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Opinion: What is the real message of #MeToo?

The feminist website Babe published an account of a date gone bad. The pushback has been swift and sharp. I share some of the concerns of the critics, but I also think young women are sending a message that is being missed. The account by the anonymous “Grace” about a bad date with comedian Aziz Ansari was, if not “3,000 words of revenge porn” (Caitlin Flanagan’s phrase)...
Editorial: County can ensure women, minorities fair cut of contracts

Editorial: County can ensure women, minorities fair cut of contracts

Palm Beach County isn’t wasting time. About $40 million of the money collected from the 2016 sales tax increase already has been spent, says County Administrator Verdenia Baker. A road project here, some bridge work there — it doesn’t take long for the expenditures to add up. Unfortunately, it’s still business as usual in the way the county and other local governments have...
Christie commentary: Please, just stop trying to beat the train

Christie commentary: Please, just stop trying to beat the train

It was a tough week for Brightline. Maybe the last thing you want in your first week as a high-speed passenger rail line is people dying on your tracks. But public outcry has All Aboard Florida’s Brightline close to coming off the rails here. “We offer our deepest sympathy to those affected by the recent incidents,” Brightline’s President and Chief Operating Officer Patrick...
Letters: Red-light runners endanger other drivers

Letters: Red-light runners endanger other drivers

Recently, while stopped at a light in Royal Palm Beach, a black pickup truck pulled up behind me for a couple seconds. I had my dash camera running. The driver went around me via the center lane, crossed in front of me, and continued accelerating through a left turn and through the red light with impunity. Even more alarming, this is not the first time our family has witnessed this kind of death-defying...

POINT OF VIEW: Our elections are in danger. Congress must defend them.

While the 2016 election may have left our country divided on many issues, it exposed one critical problem that should unite all Americans: Our democratic process is vulnerable to attacks by hostile foreign powers. As our intelligence community unanimously assessed, Russia used social media channels to influence and mislead voters. It also hacked political campaign committees and local elections boards...

Opinion: Journalists must give light; public can find its way

I was wrong. Years ago, people used to ask me what journalists should do to combat the nation’s drift toward “factish” and “truthy” logic. What was needed, I’d reply with misplaced confidence, is robust fact-checking. If news media were more aggressive in calling people out for lying, I predicted, they’d be less likely to do so with impunity. Well, in the...

Opinion: Choosing immigration criteria is a Sisyphean task

WASHINGTON — In 1790, the finest mind in the First Congress, and of his generation, addressed in the House of Representatives the immigration issue: “It is no doubt very desirable that we should hold out as many inducements as possible for the worthy part of mankind to come and settle amongst us.” Perhaps today’s 115th Congress will resume the Sisyphean task of continuing one...

Letters Downtown shambles shows folly’s future

Downtown shambles shows folly’s future Anyone who lives near downtown West Palm Beach and uses Flagler Dive on a regular basis can tell you this inconvenient eyesore is just like the South Cove Nature walkway in the Intracoastal (yes, that ridiculous project has a name). No one uses it. I drive on Flagler twice a day, every day at different times each day, and ask myself, “Who is this...

POINT OF VIEW: Please accept my apology for President Trump

During my last year teaching overseas, the 2016 presidential campaign had already begun, and I promised my students that then-Republican presidential candidate Donald J. Trump would not be elected. In fact, I laughed when they expressed concern that it might happen. As I was the American adult in the room, they had the right to believe me, and I was completely wrong. If I were there now, I would be...

POINT OF VIEW: What would gender equality look like?

Women now have male friends who are unsure what is appropriate in today’s social climate. Now that #MeToo led women to publicly speak out about hurtful actions they have endured from men, some men are re-examining jokes they’ve told, hugs they’ve given and flirtations that went awry. First of all, this women’s movement is, or should be primarily about activities that are clearly...

Letters County has more to offer tourists than water

County has more to offer than water The article “County weighs price of conserving nature” (Jan. 8) revealed the lack of community leaders who recognize the value and importance of Palm Beach County’s Environmentally Sensitive Lands (ESLs). However, the questions asked by representatives of the Tourist Development Council are very valid. Do ESLs attract tourists? What is the return...

