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PBSO probes Lake Worth fight involving ‘Cash me Ousside’ teen

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Palm Beach Post editorial cartoon Feb. 27

Palm Beach Post editorial cartoon Feb. 27

CARTOON VIEW SCOTT STANTIS

Why the GOP really hates Obamacare

Across the country, Republicans have been facing crowds demanding to know how they will protect the 20 million Americans who gained health insurance thanks to the Affordable Care Act, and will lose it if the act is repealed. And after all that inveighing against the evils of Obamacare, it turns out that they’ve got nothing. Instead, they’re talking about freedom — which these days...

LETTERS: Shame on lawmakers who support PIP

Regarding personal injury protection (PIP), another nightmare story to consider: You are involved in a not-at-fault accident with a pedestrian. The police investigation determines the pedestrian is 100 percent at fault and has issued a citation. However, the pedestrian does not own an auto and does not live in a house where any other family member owns an auto. Therefore, under the current Florida...
Mona Charen: What’s up with rape in Sweden?

Mona Charen: What’s up with rape in Sweden?

President Donald Trump was more right than wrong about Sweden. Fox News was slightly misleading. Fox News and, more particularly, certain right-wing websites have been conjuring the “Idyllic Sweden destroyed by Muslim refugees” line, complete with “no go” zones, Sharia law and terror attacks. That’s an exaggeration, but so is The Washington Post’s take: “In...

POINT OF VIEW Ride-booking legislation strikes the right balance

The Property Casualty Insurers Association of America (PCI) applauds state Sen. Jeff Brandes, R-St. Petersburg, and state Rep. Chris Sprowls, R-Clearwater, for pushing forward with both Senate Bill 340 and House Bill 221 this session to protect Floridians. The number of Floridians using transportation network companies (TNC), such as Uber or Lyft, has certainly exploded in recent years. Yet despite...
POINT OF VIEW Whose child has to die before somebody does something?

POINT OF VIEW Whose child has to die before somebody does something?

“Whose child has to die before somebody does something?” That was the question my former aide, Johnnie Easton, asked me shortly after I was elected. It was one of what would become many sleepless nights she had to call me to tell me she would be late because she was out searching the streets for her daughter, Tasha. In mid-November of 2016, she got the answer to that question. Hers. Since...
Con: Trump’s too smart to fall for harmful GOP Establishment tax plan

Con: Trump’s too smart to fall for harmful GOP Establishment tax plan

By H. Sterling Burnett Some old-guard Republicans are floating the idea of a national tax on carbon-dioxide emissions. The newly minted Climate Leadership Council (CLC), composed of aged establishment Republicans who’ve seen their stature diminish with the rise of the tea-party movement and election of Donald Trump as president, tried to appear relevant by pitching the worn-out idea of a carbon...
Pro: Tax carbon, give rebates to public: The Gipper would be proud

Pro: Tax carbon, give rebates to public: The Gipper would be proud

By Peter Bryn Climate alarmism has a familiar tune: the sky is falling and seas are rising, so stop using fossil fuels now! But that’s countered by economic alarmism: the unmistakable drumbeat that anything to address climate change will grind the economy to a halt and destroy every job in America. Those in the center recognize both that we need affordable energy and that climate change presents...
Letters If you’ve got mail, thank a mailman

Letters If you’ve got mail, thank a mailman

If you’ve got mail, thank a mailman During the last six months, I have noted several letters to the editor elaborating on the terrible mail service that our U.S. Postal Service has provided to residents in Palm Beach County. I would like to share a positive experience that shows just how dedicated our government workers are. My niece, living in Jacksonville, sent me a birthday card, but because...

Echoes of wartime internment: A communal memory

Imagine this. You are a boy, living in a child’s blissful unaware. You are not terribly different from other kids. Maybe you play stickball in the street and pretend to be Joe DiMaggio. Maybe you listen to “The Lone Ranger” on the Philco. Maybe you’re crazy for Superman. Maybe it’s a good life. Then comes that sudden Sunday in December. All at once, everyone is angry...
Palm Beach Post editorial cartoon for Feb. 26

Palm Beach Post editorial cartoon for Feb. 26

CARTOON VIEW CHAN LOWE

‘Big government’ is ever growing, on the sly

WASHINGTON — In 1960, when John Kennedy was elected president, America’s population was 180 million and it had approximately 1.8 million federal bureaucrats (not counting uniformed military personnel and postal workers). Fifty-seven years later, with seven new Cabinet agencies, and myriad new sub-Cabinet agencies (e.g., the Environmental Protection Agency), and a slew of matters on the...
Editorial: As awareness rises on human trafficking, more action needed

