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Opinion: Is the party of Lincoln now the party of Lee?

This year will mark my 30th anniversary as a syndicated columnist. During these years, I have written more words than I would have preferred about race. But race is America’s great moral stain and unending challenge. I’ve tackled school choice, affirmative action, transracial adoption, crime, police conduct, family structure, poverty, free-enterprise zones and more. Some of those columns...

Letters Criminal justice system is failing addicts in crisis

System is failing addicts in crisis I gave a 19-year-old girl released from jail a ride to a Shell gas station and let her use my phone. Twenty-four hours later I got a call from her 77-year-old grandmother trying to find her. The girl was arrested wearing only a white T-shirt with blisters on her feet. Grandma got a call from police saying she was in bad shape. Grandma was furious the jail released...

POINT OF VIEW: Need resources to spark interest, save performing arts

With the return of the school year upon us, it is important to remember the arts and its importance to the youth of our community. There has been a demise of cultural arts around the world — especially from generation to generation. We can see the impact in our own community. The Boca Pops is gone. The Florida Philharmonic Orchestra is gone. Multiple theaters have closed. Live performance attendance...
Editorial: UF made the right call denying ‘alt-right’ leader’s rally

Editorial: UF made the right call denying ‘alt-right’ leader’s rally

University of Florida President Kent Fuchs, citing serious concerns about the safety and security of students, last week denied a white nationalist leader’s request to rent space for a speech on the campus. Fuchs’ decision, which was a surprise reversal from just days prior, was understandable. It was also right. We don’t come to this decision lightly. As an editorial board, we,...
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Turn on red-light cameras again throughout county I want to commend the Boynton Beach City Commission for bringing back red light cameras in their city. There has been a rash of deadly crashes in recent years because drivers are less and less afraid of being caught speeding through red lights. Just today, I was waiting at a red light while northbound on Australian Avenue in Riviera Beach. When the...
Christie commentary: For kids, Internet can be a dark, dangerous place

Christie commentary: For kids, Internet can be a dark, dangerous place

Kids can, and will do the darnedest, most dangerous things. These things can make us laugh at how silly they are. That is, until a child is hurt. And then there is an almost immediate reaction: “Well, that wouldn’t happen with my child.” Sure it can. Especially in this day and age of Internet accessibility, and kids — even those in elementary school — carrying smartphones...
POINT OF VIEW: Don’t quit, refocus on healthcare reform wins

POINT OF VIEW: Don’t quit, refocus on healthcare reform wins

Many Americans were disappointed when recent healthcare overhaul efforts failed. Whether they supported the proposed fix or not, many Floridians are now left wondering if they are stuck with all of the downsides of the Affordable Care Act. They don’t have to be, if Congress can regroup and refocus on more modest, achievable changes. One of those should be to stop the health insurance tax from...

Opinion: Tragedy in Charlottesville should unite decent Americans

In the South during the Jim Crow era, the “one-drop rule,” codified into law, asserted that if a person had just one drop of African-American blood, they were considered “black.” I wonder what we’d learn if we gave former KKK leader David Duke and the “white nationalists” who caused havoc in Charlottesville last Saturday a DNA test to determine their racial...

Opinion: Sadly, the United States is not ‘better than this’

It has become the go-to cliche for moments like this. We whisper it when someone breaks the mosque window or scrawls hatred on the synagogue wall. It is our assurance and our hope. “We are better than this,” we say. “This is not America.” So it is no surprise to be hearing that sentiment days after white supremacists descended, armored and armed, on a Virginia college town...

Time to declare national emergency on the opioid crisis

Addiction has permeated America and it doesn’t discriminate, rich, poor, black, brown or white, it’s destroying this country. But so far even though the U.S. Congress passed the Comprehensive Addiction and Recovery Act (CARA), the funding to battle the epidemic has been lackluster at best. Here are some sobering facts: Drug overdoses are the leading cause of death in those...

