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POINT OF VIEW: Pay attention, revise Florida Constitution with caution

Every 20 years, the state’s core governing document, the Florida Constitution, is opened up for a top-to-bottom review. Through this process, the Constitution Revision Commission (CRC) carefully examines and determines what, if any, amendments to propose directly to the citizens. Under our form of government, the only power the government has is the power that we, the people, give to the government...

Letters Flagler Shore seating detrimental to businesses

Flagler Shore seating detrimental to businesses The experiment to make South Flagler Drive a recreational and rest area is fraught with danger, ill-conceived and aesthetically unattractive. How city officials were convinced that placing red metal folding chairs and cubicles along the roadway would enhance the waterfront is beyond this reader. Navigating the roadway is now hazardous, and seeking cut-over...

Opinion: What makes the Harvey Weinsteins of the world?

The chief of Amazon studios, Roy Price, has now resigned in the wake of allegations that he made lewd comments and propositioned a producer. Lists of accused sexual predators in Hollywood and journalism are circulating on social media. President Donald Trump’s long history of pawing and gawking at women has again reached center stage. Actress Alyssa Milano fumed, “This is not an uncommon...

Opinion: In blocking abortion bill, Dems to display extremism

WASHINGTON — What would America’s abortion policy be if the number of months in the gestation of a human infant were a prime number — say, seven or eleven? This thought experiment is germane to why the abortion issue has been politically toxic, and points to a path toward a less bitter debate. The House of Representatives has for a third time stepped onto this path. Senate Democrats...

Opinion: When making people uncomfortable is the point

It “makes some people uncomfortable.” That was the explanation Kenny Holloway, a school board official in Biloxi, Mississippi, gave the Sun Herald newspaper last week, for the board’s decision to remove from its eighth-grade curriculum a Pulitzer Prize-winning American classic, Harper Lee’s “To Kill a Mockingbird.” “There is some language in the book that...

Letters Is mistreatment of seniors tip of iceberg?

Is mistreatment of seniors tip of iceberg? Thank you, Palm Beach Post, for exposing the deplorable conditions that our seniors were living in, post-Irma, under the care of their director, Michael Desalvo. (“Police appalled by stifling assisted-living facility post-Irma,” Tuesday). I find it unbelievable that DeSalvo had the nerve to call our seniors “whiny crybabies.” Why would...

POINT OF VIEW: Punish me, not my community

I’m a “dreamer.” The Trump administration’s list of demands it wants in exchange for helping us makes me feel like a traitor. Among these demands are: The administration wants a wall that will perpetuate division rather than granting actual security. It wants fewer protections and faster deportation for child refugees of violence from Central America...

POINT OF VIEW: Patients, doctors should get final say on drug choices

Navigating the health care system is complicated enough for most Floridians. Adding to the hoops to jump through, patients must battle with insurance companies and pharmacy benefit managers (PBMs) for coverage of the treatments and medications their doctors have prescribed. ertain cost-cutting practices used by insurance companies and PBMs put profits first — forcing doctors and patients to...

Letters Flagler Drive decision based on a city leader’s guess?

Flagler decision based on a guess? In Sunday’s Palm Beach Post story “Palm Beach County makes case as home for hedge fund firms,” Christopher Roog, director of economic development for West Palm Beach, was quoted as commenting on the reduction of lanes from four to two on Flagler Drive this way: “If I had to guess, I’d say the traffic will be able to handle it just fine...

Parker: #MeToo: Tipping point, or outrage du jour?

Depending upon one’s distance from all things Twitter, recent revelations of sexual harassment in Hollywood are either the tipping point we’ve been waiting for — or just another shark attack until the next one. If you’re former Fox News anchor Gretchen Carlson, whose book, “Be Fierce,” was released just as Harvey Weinstein was falling from grace, we’re in...

Letters Brightline’s ‘minor’ wreck cause for concern

Brightline’s ‘minor’ wreck cause for concern The so-called “minor” accident in the Brightline rail yard that was described in “Brightline derailed after February test” (Tuesday) reeks of incompetence. Whoever was in charge of laying out the rail line in the repair facility could not even design a safe curve. And even though it was “very sharp,&rdquo...

