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COMMENTARY: Alabama, sweet home of progress

Alabama. Who knew it would become one of the most beautiful words in American politics? It turns out there could have been no better place to test the limits of indecency, the limits of Trumpism, the limits of Republican partisanship and, yes, the limits of racial subjugation. If the angry ideology of the far right cannot make it in one of our most loyally conservative states that was a center of...

Opinion: What should we fight for?

“We will never accept Russia’s occupation and attempted annexation of Crimea,” declaimed Rex Tillerson last week in Vienna. “Crimea-related sanctions will remain in place until Russia returns full control of the peninsula to Ukraine.” Tillerson’s principled rejection of the seizure of land by military force — “never accept” — came just one...

Opinion: For the holidays, pull a tooth or save a life

Happy holidays! In the spirit of the season, here’s a suggestion: Instead of inflicting a garish tie on your brother or a carcinogenic face cream on your aunt, how about saving a life? It’s time for my annual “gifts with meaning” guide, with suggestions for presents that won’t just clog a chest of drawers. Consider a $20 flock of ducks to an impoverished Bangladeshi family...

Opinion: Let’s liberate blacks from harmful left-wing politics

A new Quinnipiac University poll shows yet another perspective on the deep racial division in our country. According to the poll, 86 percent of blacks compared to 50 percent of whites say that President Trump does not “respect people of color as much as he respects white people.” However the partisan divide is even greater than the racial divide. Ninety-one percent of Democrats compared...
Letters Educating children is every taxpayer’s concern

Letters Educating children is every taxpayer’s concern

Educating children is everyone’s concern This is a response to the letter-writer who feels that we seniors shouldn’t have to pay school taxes because we don’t have children in school: I gladly paid school taxes on Long Island, New York, after my children were grown and before retiring to Boynton Beach. Why? Because my children’s education was paid for by all residents, including...

Gerson: ‘Darkest Hour’ proves that history can hinge on a single leader

The Winston Churchill biopic “Darkest Hour” is a movie that should be seen but not entirely believed. Gary Oldman’s alternately fierce and vulnerable Churchill is a triumph of both acting and the cosmetician’s art. Just hearing him deliver snippets of Churchill’s speeches is worth the ticket price. (Am I the only one who tears up at the words “We shall fight on...

Dowd: Roadkill on Capitol Hill: Will this time mean real change?

Alan Simpson was appalled by the injustice of it all. Back in 1991, during the incendiary Anita Hill-Clarence Thomas hearings, the salty Republican senator from Wyoming was very concerned at the idea that a woman would wait many years after a disturbing encounter and then “come out of the night like a missile and destroy a man.” It has been a rough spell for men whose primal fear is women...

POINT OF VIEW: Community college bill is ’ fix looking for a problem’

With the unveiling of his final budget proposal, Gov. Rick Scott is aiming to restore $30 million previously cut from the Florida College System along with adding a $30 million increase. This effort not only highlights his support of higher education, it is a tip of the hat to the contributions from our state college system to Florida’s economic strength. Provided such recognition, not to mention...
Editorial: Outlier Florida must toughen its texting-while-driving law

Editorial: Outlier Florida must toughen its texting-while-driving law

If you were to be reading this sentence while driving, instead of watching what’s ahead, you’d be creating quite a hazard on the road. That’s obvious. Yet thousands of us do the equivalent every day. We’re reading and writing on our smartphones while driving — underestimating the dangers while overestimating our abilities to stay in control. A typical text takes a driver&rsquo...
Commentary: Social media not sole cause of polarization

Commentary: Social media not sole cause of polarization

Most readers are probably aware that the normal, habitual acrimony between America’s political parties has been strengthening into something resembling Montagues and the Capulets or the Crips and Bloods. We either believe global warming is a theory cooked up by communists or we are convinced downtown Manhattan will be uninhabitable within the next decade. Some of us might disinherit our children...
Commentary: Blame our voting rules, not social media

Commentary: Blame our voting rules, not social media

In the wake of a toxic presidential election and bitter partisan divides in Congress on every major issue, Americans are rightly wondering what has happened to our ability to rise above politics and do what’s right for the nation. Social media is a convenient scapegoat, with its echo chamber that can make all news seem “fake” if differing from what our friends think But blaming social...