Friedman: Pausing the ‘Trump Reality Show’ for a technological advance

Donald Trump poses a huge dilemma for commentators: to ignore his daily outrages is to normalize his behavior, but to constantly write about them is to stop learning. Like others, I struggle to get this balance right, which is why I pause today to point out some incredible technological changes that will pose as big an adaptation challenge to American workers as transitioning from farms to factories...

Parker: Can there be a charitable reading of Trump’s vulgarity?

While recently perusing unread books gathering dust on my shelves, one tome caught my eye and, upon being loosed from the grip of neglect, fell open to a random page from which leapt the following sentence: “The ancestors of a critical and growing mass of present-day Americans existed in dung heaps of humanity amidst rotting vegetables.” Naturally, the line seemed providential —...

Letters City already has best pharmacist; no chains required

City has the best pharmacy; no CVS I have been a customer of Center City Pharmacy since it opened. From experience, I know that Thomas Rebhandl stands alone as the best pharmacist around. Center City is a vital part of the downtown community, providing serious health care service that requires a pharmacist who is 100-percent knowledgeable about prescription drugs and their interactions. Just ask your...

POINT OF VIEW: Protect the rights of innocent kids in dependency court

Plaintiffs, defendants, respondents, or anyone who stands before a judge in a court of law often has the right or opportunity to appear with counsel at their side. Even delinquent children have that right. Yet, those with the most to lose – or gain – in Florida’s courts often find themselves without an attorney representing their interests. Innocent children, where the only crime...
Editorial: Congress’ fumbles jeopardize health of millions of kids

Editorial: Congress’ fumbles jeopardize health of millions of kids

With the parties as antagonistic as ever, Washington looks to be on the verge of another government shutdown. Once again, furloughs loom for many federal employees. National parks and monuments could be shut to the public that owns them. Once again, the world might gaze upon the inability of our republic to fulfill its most basic duties in this age of hyperpartisanship. Much attention has thus far...
Letters Flagler Shores a fatality in waiting

Letters Flagler Shores a fatality in waiting

Flagler Shores a fatality in waiting Must someone be killed before the city changes Flagler Shores back to Flagler Drive? Flagler Shores is distracting and dangerous for both drivers and pedestrians. It is an accident waiting to happen. Mayor Jeri Muoio’s thoughtless ambush of West Palm Beach’s beautiful open vistas has to end. Where in the world did our mayor come up with such a bad idea?...

Rampell: Trump hopes you won’t notice his back-door repeal of Obamacare

One of the bigger, and more heartening, surprises of the past year was just how fervently it turned out Americans supported health care for low-income people. Republican politicians, after all, had been running against Obamacare — including its Medicaid expansion and income-based subsidies for buying insurance — from the moment the law passed. And the public appeared to back this agenda...

Gerson: Trump is at war with the central ideal of the Republic

Sometimes it is necessary to begin with the obvious. The claim that America needs more Norwegian migrants and fewer Africans from “sh-thole countries” is racist. It is not the same as arguing for a higher-skilled immigrant pool. That argument might go something like: “We need a higher-skilled immigrant pool.” President Donald Trump, according to the compelling weight of evidence...

POINT OF VIEW: Stop financial crimes against older Americans

In 2006, Philip Marshall had to make a critical decision: turn in his father for exploiting Philip’s grandmother, or do nothing. Philip’s decision to act revealed to the world what remains perhaps the world’s highest-profile case of elder abuse. Ultimately, Anthony Marshall was convicted of defrauding his mother, the philanthropist Brooke Astor. While the million-dollar sums involved...
Thiessen: With cameras in Cabinet Room, Trump proves he’s presidential

Thiessen: With cameras in Cabinet Room, Trump proves he’s presidential

Last week, two incredible events unfolded before our eyes: American television viewers were invited into the White House Cabinet Room, where for nearly an hour they watched as President Donald Trump effectively led a bipartisan meeting in which he and congressional Democrats made real progress on immigration reform. And it snowed in the Sahara Desert. The reason for the Saharan snow was a rare blast...
Scarborough: Recent days prove that Trump is unfit to be president

Scarborough: Recent days prove that Trump is unfit to be president

The past few days have matched some of the Trump era’s most frantic and maniacal weeks. Washington headlines have been driven by Michael Wolff’s Swampland confessional, “Fire and Fury: Inside the Trump White House,” and the slew of revelations that emerged in its turbulent wake. On one side of the political divide, Trump antagonists clutched Wolff’s book to their breasts...