POINT OF VIEW: John Kelly offers Washington a Xanax

John Kelly’s news conference from the White House briefing room on Oct. 12 was great. It was the equivalent of offering Washington a Xanax. The poised, confident and well-spoken White House chief of staff actually looked like, dare I say, a president. Too bad President Donald Trump can’t do what Kelly did. Trump’s erratic behavior and inconsistent verbiage put into vivid relief just...

Friedman: The Trump Doctrine: Obama made it; I broke it; you fix it

Well, it took almost a year, but we now have the “Trump Doctrine.” It’s very simple. And, as you’d expect, it fits neatly into a tweet. On nearly every major issue, President Donald Trump’s position is: “Obama built it. I broke it. You fix it.” And that cuts right to the core of what is the most frightening thing about the Trump presidency. It’s not...
Commentary: Don’t let politics ruin ‘Saturday Night Live’

Commentary: Don’t let politics ruin ‘Saturday Night Live’

“Saturday Night Live,” now in its 43rd season, is an American pastime. The show has produced such incredible talent as Eddie Murphy, Tina Fey and Will Ferrell, as well as classic sketches like those mocking “Celebrity Jeopardy” and the Coneheads. The show is probably best known for its political impersonations, with actors portraying Sarah Palin, Hillary Clinton and, of course...
Commentary: Politics, with a dash of humor

Commentary: Politics, with a dash of humor

Every year when the new season of “Saturday Night Live” premieres, an age-old debate pops up: Which season of “SNL” is the best? Everyone has their favorite sketches and cast of characters. And there are, of course, those who say every year that “SNL” isn’t what it used to be — while they continue to watch the show every week. Regardless of where you...

Letters: Get the facts — start with users — on medical marijuana

Get the facts on medical marijuana I am a patient in Florida’s medical marijuana program. Seventy-one percent of Floridians voted to approve this medicine, yet no one wants to have a medical treatment center in their town. True, we can and do have our medicine delivered to our homes at a delivery charge of $25. That’s an additional $25 on medicine that is already overpriced and not covered...

POINT OF VIEW: Poll numbers divide shows why Congress is on the spot

The daily horror that is the Trump presidency seems to make no sense. He’s at war with the press, football players, Sen. Bob Corker, women, Puerto Rico, Obamacare and the Iran nuclear deal (partial list). For his disastrous efforts, the latest Gallup tracking poll puts Trump’s approval rating at 37 percent. A massive online survey of registered voters conducted by Morning Consult shows...

Dowd: Harvey Weinstein, Hollywood’s oldest horror story

In her autobiography, “Child Star,” Shirley Temple described going with her mother to see her new bosses at Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer after leaving Fox. Louis B. Mayer spirited away Gertrude Temple. The curly-haired superstar — hailed by FDR for helping America get through the Depression — was taken to the office of Arthur Freed, an associate producer on “The Wizard of Oz.&rdquo...

Gerson: The religious right has become a tribe of sycophants

At the Family Research Council’s recent Values Voter Summit, the religious right effectively declared its conversion to Trumpism. The president was received as a hero. Steve Bannon and Sebastian Gorka — both fired from the White House, in part, for their extremism — set the tone and agenda. “There is a time and season for everything,” said Bannon. “And right now...

COMMENTARY: Reformers: Be ready when your time comes

Reformers are by nature impatient. But historically their victories have come from long, sustained efforts that began in periods when conservatives were dominant. Many aspects of Franklin Roosevelt’s program were first advanced during the administrations of Calvin Coolidge and Herbert Hoover. They reached fruition when the political atmosphere changed. In his book on the great progressive Fiorello...

Opinion: Is war with Iran now inevitable?

