraq. After nine years, he was discharged for “unsatisfactory performance.” In November, he was apparently so mentally ill he walked into an FBI office rambling...
Gail Collins: Sex and lots of whining at Trump’s first news conference

Gail Collins: Sex and lots of whining at Trump’s first news conference

Finally, Donald Trump held a news conference. I know you want to hear the sex-in-Russia part. The world learned this week about memos from a retired British intelligence officer on relations between the Trump campaign and the Russians. They included some speculation about whether there were compromising videos of Trump cavorting in a Russian hotel that might explain his enthusiastic support for Vladimir...

Letters Romney has it wrong on DeVos suitability as education chief

Romney has it wrong on DeVos suitability With all due respect to Gov. Mitt Romney, I differ with his view of Donald Trump’s nominee for education chief (“Trump nominee a smart choice for education chief,” Tuesday). His opinion is that Betsy DeVos would be the best choice because she has no “financial bias” in promoting charter schools. It seems to me that a Republican...
Palm Beach Post editorial cartoon: Jan. 13

Palm Beach Post editorial cartoon: Jan. 13

CARTOON VIEW DAVID HORSEY

POINT OF VIEW ‘Open carry’ bill an invitation to the Wild West

Florida Sen. Greg Steube’s “open carry” bill (SB 140) has no place in a civil society. Floridians already have the right to a concealed weapons permit, and we can proudly march around the woods with firearms during deer season for the cost of a hunting license. The only reason to display guns in public is to threaten and intimidate others. Steube, R-Sarasota, and supporters would...

Our foreign-policy future in a Trumpian world

It’s becoming clear that for the next few years American foreign policy will be shaped by the struggle among Republican regulars, populist ethno-nationalists and the forces of perpetual chaos unleashed by Donald Trump’s attention span. The Republican regulars build their grand strategies upon the post-World War II international order — the American-led alliances, norms and organizations...

Not surprisingly, Trump proved Obama’s point

Sen. Ben Cardin used one of the oldest saws in politics to lay out an imperative for the coming Trump era. “It cannot be business as usual,” Cardin said. He was talking primarily about Russia, but his statement stands on its own. Under the 45th president, it cannot be business as usual for the media, for Congress or for any citizen who values our liberties. We are in for a very dangerous...

Insurance a joke to Postal Service I feel compelled to write this letter to prevent this situation from happening to others. I sent a Christmas card to my employer with enclosed $200 worth of Macy’s gift cards. I insured the card for $200. My big mistake. The card was lost. I filed a claim for the lost, insured letter and the post office confirmed it was never delivered but rather “lost...

POINT OF VIEW Collaboration key to success for Loxahatchee

Newton E. Cook’s Dec. 16 Point of View on Loxahatchee National Wildlife Refuge claimed that the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) was to blame for the proliferation of invasive climbing fern on refuge lands. But Cook’s letter doesn’t tell the whole story. Climbing ferns and other invasives thrive in nutrient-rich water. While the Everglades is supposed to be a low-nutrient, wetland...

Friedman: Online and scared: We’re all connected, but no one’s in charge

And so it came to pass that in the winter of 2016 the world hit a tipping point that was revealed by the most unlikely collection of actors: Vladimir Putin, Jeff Bezos, Donald Trump, Mark Zuckerberg and the Macy’s department store. Who’d have thunk it? And what was this tipping point? It was the moment when we realized that a critical mass of our lives and work had shifted away from the...

The Republicans’ health care hoax

This week, President-elect Donald Trump and congressional Republicans began to dismantle Obamacare, and here are the details of their replacement plan: —— —- —- —- - —— —- —— —- - —- —- — —— —- —— —- —- —- — — - - - - —— —- —- &mdash...

POINT OF VIEW Trump, Russian history and the road to nihilism

How strange to learn that our next president was a “Manchurian candidate,” a person the Russian government worked hard to elect. For honest Republicans, this is alarming. After all, Russia has traditionally been America’s opposite. As Tocqueville’s “Democracy in America” (1820) famously explained, there are “two great nations in the world, which started from...
Palm Beach Post editorial cartoon: Jan. 11

Palm Beach Post editorial cartoon: Jan. 11

CARTOON VIEW SCOTT STANTIS

Gerson: Can Trump inaugurate a time of healing?

Were Donald Trump to read all the previous inaugural addresses in preparation for his big day, it would be pretty tough going from James Madison to James Buchanan. Then there was that Lincoln guy, who was really first rate in the big speech department. But Trump would sense a kindred spirit in Ulysses S. Grant’s second inaugural, with its memorable peroration: “I have been the subject...