POINT OF VIEW: Protect employees, public from workplace violence

Collecting taxes and fees from the public is not an easy job. The 300 dedicated employees of the Palm Beach County Tax Collector’s Office do their best to make the experience as pleasant and efficient as possible. Unfortunately, they must also serve angry and upset clients, some of whom threaten violence. Just last month, our agency experienced two incidents in our service centers when customers...

Letters: Frankel’s Flagler with open spaces was the right idea

Frankel’s Flagler was the right idea Former Mayor Lois Frankel’s beautiful concept for Flagler Drive was an inspired accomplishment for all of West Palm Beach. The wide lakeside walk with stationary seating and gathering areas allows us to appreciate the boats and water views. To the west, she created multiple large, open, grassy areas for concerts, the green market, special events and...

POINT OF VIEW: Our hypocrisy on sexual misconduct is staggering

Nearly every day, I open The Palm Beach Post and read about another sexual harassment allegation. From Bill Cosby to Roger Ailes to Bill O’Reilly to Harvey Weinstein to Charlie Rose, the list goes on and on. The less powerful make headlines also. But if Alabama Senate candidate Roy Moore wins, I will say enough. Stop the hypocrisy. We really don’t care that men are philanderers. That men...

Letters: With Brightline, 32 more train trips a day: Do the math

32 more train trips a day: Do the math The Brightline high-speed rail train will soon be running through our county 32 times a day. And, if I am correct, noise abatement requirements mean no train horns used on many road crossings. That means we drivers are relying solely on lights and gates operating correctly 100 percent of the time to keep us out of the path of a train going 60-plus miles per hour...

COMMENTARY: Watch out — Republicans are coming for your benefits

Republicans don’t care about budget deficits, and never did. They only pretend to care about deficits when one of two things is true: a Democrat is in the White House, and deficit rhetoric can be used to block his agenda, or they see an opportunity to slash social programs that help needy Americans, and can invoke deficits as an excuse. All of this has been obvious for years to anyone paying...

Opinion: Is flirting sexual harassment?

In 2003 a genetics paper revealed that one in 200 men alive in that year was a direct descendant of Genghis Khan (1162-1227). Khan was the Mongol emperor whose armies swept out of the north to conquer pretty much all of Asia. His successors took big chunks of Europe as well. When Marco Polo traveled to China, he met the conqueror’s grandson Kublai Khan. Khan sent emissaries to the city of Merv...
Goodman: Call the GOP’s tax bill what you like, it sure isn’t democratic

Goodman: Call the GOP’s tax bill what you like, it sure isn’t democratic

An incredibly unpopular bill, passed by an incredibly unpopular Congress, to be signed by an incredibly unpopular president. That, to paraphrase a Washington Post headline, is the tax bill that the House and Senate are cooking up on Capitol Hill. Adjustments are still being made to satisfy one interest group or another, but the gist of the thing is set: Corporations and wealthy Americans will benefit...

Opinion: Trump should leave Rosa Parks’ name out of his mouth

Here comes the most meaningless sentence you’ll read today: Last week, Donald Trump paid tribute to Rosa Parks. It’s meaningless because Trump obviously has no real idea what Parks did or what it meant. If he did, he could never have cursed Colin Kaepernick. Oh, sure, he can mouth the words, as he did in the slick video posted online Saturday. To the accompaniment of swelling music and...