With his declaration Friday that the Iran nuclear deal is not in the national interest, President Donald Trump may have put us on the road to war with Iran. Indeed, it is easier to see the collisions that are coming than to see how we get off this road before the shooting starts. After “de-certifying” the nuclear agreement, signed by all five permanent members of the Security Council,...
Letters South Flagler Drive a traffic tragedy waiting to happen

Letters South Flagler Drive a traffic tragedy waiting to happen

South Flagler Drive a tragedy in waiting A very dangerous situation both for pedestrians and motor vehicles has thoughtlessly been created on South Flagler Drive. The passageway by the water is underutilized. The traffic lights are useless and there is little room for error when driving a car. The complexity of turning is dangerous in two small traffic lanes. Somebody is going to get hurt or killed...

POINT OF VIEW: Time for Florida to take a closer look at charters

Florida’s charter school movement had humble beginnings in the 1990s, as pioneers promised tailored programs. Along the way, the lucrative for-profit industry convinced Florida’s Legislature and governor, through House Bill 7069, that their privately owned facilities should be funded at equal levels to Florida’s 4,200 public schools. This comes despite research showing charters have...
Editorial: Scott must stand firm on getting generators into facilities

Editorial: Scott must stand firm on getting generators into facilities

Florida’s nursing home industry, which has been whining ever since Gov. Rick Scott ordered facilities to install enough generator power to keep elderly people from dying of heat after the next hurricane, is now asking for permission to be excused from Scott’s emergency deadline. As of Monday, 54 providers of nursing homes or assisted-living facilities requested variances from the compliance...

Opinion: Trump’s scary strategy on North Korea

On just the first day of a war between the United States and North Korea, according to a Stanford University assessment, 1 million people could be killed. Yet after my five-day visit to North Korea with three New York Times colleagues, such a nuclear war seems terrifyingly imaginable. In the North Korean capital, Pyongyang, it was clear that President Donald Trump’s threat to “totally...

Trump’s appeal to evangelicals is timely and welcomed

President Trump addressed this year’s annual Values Voters Summit in Washington, D.C. He is the first sitting U.S. president to do so. The Values Voters Summit is hosted by the Family Research Council, an organization whose mission is addressing public policy and culture from a Christian point of view. Its base is largely evangelical Christians, and this is why President Trump deemed it appropriate...
Opinion: Sally Yates needs to be heard more often on Trump's unfitness

Opinion: Sally Yates needs to be heard more often on Trump's unfitness

Former acting attorney general Sally Yates, who first alerted the White House to ex-national security adviser Michael Flynn's lies and who was fired for refusing to defend the first travel ban (which was subsequently struck down, and then dropped by the administration), gave a recent interview to the National Law Journal. Her remarks should be taken to heart: "It is a long-standing tradition-and...

Too bad we don’t have a flat tax

Too bad we don’t have a flat tax With tax season close at hand and all the talk about reform, I find it so ironic that our taxes are so complicated that we must take them to a tax preparer or accountant so they can siphon through all our tax documents to find appropriate deductions, etc., and inform us that we are getting a $250 refund. With that news, we plan a nice dinner with the family,...

Opinion: ‘Scalia Speaks’ a collection that teaches about civility

I knew the late Justice Antonin Scalia a little, and like millions of others, I was an avid fan of his jurisprudence, the great bulk of which he produced after I was no longer a law student, so much the worse for me. Reading opinions as a law student was often like trying to swallow great bowls of sawdust — without milk. Very few judges can write well. On the rare occasions when I came across...

POINT OF VIEW: Humankind’s fragility yet beauty

What I witnessed in the four days serving in John I. Leonard High School’s shelter stretched my heart to how deep love can swim in times of crisis. Imagine uprooting yourself from the comforts of your home, bed and safety in the midst of a devastating hurricane not knowing if there would be a home on your return. This cracked open the window into how refugees must feel except there is no chance...

POINT OF VIEW: As Clean Power Plan is gutted, Congress must step in

In his zeal to undo the legacy of President Barack Obama, President Donald Trump is now undoing the future of our children and grandchildren by repealing the Clean Power Plan, a policy designed to reduce the heat-trapping emissions that make our climate more and more inhospitable. How inhospitable? We’ve gotten a frightening glimpse of an altered climate recently with disasters fueled by warmer...
Letters: Why aren’t lights back on at beach?