Dowd: Washington’s pre-traumatic stress disorder

President Donald Trump will walk into the Oval Office and be stunned. First, it will be a shock to work in an office decorated with images of men other than himself. Second, he is bound to be suffused with awe as he looks around at the Remington bronze bronco, the Rockwell “Statue of Liberty,” the portraits of Washington and Lincoln, the Swedish ivy on the mantel that has eavesdropped...
Letters Golden Globes show was wrong venue for Trump-bashing

Letters Golden Globes show was wrong venue for Trump-bashing

Awards show wrong for Trump-bashing I knew what would be coming on the Golden Globes with Jimmy Fallon being the host and Meryl Streep getting an award, so I recorded it to skip his monologue. After seeing clips from the show on Fox News this morning, I’m glad I did. I can see if Fallon would want to make his jokes about Donald J. Trump on his show, but why must they do it in a show that people...
Editorial: Another chance for Congress to get something done

Editorial: Another chance for Congress to get something done

A lone traveler said to have mental issues pulls out a gun in a busy South Florida airport terminal and proceeds to shoot anyone in his path — killing five and injuring another six — before he runs out of bullets. This is all so familiar, in a bad way. Not only because on Friday we suffered yet another inexplicable mass shooting on U.S. soil. But we can already see that most lawmakers...

Letters How to explain airport shooter? The gun prerogative

How to explain it? The gun prerogative Two of the burning questions in the television coverage of the Fort Lauderdale airport shooter concern his possible mental health issues and his visit to his local FBI office: How was he able to own a handgun and why wasn’t he on the FBI’s no-fly list? The answers are simple. We have a Congress that’s beholden to the NRA and Second Amendment...

POINT OF VIEW A little horse manure goes a long way

Rather than dumping and spreading this waste, recycling is a much better option. The equestrian season is once again upon us. This a fantastic industry that provides many jobs, financial gains for Palm Beach County and tremendous entertainment for observers, such as myself. However, it also comes with a huge environmental burden — hundreds of thousands of tons of nitrogen and phosphorus-laden...
Palm Beach Post editorial cartoon: Jan. 10

Palm Beach Post editorial cartoon: Jan. 10

CARTOON VIEW WALT HANDELSMAN
Editorial: A rush to smash Obamacare, without thinking of the wreckage

Editorial: A rush to smash Obamacare, without thinking of the wreckage

Long-frustrated Republicans in Congress are on the verge of achieving their most cherished goal: depriving Barack Obama of the signature achievement of his presidency. How else to describe their breathless zeal to repeal the Affordable Care Act — with no credible replacement in sight, despite relentlessly attacking it for seven years? How else to explain their willingness to risk the health...
Commentary: Trump could ease anxieties by shielding DACA

Commentary: Trump could ease anxieties by shielding DACA

As the nation starts a new year with soon-to-be President Donald Trump at its helm, it would be a courageous, kind and politically wise move for Trump to ease the anxieties of hundreds of thousands of millennials who fear being deported for a crime they didn’t commit. He could do that now by making clear he won’t revoke the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program that President...

Letters Church applause for Trump inappropriate

In response to “Donald Trump attends Christmas Eve service at historic Palm Beach church,” (Dec. 25), my jaw dropped when the videos first surfaced and I watched the congregation as they applauded and gave Donald Trump a standing ovation when he and his family arrived for the Christmas Eve service at Bethesda-by-the-Sea Episcopal Church. It was Christmas Eve, for heaven’s sake. A...

POINT OF VIEW

The Obama Administration’s and United Nations’ accusations that Israeli settlements in the West Bank are the major impediment to peace and a “two- state solution” between the Palestinian Arabs and Israel are making banner headlines these days. Here are my questions about this confusing issue: Who is Israel supposed to make peace with? The Palestinian territories...
Palm Beach Post editorial cartoon: Dec. 8

Palm Beach Post editorial cartoon: Dec. 8

CARTOON VIEW SCOTT STANTIS

POINT OF VIEW: Negron’s plan for Everglades worth considering

Last summer, Florida’s incoming Senate President Joe Negron stepped into a controversy over Everglades restoration with an offer that no one should have been able to refuse. The whole idea of fixing the South Florida water management system and restoring the Everglades was about to fall apart. The sugar industry didn’t want to sell land for a key component that would move clean water south...

Letters: Snug Harbour lights brought joy to kids

I was disheartened to learn that the Christmas light display that turns Palm Beach Gardens into a winter wonderland for kids of all ages had its last display this year. The display has brought so much joy to all of the foster children we serve at Place of Hope. I understand the main concern is the traffic that the display brings to the area. However, I know several people who live there who are in...
Palm Beach Post editorial cartoon: Jan. 9

Palm Beach Post editorial cartoon: Jan. 9

CARTOON VIEW MIKE LUCKOVICH

Spinning fake policy, ignoring the real kind

The U.S. economy is huge, employing 145 million people. It’s also ever-changing: Industries and companies rise and fall, and there are always losers as well as winners. The result is constant “churn,” with many jobs disappearing even as still more new jobs are created. In an average month, there are 1.5 million “involuntary” job separations (as opposed to voluntary quits)...

The real obstacle to peace

Shortly after Benjamin Netanyahu won his bid for re-election as prime minister of Israel in March 2015, I wrote a column describing President Barack Obama as being ”on track to go down as more hostile toward Israel than any president in the past 68 years.” I warned that President Obama was so anti-Netanyahu that administration officials were signaling the president might change U.S. votes...

