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Opinion

LETTERS Get police to cite drivers for reckless texting

Get police to cite for reckless texting Since the Florida Legislature refuses to protect drivers by making texting a primary offense, I have a suggestion for all Florida police officers: When you see someone texting, pull them over and issue a citation for reckless driving. I believe any reasonable court judge would agree that texting while driving is extremely reckless. How many lives could be saved...

POINT OF VIEW Fixing Everglades, reducing lake discharges not the same

As a Treasure Coast resident for more than 20 years, I have seen firsthand the damage caused by the discharges. While the recently approved Everglades reservoir bill may help alleviate them, the reservoir is far from a panacea and it’s important to set expectations about what it will accomplish. Under the Comprehensive Everglades Restoration Plan (CERP) approved in 2000, the reservoir south...

Opinion: Trump should get a special prosecutor for criminal leaks

Who is the real threat to the national security? Is it President Trump who shared with Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov the intelligence that ISIS was developing laptop bombs to put aboard airliners? Or is it The Washington Post that ferreted out and published this code-word intelligence, and splashed the details on its front page, alerting the world, and ISIS, to what we knew. President Trump has the...

Friedman: A road trip through rusting and rising America

In his dystopian Inaugural Address, President Donald Trump painted a picture of America as a nation gripped by vast “carnage” that cried out for a strongman to put “America first” and stop the world from stealing our jobs. It was a shocking speech in many ways and reportedly prompted former President George W. Bush to say to those around him on the dais, “That was some...

Letters Lake Worth leaders must alter course to preserve landmarks

Lake Worth leaders must alter course Out of touch in Lake Worth is what our elected officials seem to be when it comes to managing and maintaining our public and historic sites. This focus on growth and profit over quality of life only leads to debt and blight. This business model puts undue hardship on the majority who live and work in Lake Worth. This past midterm election, which is used as an example...

Parker: An orb, a sword and a slap seen ‘round the world

By now you’re exhausted by all the head-swiveling news — the terrorist slaughter in Manchester; the president’s trip to Everywhere; and investigation upon investigation of the possible collusion with Russia, obstruction of justice and liars by the dozen. Which is why I’m sitting in Palm Beach practicing Lilly Pulitzer’s dictum: “Being happy never goes out of style...

POINT OF VIEW Why Florida seniors fear the American Health Care Act

It is no surprise that a key issue facing America is health care. Worrying about whether a simple medical procedure or checkup is covered by your insurance is a difficult way to go through life. As if staying active and healthy isn’t hard enough, the recent passage of the American Health Care Act (AHCA) by the U.S. House of Representatives has seniors across this state extremely concerned that...

Opinion: Trump’s policies weaken womens’ health around the world

When video surfaced last fall of Donald Trump boasting about sexual assault, outrage erupted. But if Trump’s words about women were offensive, his policies are incomparably more consequential — and may cost more lives than in any other area of his governance. Yes, the phrase “war on women” may seem hyperbolic, but it also reflects the devastating impact of Trump’s policies...
Editorial: Convene special session to set medical marijuana rules

Editorial: Convene special session to set medical marijuana rules

A commanding majority of Florida voters – 71.3 percent — said in no uncertain terms in November that they wanted access to medical marijuana to relieve a wide range of painful and debilitating conditions. Amendment 2 outperformed Donald Trump on the ballot by nearly 2 million votes. The measure carried in every one of Florida’s 67 counties, even the most conservative. In Palm Beach...
POINT OF VIEW Addressing absenteeism key to reading proficiency

POINT OF VIEW Addressing absenteeism key to reading proficiency

Many thousands of children in the United States, including many in Palm Beach County, finish third grade without learning to read proficiently — and that puts them on a dreaded track of dropping out of high school. The ability to read is critical to a child’s success in school, life-long earning potential, and his or her potential to contributing to our nation’s economy and security...