Letters: Why aren’t lights back on at beach?

Are you kidding me? Over a month post-Irma, and the streetlights along the public beach on A1A in Delray Beach and some of the side streets, Sandoway and Anchor Parks, are still out. No response from the city or FPL. Who’s in charge? J. REEVE BRIGHT, DELRAY BEACH There’s a way out of Puerto Rico debt If Puerto Rico’s bonds are trading at 30 cents on the dollar, why can’t the...
Commentary: Hollywood can devise a system to save future abuse victims

Commentary: Hollywood can devise a system to save future abuse victims

“These are dark days for Hollywood rapists,” a friend of mine joked on the phone recently. I was grateful for the laugh. Since last weekend, the open wound created by Harvey Weinstein has prompted actors, writers and crew members to recall their own hellish tales of assault. For those of us who work in television and movies, the stories pile up in our social media feeds and phone texts...
Editorial: More independence needed for state’s utilities watchdog

Editorial: More independence needed for state’s utilities watchdog

Almost 40 years ago, the Florida Legislature tried to take politics out of the state’s Public Service Commission (PSC), the agency that’s supposed to act in the public interest in overseeing electricity, natural gas, telephone, water and wastewater services. And so it turned the elected, three-member PSC into a five-member appointed body. It hasn’t worked as planned. Quite the opposite...

Opinion: GOP is finally, sorta, willing to admit the obvious

Yes, he’s childish and incompetent. Is that really news by now? But of course, it wasn’t that assessment of Failed President Trump that made jaws drop over the weekend so much as it was the person making it. Meaning Sen. Bob Corker, who unleashed an extraordinary barrage of contempt on Twitter and in a New York Times interview. The Tennessee Republican referred to the White House as an...

Opinion: Auto industry has glamorous past but opaque future

DETROIT — Bending metal, slapping on chrome and marketing an empowering product and status marker that mesmerized 20th-century America, the automobile industry typified the Old Economy, of which General Motors was emblematic. As was its bankruptcy. Today, GM’s CEO Mary Barra is wagering that the industry soon will be manufacturing New Economy products. They will incorporate technologies...

POINT OF VIEW: Give Florida teachers a raise; pay the national average

The Florida Chamber of Commerce recently launched an interesting and useful website for Floridians called Launch My Career Florida. This new website helps people set their career goals by looking at their educational attainment and the kind of lifestyle they would like to lead. It then calculates how much they must earn to achieve that lifestyle goal. Not to be critical of the news site, but it points...

Letters Support tax reform for betterment of all

Support tax reform for betterment of all I couldn’t agree with Tom Feeney more. (“Federal tax reform a critical part of Florida recovery,” Tuesday) Corporate tax reform is critical. Everyone knows that several reasons for companies to locate in Florida besides the climate and no state income taxes are the low wages and benefits for employees. There is a need to keep profits in Florida...

POINT OF VIEW Time is now for PBC residents to secure flood insurance

Last week, new flood maps went into effect in Palm Beach County to reflect updates to flood risk due to changes in weather patterns, land development and erosion. More than 100,000 residents and businesses will be affected by the new maps, and it is important for everyone to understand what these changes mean and how people may benefit from cost savings for flood insurance under the new maps. We need...

Letters Beware consequences of overdevelopment

Beware consequences of overdevelopment Are we, the citizens of Palm Beach and adjoining counties, looking out for our own best interest as we approve massive housing developments, allow immense concrete condominiums and consider luring Amazon to set up its second headquarters? The answer is no. All you have to do is spend time in Tampa, Orlando or Miami to see the results of uncontrolled development...

Friedman: We’re connected online, but no one’s in charge to stop abuses

There is an abiding dream in the tech world that when all the planet’s people and data are connected it will be a better place. That may prove true. But getting there is turning into a nightmare — a world where billions of people are connected but without sufficient legal structures, security protections or moral muscles to handle all these connections without abuse. Lately, it feels as...