Opinion: Trump, meet a hero whom you maligned

In 1885, a poor, uneducated 16-year-old boy arrived in our country from Germany at a time when immigrants were often looked down on by affluent Americans. This boy was ambitious and entrepreneurial, and, despite language problems, he earned some money and then traveled up to the Klondike during the gold rush to operate a hotel that became notorious for prostitution. He prospered, and today his grandson...

Opinion: Republicans must lead in upcoming abortion debate

This year, as every year, I will be joining the hundreds of thousands who will be arriving in Washington, D.C., for the March for Life, noting the anniversary of the 1973 Roe v. Wade decision, which legalized abortion on demand in our country. The event has taken place every year since 1973 and will continue to take place every year until this disastrous and destructive decision is reversed. Those...

Letters: Tax cuts will spell success for Republicans

The lines are clearly marked. The Democrats call the Trump tax cut a disaster that will benefit only the wealthy and big corporations and increase the national debt. The Republicans call the tax cut a great economic stimulus that will bring back jobs and wealth by encouraging industry to return to America, create new businesses and give the average middle-class workers a $2,000 tax cut. By looking...

POINT OF VIEW: Tweeting damages Trump’s presidency. So why do it?

In reflecting on America’s politics of the last year, it is impossible not to conclude that the president’s tweeting has been momentous. So far, I am unaware of any organization that has quantified exactly how much damage President Donald Trump has caused by tweeting, but I think some substantial percentage of his problems and negative ratings must be directly attributable to his tweets...

POINT OF VIEW: Another use for the state’s Sadowski Housing funds

There may be a better use for the state’s Sadowski Housing Trust Fund revenue than handing it over to local officials. While Palm Beach County Commissioner Paulette Burdick has a point about the need for affordable housing, which the fund was meant to provide, I have little faith that the counties and cities in need of affordable housing will use the money wisely. RELATED: Editorial...

Letters 2018 ballot box is best way to impede Trump’s power

Ballot box way to impede Trump Please let’s stop talking about impeachment. It’s not going to happen. Even if it did, consider who’s waiting in the wings. The only solution to President Donald Trump is to trounce the GOP in the 2018 elections ( which may reduce the travesties being performed) and then get rid of Trump, et.al., in 2020. We have gotten ourselves into this predicament...

Opinion: Sofia Vergara, frozen embryos and forced procreation

The Supreme Court of Colorado will soon rule on whether a person has a constitutional right to not procreate. The dispute is between Drake Rooks and his ex-wife, Mandy Rooks. The couple were married in 2002. They had three children using in vitro fertilization, but were left with six frozen embryos. In 2014, they divorced. Now they are embroiled in a legal battle over what should become of those &ldquo...
Editorial: Opioid-addicted babies collateral damage in drug epidemic

Editorial: Opioid-addicted babies collateral damage in drug epidemic

The most tragic, innocent casualties of the opioid crisis are lying in bassinets in hospitals like St. Mary’s Medical Center in West Palm Beach. Screaming babies, bodies trembling from withdrawal, born to opioid-addicted mothers. Maybe they’re not as headline-grabbing as tales of children discovered in the backseats of cars with their parents passed out from drug overdoses in the front...
Letters: We love Oprah, but not for president

Letters: We love Oprah, but not for president

We all love Oprah. She appeals to our humanity. She is charismatic and easy to listen to. She speaks from the heart. She is certainly smart. She’s not afraid to roll up her sleeves and do the work. She is trustworthy. She is a good businesswoman who would most likely surround herself with bright and trustworthy people if she were to be president. We “know” her. However, I am worried...
Christie commentary: Brightline shines light on what could be in SoFla

Christie commentary: Brightline shines light on what could be in SoFla

It’s one smooth ride. And yes, it’s fast. Nearly six years in the making, All Aboard Florida’s Brightline finally began limited service on Saturday. But I joined a gaggle of reporters, and business and government VIPs Friday morning for a test run. And once the four-car Brightline Green train got underway (about 10 minutes late), it was hard for me not to think of the travel possibilities...

POINT OF VIEW: Folly to increase waters exposed to oil drilling’s risks

Having proposed to open nearly all U.S. oceans to the potential hazards of oil and gas production, Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke did an about-face last week, pledging to keep Florida’s waters off limits to drilling because, as he put it, the state’s “coasts are heavily reliant on tourism as an economic driver.” Clean and healthy oceans are, indeed, an economic driver for Florida&rsquo...

