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Letters: Food Bank needs to buy generator

Food Bank needs to buy generator I was shocked to read that the Palm Beach County Food Bank, an agency that distributes food to those less fortunate throughout the county, lost more than 35,000 pounds of fresh and frozen food due to a power outage during Hurricane Irma. I would think that an agency that takes on the responsibility of feeding Palm Beach County’s needy would have the foresight...

POINT OF VIEW: Preserve wetlands to control flooding

The time to prevent a flooding crisis in southeastern Florida is now. We must change our approach to land development. If we don’t, we could suffer catastrophic flooding. In Houston, we see how a government that could not stop development created a flooding crisis. With Hurricane Irma, the region luckily did not receive the rain that Houston got from Harvey. Wetlands and native plants are designed...

Letters: Rehab center was prepared for Irma

Don’t let what happened at the rehabilitation facility in Hollywood cast a poor light on all rehab centers. What happened there was quite different from my experience at the Jupiter Gardens rehab center. I was there to rehab my three- or four-day-old knee replacement. A day or two before Hurricane Irma was coming our way as a threat, my morning nurse saw fit to speak very quietly into my ear...

POINT OF VIEW: Tragic deaths shouldn’t tarnish nursing home workers

Florida’s nursing home industry is populated by hundreds of excellent centers staffed by thousands of dedicated, caring professionals. It’s unfortunate, but inevitable, that they will get painted with the same negative brush when one facility fails to meet the high standards we set for ourselves. RELATED LINK: Editorial: Require generators for nursing homes in wake of deaths Every compassionate...

Opinion: Who truly imperils our free society?

“The Barbarian cannot make … he can befog and destroy but … he cannot sustain; and of every Barbarian in the decline or peril of every civilization exactly that has been true.” Hilaire Belloc’s depiction of the barbarian is recalled to mind as the statues honoring the history and heroes of the Republic and of the West continue to be vandalized and smashed. A week ago...

Letters: West Palm leaders fell short during Irma

Where in the world were our West Palm Beach leaders during Hurricane Irma? Prior to, during and after the storm I was monitoring radio and television for updates. I saw our mayor briefly on one of the networks addressing a question about evacuation. When asked on Sept. 8 whether she thought it was safe to travel, she responded that, in her opinion, since most of those who chose to evacuate already...

POINT OF VIEW: Florida’s small businesses deserve tax relief

Small businesses are the cornerstone of Florida’s economy. They make up 99.8 percent of all Florida businesses and employ over 3.2 million workers. Encouraging their growth is essential to growing Florida’s economy and helping our hardworking employees. Nationally, small business owners claim taxes are their top concern, and it is easy to understand why. Small businesses are traditionally...

The New Center seeks volunteers

New York City’s annual gridlock festival, otherwise known as the United Nations General Assembly, is a proper metaphor for America’s current state of affairs. While Manhattan’s already snarled streets filled beyond capacity with limos toting dignitaries, a quieter, less-theatrical group of thinkers and leaders was meeting to discuss strategies for a rising new political center. The...

Spicer’s Emmys gig a lesson in the benefits of fame

I’m an awards-show geek who usually spends the morning after the big event nattering about who was unjustly robbed, who was unwisely dressed and whether it’s a felony in Hollywood to consume more than 300 calories a meal, because it sure looks that way. But not on Monday, because what I and anyone else who tuned in to the Emmys on Sunday night saw wasn’t good fun. It was bad news...