Parker: Trump and the Art of Distraction

When President Donald Trump said a few days ago that now isn’t the time for a debate about gun control, presumably he meant that we should respect a decent interval for mourning after the Las Vegas shooting before launching into a political discussion that historically has led nowhere. If that’s how he felt, it would have been easy enough (and sane) to say. But he didn’t. More likely...

Letters Congressman Mast objects but won’t say what he’d cut

Mast objects but won’t say what he’d cut I was amused to note that U.S. Rep. Brian Mast, R-Palm City, voted against the GOP budget approved in the House recently. Amused because Mast’s vote was to protest congressional “spending habits” — without a single mention of where he would cut. Does he think we spend too much on efforts to keep our air and water pure? Does...

POINT OF VIEW: Take a knee. Take a seat. Take a chill pill.

“Wouldn’t you love to see one of these NFL owners,” President Donald J. Trump thundered from the stage of a campaign rally last month, “when somebody disrespects our flag, to say, ‘Get that son of a bitch off the field right now, out. He’s fired. He’s fired!’” Many seem to agree that professional football games are no place for political statements...

COMMENTARY: Heading back to the days the Birchers

“Some people say I’m extreme,” an Indiana tea party leader told The New York Times at the height of the movement’s rebellion in 2010, “but they said the John Birch Society was extreme, too.” Uh-huh. The society, which still exists, enjoyed its heyday in the early 1960s and saw Communists everywhere. Robert Welch, its founder, even cast President Dwight Eisenhower...

Opinion: Trump embraces the culture war

To attend the Indianapolis Colts game where the number of the legendary Peyton Manning was to be retired, Vice President Mike Pence, a former governor of Indiana, flew back from Las Vegas. With him in the stadium was wife Karen. In honor of Manning, she wore a No. 18 jersey as “The Star Spangled Banner” began. The Pences stood, hands over hearts. A dozen San Francisco 49ers took a knee...

Gerson: Thankfully, America rises above its grievances

Who is left to defend the simple, often admirable, sometimes disappointing, American experience? Our politics seems deeply divided between those who think the country is going to hell in a handcart and those who believe the country is going to hell in a handbasket. Some of the tenured class that sets the intellectual tone of the left concluded long ago that America was built by oppression, is sustained...
Commentary: States shouldn’t bail out nuclear plants

Commentary: States shouldn’t bail out nuclear plants

In supporting the bailout of nuclear power plants, John Hangar and Marc Spitzer argued that “federal courts in New York and Illinois ruled that states have the authority to place an economic value on the zero-emission production of electricity. More important, these rulings establish a precedent for other states to achieve their own goals to use clean energy credits for sources of electricity...
Commentary: States have the power to keep nuclear in the mix

Commentary: States have the power to keep nuclear in the mix

In July, there were two court rulings that were both significant and positive for the future of clean energy. Federal courts in New York and Illinois ruled that states have the authority to place an economic value on the zero-emission production of electricity. More important, these rulings establish a precedent for other states to achieve their own goals to use clean energy credits for sources of...
Letters Tweets unacceptable; Superintendent Avossa should resign

Letters Tweets unacceptable; Superintendent Avossa should resign

Tweets unacceptable; Avossa should resign The head of the 11th-largest School District must resign. A “#fakenews” tweet belies a heart that does not respect the Fourth Estate. (“Superintendent Avossa tweets Post reports fake news, then apologizes,” Thursday) It also demonstrates his political ideology, which may also include all the “fake news” our POTUS denies...

POINT OF VIEW: Voters deserve fair maps. End gerrymandering.

“The fact is, gerrymandering has become a national scandal.” That was true when President Ronald Reagan said it in a 1987 speech to the Republican Governors Club. And now, 30 years later, the electoral map drawing process in America is even more shameful as craven political operatives use computers to generate partisan political results. Today’s electoral mapmaking tactics have denied...
Editorial: Online voter registration welcome, but still needs work

Editorial: Online voter registration welcome, but still needs work

Online voter registration, a system once called too risky by Gov. Rick Scott’s administration, has finally come to Florida. But the system, sought by the state’s 67 supervisors of elections for years, is still incomplete and falls short of expectations for ease of use and promotion. And given how Secretary of State Ken Detzner criticized the system and slow-walked its implementation &mdash...