YOUR VIEWS

Future of WPB waterfront has been paved over The West Palm Beach Downtown Action Committee unanimously approved the Okeechobee Business District rezoning to allow a 25-story office tower along Flagler Drive. They are of the opinion that “jobs and other economic benefits have been deemed more important than waterfront views.” When the last vestige of build-able property is turned into concrete...
Cass Sunstein: Trump actually did something good this week

Cass Sunstein: Trump actually did something good this week

Obscured by the tumult surrounding President Donald Trump’s horrendous response to the violence in Charlottesville, Virginia, the White House managed to take a significant positive step this week: issuing an executive order designed to lower regulatory barriers to infrastructure projects, and to speed up and simplify the process for obtaining necessary permits and clearances. If the permitting...

Letters Allowing One Flagler near waterfront shows lack of leadership

Allowing One Flagler shows lack of leadership Re the current proposal and propaganda campaign by Related Cos. to erect a 25-story skyscraper (One Flagler) abutting our beautiful waterfront: Where is the outrage? Where is the leadership to oppose this monstrosity? I read where one commissioner, who has announced his candidacy for mayor, refuses to take a stand so he may hedge his bets as this debate...

POINT OF VIEW: Sequester Confederate monuments in one educational site

Last weekend’s events in Charlottesville, Va., have only heightened the debate surrounding Confederate monuments. I am a white male whose ancestors have been in this country since the 1600s. I am also my family’s genealogist. I have ancestors who fought on both sides in the Civil War. I even have ancestors who were slave owners (something I did not know until I did the research years ago)...

Opinion: If we erase our history, who are we?

When the Dodge Charger of 20-year-old Nazi sympathizer James Alex Fields Jr., plunged into that crowd of protesters Saturday, killing 32-year-old Heather Heyer, Fields put Charlottesville on the map of modernity alongside Ferguson. Before Fields ran down the protesters, and then backed up, running down more, what was happening seemed but a bloody brawl between extremists on both sides of the issue...
Gail Collins: How to handle Donald Trump

Gail Collins: How to handle Donald Trump

Donald Trump is still president. Hard to know what to do with this, people. In less than a week he’s managed to put on one of the most divisive, un-helpful, un-healing presidential performances in American history. It’s been a great stretch for fans of Richard Nixon and James Buchanan. On Wednesday, Trump had to dissolve his business advisory councils because the CEOs were fleeing like...

Friedman: Charlottesville, ISIS and us

I’ve been on the road since the Charlottesville killing. I am traveling with the chief of the U.S. Air Force, Gen. David Goldfein; his civilian boss, the Air Force secretary, Heather Wilson; and their aides. We’re at the Al Udeid Air Base, from which America’s entire ISIS-Syria-Iraq-Afghanistan air war is run. With all the news from Charlottesville, I was feeling in the wrong place...

Rubin: Republicans, cut the outrage; it’s time to disown Trump

The party of Lincoln is now the party of Robert E. Lee, Jefferson Davis and Southern slave owners who decided to kill fellow Americans so that they could keep men, women and children enslaved. The Republican Party has obliterated its entire historical legacy and become the party of the Enemies of Lincoln. And let’s be clear: Republicans cannot say, “That’s not us — that&rsquo...

POINT OF VIEW: If we want good health care, first need better health

Congress’ health care wrestling match will never end without one key ingredient: healthier people. Let’s face it: The debate is all about money — that is, how we afford to cover all the bills Americans are racking up. It’s a good question, given that one-third of Americans have diabetes or pre-diabetes, two-thirds are overweight, and an enormous percentage are taking drugs...

Letters: Why out of state? Because ideas, money all from elsewhere

Ideas, money, support all come from elsewhere Interesting observation regarding the hiring of out-of-state consultants. (“Why does county hire Texas firms?” Letters, Saturday) Could it be because the overwhelming majority of “governing officials” are from out of state? Could it be because many “investors” are from out of state? Could it be because of money (profit)...