Rampell: To see how Trumpcare would work, look to Iowa

Wondering what the health care system would look like under Trumpcare? Take a gander at Iowa, where the individual market is on the verge of collapse. Just one insurer remains in most of the state, and Medica is threatening to exit. Republicans love to point to Iowa’s struggles as evidence of Obamacare’s failures. But in reality, the state’s problems provide useful lessons for what...
Commentary: College pays off, but not like it should

Commentary: College pays off, but not like it should

If you are prepared for college-level work, and especially if you intend to major in something in demand in the economy, by all means go to college. The price you will be charged will be inflated, but the investment will still pay off. If you are unprepared for college, however, or plan to major in a field with few job prospects, you should really think twice. A factoid you might have heard before...
Commentary: Is college worth the expense? Yes, it is.

Commentary: Is college worth the expense? Yes, it is.

While a college education improves earnings, we also know about the rising level of student debt (now $1.4 trillion). Student loans can create severe repayment problems for students, especially when they don’t graduate on time, or, never at all, and can be a problem even when they do graduate. Is a college education worth the expense? The policy question should not be weighed just by the issue...
Letters Western communities reject Ag Reserve ploy

Letters Western communities reject Ag Reserve ploy

Western communities reject Ag Reserve ploy I read with alarm “Developers are ‘recycling’ properties west of Boynton” (Sunday), regarding the plan by GL Homes to build on Agricultural Reserve land. As a resident of Valencia Cove, one of the communities that would be most adversely affected if GL Homes were allowed to swap The Acreage land for land in the Ag Reserve land, I strongly...

Gerson: Trump’s house of betrayal

It is another stomach-turning development in the vast, unfolding scandal that is the Trump administration: President Donald Trump’s denigration of former FBI Director James Comey to Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov in the Oval Office. In a New York Times story, Trump is quoted as saying: “I just fired the head of the FBI. He was crazy, a real nut job.” Aside from the irony...

POINT OF VIEW: Preserving our South Florida soils, uplands, wetlands

Currently, Southeast Florida continues to destroy many of its remaining open areas for development. These areas hold native plants, soils and habitat for migratory birds. We continue to focus on growth rather than quality of life. A large amount of the water in our area is ground water. In order to have clean ground water we need to have open areas where water can reside and percolate into our aquifer...

Rep. Mast wrong on health care

Rep. Mast wrong on health care I attended U.S. Rep. Brian Mast’s last town hall meeting in Loxahatchee. When asked if he supported Social Security and Medicaid, he said, “I back them 100 percent.” When asked why he did not support the Affordable Care Act, he said: “People should not be forced to pay for something they do not want.” The conflict in these two statements...
LETTERS

LETTERS

Probation for teacher who kissed boy a disgrace I read your paper faithfully each day of the week. I am beyond appalled at the Post article, “Boca teacher gets a year’s probation for kissing 10-year-old student” (Tuesday) regarding the Boca teacher who was caught on camera kissing a 10-year-old boy in an empty classroom. His punishment, one-year probation. This made me ill. When...

Opinion: Political operator Stone sets stage for Anger Games

“Hate is a more powerful motivator than love.” According to the new Netflix documentary “Get Me Roger Stone,” that is one of the “rules” the self-described Republican “agent provocateur” has lived by. Stone, of course, is a showman. The “evil political operator” pose is to some degree an artifice — a brand he’s selling. Still...

Opinion: What will it take for GOP to impeach Trump?

Dear Republicans: So how much more will it take? What else do you need to see? Seriously: What Rubicon must yet be crossed, what crisis must be borne, what tragedy must befall, before you stop smiling queasy, nothing-to-see-here smiles, stand like grown-up women and men and say, finally, that enough is enough? You are posing for history here. The portrait is not flattering. Consider that in just the...

Opinion: Federal power spins its ever-growing web

WASHINGTON — A blind spider creeping through America’s judicial thicket might be heading to the Supreme Court, which will have to decide if the contentment or even the survival of the Bone Cave Harvestman spider species, which lives only in two central Texas counties, is any of the federal government’s business. If it is, what isn’t? The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, which...