Opinion: In Oregon, progressivism spills over at the pump

WASHINGTON — Frank Lloyd Wright purportedly said, “Tip the world over on its side and everything loose will land in Los Angeles.” Today, however, Oregon is the state with the strangest state of mind, which has something to do with it being impeccably progressive: In the series “Portlandia,” the mention of artisanal lightbulbs might be satirical, but given today&rsquo...

Opinion: ‘Fire and Fury’ is book we got, not one we needed

America desperately wanted this book. America desperately needed it, too. That’s why “Fire and Fury,” by journalist Michael Wolff, which purported to be a fly-on-the-wall, inside view of life in the Trump White House, shot to Number One on Amazon.com last week after Donald Trump’s lawyers tried to suppress it. It’s why bookstores had to back order. Unfortunately, Wolff...

Letters Boater’s death may have been preventable

Boater’s death may have been preventable The tragic death of Scott Keegan who hit his head and was knocked into the water should be a wake-up call for whatever combination of administrative agencies to modify the low overhead structure crossing the E4 Canal at Miner Road. (“Man on boat in Boynton dies after hitting head on bridge,” Jan. 3) The Miner Road bridge is one of the lowest...

POINT OF VIEW: Regarding the Trump-Russia probe, follow the money

Timothy O’Brien of Bloomberg writes: “The Trump family has had longstanding real estate and licensing dealings with questionable business associates, some of them Russian and some of them not, as I and reporters like the late Wayne Barrett have written about for years… . “While Trump allies have recently targeted [Robert] Mueller’s probe as ill-founded, tainted with...

Caution: Entering Trump’s Mind

Our subject today is Donald Trump’s mind. Not the speculation about whether he’s losing his marbles. That was during our “Fire and Fury” period last week. Now, we’re thinking about that lovely bipartisan meeting the president hosted Tuesday with members of Congress about immigration. Everybody was impressed by how concerned Trump seemed to be about all the young Dreamers...

Letters Train deck stacked in operators’ favor

Train deck stacked in operators’ favor Train horns to continue for a while, say the Brightline railroad moguls. Ever wonder why you cannot operate a loud business in your neighborhood? Or drive your hot rod or motorcycle up and down a residential street at maximum throttle? The reason, and justifiably so, is that there are anti-noise ordinances so residents can enjoy their property in peace...

POINT OF VIEW: Energy deregulation no ‘price panacea’ for Floridians

Every few years, proponents of deregulation try to peddle the notion that Florida should do away with the protections afforded by the state’s regulated electricity system. It’s about consumer “choice,” they say… obviously “competition” means lower prices for consumers … right? Wrong. While supporters of deregulated electricity claim that competition...

Opinion: What is America’s mission now?

Informing Iran, “The U.S. is watching what you do,” Amb. Nikki Haley called an emergency meeting Friday of the Security Council regarding the riots in Iran. The session left her and us looking ridiculous. France’s ambassador tutored Haley that how nations deal with internal disorders is not the council’s concern. Russia’s ambassador suggested the United Nations should...

Letters Save lives with exit rumble strips

Save lives with exit rumble strips One possible deterrent to the all-too-frequent traffic crashes at the I-95 South Congress exit ramp, would be rumble strips. (“Woman killed at dangerous overpass,” Dec. 29) Not to be confused with speed bumps, rumble strips are a series of deep-groove saw-cuts across the ramp itself, every 15 yards or so, beginning near the base of the ramp. As the vehicle...

POINT OF VIEW: Community colleges lower-cost alternative for taxpayers

The Palm Beach Post editorial, “Senate wants to fix colleges but they’re not broken,” (Sunday ), examines a vital topic — the access to affordable education for our taxpayers and their children, and the equitable distribution of our tax monies for our benefit as citizens of Florida, not for the benefit of the university college system at the expense of the community college...

Goldberg: Don’t be too quick to dismiss ‘Beltway insiders’

“Fishermen, sharpen your hooks, bring out the cheese balls and grease your bicycles. Soon there’s going to be trout fishing inside the Beltway.” That’s the first time the phrase “inside the Beltway” — meaning, in this instance, the physical realm within the I-495 ring road that surrounds Washington — appeared in The Washington Post, the official Beltway...