Editorial: As awareness rises on human trafficking, more action needed

The number of reported cases of human trafficking is soaring in Florida: nearly 1,900 reported cases in fiscal 2015-‘16, a 54 percent increase over the previous year, according to the state’s Department of Children and Families. It’s a huge problem. South Florida is the third-busiest region in the nation for it, the U.S. Justice Department says. The authorities have a long way to...
Charles Krauthammer: Trump and the ‘Madman Theory’

Charles Krauthammer: Trump and the ‘Madman Theory’

At the heart of Donald Trump’s foreign policy team lies a glaring contradiction. On the one hand, it is composed of men of experience, judgment and traditionalism. Practically every member of the team — the heads of State, Homeland Security, the CIA, and most especially Defense Secretary James Mattis and national security adviser H.R. McMaster — could fit in a Cabinet put together...

POINT OF VIEW Ag Commissioner Putnam’s selective concerns

Florida Agriculture Commissioner Adam Putnam seems quite selective when it comes to his concerns — suspiciously so. Surprising, no. Disappointing, absolutely. At last month’s Associated Press Legislative Planning Session in Tallahassee, he spoke of citrus greening, pythons in the Everglades, screwworms, the mosquito-borne Zika virus and the Giant African Land Snail. But the toxic blue-green...

Letters Congress, legislators on dole, too; drug-test them, too

Congress, legislators on dole, too; test them I see the Republican Congress is pushing through a bill to drug-test citizens receiving unemployment benefits. Might I suggest the Congress lead by example and attach a rider to include Congress and state legislators to be tested also. As public servants who receive government benefits, I’m sure they see the logic in doing so. As a citizen of Florida...

Gail Collins: Trump is bad for water and puppies

And now, things that are Really Happening in the world of Donald Trump. We bring you this list as a public service. It’s easy to be distracted by all the strange/contradictory/awful things the president says. Maybe he keeps talking crazy to divert attention from the fact that he doesn’t have anything else to report. In Washington, outside of the ongoing disaster that is immigration policy...
Palm Beach Post editorial cartoon: Feb. 25

Palm Beach Post editorial cartoon: Feb. 25

CARTOON VIEW SCOTT STANTIS

POINT OF VIEW A ‘first aid kit’ for defusing mental health crises

A knife-wielding boy lunged at police Lt. Daniel Gannon. But instead of using force, Gannon calmed the boy, kept him contained and persuaded him to drop the knife. Although he could have used his weapon, Gannon relied on another tool — the Mental Health First Aid training he received a few months earlier. He credited the training as a key factor in his ability to safely resolve this potentially...

Letters Testimony in Adams trial vs. PBSO paints unflattering portrait

Testimony paints unflattering portrait I’m reading the Wednesday story of testimony by the lead Palm Beach Sheriff’s Office detective (“Lead detective testifies in Adams case”). This man was tasked to investigate how Michael Custer shot Seth Adams. He stated under oath he didn’t read the blood spatter report or the ballistics report. He also didn’t question Custer&rsquo...
Palm Beach Post editorial cartoon Feb. 24

Palm Beach Post editorial cartoon Feb. 24

CARTOON VIEW DAVID HORSEY

Is a Trump-Putin detente dead?

Among the reasons Donald Trump is president is that he read the nation and the world better than his rivals. He saw the surging power of American nationalism at home, and of ethnonationalism in Europe. And he embraced Brexit. While our bipartisan establishment worships diversity, Trump saw Middle America recoiling from the demographic change brought about by Third World invasions. And he promised...

Can Democrats rise to Trump’s challenge?

The most striking aspect of the vast and swiftly organized movement against Donald Trump is how little it had to do with the Democratic Party. Whoever is elected to chair the Democratic National Committee this weekend should draw two conclusions from this, and they are in tension. First, the anti-Trump effort, while broadly motivated by a progressive worldview, is diverse in both philosophy and experience...
Palm Beach Post editorial cartoon Feb. 23

Palm Beach Post editorial cartoon Feb. 23

CARTOON VIEW SCOTT STANTIS

POINT OF VIEW Florida needs 5G now

What do smart cities, driverless vehicles, autonomous drones, and instantaneous 3-D downloads all have in common? The need for 5G wireless technology. Under Senate Bill 596 and House Bill 687, which create the Advanced Wireless Infrastructure Deployment Act, Floridians have the opportunity to bring ultra-fast speeds — speeds that were previously available only through a wired connection &mdash...