Opinion: Heaven comes with blisters, poison ivy and mosquitos

ON THE PACIFIC CREST TRAIL, Calif. — This will make me sound grouchy and misanthropic, but I sometimes wonder if what makes America great isn’t so much its people as its trees and mountains. In contrast to many advanced countries, we have a vast and spectacular publicly owned wilderness, mostly free and available to all. The affluent have gated neighborhoods, private schools, backup generators...
Editorial: After Charlottesville, speak truth to power about hate

Editorial: After Charlottesville, speak truth to power about hate

Seventy years after the end of World War II, 32-year-old Heather Heyer died fighting Nazis. On American soil. Fifty years after passage of the Voting Rights Act, Virginia state troopers H. Jay Cullen and Berke M.M. Bates died protecting the right of white supremacists to demonstrate. On American soil. The pain of this seminal moment fresh on Saturday, President Donald J. Trump, instead of identifying...
Letters: Trump has hands full; he’s led presidentially

Letters: Trump has hands full; he’s led presidentially

Editor’s note: Our mailbox is overflowing with letters about the weekend’s hate-group rally in Charlottesville, Va., a high proportion of them criticizing President Donald Trump for his response to the violence. Here is a sample. Trump has hands full; he’s led presidentially During last year’s election, I supported Donald Trump with serious reservations. Since he took office...

Commentary: Why I’m skipping ‘Detroit’: Seeing blacks murdered painful

Whenever a movie about the civil rights movement came out, I’d ask my granddaddy if he was planning to see it. His response was always the same. “Why would I want to see that?” he’d say. “I lived it. Wasn’t fun the first time.” If he were still alive, I’m pretty sure Granddaddy would not be lining up to see “Detroit,” Oscar-winning director...

Commentary: ‘Detroit’ is a disquieting look at a disturbing time

“Detroit” is real-life tragedy, drama and melodrama, a bloody slice of America’s prejudiced racial history. The setting is the Detroit race riot of July 1967. The five days and nights of violence, looting and property damage were one of the largest urban uprisings of the 20th century. As a nation, we still nurse festering wounds from the conflict. The film is imperfect, but for anyone...

POINT OF VIEW: Managing South Florida’s water challenges needs skill

To this long-time fan and occasional critic of the South Florida Water Management District (SFWMD), the promotion of Ernie Marks as executive director is welcome news. The district is arguably South Florida’s most important governmental entity. The agency holds responsibility for water supply, flood control and protection of natural systems from Kissimmee to the Florida Keys. The SFWMD is also...

Dowd: Will the blowhard blow us up?

A couple of chubby brats with big missiles and short fuses. Is nuclear winter coming? Fire and fury, the likes of which the world has never seen, are bellowing from a posh golf club in New Jersey while fire and doom emanate from a medieval police state in Asia. Ever since Donald Trump was elected, the mandarins and chatterers of the capital have been alarmed that we would get to this precipice of...

Gerson: Trump babbles in the face of tragedy

One of the difficult but primary duties of the modern presidency is to speak for the nation in times of tragedy. A space shuttle explodes. An elementary school is attacked. The twin towers come down in a heap of ash and twisted steel. It falls to the president to express something of the nation’s soul — grief for the lost, sympathy for the suffering, moral clarity in the midst of confusion...

Trump is right: bigotry, violence ‘on many sides’

British writer and theologian G.K. Chesterton observed, “It is hatred that unites people — while love is always individual.” The use of hatred to mobilize has a long and bloody history. We should understand why it works so well. It taps into human weakness. It exploits the unwillingness of individuals to take responsibility for their own lives, to courageously confront life&rsquo...

Commentary: The Missiles of August

Here’s the good news, America: The Donald Trump versus Kim Jong Un showdown may be making you nervous, but it isn’t the first time a reckless, lecherous U.S. president obsessed with his own vigor and out of his depth on foreign policy faced off against a 30-something dictator armed with nukes. If we survived the Cuban missile crisis without a thermonuclear war, there’s probably a...