Opinion: Republicans’ tax wager is worth the gamble

WASHINGTON — The Republicans’ tax legislation is built on economic projections that are as confidently as they are cheerfully made concerning the legislation’s shaping effect on the economy over the next 10 years. This claim to prescience must amaze alumni of Bear Stearns and Lehman Brothers, which were 85 and 158 years old, respectively, when they expired less than 10 years ago...
POINT OF VIEW: The untold story of the opioid crisis

POINT OF VIEW: The untold story of the opioid crisis

The Palm Beach Post’s Nov. 15 story, “Why Palm Beach County is the ‘epicenter’ of the deadly opioid crisis,” bluntly lays out a significant tragedy occurring right outside our front doors. While the devastating number of deadly overdoses in our county – 571 last year – is certainly a crisis, my mind quickly shifts to those left behind. How many thousands have...
Editorial: Florida Legislature assault on home rule must end

Editorial: Florida Legislature assault on home rule must end

Florida’s counties and municipalities are under siege. But it’s not just from crises such as rising sea levels, a spreading opioid epidemic or lack of affordable housing. The state’s Republican-controlled Legislature, which has been chipping away at Florida’s bedrock “home rule” statute for years, appears ready to take to a sledgehammer to it in the 2018 legislative...
Letters: Senior who objects to schools tax is selfish

Letters: Senior who objects to schools tax is selfish

This is in response to a letter from a senior complaining about having to pay higher taxes in Palm Beach County to pay for schools when at his age, he doesn’t have any kids in school. He went further, questioning why the homeowners with children aren’t taxed more to pay for it, leaving him out of it. I can only assume that those working, young parents, paying money every week into the...

Letters West Palm waterfront shouldn’t be like fair midway

Waterfront shouldn’t be like fair midway The picture of the food trucks that ran with a recent article in The Post’s Accent section reminded me of the midway at the fair, and the annual Feast of Little Italy at Abacoa. Neither of which is what our waterfront is about. Last Sunday, my wife and I went to the area and were lucky enough to find a parking spot on Flagler Drive. We went to Clematis...

POINT OF VIEW: Western Wellington affected by Flying Cow Road

Those of us who checked with Wellington and Palm Beach County officials were told that Flying Cow Road is a residential access road. And in accordance with an agreement with the equestrian community, the road would remain as such and would not connect with any other thoroughfare creating a “pass-through” right of way. This appears to have been untrue. Those of us who live near Flying Cow...
What it was like in the class of FAU’s conspiracy-spinning professor

What it was like in the class of FAU’s conspiracy-spinning professor

While former Florida Atlantic University Professor James Tracy battles in court to get his job back, I’ve reminisced over the semester I took one of his classes, an experience that left me uneasy. In January 2016, FAU officials fired Tracy claiming he violated university policies by failing to inform his superiors of his outside activities. The firing came after Tracy published a blog saying...

Opinion: Is Flynn’s defection a death blow?

Why did Gen. Mike Flynn lie to the FBI about his December 2016 conversations with Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislyak? Why did he not tell the FBI the truth? As national security adviser to the president-elect, Flynn had called the ambassador. Message: Tell President Putin not to overreact to President Obama’s expulsion of 35 Russian diplomats. Trump will be president in three weeks, and we are...

POINT OF VIEW: Don’t allow state money to pay for religious schools

“We all have freedom of religion, and we have a right to send our children to private schools of our choice, religious or otherwise. But why should your freedom become my burden? Should the taxpayers of Florida be compelled to pay for your choice? Should the taxpayers be forced to send their money to a religious group preferred by someone else? Because that’s what this amendment, this...

Letters: Superintendent should see to it students train for real life

Education should train for real life I know nothing about any individuals who have held or currently hold the job of schools superintendent, but I do know that until every graduating high school senior is skilled in some productive field such as carpentry, masonry, bookkeeping, food service, electricity, auto mechanics, welding, plumbing, air-conditioning, etc., that person is not doing their job...

POINT OF VIEW: Apology is no balm; sex charges must have consequences

Here we go again. But regardless of how many lawyers and public relations teams draft a mea culpa statement for their powerful clients, apologies for “sexually inappropriate behavior” in the workplace are not going to wipe away the consequences of such conduct. It may well be accurate that Matt Lauer is “embarrassed and ashamed,” but the truth is he is sorry only that he got...

Friedman: An obsession with Iran is driving the Mideast and U.S. crazy

If there is a common denominator explaining so many recent events in the Middle East — actions by Saudi Arabia, the U.S., Syria, Israel and Yemen — it can be expressed in one word: Iran. Everyone has Iran’s growing power and influence in the region on the mind — including Iran — and that obsession is making a lot of people crazy. For instance, the Trump administration...