Friedman: Meet the five Trump administrations

It should be clear by now that there are five different Trump administrations swirling before our eyes — Trump Entertainment, Trump Cleanup, Trump Crazy, Trump GOP and the Essential Trump — and no one can predict which will define this presidency, let alone make a success of it. Trump Entertainment shows up every day now in the form of an outrageous “alternative fact,” a pugnacious...

Letters Hostile coverage of President Trump is incomprehensible

Hostile coverage is incomprehensible It is difficult for me to comprehend the hostile, negative media coverage of President Donald Trump. Good examples are provided in the column written by Ross Douthat from The New York Times, “Can a hapless White House and a bull market coexist?” (Tuesday). Trump is accused of “outrageous presidential incompetence” and running “a White...

How can we get rid of President Trump?

We’re just a month into the Trump presidency, and already so many are wondering: How can we end it? One poll from Public Policy Polling found that as many Americans — 46 percent — favor impeachment of President Donald Trump as oppose it. Ladbrokes, the betting website, offers even odds that Trump will resign or leave office through impeachment before his term ends. There have been...
Editorial: Trump’s crackdown on undocumented threatens PBC economy

Editorial: Trump’s crackdown on undocumented threatens PBC economy

The Trump administration’s new policy guidelines on cracking down on illegal immigration — if acted upon in full — could be a crippling punch to South Florida’s economy. Undocumented immigrants make up a huge amount of the labor force in agriculture, construction and tourism. These just happen to be pillars of the economy of Palm Beach County. Imagine the workers in these industries...

Letters Dig deeper to root of School Board’s intimidation tactics

Dig deeper to root of intimidation tactics As a former teacher, junior high school principal and assistant to the superintendent of schools in Suffolk County, N.Y., I was outraged to read about the egregious tactics used by the Palm Beach County School District administrators in attempting to avoid transparency and public scrutiny. (“School leaders’ calls might silence dissent,”...
POINT OF VIEW Bridging justice gap pays off for Florida in many ways

POINT OF VIEW Bridging justice gap pays off for Florida in many ways

When I was a member of the Florida Legislature, I always supported efforts to expand access to justice. It’s a right that’s enshrined in the Pledge of Allegiance, the U.S. Constitution and the Florida Constitution: “The courts shall be open to every person for redress of any injury, and justice shall be administered without sale, denial or delay.” But let’s be honest...

Gerson: Terrible consequences of abandoning American exceptionalism

“Well, I preach the Church without Christ,” says a vivid Flannery O’Connor character named Hazel Motes. “I’m member and preacher to that church where the blind don’t see and the lame don’t walk and what’s dead stays that way.” At the heart of Donald Trump’s public rhetoric is a similar emptiness. He is a president who preaches America without...

Dowd: Emperor of Chaos spirals into aggrievement, still blaming media

Donald Trump is stuck in his own skull. He’s unreachable. “He lives inside his head, where he runs the same continuous loop of conflict with people he turns into enemies for the purposes of his psychodrama,” says Trump biographer Michael D’Antonio. Because Trump holds Thor’s hammer, with its notably short handle, we must keep trying to figure out his perverse style of...

Let “Jane Roe’s” legacy be an end to abortion

I first met Norma McCorvey some 20 years ago, soon after her Christian conversion, which set her against the 1973 Roe v. Wade decision, which legalized abortion, and in which she was the plaintiff. Operating under the alias “Jane Roe,” McCorvey, 22 years old and pregnant with a child she didn’t want, represented by two young women attorneys anxious to legalize abortion, sued the...
Palm Beach Post editorial cartoon: Feb. 21

Palm Beach Post editorial cartoon: Feb. 21

CARTOON VIEW SCOTT STANTIS

Letters: Some day world will know democratic rule is best

In the Post article “Zuckerberg’s goal” (Friday), Mark Zuckerberg, inventor of Facebook said he would like to remake the current thinking of global communication from what it mostly is today, a sounding board for whatever troubles we have, into using it to “build a global community we all want.” My idea exactly, but with a bit of a twist. Many years in the future, when...
Palm Beach Post editorial cartoon Feb. 22

Palm Beach Post editorial cartoon Feb. 22

CARTOON VIEW WALT HANDELSMAN

POINT OF VIEW: Gorsuch’s favoring of judicial review is not anti-EPA

If your dream is to live in a nation where laws are shaped by unelected bureaucrats smugly wrapped in a cloak of righteousness and unfettered by constitutional considerations, you will agree with the advice of Billy Corriher expressed in his Palm Beach Post op-ed, “Gorsuch would weaken EPA’s effect against polluters” (Sunday). Corriher states: “Anyone concerned about the health...