POINT OF VIEW: New approaches are needed to end campus sexual assault

The U.S. Department of Education’s top civil-rights official set off a firestorm when she told the New York Times — erroneously — that 90 percent of college sexual assault cases “fall into the category of ‘we were both drunk’ ” or post-relationship regret. Candice Jackson quickly and appropriately retracted her remarks, but her comments unintentionally highlighted...

Special people guide young students

Special people guide young students Wake up with a smile and a plan to win your new students over to the bright side of life. Be that sparkle in their minds that never diminishes. Line the path with books and possibilities. Those of us who teach are honored to become a student’s champion. And should you also be fortunate enough to touch a child’s life, find a similar way to encourage and...
Opinion: A solar eclipse is most spectacular thing you will ever see

Opinion: A solar eclipse is most spectacular thing you will ever see

Tens of millions of Americans have an exceedingly rare opportunity this month. There's no way I'm going to miss it. How about you? On Aug. 21, a total solar eclipse will be visible in a band about 65 miles wide stretching from Oregon to South Carolina. This will be the first coast-to-coast "totality" in the United States in 99 years, though, most recently out of the 20th century's dozen...
Q&A: New Saudi ambassador to Washington on Qatar, ISIS, women’s rights

Q&A: New Saudi ambassador to Washington on Qatar, ISIS, women’s rights

Saudi Arabia’s new ambassador to Washington is son of the current king and the brother of the new crown prince. Having only recently presented his credentials to President Donald Trump, Saudi Prince Khaled bin Salman talked with The Washington Post’s Lally Weymouth last week. Following are excerpts: QUESTION: How do you see U.S.-Saudi relations? SALMAN: There is a huge improvement in the...
Editorial: For sake of judiciary, remove Santino from the county bench

Editorial: For sake of judiciary, remove Santino from the county bench

Of our state’s three branches of government, the judiciary is the one that most citizens would hope — nay, expect — to be above reproach. That’s why the electing of judges is anathema to so many. Opening such an august position to the taint of politics risks just that — taint. We saw this in a few of last year’s judicial races, where candidates hurled all manner...

Letters West Palm needs locals to solve mobility issues

West Palm needs locals to solve issues I find the ongoing mobility study absolutely laughable. First of all, could our esteemed city leaders not have found a consultant firm in the greater West Palm Beach area or at least in the state of Florida? No, just another out-of-state consulting firm telling us what to do. (It takes an out-of-state consultant to tell us the best way to cross Okeechobee Boulevard?)...

COMMENTARY: Where does climate change denial come from?

“It’s Not Your Imagination: Summers Are Getting Hotter.” So read a recent headline in The Times, highlighting a decade-by-decade statistical analysis by climate expert James Hansen. “Most summers,” the analysis concluded, “are now either hot or extremely hot compared with the mid-20th century.” So what else is new? At this point the evidence for human-caused...

POINT OF VIEW: We’ve strayed too far from the Founders’ ideals

The last time I worried so deeply about America’s safety and future, I slid under my wooden desk at Brooklyn Public School #229. As silly as it seems today, in 1954, we periodically performed this exercise to protect ourselves from a potential Russian A-bomb attack. While I no longer worry about an A-bomb attack or destruction from without, I most definitely worry about destruction from within...

POINT OF VIEW: Florida must step up the war on opioids

Another life was recently taken by opioids. Unlike most other victims, this one was a 10-year-old boy. Just like any bright summer day, Alton walked to his community’s pool to play with his friends. After returning home, he immediately became violently sick, vomiting and losing consciousness. He was pronounced dead at the hospital. Fentanyl was found in his system. This young boy did not take...

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Child welfare probes preceded girl’s death A 13-year-old girl gets pregnant and gives birth to a daughter. Eight years later, that daughter drinks boiling water from a straw and dies. (“Boynton girl, 8, dead after dare to drink boiling water,” Aug. 3) The mother and her family had been the subject of at least 10 child welfare investigations since 2008. Four of those investigations...