Morici: A tax cut hardworking Americans can afford

Republican congressional leaders appear likely to pass tax reforms and cuts that the country needs and can afford — but whose benefits Democrats can hardly bear to face. Democrats believe boosting welfare — free health care, subsidized housing and food stamps for able-bodied adults who refuse to work — is the road to growth. Republicans believe giving money back to folks who earned...

Letters Flagler waterfront now a demolition zone

Flagler waterfront now a demolition zone Walking along West Palm Beach’s Flagler Drive waterfront any time of the day is never so congested someone has to walk on the street. Bicycles, pedestrians, wheelchairs, skateboarders and strollers alike share the common walkway freely, Why destroy this? The new closed off road rarely has more than six people walking or cycling. Our lovely waterfront...

Opinion: Are we headed toward a new Korean war?

If there was a message in North Korea’s launch of a new missile capable of reaching anywhere in the United States, it was that America’s strategy toward that country is failing — and that war may be looming. The American public is far too complacent about the possibility of a war with North Korea, one that could be incomparably bloodier than any U.S. war in my lifetime. One assessment...

Rampell: Apparently, Republicans want to kick middle class in the face

It’s not enough to give money to rich people. Apparently, Republicans want to kick the poor and middle class in the face, too. I used to think the Republican Party’s obsession with top-heavy tax cuts was about pleasing wealthy donors and maybe also fulfilling some misguided Randian fantasy. If the poor and middle class happened to be collateral damage, so be it. But it’s starting...

Gerson: With tax bill vote, Senate GOP revealed their inner plutocrat

Some political moments are like an X-ray — revealing down to the bone. Here were Senate Republicans, poised for their first (and only) real legislative victory of the year. Tax overhaul, they knew, would be their main shot at shaping public perceptions of the GOP in the Trump era. The bill they were in the process of passing was utterly typical of Republican economic thinking — large tax...

POINT OF VIEW: The media can’t put brakes on its sex assault coverage

During my years co-hosting a nightly news and public affairs show on Los Angeles’ PBS affiliate, we would occasionally do segments on domestic abuse and the Southern California not-for-profits that provided refuge for the fleeing spouse and children. The shelter community told us that every segment encouraged more people to bolt the abusive environment and seek help. It was television, they...
Commentary: GOP tax plan is a corporate handout

Commentary: GOP tax plan is a corporate handout

Republicans are on the brink of passing a massive tax overhaul, and it’s looking like the biggest con of the Trump era so far. And that’s saying a lot. The legislation being jammed through by the House and Senate Republicans is a tax giveaway to corporations and the richest 1 percent, paid for by working and middle-income families. Across the board, working people will be hurt by this...
Commentary: Tax Reform will grow the economy, raise wages

Commentary: Tax Reform will grow the economy, raise wages

Tax reform is long overdue. The current tax code is suffocating job creation and holding down wages at home. At the same time, it’s giving American businesses far too many reasons to move overseas. Washington has not significantly changed the federal tax system in more than 30 years. Meanwhile, our major foreign competitors — friendly and otherwise — have made their tax schemes far...
Editorial: Stop lawmakers’ raids on affordable-housing funds

Editorial: Stop lawmakers’ raids on affordable-housing funds

Years ago, a far more enlightened leadership in Tallahassee created the William E. Sadowski Affordable Housing Trust Funds, which uses doc stamp surcharges on real estate transactions to leverage federal and private funds to help develop more affordable housing in Florida. Today, housing costs are at a crisis point. Yet Gov. Rick Scott and many state lawmakers seem determined to contribute to the...
Letters Want a Euro vibe? No cars downtown

Letters Want a Euro vibe? No cars downtown

Want a Euro vibe? No cars downtown It appears that the (West Palm Beach) planners and consultants who went to Copenhagen did not venture too far afield in their examination of livable cities. After the many trips we have taken to Europe, we find that the virtual total of the center city is devoid of cars. There are parking places away from the city center, and the area is devoted to pedestrians and...