Opinion: Inside N. Korea, and feeling the drums of war

PYONGYANG, North Korea — To fly into North Korea on an old Russian aircraft is to step into an alternate universe, one in which “the Supreme Leader” defeats craven U.S. imperialists, in which triplets are taken from parents to be raised by the state, in which nuclear war is imminent but survivable — and in which there is zero sympathy for U.S. detainees like Otto Warmbier....

Opinion: Trump taking important step for religious freedom

Arguing for protection of religious freedom, the Trump administration has opened the door for employers to withdraw from the Affordable Care Act mandate requiring them to provide birth control coverage at no cost to employees. Under new rules issued by Department of Health and Human Services, religiously affiliated institutions that find the requirement opposed to their religious principles, or nonreligious...

Weinstein just the latest revealed pig of liberalism

If you are surprised by the news that Harvey Weinstein of Miramax fame, a man well-known for profane tirades and physical altercations, is also the sort of charmer who loafs around seminude while asking subordinates for “back” massages, then you can be surprised by just about anything. Weinstein’s response to The New York Times’ impressive investigatory work was to issue a...

POINT OF VIEW Federal tax reform a critical part of Florida recovery

In the wake of the recent catastrophic storms, like hurricanes Harvey and Irma, it is essential we continue to look at all avenues to bolster Florida’s business and economic opportunities that create a robust private market that includes fair and adequate catastrophic insurance coverage. While safety is a No. 1 priority, we must continue to nurture a private marketplace that goes a long way...

Parker: Just a guy and the search for meaning

The horror the horror. The English language, expansive as it is, lacks sufficient vocabulary for the near-ceaseless popping sound of an automatic weapon pounding bullets into terrified people as they run away from and toward — the unknown. How do you express the inconceivable, the imponderable? You try to put yourself there. What would you have done? Run, but to where? Seek cover, but under...

Friedman: If only the Vegas shooter had been a Muslim

If only Stephen Paddock had been a Muslim … If only he had shouted “Allahu akbar” before he opened fire on all those concertgoers in Las Vegas … If only he were a member of ISIS … If only we had a picture of him posing with a Quran in one hand and his semi-automatic rifle in another … If all of that had happened, no one would be telling us not to dishonor the...

POINT OF VIEW: Thanks for not swearing about the national anthem issue

This is how I feel about standing or kneeling during the national anthem: If you have to talk about it, please watch your language. I have spent a career teaching students to, among other things, avoid swearing in my classes. My objection to the really bad words was easy to express; a gasp and a horrified look on my face were usually sufficient. The more recent fad of OMG’s required some explanation...

POINT OF VIEW: US built on protest; support those who take a stand

I am not quick to voice an opinion in print because, in today’s media environment, every statement, half-truth, wild-eyed idea and serious commentary gets jumbled up in the blender of extraneous noise. But, listening to and reading about the outrage of professional athletes protesting during the national anthem has pushed me to weigh into the quagmire. I am of a certain age that I was in the...

Letters Trump’s calculus an ego-driven mess

Trump’s calculus an ego-driven mess There is a new method of evaluating a hurricane’s strength. Simply count the number of related deaths. With only 16 deaths, Hurricane Irma was little more than a Category 1, according to our president. Granted, 16 deaths out of 3.5 million was miraculous, however, we have yet to provide a final count and the necessities to the Puerto Ricans that have...

Letters How is adding more nontaxpayers fair?

How is adding more nontaxpayers fair? According to the Cato Institute, 78 million households pay no federal income taxes. The president wants to add another 30 million for a total of some 100 million not paying federal income taxes. No skin in the game, no dog in the hunt as it were. The same report also says that many non-payers also get tax refunds, through the earned income tax credit. The Cato...