Friedman: Iranian and Saudi youth try to bury 1979

The biggest question about the recent protests in Iran — combined with the recent lifting of religious restrictions in Saudi Arabia — is whether together they mark the beginning of the end of the hard-right puritanical turn that the Muslim world took in 1979, when, as Middle East expert Mamoun Fandy once observed, “Islam lost its brakes” and the whole world felt it. The events...

Rampell: Rising stock prices do not mean Trump’s presidency is awesome

Whenever unflattering news comes out, President Donald Trump resorts to one of two strategies: attack some unrelated culture-wars punching bag or brag about the stock market. In the past month, he’s tweeted about stock prices more than every other day, on average. According to Trump, the rising market is evidence of how awesome his presidency has been for the economy. At one point, he even touted...

Gerson: Trump can’t lose a grasp on reality he never possessed

Because of President Donald Trump’s absence of downward loyalty, his elevation of the morally impaired and his encouragement of staff factionalism, his administration will produce any number of damaging memoirs and leak-filled exposes. Michael Wolff’s “Fire and Fury” is the latest in this genre but surely not the last. Yet what is most striking about Wolff’s book is its...

POINT OF VIEW: Rebutting Speaker Ryan’s Social Security, Medicare myths

With the scribbled ink on December’s GOP tax legislation barely dry, congressional Republicans are promising to target Americans’ earned benefits this year. House Speaker Paul Ryan told a Wisconsin radio interviewer, “We’re going to have to get back… at entitlement reform, which is how you tackle the debt and the deficit.” Ryan went on to make a number of dubious...
Letters Want representative government? Elect decent representatives

Letters Want representative government? Elect decent representatives

Want representative government? Elect decent representatives Old social studies textbooks tell us that we have a representative government where officials are elected to express the consent of the governed. Yet Florida’s demands are regularly ignored. Sadly, no one seems to remember this at the polls, and at every election, we end up with an old crop of special-interest puppets. Two examples...
Editorial: Floridians must push hard to reverse Trump drilling plan

Editorial: Floridians must push hard to reverse Trump drilling plan

No, no, a thousand times no. In no way should offshore oil and gas drilling be allowed off the coast of Florida. Or off the coast of the Carolinas, California, New Jersey — or any other coastal state, for that matter. But that is what the Trump administration proposes to do, despite the states’ widespread opposition. Reversing longstanding policies upheld by both Republican and Democratic...

Opinion: Why 2017 was best year in human history

We all know that the world is going to hell. Given the rising risk of nuclear war with North Korea, the paralysis in Congress, warfare in Yemen and Syria, atrocities in Myanmar and a president who may be going cuckoo, you might think 2017 was the worst year ever. But you’d be wrong. In fact, 2017 was probably the very best year in the long history of humanity. A smaller share of the world&rsquo...
Opinion: Trump is reason for drop in blacks’ unemployment

Opinion: Trump is reason for drop in blacks’ unemployment

There’s plenty to celebrate in the December Bureau of Labor Statistics report showing black unemployment at 6.8 percent, the lowest since they started reporting the data in 1972. President Trump tweeted out his excitement and, of course, took credit for the good news. Has there ever been a politician who didn’t take credit for good news on his watch (or rationalize away responsibility...

POINT OF VIEW: Sea-level rise increases danger of hurricane season

It’s time for actions that protect coastal communities from flooding. It’s far better to protect than recover, and far cheaper. Flooding statistics are alarming. In Florida sea-level rise has increased high-tide flooding by 400 percent in the past 10 years, while the speed of sea-level rise has tripled. This same sea-level rise raised the storm surge of Hurricane Irma 8 inches higher than...

Letters Want my vote? Run on ‘no robocall’ ticket

Want my vote? Run on ‘no robocall’ ticket Regardless of political party affiliation, the next politician running for any office in Florida gets my vote if their platform includes: “Stop robocalls.” This is an invasion of my right to privacy and comfort in my own home. ARNIE DICKERMAN, LAKE WORTH Melgen violated oath; no mercy Salomon Melgen deserves no mercy. He betrayed his...

Letters Has Legislature no plan to deal with the homeless issue?

Has Legislature no plan for homeless? Did you know that there are 73,000 homeless children in Florida? According to the school boards that know they have no home address, there are that many. It snowed for the first time in 28 years in Tallahassee. They have one homeless shelter with 242 beds. It was, of course, overloaded with homeless people. Does the Florida Legislature care about the homeless?...