Letters Will Flagler Shore experiment be made permanent?

Will Flagler project be made permanent? If the many letters regarding the Flagler Shore project are any indication, the prevailing public opinion appears to be negative. And no one should be surprised. Downtown West Palm Beach has a serious problem with traffic. In this context, closing two lanes is counterintuitive on its face, and does not align with the need to mitigate congestion on downtown&rsquo...

POINT OF VIEW: NLRB has critical role in getting us back on track

Eight years under the Obama administration was a boon for Big Labor and its anti-worker agenda. The union bosses who pumped millions of dollars into President Barack Obama’s campaigns were rewarded with nominations to various posts at the supposedly independent National Labor Relations Board, allowing them to create a series of job-killing regulations that advanced their own agenda to the detriment...
Commentary: Lauer was king of ‘Today,’ but his reign was not benevolent

Commentary: Lauer was king of ‘Today,’ but his reign was not benevolent

If you make a man a pasha, there is a good chance he will act like one. The near-daily sweep of men from positions of power in the wake of sexual harassment allegations ascended to a new and more culturally intimate level with the ouster of Matt Lauer from the “Today” show on Wednesday. For 20 years, Lauer has been a constant presence on early-morning television, prepping viewers for the...

POINT OF VIEW: Destigmatizing mental health in the legal profession

It was only October that the legal community lost one of our most vocal champions for mental health. As executive director of Florida Lawyers Assistance Inc., Michael Cohen spent the past 20 years advocating for attorneys struggling with substance abuse and mental illness. He also spent this same time recovering from his own battle with addiction. Cohen was a safety net to so many in need. My hope...
Editorial: Law needed to ensure residents stay cool after hurricane

Editorial: Law needed to ensure residents stay cool after hurricane

It’s jarring to realize that hundreds of extended-care facilities in the state of Florida — where hurricanes have been known to happen —have been operating for years without generators strong enough to keep their frail residents from suffering in subtropical heat when the power goes out. But that’s what we all learned to our shock and horror in September, when eight residents...
Letters: Goodman must take responsibility for actions

Letters: Goodman must take responsibility for actions

I just read that John Goodman’s lawyers have filed yet another appeal for his conviction in the DUI/manslaughter arrest that took the life of young Scott Wilson in February 2010. I am so sick and tired of this man perpetually trying to get out of punishment for his wrongdoing. Accept responsibility for your actions, Mr. Goodman, and learn how to make a better person of yourself, so in the future...

POINT OF VIEW: NYT expresses ‘regret’ over white nationalist profile

The New York Times over the weekend published a nicely turned satire — “Choose Your Own Public Apology” — lampooning the men who’ve attempted to make amends for their histories of sexual harassment. In the same time frame, the newspaper’s leadership was figuring out how best to phrase its own regret over a profile of 29-year-old Ohio white nationalist Tony Hovater...

Letters Rizzo the best choice for Florida Democrats

Rizzo the best choice for Florida Democrats I joined the Democratic Party in Palm Beach County last year. I had the pleasure of meeting Terrie Rizzo, who is a very special person, a true leader with an unbelievable personality, never tiring and extremely knowledgeable. Terrie is concerned with children, senior citizens and has a true sense of bringing a better life to all. The dynamics of this special...

Opinion: Is feminism the answer to sexual harassment?

So the friendly morning host with the warm smile was a serial sexual predator? He had a secret lock installed on his office door operated by a button under his desk like a Bond villain? The NPR guy was a Prairie homewrecker? Next you’ll tell us that that nice Bill O’Reilly is a creep. Never mind about that last one, he never even seemed nice. One popular response to the daily casualty...

Letters Tax bill is no gift to the still-struggling middle class

Tax bill no gift to the middle class After several weeks of secret, closed-door meetings, the Senate was to vote this week on the massive Republican tax bill. Cobbled together in haste and secrecy, using partisan backroom tactics with no public hearing process, we must hope that this Republican legislative effort will fail. The Republican tax bill is first and foremost a massive tax cut for large...