POINT OF VIEW: Nursing homes get short shrift from state, Legislature

In the aftermath of Hurricane Irma, people were stunned to learn that at least 12 South Florida nursing home residents had literally cooked to death at The Rehabilitation Center in Hollywood Hills. Florida Gov. Rick Scott even called it “unfathomable.” If you know the history of how the Florida Legislature has treated nursing home residents over the past 30 or so years, it is quite fathomable...

POINT OF VIEW Time is running out to save national flood insurance

As thousands of Americans struggle to recover from a string of destructive hurricanes, House lawmakers took the bipartisan step of coming together to better prepare homeowners for storms by passing legislation that would make it easier for people to buy flood insurance. But less than 24 hours later, the Senate shot the measure down, holding countless residents hostage to the nation’s broken...

Letters Polo Club owners paid for security Straub plan would eliminate

Polo Club owners paid for security Glenn Straub’s proposals may sound innocuous, but they will require a fundamental and negative change in the Polo Club (“Controversy in Wellington,” Monday). The main problem is that this proposal calls for having public access into the Polo Club, which would eliminate the security guards. Most homeowners, many of whom are seasonal residents, chose...

Letters Don’t let media bury Sen. Warren’s FREE Act

Don’t let media bury Warren’s FREE Act After a day or two of coverage, the mainstream media is burying the Freedom from Equifax Exploitation (FREE) Act, the proposal by Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., to regulate the credit reporting bureaus. Without the media keeping the story alive, the FREE Act will languish in committee, allowing the credit bureaus to continue trampling consumer rights...
Editorial: CHIP falls, jeopardizing health for 342,000 Florida kids

Editorial: CHIP falls, jeopardizing health for 342,000 Florida kids

So intent were the Republicans in Congress on their latest gasp to gut Obamacare that they have threatened the health care of some 9 million children across the U.S., including almost 342,000 kids in Florida. While all eyes were on the farcical Graham-Cassidy bill to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act, the ever-dysfunctional Congress allowed funding for the Children’s Health Insurance...
Letters: City should revive West Palm golf course

Letters: City should revive West Palm golf course

Golfers and citizens of West Palm Beach, we can not give up on the West Palm municipal golf course and see a once-nationally ranked public course fall into the sad shape it is in today. It hurts everyone who played the course in the glory years, with all the great memories of what it was then and what it is now. A lot of bad decisions were made, the most egregious being the drastic redesign of the...
Goodman: ‘You see the old man. But the client is the traumatized boy.’

Goodman: ‘You see the old man. But the client is the traumatized boy.’

There was a picture of an old man, the face lined, his eyes lidded like teardrops. Next to it was a picture of the boy he was when maybe 8 years old, smiling shyly, wearing an old-fashioned suit coat and, on the left breast, a yellow star. Michael Gans, an expert on the Holocaust and himself the son of a survivor, was showing the pictures to a room full of caregivers who work with the elderly. &ldquo...

POINT OF VIEW: Action needed now to prevent another Las Vegas massacre

The Las Vegas mass shooting is Exhibit A in making the case that weapons capable of producing the atrocities we have seen in recent years have no role in civilian life. The attack was different in scale and in the tactics used from previous mass shootings. There were nearly six times as many casualties as there were at the Orlando Pulse nightclub, the site of the next deadliest mass shooting in modern...

Opinion: Mass shootings are the 21st century American psychosis

All countries have mental illness, but its expression differs dramatically by culture. Historically, in Southeast Asia, men whose minds were coming unglued displayed symptoms of wild, uncontrolled violence. It was called “amok” and entered our language as “running amok.” In the Middle East, the afflicted showed symptoms called “zar” — inappropriate outbursts...

Opinion: ‘Thoughts and prayers’ for Las Vegas victims not enough

There is, by now, a grim routine to all of this. That’s how frequently it happens, how unremarkable it has become in America for some lunatic with a gun to shoot up a public place: we have evolved a script for it. Take Sunday night’s massacre in Las Vegas — at least 59 people dead, over 525 wounded — as an example. Like a favorite movie, you can recite the lines by rote. Politicians...