Letters: Developers fail to acknowledge West Palm

What’s wrong with this picture? The Bristol condominium being built on the west shore of Lake Worth is not in Palm Beach, although the sales office is. Is there something wrong with a West Palm Beach address? Are we still the sleepy little town that was the service village as Henry Flagler developed his hotel on Palm Beach? There is a price to pay for progress, and although this condominium...
Editorial: Regulations on medical marijuana must make access easy

Editorial: Regulations on medical marijuana must make access easy

Medical marijuana is now legal in Florida for a number of debilitating ailments such as HIV/AIDS, post-traumatic stress disorder and Lou Gehrig’s disease. It’s in the state Constitution, thanks to Amendment 2, swept in by 71 percent of voters in November. But the law, enacted on Jan. 3, has barely gone into effect. Under the amendment’s terms, the Florida Legislature is supposed...

Letters It’s about time we make animal abuse a federal felony

Make animal abuse a federal felony It’s distressing to read that a man who beat his puppy to death has plea-bargained his way to probation (“Man gets probation in beating of puppy,” Wednesday). This barbaric killing was committed in 2011 and has only now been adjudicated. We need federal legislation that will make animal abuse a felony everywhere in the United States. That&rsquo...

Trump a leader of nationalism, not patriotism

National Review has sparked an important debate about nationalism. As someone who has been accused throughout her life of excessive love of country, I feel a bit awkward rebutting anything that travels under the name “Love of Country.” Nevertheless, I must join Jonah Goldberg, Yuval Levin, Ben Shapiro and others in demurring from Rich Lowry and Ramesh Ponnuru’s defense of nationalism...

POINT OF VIEW Complete already vetted projects to save the Everglades

In 2000, both Congress and our state Legislature passed the landmark Comprehensive Everglades Restoration Plan (CERP), which brought together Republicans, Democrats, environmentalists, scientists and agricultural advocates to develop one of the most extensive plans to save any watershed on the planet. Now, the progress of that plan appears to be at risk and Florida simply cannot afford to get sidetracked...
Palm Beach Post editorial cartoon Feb. 20

Palm Beach Post editorial cartoon Feb. 20

CARTOON VIEW MIKE LUCKOVICH

An open letter to our so-called president

Dear Mr. So-Called President: So let me explain to you how this works. You were elected as chief executive of the United States. I won’t belabor the fact that you won with a minority of the popular vote and a little help from your friends, FBI Director James Comey and Russian President Vladimir Putin. The bottom line is, you were elected. And this does entitle you to certain things. You get...

An adult voice amid pandemic childishness

WASHINGTON — In his 72 years, Judge J. Harvie Wilkinson III of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit, who was raised in segregated Richmond, Virginia, acknowledges that he has seen much change, often for the better, including advances in the 1960s. But in his elegant new memoir, “All Falling Faiths: Reflections on the Promise and Failure of the 1960s,” he explains why...

POINT OF VIEW ‘Mr. President, you can fix this’

Welcome back to the winter White House, Mr. President. We are grateful you call Florida your second home. But we are in trouble. Too much polluted water is dumped from Lake Okeechobee onto the communities along the east and west coasts. This has been going on for decades, but the effects are becoming critical. Gov. Rick Scott declared a state of emergency for 242 days last year because of toxic algae...
Palm Beach Post editorial cartoon Feb. 18

Palm Beach Post editorial cartoon Feb. 18

CARTOON VIEW DANA SUMMERS

Letters Extra sales tax money will be a help with Trump security

Sales tax a help with Trump security I was vehemently opposed to the extra penny sales tax. Way too many hands in the cookie jar. However, with President Donald Trump showing up every other weekend, and local law enforcement and other agencies spending large amounts of money on overtime for security, we now have extra funds to compensate for this added expense. If he is re-elected, the length of time...
Gail Collins: Well, Trump watchers, things could be worse