POINT OF VIEW: Tax reform plan makes big difference for small business

We have one of the highest federal tax rates for corporations in the developed world at 35 percent. Mexico’s corporate tax rate is 30 percent. The United Kingdom’s is 19 percent. Canada’s is 15 percent. That’s bad enough, but here’s the kicker: Most U.S. small businesses are unincorporated, and three-quarters are organized as pass-throughs. That means they pay taxes at...

Letters With some tweaking, Flagler Drive plan works

With some tweaking, Flagler plan works Although most of the letters to the editor and the majority of my neighbors oppose the recent narrowing of Flagler Drive to two lanes, I am writing in support of this change. I will admit that the rollout was awkward. The planters and barriers are not attractive and make the street look like a racetrack. Little effort was made by the city to pitch the idea and...

Opinion: Supreme Court should bet on federalism

WASHINGTON — American democracy’s comic opera frequently features collaborations of “bootleggers and Baptists.” These entertainments are so named because during Prohibition, Baptists thought banning Demon Rum would improve public morals (oh, well) and bootleggers favored the ban because it made scarce a commodity for which there was a demand that they could profitably supply...

Opinion: Journalism is under siege

Go ahead and laugh. It is funny, after all. Indeed, it recalls one of those old Warner Brothers cartoons where Wile E. Coyote gets blown up by the very same Acme dynamite he bought to blast the Road Runner with. Only this time, it’s James O’Keefe and his so-called Project Veritas who wind up mutilated and powder burned, holding up a little placard that says, “Ouch.” O&rsquo...

Cal Thomas: The return of virtue

Rarely has the idiom “virtue is its own reward” looked better than it does in light of the sex scandals sweeping the nation. The so-called “prudishness,” of a previous generation and the respect most men were once taught to have for women — and which Hugh Hefner and his disciples of “free love” mocked — are looking better with each passing day. Conservatives...

Gail Collins: Oh Lord, now the gun thing’s back

The House Judiciary Committee just voted to make it impossible for a state to always keep people convicted of violent offenses from carrying concealed weapons. That was just a detail in a very long day and really dreadful debate about the right to bear arms. In a normal world it might be the talk of the dinner table, but really, this week hardly anyone noticed. On the one hand you had Garrison Keillor...

POINT OF VIEW: Instead of cutting corporate taxes, solve real problems

Republicans in Washington are trying to cut taxes because they’re stuck in the 1980s. Maybe it’s good politics, but it’s bad policy. Far better to ask what challenges the economy is confronting right now, and what steps would address them. Here’s a hint: Corporations’ biggest hurdle is not their tax bill but a labor shortage. The urgent priorities for the U.S. economy...

Letters Children will suffer from political games, loss of CHIP

Children will suffer from political games Children remain pawns in a game of brinksmanship. The Senate will vote on a bill that eliminates the estate tax and cuts taxes for corporations (not small business). What is not in the Senate bill is funding for the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP). As of Sept. 1, about 220,000 children whose families make too much to qualify for Medicaid but...

POINT OF VIEW: Time to support proposed amendment to end dog racing

Right now, Floridians have a chance to finally put a stop to one of the cruelest “sports” left in America — greyhound racing. Two past Florida Senate presidents, Tom Lee and Don Gaetz, have introduced to the Florida Constitutional Revision Commission an amendment that would phase out greyhound racing in the Sunshine State. The proposal would go into full effect on July 1, 2021, and...

Parker: James O’Keefe shows what real fake news is

The phrase “the truth will out” has always been at home in American newsrooms where journalists dedicate their days to making it so. Sometimes Truth needs a little nudge, as was the case recently when an anti-media organization, absurdly named “Project Veritas,” apparently invented a story intended to impugn The Washington Post (and the media more broadly), while also helping...

Friedman: Forget Trump and discover the world

In a recent MSNBC interview I described President Donald Trump as a “brain-eating disease.” I did so because his indecent behavior, and nonstop outrageous tweets and actions, force you as a commentator into a terrible choice: either ignore it and risk normalizing Trump’s excesses or write about him constantly and risk not having the time to learn and report about the big trends now...