POINT OF VIEW: 2018 session offers much to be enthusiastic about

As we kick off 2018, a message to Florida lawmakers: Don’t quit while you’re ahead. Last year, our legislators kept many New Year’s resolutions: trimming the fat from the state budget, making sure taxpayers kept more of their hard-earned money, and expanding educational opportunity for children across the state. This session, there are several proposals that would maintain the steady...

POINT OF VIEW: Trend toward recreational use of marijuana bad for kids

1. Dope: Illegal drug: an illegal drug, especially marijuana. It’s possible for something to be acceptable by a large segment of society, even a majority, and still be wrong. And what is legal may not be moral or ethical or wise. As a nation, we are a confused bunch when it comes to consistency in this regard. And if we as adults are groping in a moral fog, it’s no wonder our children...
Commentary: NYE at Mar-a-Lago: Another reminder of Trump’s degradation

Commentary: NYE at Mar-a-Lago: Another reminder of Trump’s degradation

Amid all the outsize craziness emanating from the Trump White House, it’s easy to lose track of all of the smaller devolutions of norms that might seem relatively trivial, but when taken together, add up over time to produce what really is at bottom a corrupt and kleptocratic regime. On one front after another, relentlessly and constantly, Donald Trump is turning his time into the White House...
Letters: Valet service at West Palm VA is completely free

Letters: Valet service at West Palm VA is completely free

I would like to take this opportunity to respond to a veteran’s letter published Dec. 30. The letter began on a positive note but contained some misconceptions regarding our valet parking service. The West Palm Beach VA Medical Center is proud to serve our veterans and we strive to offer the best care and services possible. As such, we began offering a free valet parking service in November...
Editorial: Senate wants to fix state colleges, but they’re not broken

Editorial: Senate wants to fix state colleges, but they’re not broken

At the end of last year’s legislative session, Gov. Rick Scott sent a shock to Florida higher education by vetoing a bill aimed at boosting the universities’ national esteem. Scott wielded the ax because he thought the universities were being favored at the expense of the state’s community college system. Well, as it turned out, higher ed weathered that shock, and then some. The...

Opinion: Don’t dance on Bannon’s grave yet

President Donald Trump’s official statement about Steve Bannon — the lack of exclamation points made it seem as if it might not be 100 percent his own words — is welcome. The president distanced himself from his former aide and included this dig: “We have many great Republican members of Congress and candidates who are very supportive of the Make America Great Again agenda...

Opinion: 2017 — the year the last norms fell

It really wasn’t all that bad. That, at least, was the consensus response from a dozen historians to whom Politico posed a question in the waning hours of the old year: “Was 2017 the Craziest Year in U.S. Political History?” Only one answered in the affirmative. The rest deferred to years they consider crazier, including 1861, the year America went to war with itself over slavery...

Opinion: U.S. needs balanced-budget amendment more than ever

WASHINGTON — Today’s political discord is less durable and dangerous than a consensus, one that unites the political class more than ideology divides it. The consensus is that, year in and year out, in good times and bad, Americans should be given substantially more government goods and services than they should be asked to pay for. Lamentations about the paucity of bipartisanship ignore...

Letters Delray parking signs misleading, deceptive

Delray parking signs misleading, deceptive I received a parking ticket in Delray Beach on Northeast First Street, just east of Northeast Sixth Avenue (across from the side entrance to Anthony’s Coal Fired Pizza). The sign on the block reads, “No Parking Here to Corner.” As we parked behind the sign, we assumed that parking was legal. It is not; in fact, there is no legal parking...

POINT OF VIEW: Why is affordable housing unattainable in Florida?

CORRECTION: An earlier version incorrectly said that Gov. Scott’s 2018-19 budget recommends sweeping $154 million from the Sadowski Housing Trust Fund. That was his 2017-18 budget recommendation. Florida is in the midst of an affordable housing crisis. Unfortunately, our governor and state lawmakers are only making matters worse. Our state leaders continue to engage in a rob-Peter-to-pay-Paul...

POINT OF VIEW: One action can help reverse the opioid epidemic

Across the nation, millions of families spent the holiday season mourning the loss of children, parents and other loved ones. As holiday shopping commenced, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) announced that Americans are dying younger — an unprecedented and frightening trend not seen since the 1960s. All because of an epidemic that is nothing short of a national emergency...