Gail Collins: Well, Trump watchers, things could be worse

I know a lot of you were saying in December that this administration wouldn’t last a month. But I’ll bet you didn’t actually have “worry about collapse of the government” written down on your schedule for February. Americans who went into a state of shock after the election are now floating in new, hitherto-uncharted realms of worry. We’ve learned that Donald Trump&rsquo...
Charles Krauthammer: The case of the cover-up in search of a crime

Charles Krauthammer: The case of the cover-up in search of a crime

It’s a Watergate-era cliche that the cover-up is always worse than the crime. In the Mike Flynn affair, we have the first recorded instance of a cover-up in the absence of a crime. Being covered up were the Dec. 29 phone calls between Flynn and the Russian ambassador to Washington. The presumed violation was Flynn negotiating with a foreign adversary while the Obama administration was still...

Letters Sheriff just wants to pad his budget by jailing drug offenders

Sheriff just wants to pad his budget Two of the speakers on the schedule of lectures at our community center this year were State Attorney David Aronberg and Palm Beach County Sheriff Ric Bradshaw. In the course of his talk, Aronberg stated that he has discontinued prosecuting charges of simple possession of marijuana in line with the decriminalization of this offense by the Palm Beach County Board...

POINT OF VIEW: I’m a deplorable, and I’m glad I voted for Donald Trump

My views on most issues are not fashionable or attractive to the mainstream media, Hollywood celebrities, educators or Democrats. I am weary of lectures about what values I should have and how insensitive I am. I am tired of being “guilted” for having a job, finding a way to live comfortably and having a practical sense of priority on global warming. I make choices and decisions based...
Palm Beach Post editorial cartoon: Feb 17

Palm Beach Post editorial cartoon: Feb 17

CARTOON VIEW WALT HANDELSMAN

Is the Left playing with fire again?

To those who lived through that era that tore us apart in the ’60s and ’70s, it is starting to look like “deja vu all over again.” And as Adlai Stevenson, Bobby Kennedy and Hubert Humphrey did then, Democrats today like Chuck Schumer and Nancy Pelosi are pandering to the hell-raisers, hoping to ride their energy to victory. Democrats would do well to recall what happened the...

POINT OF VIEW An inauspicious environmental start for Trump

Just a few weeks into his presidency, Donald Trump has already begun living down to the low expectations many people had for him with respect to the environment. The president has called for fracking and oil drilling on public lands and reviving dangerous proposals for new oil pipelines. He began working to undo President Barack Obama’s package of rules to limit greenhouse emissions from power...

Letters What has Avossa done to earn raise teachers take years to get?

What has Avossa done to earn raise? Why do rewards always rise to the top? As a teacher here in Palm Beach County for the past 33 years, I have to wonder how the School Board wants to give our superintendent another $10,000 after less than three years in our county. This person is earning close to half a million dollars already. Has he already earned an increase that would take me 10 years to earn?...
Palm Beach Post editorial cartoon: Feb. 16

Palm Beach Post editorial cartoon: Feb. 16

CARTOON VIEW DANA SUMMERS

Husbands are deadlier than terrorists

With the President Donald Trump Reality Show, it’s easy to be distracted by ANGRY ALL-CAPITAL TWEETS or Oval Office tantrums. But resist, and stay focused on matters of life and death. Consider two critical issues: refugees and guns. Trump is going berserk over the former, but wants to ease rules on the latter. So let’s look at the relative risks. In the four decades between 1975 and 2015...

Palm Beach Post editorial cartoon: Feb. 15

CARTOON VIEW CHAN LOWE

Editorial: Tougher oversight needed to curb condo board corruption

With no income tax and low business taxes, Florida has earned its reputation as one of the lowest-taxed states in the nation. Or has it? There’s a dirty little secret about the cost of living here that doesn’t show up on those “Top-10 Lowest Tax State” lists: New residential developments usually require association dues — sometimes very large, unpredictable dues that...
Letters DeVos a frightening choice for Education

Letters DeVos a frightening choice for Education

DeVos a frightening choice for Education I’m a public school graduate through college from the Miami-Dade County school system to the University of South Florida in Tampa. I guess that’s becoming relevant for many of us since Betsy DeVos just became secretary of education. I did go to a private Catholic law school at Saint Mary’s University in San Antonio, Texas. It had no religious...