Opinion: Huts burn, children die and Suu Kyi shrugs

A beloved Nobel Peace Prize winner is presiding over an ethnic cleansing in which villages are burned, women raped and children butchered. For the last three weeks, Buddhist-majority Myanmar has systematically slaughtered civilians belonging to the Rohingya Muslim minority, forcing 270,000 to flee to neighboring Bangladesh — with Myanmar soldiers shooting at them even as they cross the border...
Letters: Thanks to eatery for act of kindness

Letters: Thanks to eatery for act of kindness

Thanks to eatery for act of kindness I saw a lot of kind acts before and after Hurricane Irma. One that was much appreciated was after hours spent searching in vain for a store that had ice. On my way home, I went into a restaurant on Atlantic Avenue in Delray. It wasn’t open yet, still on generators, I think; and their crew was very busy trying to get everything ready, but one kind soul took...
Commentary: Liberal bias has reached disturbing new heights

Commentary: Liberal bias has reached disturbing new heights

A truly objective press has never existed in the United States, but the news media’s current commitment to destroy the Trump administration has revealed the sad reality that much of the American press is hardly engaging in journalism at all. Instead, the media have manipulated the public with falsehoods, trafficked in fear, and mastered hypocrisy in ways that have never before been witnessed...

POINT OF VIEW: PBC schools charter challenge a matter of local control

When the Palm Beach County School Board rejected a charter school application in December 2014, it brought a flurry of headlines – and gave the school district and School Board a reputation that it is opposed to charter schools. As a former charter school principal and longtime educator, I can tell you that nothing could be further from the truth. While our differences with charter schools are...
Commentary: The view from a front-row seat to history

Commentary: The view from a front-row seat to history

A window to the world. That’s what it’s been said journalists provide. In a sense, it’s absolutely true. We have a front-row seat to history. We listen, we watch, we question, we try to understand. Most important, we share. We share what we see, what we learn, what we discover. And we share it with you. No two windows are identical, however. Windows come in different shapes, sizes...
Editorial: Gov. Scott’s Irma leadership undercut by his climate denial

Editorial: Gov. Scott’s Irma leadership undercut by his climate denial

Applause to Gov. Rick Scott for responding so quickly and decisively to Irma, this monster that damaged so much of Florida last week. On Monday, Labor Day, while the then-Category 4 was hundreds of miles off in the Atlantic, nearly a week before projected landfall at Florida’s tip, Scott declared a state of emergency for all 67 counties. For days, he appeared in his “Navy” ball cap...

POINT OF VIEW: Why I’m suing Trump over DACA

As secretary of the Department of Homeland Security, a little more than five years ago I signed the directive that created the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program. On Sept. 5, President Donald Trump ended DACA on not much more than a whim. On Sept. 8, in my capacity as president of the University of California, I filed a lawsuit in federal court seeking to prevent the government from stripping...

Letters: Kudos to Avossa on call to close schools

I have to take this opportunity and shout out kudos to Robert Avossa, our Palm Beach County Schools superintendent. I have worked for the school district for over 30 years. Avossa got it right. He has the students as his priority, and the teachers and staff members not far behind. He gave the teachers and families plenty of time to evacuate or get our homes ready by closing the schools early on. He...
Letters Deaths in nursing home without generator a national disgrace

Letters Deaths in nursing home without generator a national disgrace

Nursing home deaths a national disgrace It is a national disgrace that nursing homes in Florida are allowed to operate without a source of generators. The fact that 150 nursing homes in Florida lack generators tell me more about the moral guilt of Florida legislators who have allowed this to happen due to either benign neglect or lobbyist monies which have contributed to the deaths of at least eight...

Opinion: Do conservatives take rape seriously?

Have conservatives forsaken rape victims? That’s one of the more challenging questions posed following the furor over Education Secretary Betsy DeVos’ announcement that her department will revise the Obama-era guidance on how sexual assault allegations are to be handled by universities. Because we live in an age of rage, the move sparked some overheated commentary (“making campuses...

POINT OF VIEW: Prison evacuations may not be enough for Florida

As Florida officials ordered more than 5 million people across Florida to evacuate ahead of Hurricane Irma, it is also coordinated thousands of prisoners to be moved into less dangerous facilities. While this sounds better than being left in a cell during floods and destruction, cramming people into already overcrowded prisons may result in more danger for those incarcerated. There are around 100...