Commentary: Trump’s military ignorance goes full speed ahead

“You’re going to goddamned steam!” Of all Donald Trump’s fascinating, shocking and downright uninformed quotes over the past week, that one may have gotten lost in the shuffle. But among defense wonks, the president’s harsh judgment of the electromagnetic launch systems on the new Ford Class supercarrier was perhaps the most egregious. Trump, in a Time Magazine interview...
Editorial: Aronberg should reopen probe into Adams shooting

Editorial: Aronberg should reopen probe into Adams shooting

For five long years, the late-night shooting death of Seth Adams by Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Sgt. Michael Custer has hung like a dark cloud over local law enforcement. Arguably, more than any other deputy-involved shooting, the saga that arose from Adams’ tragic death has dogged the PBSO and Palm Beach County State Attorney’s Office for the incident’s utter needlessness...

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The Florida Legislature passed an $82.4 billion budget and received a well-deserved grade in a recent Palm Beach Post editorial (Legislature earns an ‘A’ for boosting universities, May 3). This legislature’s $587 million increase in higher education funding deserves applause, indeed. However, proponents and sponsors of this significant boost seem to have overlooked a vital economic...

Krauthammer: The guardrails can’t contain Trump

The pleasant surprise of the First 100 Days is over. The action was hectic, heated, often confused, but well within the bounds of normalcy. Donald Trump’s character — volatile, impulsive, often self-destructive — had not changed since the campaign. But it seemed as if the guardrails of our democracy — Congress, the courts, the states, the media, the Cabinet — were keeping...

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Revamp formula to support Medicaid Dr. Robert Briskin’s letter, “Civil war battle, AHCA will end in bitter defeat,” (May 8), was highly critical of the Republican health care proposal. The editors noted that he is a member of the National Physicians’ Council for Healthcare Policy, but failed to mention that the NPCHC also opposes Obamacare. Neither Obamacare nor the AHCA adequately...

POINT OF VIEW: How NextEra hopes to win from a failed acquisition bid

To little surprise, the Public Utility Commission (PUC) of Texas recently rejected the acquisition bid NextEra Energy made for Oncor, a company that transmits power to about 3.4 million Texans. The PUC indicated well ahead of time that it would reject the deal. NextEra knew what concessions it would need to make to have the deal approved. But NextEra stood firm. The failure to negotiate made little...

Collins: Trump’s version of keeping us safe

Wow, Donald Trump can’t even give a commencement speech to the military without making it all about him. “Now I want to take this opportunity to give you some advice. Over the course of your life, you will find that things are not always fair. You will find that things happen to you that you do not deserve,” the president warned as he was addressing the Coast Guard Academy graduating...

POINT OF VIEW: Military veterans bring unique skills to workforce

The war for talent has never been more intense than it is today. The unemployment rate is under 5 percent, now, and immigration policy going forward—for both low-skilled and high-skilled workers—has never been more uncertain. Corporations, then, must compete, and compete hard, for senior- and mid-level executives who can succeed under pressure, gain the respect of their subordinates, and...

Cracker Barrel suit ridiculous

Cracker Barrel suit ridiculous Regarding the article, “Cracker Barrel settles suit over handicapped parking,” (May 18) … am I missing something here? A handicapped person sues a restaurant because her wheelchair would roll away before she could get into it. Did she get hurt? Did the wheelchair do damage? Why not just inform the restaurant about the slope of the area involved? Why...

Opinion: Comey and the Saturday Night Massacre

History repeats itself, first as tragedy, then as farce, said Marx. On publication day of my memoir of Richard Nixon’s White House, President Trump fired FBI Director James Comey. Instantly, the media cried “Nixonian,” comparing it to the 1973 Saturday Night Massacre. Yet, the differences are stark. The resignations of Attorney General Elliot Richardson and Deputy Attorney General...