Dowd: Trump’s silver, er, gold lining

Listen up, haters. The brief reign of Donald the First has been completely head-spinningly nuts so far. But let’s stay calm and look for the silver lining, or in this case, the garishly gold lining. Donald Trump has indeed already made some of America Great Again. He has breathed new zest into a wide range of things: feminism, liberalism, student activism, newspapers, cable news, protesters...

Gerson: Trump may thrive in chaos, but the presidency cannot

In early January, House Speaker Paul Ryan met on the issue of tax reform with a delegation from the president-elect. Attending were future chief strategist and senior counselor Stephen Bannon, future chief of staff Reince Priebus, future senior adviser Jared Kushner, future counselor Kellyanne Conway and future senior policy adviser Stephen Miller. As the meeting began, Ryan pointedly asked, &ldquo...

GOP, Trump shouldn’t pour money into black colleges

The topic of historically black colleges and universities came up in the recent “listening session” at the White House with President Trump and his internal team of black leaders, as part of Black History Month. Reportedly, this piqued the president’s interest, with presidential aide Omarosa Manigault announcing to the media that she is working on an executive order to help the HBCUs...

POINT OF VIEW Stop playing games with Gorsuch nomination

The first 100 days of any presidency are always widely observed and highly scrutinized, and President Donald J. Trump’s, one might say, has been met with opposition from both his detractors and the media. Recently, the president delivered on his “drain the swamp” promise and appointed the highly qualified U.S. Supreme Court nominee, Judge Neil Gorsuch. Unfortunately, Gorsuch has...

Letters Sales tax ripe for official mischief

Sales tax ripe for official mischief The Palm Beach County government continues to amaze me. All the wonderful fresh air and sunshine we enjoy must be causing some cognitive disorder. The new county sales tax increase is really a wonderful thing. First, the county school superintendent is going to get a $10,000 raise, agreed on in a commission meeting the NSA would have trouble penetrating. I can...
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CARTOON VIEW DANA SUMMERS

Letters How much to pay county’s sales tax manager?

How much to pay sales tax manager? On Feb. 7, the Palm Beach County commissioners directed their administration to negotiate a contract with the selected project manager for the 1-cent sales tax program, including how much the project manager will be paid. Assuming the sales tax proceeds for the county are as reported (approximately $810 million), how much of a fee is the county prepared to pay the...
Palm Beach Post editorial cartoon: Feb. 13

Palm Beach Post editorial cartoon: Feb. 13

CARTOON VIEW DAVID HORSEY

POINT OF VIEW We must unite to protect seniors from financial fraud

Palm Beach County is such an ideal region for living and retiring that it’s no wonder the county’s population grew 7.8 percent between 2010 and 2015, according to U.S. Census figures. This jump includes a greater proportion of people ages 65 and older, a segment that grew 1.4 percent at the same time. Unfortunately, this growing number of seniors also attracts scammers and fraudsters looking...

Get ready for the inevitable fire

What will you do when terrorists attack, or U.S. friction with some foreign power turns into a military confrontation? I don’t mean in your personal life, where you should keep calm and carry on. I mean politically. Think about it carefully: The fate of the republic may depend on your answer. Of course, nobody knows whether there will be a shocking, 9/11-type event, or what form it might take...

Another kind of resistance in Illinois

There is no way to prove this, but see if you agree with me: The average American parent would be glad to see his public high school celebrate Martin Luther King Day with tributes to the Civil Rights movement, lectures on the history of slavery and Jim Crow and discussions of the challenges faced by blacks and other minorities in America today. Actually, it’s not really a guess, because curricula...
Palm Beach Post editorial cartoon: Feb. 12

Palm Beach Post editorial cartoon: Feb. 12

CARTOON VIEW WALT HANDELSMAN

POINT OF VIEW Trump’s visits a strain on Lantana Airport, customers

Last weekend’s visit by President Donald J. Trump to attend the International Red Cross Ball and play some golf cost just one of the business owners at Lantana Airport close to $30,000. Other businesses experienced cancellations of scheduled work and watched helplessly as their clients went elsewhere. Now the president is, once again, in Palm Beach to play some golf this weekend. How many more...
Commentary: Trump threatens Europe’s peace and prosperity

Commentary: Trump threatens Europe’s peace and prosperity

Since the end of World War II, the transatlantic relationship has been the bedrock of American foreign policy. Presidents of both parties, from Harry Truman to Richard Nixon, Ronald Reagan to Barack Obama, all supported a politically and economically integrated Europe bound to the United States by shared democratic values, robust trade and a military alliance — NATO — rooted in the principle...
Editorial: Abolish Enterprise Florida and Visit Florida? Not so fast!