POINT OF VIEW: Celebrate and recognize importance of our Constitution

Today is Constitution Day, and it commemorates the date in 1787 that the delegates to the Constitutional Convention finished their work and signed the U.S. Constitution — a document that defines the structure and character of our nation to this day. No matter what your interests are or the paths you have taken, it is the Constitution that sets forth the guarantees of freedom that allow you to...
Editorial: Require generators for nursing homes in wake of deaths

Editorial: Require generators for nursing homes in wake of deaths

We can always count on having our shortcomings exposed in the aftermath of a catastrophe. Hurricane Irma is proving to be no exception. For example, crashes caused by impatient drivers playing risky games of “chicken” or “Russian roulette” make it clear that Palm Beach County could use a better plan for handling at least its most dangerous intersections. Placing either temporary...
Hurricane Irma commentary: ‘We help each other through’

Hurricane Irma commentary: ‘We help each other through’

We are surviving, together, through a historic moment — a natural catastrophe so vast it pummeled all of Florida except the Panhandle. Hurricane Irma proved nature’s power — no other hurricane or tropical cyclone has stayed so strong for so long. It also proved, again, the true nature and strength of our community. Through it all, around the clock, our reporters, photographers and...
Letters

Letters

Targeting ‘Dreamers’ shows Trump’s bigotry I am so tired of Fox News harping about how the “Dreamers” are breaking the law and destroying the Constitution. In our country, children are held to a different standard. Rarely are children tried as adults because it is universally understood that children haven’t yet developed the part of the brain to behave as responsible...

Opinion: Nickel prophets are a dime a dozen

“Be still and know that I am God.” — Psalms 46:10 It’s an admonition some of us struggle to obey. Indeed, some of God’s self-appointed spokespersons seem to find it especially difficult. Thus, before the first raindrop fell, the first palm tree bowed, or the first transformer blew, they came out to tell us what He meant by pointing a monster hurricane at Florida. A Pastor...
Letters Special-needs shelter gets special thanks

Letters Special-needs shelter gets special thanks

Special-needs shelter gets special thanks My wife and I just returned Wednesday from the special-needs evacuation center at the South Florida Fairgrounds. We felt that we must comment about the wonderful volunteers who took care of us there. They were most helpful in addressing any of our needs with courtesy and interest in making our stay as comfortable as possible while taking care of more than...

POINT OF VIEW: Hold legislators’ feet to fire on money for land buys

Florida legislators are due back in Tallahassee this month to begin deliberating the public’s business. In committee meetings, they will start deciding which issues will become priorities for the 60-day 2018 legislative session that begins in January. One question all citizens should be asking our lawmakers: Will they once again blatantly ignore Florida voters by failing to appropriate adequate...

POINT OF VIEW: The real value of make-believe

Of course, children prefer scooping and eating real ice cream to playing with wooden cones adorned with pretend sparkles. Duh! They would like to drive real cars, too. But just because children prefer the real deal, as research by Angeline Lillard, of the University of Virginia, shows, that does not negate the value of make-believe and toy play. In fact, scientific studies give us reason to believe...
Letters All hail FPL who got the lights back on

Letters All hail FPL who got the lights back on

All hail FPL who got the lights back on Thank you, 13,000 employees of Florida Power and Light Co., for giving our much-appreciated electricity back to us. It takes at least three days to help us appreciate what we lost. BENITA MACKS, BOYNTON BEACH Targeting ‘Dreamers’ shows Trump’s bigotry I am so tired of Fox News harping about how the “Dreamers” are breaking the law...

Don’t make too much of Trump’s deal with the Democrats

Be wary of anyone who purports to understand the deep meaning of President Trump’s decision to side with the Democrats on short-term budget issues. Nobody knows what he’s up to, and this probably includes Trump himself. Nonetheless, his recent foray into bipartisanship provides the occasion to explore the path he chose not to take at the beginning of his administration. He had the opportunity...