COMMENTARY: A quick end would be better

There is really only one issue in American politics at this moment: Will we accelerate our way to the end of the Trump story, or will our government remain mired in scandal, misdirection and paralysis for many more months — or even years? There is a large irony in the politics behind this question. The Democrats’ narrow interest lies in having President Trump hang around as close to the...

To stop Trump, Dems must win Congress in ‘18. Nothing else matters

Since President Donald Trump’s firing of FBI Director James Comey, one question has been repeated over and over: With Democrats lacking any real governing power, are there a few good elected men or women in the Republican Party who will stand up to the president’s abuse of power as their predecessors did during Watergate? And this question will surely get louder with the report that Trump...

Letters: State allowed ‘monsters’ to adopt Barahona kids

I thought monsters were only the work of creative fiction. That was until I read the article, “Florida’s payout for abuse of Barahona children: $5 million” (May 5), by Jane Musgrave. The adoptive parents of Nubia and her brother were truly monsters. The entire system of the state truly let them down. I was sickened and appalled upon reading about the terrible abuse these poor children...

POINT OF VIEW: County could increase taxes by working with Airbnb

As Palm Beach County works to address a looming budget shortfall, some local policymakers have speculated about the use of bed taxes — dollars collected from visiting tourists — to close the gap. This goal is achievable without resorting to reallocating limited resources from the Tourist Development Council or even recruiting more vacationers. Rather, the county can actually unlock a wave...

Opinion: Is Trump obstructing justice and checks on gov’t?

When George Washington was preparing to take office, everybody wondered what to call him. Senators proposed lofty titles like “Illustrious Highness” and “Sacred Majesty.” But Washington expressed irritation at such fawning, so today we are led by a modest “Mr. President.” Later, Washington surrendered office after two terms, underscoring that institutions prevail...
Editorial: Terrible budget for public education deserves Scott veto

Editorial: Terrible budget for public education deserves Scott veto

Gov. Rick Scott is signaling that he may veto all or part of the recently passed state budget and an accompanying bill that spell big trouble for Florida’s public schools. On Monday, he said words that ought to cheer the thousands of educators and parents who have flooded his office with emails, petitions and phone calls, begging him to torpedo a budget and accompanying bill that add a skimpy...

Trump sticks a fork in Comey

You knew there had to be a tape of the Infamous Dinner. Fortuitously, it popped up in my mailbox this past weekend. And here’s a transcript from that fateful wintry meeting between FBI Director James Comey and Donald Trump at the White House, seven days after the president was sworn in: TRUMP: I’m so glad you called and asked to come over, James. Let me give you a hug. COMEY: I would never...

Feeling aggrieved, evangelicals see Trump as a defender

Even in an era of marriage diversity, it remains the most unlikely match: Donald Trump and his loyal evangelical base. In the compulsively transgressive, foul-mouthed, loser-disdaining, mammon-worshiping billionaire, conservative Christians “have found their dream president,” according to Jerry Falwell Jr. It is a miracle, of sorts. The essence of Trump’s appeal to conservative Christians...

POINT OF VIEW: Florida shows bipartisan support for judicial nominees

President Donald J. Trump’s relationship with Florida has been a hot topic since he decided to spend most of his winter weekends at Mar-a-Lago. These stays have added up to a tab of millions of taxpayer dollars and earned him a lot of bad ink in the state. But now he has an opportunity to get something meaningful done quickly and in a bipartisan fashion for Floridians. He can act on an appeal...
Commentary: Johnson Amendment has chilling effect on free speech

Commentary: Johnson Amendment has chilling effect on free speech

President Trump’s public vows to “totally destroy” the Johnson Amendment started during his campaign, continued through election night, and have persisted during his presidency — most recently appearing in his speech at the National Prayer Breakfast this past February. In 1954, Sen. Lyndon Johnson wanted the tax code amended to bar tax-exempt entities from involvement in political...
Commentary: In defense of the Johnson Amendment