Opinion: Why can’t we have rational conversation about immigration?

WASHINGTON — What better way to usher in the hissingly hot dog days of summer, otherwise known as August, than with a high-wire verbal duel between CNN senior White House correspondent Jim Acosta and White House sniper Stephen Miller. The sniping began during a news conference Wednesday, the same day President Trump endorsed Senate Republicans’ plan to reform legal immigration from family-based...

Opinion: Jeff Flake’s ‘Conservative Conscience’

The book pulls no punches. It sharply condemns conservatism for its role in a “culture of vicious dehumanization,” not to mention its sins of incoherence, rejection of empirical fact and plain hypocrisy. Writing of the rush by the conservative party, i.e., the GOP, to embrace the regrettable Donald Trump during the last election, the author is blunt and unsparing. “Never has a party...

Change the way executive nominations are voted on

As of July 22, the Senate has confirmed only 50 of President Donald Trump’s 229 executive nominations. Put another way, less than a month from the August recess, the Senate has confirmed only 22 percent of those nominated to serve in the Trump administration. By the same point in President Barack Obama’s first term, the Senate had confirmed 53 percent of Obama nominations. This situation...

POINT OF VIEW: Military raises more than right thing to do — it’s the law

Lance Cpl. Kara Dethlefsen and her husband are both proud Marines. They love their country and their young daughter. They have been deployed overseas and separated from each other in service to our country. They also have something in common with 23,000 other military families; they have to rely on food stamps and church food pantries to feed their young family. An enlisted member of our armed services...

Why do drug ads target patients?

Why do drug ads target patients? I have noticed a huge increase of pharmaceutical companies plying their different drugs via TV commercials. I don’t understand their purpose. They are obviously targeting patients. I don’t believe doctors are sitting at home during the day watching rebroadcasts of “The Andy Griffith Show.” Why would they target patients? Are the drug companies...
Trudy Rubin: How Trump’s loose lips can sink us all

Trudy Rubin: How Trump’s loose lips can sink us all

Here’s the good news about the crisis over North Korea. We are not going to war. Donald Trump is not going to nuke Pyongyang. Nor is North Korea’s Kim Jong Un going to nuke Guam. Yes, I know the president just threatened to meet any more North Korean threats to the United States “with fire and fury like the world has never seen.” This is the kind of extreme military rhetoric...
Ed Rogers: At a time like this, Trump’s team sure seems heaven-sent

Ed Rogers: At a time like this, Trump’s team sure seems heaven-sent

War clouds are gathering over the Korean Peninsula, and we are reminded of what former defense secretary Donald Rumsfeld (almost) famously said: “You go to war with the president you have, not the president you might want or wish to have at a later time.” President Donald Trump probably possesses the raw will to launch an attack that will leave North Korea smoldering. The U.S. military...

POINT OF VIEW: 1,900-foot rule canker rule based on science

Within the past few months, two separate articles appeared in The Palm Beach Post concerning aspects of the now-discontinued citrus canker-eradication program. This topic has been of considerable interest to many southern Florida residents. The Post is to be commended for its decisions to cover this important disease affecting our signature commercial agricultural industry and widely grown dooryard...

LETTERS

City should study best place to construct 25-story buildings Re One Flagler: Why does it have to be where it is proposed as a 25-story building? It should be closer to the Federal Courthouse, train, I-95, etc., so the people don’t have to commute all the way to the east side of West Palm Beach. Why hasn’t West Palm Beach studied where is the best place to allow 25-story buildings so they...

Opinion: After the coup by the press, what then?

That the Trump presidency is bedeviled is undeniable. As President Donald Trump flew off for August at his Jersey club, there came word that Special Counsel Robert Mueller III had impaneled a grand jury and subpoenas were going out to the Trump family and campaign associates. The jurors will be drawn from a pool of citizens in a city Hillary Clinton swept with 91 percent of the vote. Trump got 4 percent...