Opinion: As tribalism spreads, U.S. must maintain caution

Recently, a columnist-friend, Matt Kenney, sent me a 26-year-old newspaper with his chiding that my column had been given better play. Both had run in The Orange County Register on June 30, 1991. “Is there no room for new nations in the New World Order?” was my title, and the column began: “In turning a stone face toward embattled Slovenia and Croatia, President Bush and Secretary...

POINT OF VIEW: GL plan provides community benefits, increases farmland

GL Homes has been building in Palm Beach County over the past three decades. We are now proposing a plan that benefits the county as a whole. Our Agricultural Preservation Plan will increase farmland, preserve farming in the county and add significant public benefit. We will set aside nearly 5,000 acres of preservation in The Acreage, where we are permitted to build approximately 3,900 homes. Instead...

Friedman: Trump, Pruitt ignore climate change at nation’s, world’s peril

America faces two serious national security threats that look wildly different but have one core feature in common — they both have a low probability of happening, but, if they did happen, they could have devastating consequences for our whole world. One of these threats is North Korea. If Kim Jong Un is able to launch missiles that strike the U.S. mainland, the effect will be incalculable....
Letters Memories of Irma? People’s kindness

Letters Memories of Irma? People’s kindness

Memories of Irma? People’s kindness A big part of my Hurricane Irma experience is the kindness of people. I got to the JFK Medical Center cafeteria on Monday after it had just closed. A stranger opened up his bag and shared a meal; best beef, pasta, and squash I ever tasted. One neighbor shared enough gas to power my chainsaw to address my downed trees. Another neighbor is buying a generator...

Opinion: Google allies itself with sex traffickers like Backpage.com

Sex traffickers in America have the police and prosecutors pursuing them, but they do have one crucial (if secret) ally: Google. Google’s motto has long been “Don’t be evil,” and I admire lots about the company. But organizations it funds have for years been quietly helping Backpage.com, the odious website where most American victims of human trafficking are sold, to battle...
Editorial: Hurricane Irma spared Palm Beach County its worst

Editorial: Hurricane Irma spared Palm Beach County its worst

We were lucky, Palm Beach County. Hurricane Irma, after taunting us for days with its record-breaking size and power, spared us its worst. RELATED LINK: Hurricane Irma: Curfew starts later, ends earlier, Schools out rest of week; Refrain from flushing It may not seem that way to some. Not if you’re one of the roughly 300,000 residents still without power. Not if you’re one of the thousands...

Letters Heroes, Dreamers come from all over

Heroes, Dreamers come from all over As we look back on Hurricanes Harvey and Irma, we are grateful for every hardworking public servant, and everyone who looks after their neighbors. Then there are the heroes who run toward a disaster and risk death to save others. At this time of year, former New Yorkers like me remember the heroes of Sept. 11 as well as those of today. Mohammad Salman Hamdani, age...

Dowd: Move over DiCaprio and da Vinci — Here’s Ireland’s Leo

It was a true Irish honeymoon — short and judgmental. The Irish did not waste any time basking in the wonder of the world, that this small country had leapt into modernity with its first openly gay and half-Indian prime minister, at 38 the youngest taoiseach in history. This, even as the United States and Britain are getting borne back into a crimped, parochial past by unpopular elders riding...

Gerson: When will GOP leaders admit backing Trump was a losing bet?

House Speaker Paul Ryan promised Obamacare repeal, funding for the wall and tax reform, all by the end of August. For the GOP, it is now September, both literally and metaphorically. In the spring of their hopes, Republican leaders placed a bet — which seemed reasonable at the time — that they could contain President Donald Trump and pass legislation despite him. The wager was large and...