Commentary: In defense of the Johnson Amendment

In recent weeks, President Donald Trump has turned his attention to overhauling the nation’s tax code. While the exact details of Trump’s plan are unclear, one potential topic for debate could be the Johnson Amendment, a six-decade-old tax law that prohibits churches and other tax-exempt organizations from either endorsing or opposing political candidates. Trump has repeatedly vowed to...
Letters: Frankel listened to all at town hall

Letters: Frankel listened to all at town hall

I take exception to the letter printed, “Frankel’s format allowed no dissent,” (May 15), about the town hall meeting by Lois U.S. Rep. Frankel in Wellington. In an effort to keep the meeting organized questions from the audience were put on note cards and read to the congresswoman and those in attendance; she answered them all. If the writer had stayed to the end she would have seen...
Opinion: Right-thinking Trump should move U.S. Embassy to Jerusalem

Opinion: Right-thinking Trump should move U.S. Embassy to Jerusalem

President Donald Trump will soon depart on his first overseas trip, which will include visits to Saudi Arabia, Israel, the Vatican and Europe. Trump’s Israel visit coincides with a very special day — the 50th anniversary of the reunification of Jerusalem under Jewish sovereignty after 2,000 years. Many, including me, hope that President Trump will announce that he will fulfill his campaign...

POINT OF VIEW: Build a strong foundation for teens in foster care

For the past several years, the Palm Beach County child welfare system has been facing a crisis. Simply stated, there were too many children entering foster care and not enough foster parents to care for them. This combination placed a tremendous strain on the local system. Not only did the costs of caring for these victims of abuse outpace available financial resources, but the lack of available...

Letters: Homestead exemptions, Epstein, and Trump and Comey

Homestead program not being used properly I read your editorial, “Homestead exemption boost vexes cities, county,” (May 14), with great interest. It would be great if used by people who deserve it. However, the current Homestead Exemption Program may be riddled with fraud. So many claim this deduction who don’t deserve it. Many don’t even live in the United States. The saddest...

POINT OF VIEW: Public ‘schools of hope’ could be anything but

Misguided goals have been driving education policy in Tallahassee. Chief among these is the ill-advised rush to the effective privatization of our public schools via charter schools. Having taught in public schools for eight years (middle and high school English), I’ve seen first-hand the dedication, professionalism and struggle of our public schools. I’ve experienced overcrowded classrooms...
Christie commentary: Don’t let Bak theft put a chill on volunteering

Christie commentary: Don’t let Bak theft put a chill on volunteering

As a father of three kids who went through Palm Beach County Schools — elementary to high school — I did a good bit of volunteering. Along with many other parents, I participated in Parent-Teacher Organizations, School Advisory Councils and myriad fundraisers over the years. It was gratifying work. That’s why I still do it despite the girls having long graduated. It’s why I&rsquo...
Editorial: Homestead-exemption boost spells trouble for cities, county

Editorial: Homestead-exemption boost spells trouble for cities, county

The Florida Legislature is making voters an offer they’re unlikely to refuse. A tax break worth an average couple of hundred dollars. It’s coming in the form of a ballot question in November 2018: Should the homestead exemption be expanded by $25,000? Voters almost certainly will say yes – although they should think hard about the potential cost: cutbacks in essential services like...
Letters: Callous vote on health care will cost Mast

Letters: Callous vote on health care will cost Mast

U.S. Rep. Brian Mast would lie even if the truth sounded better. In his speech before the vote on the health care act, he said that Martin and St. Lucie counties have only one insurer on the individual exchange. But it was Sen. Marco Rubio’s amendment to the spending bill that caused a $2.5 billion shortfall. The insurers quit because they got stiffed. Mast promised to advocate for people with...

Letters Frankel Q&A format, in contrast to Mast’s, brooks no dissent

Frankel Q&A format brooks no dissent What a contrast in the format I noticed between that of District 21 Congresswoman Lois Frankel and District 18 Congressman Brian Mast. The picture in The Post showed folks lining up at a microphone to ask a question at Mast’s. At Frankel’s, held in the Wellington Village Chambers, we filled out cards to ask a question and nearby was a deputy ready to...