Editorial: Abolish Enterprise Florida and Visit Florida? Not so fast!

When Texas, Georgia, California, New York and a host of other states are busy marketing themselves to businesses and enticing them to relocate, you just don’t decide to be the exception and quit. That would be like owning a major league baseball team and deciding you weren’t going to pay those multi-million dollar contracts because you long for the old days when players got by on salaries...

Letters Quit whining about Trump traffic jams

Quit whining about Trump traffic jams Can we please stop talking and writing about the traffic tie-ups when the president visits? He is the president, he will visit and it will affect traffic. It has happened to other presidents in other towns. Mar-a-Lago is a straight shot east from the airport on Southern Boulevard, so it’s as simple as it could get. KATHY RYAN, WEST PALM BEACH Trump&rsquo...

‘I am not your negro’ a work of brilliance

Death has this way of making truth-tellers seem harmless. Alive, Martin Luther King provoked a president and divided a nation with his truth. Dead, he is an image on a commemorative place mat, his words safe enough for recitation by children. This also holds, albeit to a lesser degree, for Malcolm X and Medgar Evers. Dead, they were no longer dangerous. “We took out all the radicality of their...

The North Korean red line

SANTA MONICA, Calif. — The Cold War was waged and won in many places, including this beach city, home to the RAND Corp. Created in 1948 to think about research and development as it effects military planning and procurement, RAND pioneered strategic thinking about nuclear weapons in the context of the U.S.-Soviet competition. Seven decades later it is thinking about the nuclear threat from a...

Charles Krauthammer: The travel moratorium is a hopeless disaster

Stupid but legal. Such is the Trump administration’s travel ban for people from seven Muslim countries. Of course, as with almost everything in American life, what should be a policy or even a moral issue becomes a legal one. The judicial challenge should have been given short shrift, since the presidential grant of authority to exclude the entry of immigrants is extremely wide and statutorily...
Palm Beach Post editorial cartoon: Feb. 11

Palm Beach Post editorial cartoon: Feb. 11

CARTOON VIEW MIKE LUCKOVICH

Letters Where are officers to help ease Trump-based traffic?

Where are officers to help ease traffic? As I watched the mile-long gridlocked traffic jams crawling north on South Flagler Drive and South Olive Avenue this past Monday morning — a result of the traffic restrictions imposed while President Donald Trump is in residence at Mar-a-Lago — I could not help but wonder why no West Palm Beach officers were stationed at the intersections leading...
Gail Collins: Elizabeth Warren persists

Gail Collins: Elizabeth Warren persists

It’s a dark and dismal time for American liberals. Except for the part where the opposition keeps shooting itself in the foot. We will now pause to contemplate the fact that this week the Senate Republicans attempted to forward their agenda by silencing Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts while she was reading a letter from Martin Luther King Jr.’s widow. In explanation, Majority Leader...

POINT OF VIEW Please remember to thank our four-legged veterans, too

On the campaign trail, President Donald Trump vowed to “tak[e] care of every last veteran.” To honor this pledge, the Trump administration must offer better support to retired military dogs—a heroic force of four-legged veterans long overlooked by the government. As a former canine handler in the U.S. Marine Corps, I’ve seen firsthand the service and sacrifice of our nation&rsquo...

Friedman: Connecting Trump’s disparate and globally dicey dots

Every day, the president’s behavior becomes more worrying. One day he demeans a federal judge who challenges him; the next day, without evidence, he accuses the media of hiding illegal voting or acts of terrorism. His lack of respect for institutions and truth pours out so fast, you start to forget how crazy this behavior is for any adult, let alone a president, and just how ugly things will...