Liberals’ assault on Christian judges should anger many

Seems that for U.S. Senator Dianne Feinstein, being a believing Catholic is enough to disqualify a candidate for a federal judgeship. Feinstein stated as such at confirmation hearings for Notre Dame law professor Amy Barrett, nominated by President Trump to the 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals. “I think whatever a religion is, it has its own dogma,” explained the Senator. “And I...
Barrone: Can Trump and Democrats make a deal on immigration?

Barrone: Can Trump and Democrats make a deal on immigration?

Can President Donald Trump and the Republican-majority Congress make a deal? That’s a question raised by the announcement that the Trump administration will end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program in six months. DACA, put in place by the Obama administration, provided protection from deportation to immigrants who entered the United States illegally as children and who didn&rsquo...
Sanchez: Can Sen. McCaskill stem the opioid epidemic? She’s trying

Sanchez: Can Sen. McCaskill stem the opioid epidemic? She’s trying

If you want to understand America’s opioid epidemic, start with an autopsy. Sarah Fuller died March 25, 2016. She was 32, suffering from chronic head and neck pain due to two car accidents. The cause of her death was allegedly an overdose of Subsys, a highly addictive spray medication developed to ease intense pain associated with cancer — debilitating pain that other drugs can’t...
America's division: We united in the wake of 9/11, then partisanship re-emerged

America's division: We united in the wake of 9/11, then partisanship re-emerged

After terrorists killed nearly 3,000 people on Sept. 11, 2001, Americans swiftly responded with fellowship and patriotism.  People of different races and religions consoled one another at candlelight vigils. Others tattooed stars and stripes on their bodies. American flags rose up in neighborhoods across the nation. On the evening of the attacks, roughly 150 members of Congress ...

Opinion: Penn school of law professor pokes the beehive

Professor Amy Wax of the University of Pennsylvania School of Law has poked a stick into a beehive. Tenure is liberating that way. In an op-ed for Philly.com, she argued, with Larry Alexander, a law professor at the University of San Diego, that the decline of “bourgeois values” since the 1950s has contributed to a host of social ills. Male labor-force participation rates are down to Depression-era...

Letters: Don’t squander our investment in dreamers

Don’t squander our investment in dreamers As a retired teacher, I know from experience that immigrant children are, by and large, outstanding students. They and their parents value education and work hard to improve themselves by learning all they can. As taxpayers, we have already invested in these dreamers; we’ve given them an excellent public education, provided libraries, transportation...

POINT OF VIEW: It is — and isn’t — about statues

There are several historical markers in and around the town square of the small southern town where I was born. Among them are a memorial to veterans of WWI, WWII, Korea and Vietnam, another to veterans of Operations Desert Shield and Desert Storm, and a water fountain erected by the Humane Society. In the center of the square, a granite obelisk rises perhaps 15 feet high, with verses etched on the...
POINT OF VIEW: PBC schools charter challenge a matter of local control

POINT OF VIEW: PBC schools charter challenge a matter of local control

When the Palm Beach County School Board rejected a charter school application in December 2014, it brought a flurry of headlines – and gave the school district and School Board a reputation that it is opposed to charter schools. As a former charter school principal and longtime educator, I can tell you that nothing could be further from the truth. While our differences with charter schools are...

Opinion: America, a land of liberty and justice for some

Steve Loomis is angry. Loomis, the head of Cleveland’s police union, is using words like “hypocritical,” ”ignorant,” and “offensive,” and you might, for a wishful second, convince yourself he’s talking about that day in 2014 when two Cleveland police skidded to a stop in front of a 12-year-old black boy playing with a toy gun in a park and instantly...
Letters:

Letters:

Leftist platform would hurt Dems Ed Rogers sees the Democratic Party as moving far-leftward in choosing its 2020 nominee, embracing a radical agenda including a “courtship” with the “Antifa” people and “Black Lives Matter,” as well as progressive positions on health care, minimum wages, college tuition, immigration, and sanctuary cities (“Worrisome Democratic...

Opinion: Will Congress be stirred from its slumber?