Judas, Tax Cuts and the Great Betrayal

The denarius, ancient Rome’s silver coin, was supposedly the daily wage of a manual worker. If so, the tax cuts that the richest 1 percent of Americans will receive if the Affordable Care Act is repealed would amount to the equivalent of around 500 pieces of silver each year. What inspired this calculation? The spectacle of Mitch McConnell, the Senate majority leader, and Paul Ryan, the speaker...

POINT OF VIEW We need to get smarter on the drug crisis

As we confront the epidemic of prescription opioid misuse and heroin use that is sweeping the nation, the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) is aggressively pursuing the cartel kingpins, neighborhood gangs, rogue doctors, drug peddlers — all of those responsible for pushing the pills, powder, and poison in our communities and fueling violence on the streets. But we have long recognized...

Opinion: Trump’s escape from Comey mess

President Donald Trump has obeyed the law since taking the oath of office. That is a better record than some feared. It is a better record than he himself promised many times during the campaign. In addition to expressing contempt for a sitting federal judge due to his ethnicity, he also volunteered that he would order the U.S. military to torture suspects. Told that this would be asking servicemen...

Opinion: Trump administration a danger to American democracy

Republican Sen. James Lankford called for “clarity.” Republican Sen. John McCain pronounced himself “disappointed.” And Republican Sen. Marco Rubio essentially shrugged. He said he was “surprised” by the sacking of FBI Director James Comey, but added that, “It’s a decision the president’s made, and we’ll go from here.” It is not exactly...

Opinion: Culture thrives when it’s all shook up

WASHINGTON — In July 1954, a 19-year-old Memphis truck driver recorded at Sun Studio the song “That’s All Right.” When a local disc jockey promised to play it, the truck driver tuned his parents’ radio to the station and went to a movie. His mother pulled him from the theater because the DJ was playing the record repeatedly and wanted to interview the singer immediately...

Letters Be transparent with citizens about taxes

Be transparent with citizens about taxes Why is it that every time there is a financial threat, the first suggestion is to raise taxes for the citizens of the county? The last tax increase was overwhelmingly approved by the voters because they received a complete understanding of the reason the increase was being introduced. Palm Beach County Administrator Verdenia Baker and staff with Palm Beach...

POINT OF VIEW Hurricanes past help us prepare for tomorrow

When disasters happen, whether natural or man-made, emergency responders must work in unison to best protect the public. In the case of a hurricane, even before the heavy winds bear down on communities, while emergency responders are implementing plans to help residents get out of at-risk areas quickly, utility companies are shutting off water and power supplies to help protect those escaping the...

POINT OF VIEW Postal Service food drive an easy way to help end hunger

One of our nation’s largest but least talked about issues is hunger — a problem that can affect anyone. Veterans, senior citizens, children, students and adults are all at risk of going hungry, and, sadly, many of them do. Nationally, an estimated 49 million Americans, or 1 in 6, struggle regularly with “food insecurity,” which is defined as not knowing where the next meal...

Letters Diplomat parents gave their kids the world

Diplomat parents gave kids the world Alvin Perlman’s message in support of Foreign Service Day, “On Foreign Service Day, salute our diplomats,” (May 5), struck a chord. My sister and I were raised in the Foreign Service. Like Perlman, our father, Robert C. Amerson, was a diplomat at the United States Information Agency (USIA); our mother, Nancy Robb Amerson, was the “unpaid&rdquo...

Blow: Trump is insulting our intelligence

I feel as if we are being conditioned to chaos by a “president” who abhors the stillness of stability. Every day we awake to a new outrage. We now exist in a rolling trauma — exhausting and unrelenting. Yet even in that context, some things spike higher than others. Donald Trump’s firing of the FBI director, James Comey, is one of those things. This should shock the whole of...