Opinion: Bikini-clad baristas serve up a lesson in free speech

SEATTLE — Amazon, which has made this city the epicenter of a retailing revolution, is not the Northwest’s only commercial disrupter. In the nearby city of Everett, Liberty Ziska and some other bikini baristas, have provoked the City Council to pass, unanimously, ordinances requiring baristas to be less nearly naked when they work. The baristas, in turn, have hired a lawyer and made an...
Jay Ambrose: How Trump’s stance against gun control controls guns

Jay Ambrose: How Trump’s stance against gun control controls guns

In the wake of the horrible, unbelievably sad and insane shooting massacre of 59 people in Las Vegas, on top of more than 500 wounded, it’s time to blame human evil on guns again. The misled, uninformed and, in some cases, ideologically twisted, don’t get it that the evidence of gun laws doing any good is leaky at best and that it’s antics like theirs that boost sales. A calm, cool...
Gail Collins: Sex, sanctimony and Congress. The story of Tim Murphy

Gail Collins: Sex, sanctimony and Congress. The story of Tim Murphy

Our topic for today is hypocrisy. The scene is — where else? — Congress. This week the House of Representatives voted 237-189 to make it a crime for a doctor to perform an abortion on a woman who has been pregnant more than 20 weeks. Victory for the anti-choice forces. One of whom was apparently very interested in maintaining all options when he thought his own girlfriend was expecting...
Jimmy Carter: What I've learned from North Korea's leaders

Jimmy Carter: What I've learned from North Korea's leaders

As the world knows, we face the strong possibility of another Korean war, with potentially devastating consequences to the Korean Peninsula, Japan, our outlying territories in the Pacific and perhaps the mainland of the United States. This is the most serious existing threat to world peace, and it is imperative that Pyongyang and Washington find some way to ease the escalating tension and reach a...

Opinion: Moment of unity in a disintegrating world

“An act of pure evil,” said President Trump of the atrocity in Las Vegas, invoking our ancient faith: “Scripture teaches us the Lord is close to the brokenhearted and saves those who are crushed in spirit.” “Our unity cannot be shattered by evil. Our bonds cannot be broken by violence,” Trump went on in his most presidential moment, “and though we feel such...

Opinion: In Kansas, the kid stays on the ballot

What does it say about Kansas that three teenagers are running for governor? All three high school students say they are serious contenders to succeed Gov. Sam Brownback, whose administration has by all accounts been an absolute flop. In less than five years, Brownback’s firm belief that the state could tax-cut its way to prosperity proved to be a horrendous debacle. The promised flood of private...
Commentary: Identity Politics — Racist or necessary?

Commentary: Identity Politics — Racist or necessary?

What happens when a person hears the phrase “identity politics”? For most it’s a total shutdown, fight or flight response; whites gear up for a confrontation, which starts and ends with them being labeled a racist without any evidence to support it. For blacks, an assumption of the victimhood cape can ensue, with disastrous consequences. There is a level of exhaustion with the discussion...
Comentary: Is strategic divisiveness impeding progress?

Comentary: Is strategic divisiveness impeding progress?

At its core, politics should be about policy. Determining what is best for the whole, debating the details, and implementing tools for successful outcomes. Unfortunately, politics is far more often a divisive power play masked as policy. Division is not new. Americans have been passionately debating the details of policy since before the nation was officially founded. At times it has been ugly, racist...
POINT OF VIEW: Sessions has a point about free speech

POINT OF VIEW: Sessions has a point about free speech

As a defender of the First Amendment, Attorney General Jeff Sessions has terrible timing. But he has a legitimate point — and it’s one that shouldn’t be lost on either the U.S.’s college students or his boss, President Donald Trump. Sessions went to Georgetown University on Sept. 26 to deliver a robust defense of free speech on college campuses. He would have had more credibility...

Gerson: How we should pray after Las Vegas

One thing we learn from tragedy: that there is always more to come. We experience the death of a loved one, the suicide of a friend, the suffering of a child, and the harshness and pain of the world break in, unannounced and unwelcome. Few have been spared, and then only temporarily. But sometimes there are moments when we experience tragedy, not individually but collectively, as a country, in events...
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