WASHINGTON — Today, worse is better. The president’s manifest and manifold inadequacies might awaken a slumbering Congress to the existence of its Article I powers and responsibilities. As a candidate, Donald Trump vowed devotion to all 12 of the Constitution’s seven articles. As president, Barack Obama, discerning a defect in the work of the 1787 Constitutional Convention, supplied...
Editorial: Gov. Scott’s Irma leadership undercut by his climate denial

Editorial: Gov. Scott’s Irma leadership undercut by his climate denial

Applause to Gov. Rick Scott for responding so quickly and decisively to Irma, this monster bearing down upon us. On Monday, Labor Day, while the then-Category 4 was hundreds of miles away, nearly a week before projected landfall at Florida’s tip, Scott declared a state of emergency for all 67 counties. For days, he has appeared in his “Navy” ball cap in the role of commander of Florida&rsquo...
Commentary: Katrina, Harvey and a flood of memories

Commentary: Katrina, Harvey and a flood of memories

Every year I tell myself I’m over Hurricane Katrina, and every year I’m wrong. This year I got a double reminder that Katrina’s wounds can be treated but never healed. First, in early August, a “rain event” flooded numerous New Orleans neighborhoods. Parts of the city were inaccessible. Two African-American landmarks that were destroyed by Katrina in 2005 and rebuilt...

Letters Enough already with cultural cleansing

Enough already with cultural cleansing I read about the Hollywood City Commission’s vote to change the street names of Forest, Hood and Lee. It reminds me of the stealthy way in which the name of Jefferson Davis Middle School was changed to Palm Springs Middle several years ago. If it hadn’t been for The Palm Beach Post, I would never have known about a meeting held by Larry Matz, a faculty...

POINT OF VIEW: Where have all the astronauts gone?

This summer, NASA was pushing for fifth-grade students to reach for the stars by getting involved in STEM, doing well in school, and excelling in mathematics and science. The United States continually ranks lower than other world powers in all subjects. I ask you, “How can one achieve greatness with only 10 minutes of science a day in fourth grade?” “How can one create inquisitive...

Letters FPL determined to power up quickly post-Irma

FPL determined to power up quickly With Hurricane Irma approaching, Florida Power & Light Co. has activated its emergency response plan, and we urge our customers to finalize their plans. Here’s what we’re doing now to prepare: As of Wednesday, we have several thousand workers dedicated to planning and preparing to respond to Irma and this number will continue to grow. ...

POINT OF VIEW: Kids’ selflessness answers question of leadership

In the wake of physical, emotional, and material destruction, and heartbreaking pain and suffering, we are all counting on those who radiate hope through leadership. I found that hope and leadership in five young students. Sofia is in kindergarten. Recently, her eyes were fixed upon our school’s morning news report concerning Hurricane Harvey. After many questions that were far beyond her years...

Opinion: On the Dreamers, Trump believes nothing

One of the most cynical quotations in history is also one of the most widely attributed. Let’s ponder the version associated with Groucho Marx: “Sincerity is the key to success. Once you can fake that, you’ve got it made.” From the moment Donald Trump opened his quest for the presidency, this idea has defined him and served as an organizing principle of his politics. He presented...

Opinion: Should Japan and South Korea go nuclear?

By setting off a 100-kiloton bomb, after firing a missile over Japan, Kim Jong Un has gotten the world’s attention. What else does he want? Almost surely not war with America. For no matter what damage Kim could visit on U.S. troops and bases in South Korea, Okinawa and Guam, his country would be destroyed and the regime his grandfather built annihilated. “The supreme art of war is to...

POINT OF VIEW: Decline in unions a failure of public education

The Post’s Labor Day editorial — “It’s time to get serious about raising wages in U.S.” (Sunday) — was spot-on regarding the disjunction between metrics showing economic “improvement” and the steadily declining real-dollar wages working families are enduring, and the correlative decline in unionized workers as a percentage of U.S. workers. The Editorial...