Krauthammer: A political ax murder

It was implausible that FBI Director James Comey was fired in May 2017 for actions committed in July 2016 — the rationale contained in the memo by Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein. It was implausible that Comey was fired by Donald Trump for having been too tough on Hillary Clinton, as when, at that July news conference, he publicly recited her various email misdeeds despite recommending...

COMMENTARY: McConnell may regret supporting Trump this time

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell is one of the shrewdest politicians of his generation. But by speaking Wednesday on the Senate floor in defense of President Trump’s firing of FBI Director James Comey, McConnell made what is likely to stand as the most important mistake of his long political career. McConnell, who is measured and calculating about everything, should have known better....

Opinion; Nixon and Trump, then and now

For two years, this writer has been consumed by two subjects. First, the presidency of Richard Nixon, in whose White House I served from its first day to its last, covered in my new book, “Nixon’s White House Wars: The Battles That Made and Broke a President and Divided America Forever.” The second has been the astonishing campaign of Donald Trump and his first 100-plus days as president...

POINT OF VIEW Wellington voters: no hotels in Equestrian Preserve

A plan to develop condo-hotels within the Equestrian Preserve is on the agenda of the Wellington Village Council. It should not be. This issue of developing hotels and condo-hotels within the Equestrian Preserve consumed more time than any other issue while I served on the Wellington Village Council. It caused major rifts in our community over the past five years. It unfairly pitted equestrians and...

Friedman: Own your future; always keep learning

Political analysts will long debate over where Brexit, Trump and Le Pen came from. Many say income gaps. I’d say … not quite. I’d say income anxiety and the stress over what it now takes to secure and hold a good job. I believe the accelerations set loose by Silicon Valley in technology and digital globalization have created a world where every decent job demands more skill and...

Letters Enforce the law; no ‘sanctuary’ status

Enforce the law; no ‘sanctuary’ status Sanctuary states, counties and cities are illegal. Elected officials who support sanctuary spaces, and who have taken the oath to uphold the Constitution, are breaking the law and should be removed from office. We have elected President Donald Trump to bring the law back to our nation, to make our homes and streets safe again and to support those...

Opinion: Memoir of Christian, Southern abortion provider shows need for choice

No issue in America is more toxic than abortion, and that’s partly because it is today so closely associated with religion. While many feminists see abortion as a matter of choice, some Christians see it as murder. Then there are people like Dr. Willie Parker. Parker is black, feminist and driven by his Christian faith to provide abortions in the South, where women seeking to terminate a pregnancy...
Commentary: My son has a pre-existing condition; I voted for the AHCA

Commentary: My son has a pre-existing condition; I voted for the AHCA

Hearing late-night host Jimmy Kimmel’s emotional monologue last week about his son’s condition and his family’s experience in the moments after his birth, I had a flashback to the day my son was born and we learned he had Down syndrome. My husband and I had a lot of questions about Cole’s future. Whether he’d have health care shouldn’t have had to be one of them...
Commentary: Hold every Republican who voted for AHCA accountable

Commentary: Hold every Republican who voted for AHCA accountable

I won’t mince words. The health care bill that the House of Representatives passed last week, in an incredibly narrow 217-to-213 vote, is not just wrong, or misguided, or problematic, or foolish. It is an abomination. If there has been a piece of legislation in our lifetimes that boiled over with as much malice and indifference to human suffering, I can’t recall what it might have been...

Dowd: Trump: Hazardous to our health

Will Donald Trump’s presidency get rotted out? Steve Jobs might have said so. Back in 1995, when the tech god was between gigs at Apple, when he had learned a thing or three about leadership by being snaked out of his own company by John Sculley, he gave an interview positing that empires could crash and burn if the emphasis was on sales rather than product. “The companies forget what...