Opinion: Why Roy Moore vote matters on Dec. 12

Why would Christian conservatives in good conscience go to the polls Dec. 12 and vote for Judge Roy Moore, despite the charges of sexual misconduct with teenagers leveled against him? Answer: That Alabama Senate race could determine whether Roe v. Wade is overturned. The lives of millions of unborn may be the stakes. Republicans now hold 52 Senate seats. If Democrats pick up the Alabama seat, they...

Opinion: Blue states do what red states preach

As we watch Roy Moore thumping his Bible to defend himself from accusations of child molestation, let me toss out a verbal hand grenade: To some degree, liberals practice the values that conservatives preach. This is complicated terrain with lots of exceptions, and the recent scandals involving Harvey Weinstein, Louis C.K. and Al Franken underscore that liberals can be skunks as much as anyone else...
Editorial: County leaders need to get in the game to fix ballpark ills

Editorial: County leaders need to get in the game to fix ballpark ills

The new spring training home of the world champion Houston Astros and division-leading Washington Nationals should be a jewel of our area — and, someday, probably will be. But right now, it’s mired in complaints about unpaid bills and shoddy workmanship, causing a severe financial burden on local subcontractors still uncompensated for work done up to a year ago. As reported by The Post&rsquo...

POINT OF VIEW: West Palm Beachers should embrace Flagler changes

The new Flagler Shore Project that’s organically evolving along the waterfront deserves the support of West Palm Beach residents. Its potential to bring family-friendly vibrancy to the downtown area seems timely, if not overdue, from my perspective. The four lanes of vehicle traffic always appeared to be frivolous and impractical, or at other times, dangerous when speeding cars would zoom through...
Commentary: Progressive plan for ending rural poverty — in America

Commentary: Progressive plan for ending rural poverty — in America

Economic hardship exists in nearly every American community. Families across the country have been devastated by medical debt, overwhelmed by unexpected expenses, or financially and emotionally shaken by the loss of a job. And the experience of economic insecurity — too little to eat, not enough money to turn the heat on, the stress of trying to make all the pieces fit together when they simply...
Commentary: Agricultural subsidies aid the wealthy

Commentary: Agricultural subsidies aid the wealthy

As Congress and the current administration seek to reduce poverty, policymakers should be wary of wasteful programs that do little to help poor Americans. Agricultural subsidies — especially popular with the largest and wealthiest farm business operations — largely fall into that category. Those subsidy programs are often marketed by farm interest groups as helping the rural poor, many...

Dowd: My brother Kevin’s not tired of winning

Wherever I go, people ask me the same question: “How can he?” How can Kevin support President Donald Trump? Why isn’t he bothered by all the things others find appalling and frightening? Thanksgiving weekend is here, so it’s time for my Republican brother to share his bounteous harvest of thoughts: Every time I hear Neil Gorsuch’s name, I smile. It has been a year since...

Gerson: How tribal politics curse us with tribal morality

America is currently cursed, not only with tribal politics but with tribal morality. Some liberals tend to minimize or excuse offenses against a few women in the broader cause of women’s rights. What is a politician’s wandering hand in comparison to maintaining legal abortion? Some conservatives tend to minimize or excuse offenses against women in the cause of conservative governance....
Letters Family’s women have long history with sexual harassment

Letters Family’s women have long history with sexual harassment

Family has history with sexual harassment Our joyous Thanksgiving was not filled with political rancor; we are all on the same team, all 50 of us. The opportunity to discuss situations in the workplace with several of my female relatives was much more enlightening and shocking. My 28-year-old niece changed her mid-level job because of unwanted advances from above. Thirty years ago, my sister-in-law...

Opinion: George Washington’s solution for sexual harassment

The avalanche of sexual harassment claims, with new ones pouring forth daily, leads me to the wisdom of George Washington’s observation in his farewell address in 1796: “Of all the dispositions and habits which lead to political prosperity, religion and morality are indispensable supports. … And let us with caution indulge the supposition that morality can be managed without religion...