Letters Postcard problem was with sender not Postal Service

Problem with sender not Postal Service It is unfair to blame the postal service for failing to deliver a postcard that had an incomplete street address, specifically no “house” number. The letter-writer states, “How hard can it be for the U.S. Postal Service to find a popular local restaurant?” My question is how hard would it have been for him to search the internet for the...

Holder: Americans must stand with the ‘dreamers’

Our nation’s sense of morality — and of itself — is once again being tested. President Donald Trump has scrapped the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, threatening to deport nearly 800,000 young, immigrants — the “dreamers” — and crassly justifying the decision by hiding behind a false interpretation of immigration law and our constitutional...

Parker: The worst is yet to come

It has become axiomatic that when Donald Trump says or does something over the top or below the belt, beware the unseen. His cunning use of distraction turns red herrings green with envy. The template works like this: Trump says something outrageous that drives Washington’s Bubble Belt wild. The media leap to outrage while bookers haul in “experts” to intone the obvious in exchange...

Opinion: It’s not too late to learn from our mistakes

Imagine that after the 9/11 attacks, the conversation had been limited to the tragedy in Lower Manhattan, the heroism of rescuers and the high heels of the visiting first lady — without addressing the risks of future terrorism. That’s how we have viewed Hurricane Harvey in Houston, as a gripping human drama but without adequate discussion of how climate change increases risks of such cataclysms...
Editorial: Lake Worth officials must fix school, pot clinic feud

Editorial: Lake Worth officials must fix school, pot clinic feud

A-rated public schools are typically considered invaluable assets by a city. Assets that can be leveraged for marketing, and even business recruitment. The city of Lake Worth has one A-rated public school. One. And that asset — the 130-student Academy for Positive Learning — is arguably now at risk. Because the city, despite the K-8 public charter school being in its present location for...

Letters Samaritan’s charitable deed touched me, too

Samaritan’s deed touched me, too I was particularly moved by the mention in Joe Capozzi’s piece, “Astros praise ‘amazing’ PBC flood relief response but say no more” (Friday), of Drameko Bennett, who used $219 of his food stamps to buy supplies for the victims of Hurricane Harvey. The tragedy in Houston “touched his soul,” and he “had to do something...

POINT OF VIEW: Focus on good news in addiction treatment

Why is patient brokering, in the form of paying a referral, illegal? Because, as a matter of public health policy, we want citizens making their own health care choices, without unreasonable influence or inducement. We want our health care practitioners to endeavor to provide the highest quality of care and service based upon education, experience and earned reputation. If a health care provider can...

Rogers: A worrisome 2020 Democratic agenda is emerging

With no clear front-runner for the 2020 Democratic presidential nomination, several prospective candidates are beginning to stir. The process of touching donors and activists has begun, and a Democratic Party message that is beyond simply being anti-Trump is becoming increasingly clear. Washington Post contributing columnist Paul Waldman recently confirmed the consensus that is forming among 2020...

Rampell: Ivanka Trump has learned well from her father’s cons

Ivanka Trump is for working women the way her father is for the working class: In both cases, the Trumps really just want their money. President Donald Trump’s daughter built her brand around women’s “empowerment,” by which I mean monetizing the anxieties and insecurities of stressed-out moms. From the beginning, her stated goal was to help professional women dig deep and tap...
Commentary: Putin is a foe who must be contained

Commentary: Putin is a foe who must be contained

Since the end of the Cold War, U.S. strategy toward Moscow has sought to integrate Russia into Europe and the international community. While this was sensible, it is now clear that as long as Vladimir Putin is in charge of the Kremlin this strategy is no longer operable. Russia under Putin has determined that America, NATO and the European Union are its core adversaries and has devised asymmetric...
Commentary: Putin will never be a friend

Commentary: Putin will never be a friend

Should we really try to do business with Vladimir Putin? This is misguided, wishful and even dangerous thinking. Since coming to power in 1999, the Russian president has done nothing to indicate that he would be a trustworthy partner to America. At almost every opportunity, he has pursued policies that undermine our national interests and those of our closest partners. Putin’s behavior resembles...