Gerson: Why Trump can’t do what he said he’d do

President Donald Trump has already rendered a verdict on his own skills as a legislative negotiator — in a pathetically premature Rose Garden celebration of a House vote to repeal and replace Obamacare. The full picture is not quite so rosy. As a policy leader, Trump is unique among recent presidents. He doesn’t lead on policy. Normally a president who wants action on health care would...
Letters Inept politicians bring only shame to Florida

Letters Inept politicians bring only shame to Florida

Inept politicians bring only shame Shame on the Florida Legislature. They did not do the following: 1. Make “distracted driving” a primary, not secondary” offense. This means, with absolute certainty, that some Floridians will needlessly die or sustain serious in auto accidents during the coming year. For this reason, this Legislature has ” blood on their hands.” 2. Eliminate...
Editorial: Extend protected status for eligible Haitians

Editorial: Extend protected status for eligible Haitians

The Trump administration appears determined to follow through on a U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services recommendation to deport more than 50,000 Haitians now living in the United States. That would be both shortsighted and inhumane. These Haitian immigrants — some of them our Palm Beach County neighbors — were given Temporary Protected Status (TPS) after the devastating 2010 earthquake...
Opinion: Ryancare’s a needed fix for Medicaid, other liberal healthcare ills

Opinion: Ryancare’s a needed fix for Medicaid, other liberal healthcare ills

Passage of a new health care bill in the House means Congressional corridors are teeming with lobbyists fighting reform in order to protect the money they get under current law. When talking about Medicaid, current federal expenditures are $389 billion. The Congressional Budget Office projects this to increase to $650 billion by 2027. Medicaid has been a backdoor for getting the country on a single-payer...

Point of View Laughter helped me cope with Trump, but reality set in

I was smug during the campaign of 2016. My candidate, Hillary Clinton, was by far the class of the field. No one could touch her in intellect, experience and compassion for everyday Americans. When I glanced at the Republican field I was incredulous as to the lack of solid, forward-thinking candidates. The one possible exception was John Kasich, but the party would never back a centrist like him and...

Letters How did the opioid OxyContin ever make it to market?

How did OxyContin ever make it to market? I have been following all of the concerns and comments regarding the plans to finally address the opioid epidemic in this country. I applaud that action but have a bigger question. When will we in this wonderful country start having systems in place to address issues before they become an epidemic? About 22 years ago, I was asked to speak at a large medical...

POINT OF VIEW Boynton Beach needs a safe place for abused teens

There is a problem here in Boynton Beach. We have places for women to go for domestic abuse, but there is no safe place for teenagers. The teachers know firsthand of the problem, and it is monumental with no easy fix. I recently learned about the problem and how bad it is. There is a solution, but it will take a lot of planning. I believe the funding will be there, however. We can handle that with...
Judge Jeanine to Clinton: ‘Get back in the woods’

Judge Jeanine to Clinton: ‘Get back in the woods’

In her Opening Statement segment on Fox News’ “Justice with Judge Jeanine” program Saturday night, Jeanine Pirro criticized Hillary Clinton for playing the “poor me” card. Pirro also said that the former Democratic presidential candidate was continuing to make excuses for her election loss last November. Pirro also took some shots at former President Bill Clinton...

POINT OF VIEW Put airlines back under congressional control

Anyone who has flown enough times can tell you about the airlines mishandling something — baggage, scheduling, delays and now, as a recent Palm Beach Post article cited, “Lawyer: Dragged passenger lost 2 teeth and broke his nose,” even the right to sit safely in the seat you purchased. While this incident was particularly horrifying, the most terrifying thing is that it is not the...

Opinion: The People vs. the Press

President Trump and I have something in common. We were both invited to last Saturday’s White House Correspondents’ Dinner and we declined. The president wasn’t interested in hearing himself mocked by an industry that holds him to a different standard than his predecessor and I wasn’t interested in hearing the predictable jokes denigrating all things Republican, conservative...

What’s the matter with Europe?

How did things get to this point in Europe? Like everyone on this side of the Atlantic, I can’t help but see France in part through Trump-colored glasses. But it’s important to realize that the parallels between French and American politics exist despite big differences in underlying economic and social trends. To begin, while France gets an amazing amount of bad press, it’s actually...
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