LETTERS

Time to take action on getting safe water I ask myself where can I find just plain tap water to drink? Not bottled water, or bottled water loaded with “healthy nutrients.” Just safe water flowing from the faucet. The Flint, Mich., catastrophe brought new awareness on the national level of our ever-growing problems with safe drinking water. On our local level, residents are being provided...

Banks’ overdraft fees shouldn’t put the squeeze on you

Which bank fees cost Americans more money each year than they spend on eggs, on baby clothes, or on books, newspapers and magazines combined? Overdraft fees on family and personal checking accounts, to the tune of $14 billion annually. Financial institutions charge large fees when a customer’s checking account doesn’t have enough money for a purchase but the bank pays the transaction anyway...

Dowd: Bobby Three Sticks sticks it to Trump

As we contemplate crime and punishment in the Trump circle, it should be noted that our Russia-besotted president does share some traits with Dostoyevsky’s spiraling protagonist, Rodion Raskolnikov. Both men are naifs who arrive and think they have the right to transgress. Both are endlessly fascinating psychological studies: self-regarding, with Napolean-style grandiosity, and self-incriminating...

Gerson: Tillerson an ineffectual and destabilizing force at State

If Cabinet members are to be judged by the gap between expectation and performance, Rex Tillerson is among the worst. He was supposed to be one of the adults in the room, a steadying force. But Tillerson has managed to be both ineffectual and destabilizing — unfamiliar with the workings of government, unwilling to provide inspirational leadership, disconnected from American values and seemingly...
Commentary: Confederate monuments about maintaining white supremacy

Commentary: Confederate monuments about maintaining white supremacy

More than 150 years after the Civil War, Confederate memorialization — Southerners’ attempt to rationalize slavery, secession and the Civil War — continues to dominate Southern cities. And yet, from Richmond, Va., to New Orleans, protesters and elected officials have recently challenged this public commemoration of the “Lost Cause” by demanding the removal of Confederate...
Commentary: Why we need Confederate monuments

Commentary: Why we need Confederate monuments

Since the horrific church shooting in Charleston, S.C., two years ago, calls to remove Confederate flags and monuments have swept the South from Virginia to Texas. Contrary to contemporary claims that chants to “take it down” are a product of liberal campaigns for political correctness or a new target of the Black Lives Matter movement, contests over Civil War symbols and memorials have...

POINT OF VIEW: The difficult legacy of Watergate

Forty-three years ago, Richard Nixon, facing certain impeachment, resigned the presidency. As Gerald Ford assumed the office later that same day, Ford remarked to the American people that “our long national nightmare is over.” That was true in the immediate sense for all of the reasons Ford gave: “Our Constitution works; our great Republic is a government of laws and not of men....

Editorial: Loose laws on absentee ballots make mischief too easy

You know that your election laws are too hard to understand when the elections supervisor has to pore over them to figure them out. That’s what’s been happening in Palm Beach County in the wake of controversies over the flurry of absentee ballots that were instrumental in the victories of three candidates last August: Sen. Bobby Powell and Rep. Al Jacquet to the state Legislature, and...
Letters Who puts a big store in middle of road?

Letters Who puts a big store in middle of road?

Who puts a big store in middle of road? In response to “City hopes to improve traffic flow, pedestrian safety” (July 31): With all due respect to Restoration Hardware, why on earth did they build a monster of a building in the heart of CityPlace, adding to and creating more traffic congestion? Seems to me that the city commissioners need to look no further than this monstrosity to explain...

Opinion: Motherhood is deadlier in United States

HOUSTON — We love mothers, or at least we say we do, and we claim that motherhood is as American as apple pie. We’re lying. In fact, we’ve structured health care so that motherhood is far more deadly in the United States than in other advanced countries. An American woman is about five times as likely to die in pregnancy or childbirth as a British woman — partly because Britain...