Letters Let West Palm downtowners decide One Flagler

Let downtowners decide One Flagler I attended the planning commission meeting for the One Flagler project and was quite disturbed with the presentation made by the city’s planning staff. It appeared to me they had already made up their minds to approve the project. It was my understanding that the planning commission would present the facts, not the conclusion. Listening to the pros and cons...

POINT OF VIEW: Why soil and water conservation should matter to you

The traditionally nonpolitical Palm Beach County Soil & Water Conservation District (SWCD) recently became much better known after November’s contentious Board of Supervisors election. The friction erupted over the SWCD’s Mobile Irrigation Lab. The lab is a free, consultative service offered to local growers. Paid for through the state Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services, the...
Christie commentary: Trump must show he feels Harvey victims’ pain

Christie commentary: Trump must show he feels Harvey victims’ pain

Our president can’t help himself. He just cannot help himself. As he exited a firehouse in Corpus Christi, Texas, on Tuesday, President Donald Trump noticed a crowd of about 800 people. He grabbed a lone star Texas flag and shouted back at his supporters: “What a crowd! What a turnout!” And there you have it. Minutes after managing to show leadership while sitting at a table of local...
Editorial: U.S., Florida need policy shift to recharge stagnant wages

Editorial: U.S., Florida need policy shift to recharge stagnant wages

Labor Day became a national holiday just days after the bloody Pullman railway strike of 1894. It was an era when workers were fighting pitched battles for the right to unionize for better pay and working conditions, like an eight-hour day. They won those battles, though it took as long as the New Deal to cement them, and that laid the groundwork for the widest prosperity Americans ever saw, in the...
POINT OF VIEW: In the wake of Harvey, let’s not forget Heather

POINT OF VIEW: In the wake of Harvey, let’s not forget Heather

The month of August was a study of extremes in American citizenship. Selfless heroics by ordinary Texans stand in stark contrast to the hatred and bigotry on the streets of Charlottesville, Virginia. The events represent the best and worst of our society. As South Floridians, our hearts ache for those struggling in the wake of Hurricane Harvey. Yet, while we bear witness to the horrific weather disaster...

Building trade lifts our quality of life

Building trade lifts our quality of life Many of South Florida’s construction workers will take a brief respite from the heat today, and return to extreme conditions Tuesday to secure our future. Whether it’s upgrading our roads, or building our schools or homes, those construction workers boost our quality of life. The Florida construction industry contributes $41 billion annually to...

POINT OF VIEW: Workers should mind Trump’s actions, not his words

Labor Day was enacted more than 120 years ago to benefit American workers. But President Donald Trump and the GOP want to enact tax and spending proposals that will hurt working families. The struggle over these disastrous plans will start in earnest right after the holiday — workers (in fact, anyone not in the top 1 percent) should use today (Labor Day) to rest up for the fight ahead. Trump...

Opinion: Critics of Trump’s Arpaio pardon have short memories

President Trump’s pardon of Joe Arpaio, the former sheriff of Maricopa County, Arizona, has drawn predictable responses. The left, which long ago exceeded its sell-by date when it comes to ideas that work, denounced the decision as racist (that’s all they have) and a perversion of justice. Some moderates, like Sen. John McCain and Sen. Jeff Flake, both Arizona Republicans, Speaker Paul...

Martin Hospital: expand it inland

The recent one penny election in Martin County was certainly unusual and a basic waste of money. No one truly ever explained why it could not wait to be put on the next normal election. Could a penny really be that important? I cannot remember in all my years of voting on any one-issue ballot; and if there were, it certainly didn’t involve a penny. But the election was just another example of...
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