Media must take a moral stand

“Five minutes for Hitler, five minutes for the Jews.” That, according to legend — and a Facebook page for alumni of The Miami Herald — was the routine response of an ’80s-era editor whenever some hapless reporter was working overly hard to bring “balance” to a story where none should exist, where the moral high ground was clearly held by one side or the other...
Krauthammer: Cold War relic, present day threat

Krauthammer: Cold War relic, present day threat

You can kick the can down the road, but when Kim Jong Un announces, as he did last Sunday, that “we have reached the final stage in preparations to test-launch an intercontinental ballistic rocket,” you are reaching the end of that road. Since the early 1990s, we have offered every kind of inducement to get North Korea to give up its nuclear program. All failed miserably. Pyongyang managed...
Collins: Reality politics, starring Donald Trump

Collins: Reality politics, starring Donald Trump

Two big political events this week. A new Congress started work and “The New Celebrity Apprentice” arrived on TV. “Celebrity Apprentice” is now hosted by Arnold Schwarzenegger, a former action movie star who became a governor and is now recycling back into entertainment. He is replacing Donald Trump, a former reality TV star now preparing to move into the White House. Trump&rsquo...

Letters To quell epidemic, first intercept the heroin

To quell epidemic, intercept the heroin I agree that the drug reports on the heroin epidemic are prompting action, but not the action we need. The elephant in the room is the heroin on our streets. Yet all levels of government are ignoring that elephant by focusing our attention and tax dollars in other directions. How our elected and law enforcement leadership are handling the heroin epidemic defies...
Palm Beach Post editorial cartoon: Jan. 7

Palm Beach Post editorial cartoon: Jan. 7

CARTOON VIEW WALT HANDELSMAN

POINT OF VIEW: Saving Florida’s coral reefs must be a priority

As a Florida resident for most of my life, I have spent countless moments surveying our beautiful coasts, both east and west. But it wasn’t until I joined The Florida Aquarium that I learned coral — not the sexiest or largest or most charismatic animal — is one animal I should start appreciating, and trying to save. The world’s coral reefs provide habitat for more than 25 percent...

Letters That $4 Social Security raise? Just covered the Medicare hike

That benefit hike? Covered Medicare As soon as the Social Security brochure arrived last week, I was anxious to see where the tiny increase went. It did not go into my monthly check. It went to cover the increase in the Medicare cost. Funny, exactly $4 to the penny. Thanks, again, for nothing. MARY BURR, BOYNTON BEACH Why that spot is tops for tickets I would like to provide some details regarding...

POINT OF VIEW Sessions deserves basic courtesy, fair hearing

How disappointing that Democratic members of the Senate Judiciary Committee have refused courtesy visits from Alabama Sen. Jeff Sessions, President-elect Donald Trump’s pick for attorney general. The reasons range from objections based on racist comments Sessions allegedly made more than 30 years ago — which he has denied — or that his background will make it impossible for him to...
Palm Beach Post editorial cartoon: Jan. 6

Palm Beach Post editorial cartoon: Jan. 6

CARTOON VIEW DANA SUMMERS
The Snapchat presidency of Donald Trump

The Snapchat presidency of Donald Trump

Normal leaders come up with policy proposals in a certain conventional way. They gather their advisers around them and they debate alternatives — with briefing papers, intelligence briefings and implementation strategies. Donald Trump doesn’t do that. He’s tweeted out policy gestures in recent weeks, say about the future of America’s nuclear arsenal. But these gestures aren&rsquo...

Will Trump let Obama go quietly?

Will Donald Trump deprive President Obama of what we have come to think of as a normal post-presidency, the relatively serene life of reflection, writing, philanthropy and high-minded speeches to friendly audiences? In recent decades, we have become accustomed to the idea of ex-presidents who leave political combat behind. They might occasionally speak out on behalf of their party: Bill Clinton was...

Can Trump and Putin avert Cold War II?

In retaliation for the hacking of John Podesta and the DNC, Barack Obama expelled 35 Russian diplomats and ordered closure of their country houses on Long Island and Maryland’s Eastern shore. Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov warned that 35 U.S. diplomats would be expelled. But Vladimir Putin stepped in, declined to retaliate at all, and invited the U.S. diplomats in Moscow and their children to...
POINT OF VIEW Trump can help the community banks

POINT OF VIEW Trump can help the community banks

As a lifelong Democrat, I’m proud to say that I voted for President-elect Donald Trump and contributed to his campaign. Trump is, first and foremost, a businessman and a job creator. As a developer, he understands the policies that spur economic growth as well as the regulations that hold American business and job creation back. Nowhere is this more apparent than in the area of real estate development...
Palm Beach Post editorial cartoon: Jan. 5

Palm Beach Post editorial cartoon: Jan. 5

CARTOON VIEW DREW SHENEMAN

Letters No private school athletes among county’s best?

No private school athletes among best? In the Palm Beach Post in the sports section, there was a listing of the “Palm Beach County Fall All-Conference Teams” (Dec. 28) for high schools, and a note stating that area coaches select the teams. I would like for someone to please explain to me why the athletes who attend private schools in Palm Beach County were not considered. These hardworking...