Ending anti-conservative bias on campuses is real affirmative action

Affirmative action is once again in the news. This time because of a leaked Justice Department memo indicating possible action regarding complaints from Asian-American groups that Harvard University is discriminating against Asian-Americans in its admissions policies. As this story was breaking, Harvard said that, for the first time in history, the majority of its incoming freshman class will not...

Letters Drop Santino and put her opponent, Lerman, on county bench

Dump Santino; put Lerman on bench Dana Santino has now confessed to the Judicial Qualifications Commission charged with determining her fitness for the county court bench. She says she made a terrible mistake trusting her “hired gun” consultant’s advice and libeling her opponent in last fall’s race, Gregg Lerman, through vicious emails sent to county voters and an infamous...

POINT OF VIEW: Why the GL land swap plan is bad for the county

There have been several letters published in favor of a land swap from the Agricultural Reserve for land in the Loxahatchee/Acreage region. This would be damaging to the Ag Reserve, and a money-loser for the county. Taxpayers voted to put $100 million toward preserving land in the Ag Reserve. The northwest county land folks want to swap is of far less value than the land in the Ag Reserve. It is also...
Perspective: This Trump real estate deal looks a lot like criminal tax fraud

Perspective: This Trump real estate deal looks a lot like criminal tax fraud

President Donald Trump clearly doesn't want to release his income tax returns to the public. Members of the public and commentators have progressed through stages of outrage, speculation and acceptance that they'll never see the goods, while others have made attempts to pry the documents free (such as proposed legislation in New York and other states that would require presidential candidates to release...

POINT OF VIEW: Unending war, US commitment to its warriors

Democracies are not built for wars without end. Even a superpower democracy cannot wage unending war without jeopardy to its heart and soul. After 16 years of war in Afghanistan, with no end in sight, we see some of its troubling consequences. Most troubling is that with each passing year, it is easier to ignore our commitment to care for those who “shall have borne the battle.” My story...

Opinion: Columbia University’s Mattress Girl discredited

If you haven’t heard of the “mattress girl,” it’s not for lack of trying among liberal opinion-shapers. Emma Sulkowicz, who dragged a blue mattress around Columbia University’s campus in 2014 to dramatize her plight as a rape victim, was profiled sympathetically in New York magazine, The New York Times and other publications. Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, D-NY, invited her...

Letters Who’s looking forward to Brightline? Not us in PB Gardens

Who’s looking forward to Brightline? Not us In the article, “2 counties seek new review of Brightline” (Wednesday), just who are the people looking forward to the “much-anticipated” completion of the All Aboard route to Orlando? It’s not we Palm Beach Gardens residents who unhappily foresee a high-speed train racing through our quiet residential neighborhoods at...

Letters: Caring family key to kids’ reading success

Because a child cannot master reading in four years (K-3), do we actually think we can fix that with more money, longer school days, more teacher input? My parents and big sister were always reading to me. There is no skill achieved in any endeavor without practice. Teachers can only instruct, show the process and make assignments. They cannot force students to practice. The common denominator among...
POINT OF VIEW: Consider extending Tri-Rail west in north county

POINT OF VIEW: Consider extending Tri-Rail west in north county

As anyone who lives west of Florida’s Turnpike in northern Palm Beach County will tell you, traveling north and south is only half their transportation problem. They must first get east to where all of the accommodations for north/south travel are. Extending Tri-Rail to Palm Beach Gardens or Jupiter seems wise until one considers that this is a transportation plan that ignores a region of the...
Goodman: Venezuela’s tailspin is a tragedy for millions, one at a time

Goodman: Venezuela’s tailspin is a tragedy for millions, one at a time

A friend of mine has left Venezuela. Roberto Leiro was born and raised in Caracas to a middle-class family in what was a country on the rise, a prosperous place with the world’s largest oil reserves and prospects of becoming one of the Southern Hemisphere’s leading democracies. But that was before the oil market tanked, the economy crashed and the wretched leadership of the late President...
Editorial: Renovate, rebuild confidence in county housing authority

Editorial: Renovate, rebuild confidence in county housing authority

Few governmental agencies are forced to weather the lows of a public housing authority. These much-maligned agencies, charged with giving shelter to low-income, and often elderly and disabled, people, are too often targets for fraud and corruption. Their tenants, and accompanying taxpayer funding, are easy prey for the unscrupulous. We hope that Dr. Ben Carson, the Trump Administration’s Secretary...