POINT OF VIEW: Obamacare critique light on facts, details

Regarding the Oct. 26 letter titled, “Post-surgery, my premium doubled,” the writer’s story has some holes in it that I believe need correcting. First, the letter-writer states, “I was carrying my own insurance until President Barack Obama’s Affordable Care Act (ACA).” That implies that the ACA made her cancel her private insurance. For the record, there is nothing...

Letters: Be open to what changes a ‘new’ Flagler Drive will bring

Be open to what ‘new’ Flagler Drive brings I, for one, love the beginning of the new Flagler Drive project. At least five out of seven mornings, my husband and I join the many other pedestrians, cyclists and dog walkers enjoying the freedom of walking or biking on the newly closed east side of the road. Throughout the week, we are also driving on the west side — and have yet to encounter...
Editorial: Outing harassers good; changing workplace culture, better

Editorial: Outing harassers good; changing workplace culture, better

The brave women who came forward to describe the sexual abuse, professional intimidation and personal abasement they suffered from Harvey Weinstein, the overbearing man who produced understated films, have set off a revolution. Not only did they topple the seemingly invincible Weinstein, but they set an inspiring example for scores of other women, and some men, to overcome long-stifled fears and unwarranted...

Letters: Flagler is not like Copenhagen street

In my 68 years, I have learned not to rush to judgment when something new is tried. There have been times when something was done that I thought to be foolish, only to discover that it was actually a pretty good idea. This is not the case with the “Flagler experiment.” As I understand it, our city leaders went to Denmark on a fact-finding mission. They returned excited about the pedestrian...

POINT OF VIEW: Thousands of Florida veterans are barred from voting

More than 1.2 million Floridians are barred from voting because of a prior felony conviction — even though they have completed their sentence. That includes thousands of military veterans who have served our country. Each year about 60,000 Floridians finish their prison sentences or probation. In recent years, about 6 percent (approximately 3,600) were veterans. In the past, the percentage was...
Commentary: Will an anti-Trump wave overwhelm the GOP in 2018?

Commentary: Will an anti-Trump wave overwhelm the GOP in 2018?

Fired up by stunning election victories in Virginia and New Jersey, Democrats are now dreaming of a wave election in 2018 and regaining a majority in the House of Representatives. But their dreams could be spoiled by an old nemesis — a firewall of Republican gerrymandering in a string of pivotal states from the Midwest to Dixie. Typically, midterm elections are a boon to the out-party and perdition...

POINT OF VIEW: Planning key to municipal utilities’ quick Irma response

For the people of Florida, the end of November is a time to celebrate. It’s when we say goodbye to the Atlantic hurricane season. After 11 years without a direct hit, the past two hurricane seasons have brought us Hermine, Matthew and Irma. This season’s Hurricane Irma was a powerful and massive Category 4 hurricane when it made landfall in the Florida Keys. The second strongest Atlantic...

Letters: Clinton relationship with Lewinsky was consensual

Mona Charen’s “We let Bill Clinton off hook, and there are repercussions” (Nov. 20) and a recent letter to the editor link President Clinton to sexual predators. They seem to forget that Clinton’s relationship with Monica Lewinsky, age 22, was consensual and not that of a sexual predator. Was it moral or OK? No. But it is apparent thatLewinsky, not a minor, was a willing participant...

Letters: Second causeway would end delays at bridge

I found the letter “Limit bridge-raising to three times daily” (Nov. 16) interesting because I have tried to fix the bridge problem for years and no one will listen. I have contacted both city governments in Palm Beach and West Palm Beach with a plan where cars will never have to wait and boats may wait a few minutes. It’s not a tunnel. My plan will necessitate an initial cost because...

POINT OF VIEW: Mental health first aid training extra tool for police

About one in 10 police calls involves a person with mental illness, making police the nation’s de facto first responders to mental health crises. Although police are on the front lines, they often do not have the training to recognize and appropriately respond when an emergency involves a mental health crisis. When police officers in Providence, Rhode Island, encountered a distressed young man...
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