Letters Senate Bill 10 a good first step toward fixing water issues

Senate Bill 10 a good first step A recent article highlighted the reasons farmers oppose water moving south through the Everglades Agricultural Area (“Glades landowners say they won’t sell for Lake O reservoir,” Monday). The article failed to mention the most important facts. Water in South Florida’s southeast coast has always flowed west toward the center of the state. Water...
POINT OF VIEW Consider Glades in talk of buying land south of Lake O

POINT OF VIEW Consider Glades in talk of buying land south of Lake O

As a representative of LORE (Lake Okeechobee Regional Economic Group), I find it alarming that Senate Bill 10 is all about taking land. If it was just a matter of taking or purchasing surplus or unused land, I think most people would embrace the idea. However, this purchase is far from that. This is farmland which is actively in use. The purchase of 60,000 acres of land south of Lake Okeechobee can...
Palm Beach Post editorial cartoon: Feb. 10

Palm Beach Post editorial cartoon: Feb. 10

CARTOON VIEW DANA SUMMERS

Letters Tourism industry relies heavily on state for marketing

Tourism industry relies heavily on state The PGA National Resort & Spa and the 800 hardworking Floridians we employ are a direct result of tourism marketing, which is imperative in today’s increasingly competitive travel industry. With a limited budget, it can be difficult to maintain and grow our share of voice in the marketplace. Thankfully, we have trusted industry partners and advocates...

Steve Bannon vs. Pope Francis?

Steve Bannon disrupted American politics and helped elect Donald Trump as president. Will he disrupt the Roman Catholic Church by joining forces with right-wing Catholics who oppose Pope Francis? Bannon’s dark vision contrasts sharply with the sunny disposition of a pope who has chided “sourpusses” and “querulous and disillusioned pessimists.” Bannon believes that &ldquo...

POINT OF VIEW Why I’m not marching right now

This presidential election was the first I have experienced in person since George W. Bush vs. John Kerry in 2004. For the past 10 years, I have been teaching history and government to military kids and military members overseas. In 2008, I sponsored a model election for my students and, based on the results, knew, before the U.S. did that Barack Obama was going to win; kids usually vote the way their...
Palm Beach Post editorial cartoon: Feb. 9

Palm Beach Post editorial cartoon: Feb. 9

CARTOON VIEW DREW SHENEMAN

Canada, leading the free world

OTTAWA — President Donald Trump’s harsh travel ban reflects a global pattern: All around the world, countries are slamming the doors shut. One great exception: Canada. It may now be the finest example of the values of the Statue of Liberty. This isn’t just because Canadian leaders are particularly enlightened, although there’s some of that. It’s mostly because the Canadian...
Editorial: Lawmakers should get death penalty fix right this time

Editorial: Lawmakers should get death penalty fix right this time

A state Senate committee approved on Monday a bill (SB 280) that requires a unanimous jury recommendation before sentencing a person to death. It’s a good start. But it shouldn’t be this hard to clean up the state’s beleaguered death penalty. Lawmakers on the both House and Senate sides need to do better so that state attorneys can continue prosecuting capital cases, and the court...
Letters Scott’s ports motive not really so pure

Letters Scott’s ports motive not really so pure

Scott’s ports motive not really so pure Gov. Rick Scott wants to cut money for Florida ports if they trade with Cuba. The main imports from Cuba would be sugar and rum. Florida has thousands of acres of sugar cane and it also has the largest rum distillery in the U.S. (Florida Distillers Co.). These industries don’t want Cuban competition. Politicians depend on corporate contributions...
POINT OF VIEW Women’s rights must be understood to be nonnegotiable

POINT OF VIEW Women’s rights must be understood to be nonnegotiable

More than 10,000 marchers descended on Tallahassee for a political fight. They chanted slogans, sang songs and waved signs in support of women’s rights. My father, former Gov. Bob Graham, and mother, Adele, marched with them for more than a mile to the steps of Florida’s State Capitol. The green sashes they wore were reminiscent of earlier trailblazers, women marching for the right to...

Dowd: Free Melania — from our expectations

Now, stacked on the Trump tower of petrifying things we have to worry about — war with Iran, war with China, war with Mexico, war with Islam, war with koala bears — there is yet another looming disaster. The East Wing is perilously behind in planning for the Easter Egg Roll. Is the White House dropping the ball — or rather, the ovoid? As our omnipresent new president hijacked our...
Palm Beach Post editorial cartoon: Feb. 8

Palm Beach Post editorial cartoon: Feb. 8

CARTOON VIEW WALT HANDELSMAN

Gerson: Trends of Trump’s first two weeks not good for conservatism

Stepping back, cooling off a bit, displaying some strategic patience, taking the long view: The first two weeks of the Trump administration have been the most abso-friggin-lutely frightening of the modern presidency. President Donald Trump has managed to taunt and alienate some of our closest allies — Mexico and Australia (!) — while continuing an NC-17-rated love fest with Russia. He...
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