Opinion: Trump to American heroes: You’re fired!

July 26 is a significant day in American military history. Sixty-nine years ago, on July 26, 1948, President Harry Truman signed an executive order abolishing racial segregation in the Armed Forces allowing African-Americans to serve in all branches of the military. Fast-forward. July 26, 2017 will go down in military history for a different reason. On that day, President Donald Trump sent out a tweet...

Opinion: Diminished trust in gov’t can be traced to Vietnam

One day (Marine Theodore Wallace) saw an officer casually aim his rifle and try to shoot a Vietnamese boy in the distance. “Sir, what are you doing?” he’d asked. “He’s probably supplying the (North Vietnamese Army),” the officer said. “What’s he doing out here anyway?” “It’s his country!” Wallace said. — Mark Bowden, &ldquo...

LETTERS

West Palm needs to stop fighting SR7 expansion For the first time in the history of the universe, I agree with The Post’s editorial position, specifically regarding SR 7. West Palm Beach has spent at least $2.1 million in legal fees so far. Government accounting is rarely accurate; the real number is probably much higher. We all know the basis for this legal fight. It is time to move on. West...

POINT OF VIEW: White House needs to appoint a science advisor

In modern psychology, gratitude has been called an elixir of subjective well-being. In spite of many challenges in life, we can all be grateful that we live in a science-driven society. Science has helped us to innovate new technologies, the examples of which include our hand-held smartphones, big screen TVs, fast-moving vehicles, airplanes, imaging devices to peek inside our bodies, powerful telescopes...

YOUR VIEWS

Slosberg owed gratitude for texting-driving stand As a retired 40-year auto accident investigator, I’ve seen first-hand the horrors of “distracted driving” and how it ruins so many lives. All Floridians owe a debt of gratitude to state Rep. Emily Slosberg, D-Boca Raton, for her continuing efforts in making texting while driving a primary, not secondary offense. The evidence is overwhelming...

No ‘failure factories’ in Palm Beach County schools

Each year, the Florida Department of Education (DOE) releases grades for every traditional public and charter school in Florida. The foundation of these grades is student performance and learning gains on the Florida Standards Assessment (FSA) tests given each year, starting with students in the third grade. We know that grades don’t tell our school district’s whole story, and that they...

Opinion: Shall the United States fight them all?

On Saturday, Kim Jong Un tested an ICBM of sufficient range to hit the U.S. mainland. He is now working on its accuracy, and a nuclear warhead small enough to fit atop that missile that can survive re-entry. He wants what every nuclear power wants — the ability to strike his enemy’s homeland with horrific impact, in order to deter that enemy. Kim wants his regime recognized and respected...
8 jaw-dropping lines from Trump's phone calls with Mexico and Australia

8 jaw-dropping lines from Trump's phone calls with Mexico and Australia

President Trump is obsessed with this election win, thinks New Hampshire is a "drug-infested den," worries about looking like "a dope" and doesn't want to talk publicly about who is going to pay for the wall. These are among the themes and standout moments from Trump's January telephone conversations with Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto and Australian Prime Minister...

Letters Rural homeowners should support GL Homes plan

Rural homeowners should support GL plan Loxahatchee has been my home for almost 20 years. It is a rural community that provides homeowners with enough land to grow our own vegetables and raise a few animals. And unlike any other place in Palm Beach County, it still has open spaces and wildlife. The people in The Acreage like that is is one the few communities in South Florida that still has dirt roads...
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