Letters Residents not happy with tourist glut

Residents not happy with tourist glut Who wants more tourists? Not me, and not the majority of Palm Beach County residents. Front page story, “Tourism group looking to work with developers” (Wednesday), states, “After an eight-year stretch of record-breaking tourism growth in Palm Beach County, industry leaders intend to keep business booming.” We citizens do not agree. We...

Parker: Queen Carlson wins again

If karma is a b——, justice is a beauty queen. After recent revelations that the CEO of the Miss America Organization and its pageant scriptwriter were talking trash about past winners, the board fired them both and installed Gretchen Carlson, Miss America 1989 and Fox News anchor, as its chairwoman. Carlson, you might say, was in the right place at the right time — one she basically...

Bruni: Donald Trump goes to the movies

We don’t talk a whole lot about class in America, where we prefer to pretend that we transcend such distinctions. But in 2017, American movies had that conversation, bluntly and hauntingly, and if you spent the holiday season catching up on the year-end crop of Oscar-minded fare, you visited unpolished places. You met unsatisfied people. They spoke of being trapped on the wrong side of the tracks...

POINT OF VIEW: What we still don’t know about sexual harassment

As a woman, I’ve been thoroughly outraged by the pervasive sexual assault and harassment that the #MeToo movement has exposed. As a data scientist, I’ve been intrigued. It’s a monumental case of missing data. Awful as they are, the reported incidents tell us little about the underlying prevalence of sexual harassment. There’s no reason to think we’ve uncovered even half...

Letters Visiting the VA? Take bus; allow vets to park

Visiting the VA? Take bus; allow vets to park I am a disabled veteran. The valet parking at the VA hospital is a great help to me and I would hope to others who have trouble walking. There has never been enough disabled parking at the hospital. What was available was still a distance from the provided wheelchairs at the front door. There is plenty of parking in the lower lot, but you have to take...

Opinion: The Times rides to Mueller’s rescue

What caused the FBI to open a counterintelligence investigation into the Trump campaign in July 2016, which evolved into the criminal investigation that is said today to imperil the Trump presidency? As James Comey’s FBI and Special Counsel Robert Mueller have, for 18 months, failed to prove Donald Trump’s “collusion” with the Kremlin, what was it, in mid-2016, that justified...
New book on Trump: Bannon's 'treasonous' claim, Ivanka's ambitions, Melania's concerns

New book on Trump: Bannon's 'treasonous' claim, Ivanka's ambitions, Melania's concerns

President Donald Trump is a book genre unto himself. There's "Understanding Trump," by Newt Gingrich, whom Trump considered as a running mate; "Let Trump Be Trump," by former Trump campaign aides Corey Lewandowski and David Bossie; "The Swamp," by former Fox News host Eric Bolling; and a forthcoming, yet-to-be-named book by former White House press secretary Sean Spicer...

POINT OF VIEW: America is losing its standing in the world

In 2017, America saw the loss of nearly everything we have gained since the presidency of Franklin D. Roosevelt. That is, how we and the rest of the world view how America approaches democracy, inclusion, humanity, and a place where morality, principals and ethics are not only embraced but openly debated. Our current “leadership” has encouraged divisiveness not seen in this country in...
Commentary: New Year’s resolution — be thankful

Commentary: New Year’s resolution — be thankful

As 2017 ends, Americans should make a new year’s resolution to be thankful for what we have. According to Pew Research Center data, Americans are now so rich that what we call “poor” is actually middle class in most other countries. A full-time minimum-wage worker in the United States earns $14,500 before taxes. Adjusting for differences in costs of living across countries, that...

Commentary: ’Tis the season to be snarky

Predictions are dicey. Ask any weatherman. But all of us can agree on at least one prediction for 2018: Whatever goes wrong this year, roughly half of all Americans will tell you, “It’s all Trump’s fault.” OK, that’s done. Now on to some serious forecasting. Here are five foreign policy stories that will dominate the year’s news. 5. All North Korea all the time...
Letters Curriculum finally catching up to world

Letters Curriculum finally catching up to world

Curriculum finally catching up to world “States push for media literacy: Classes teach students how to tell fact from fiction,” reads the recent Post headline. I am a former health/life management high school teacher who retired in 2009. Finally, organized education in our country is getting smart. In 1990, I thought it important to create a unit in my health classes titled “How...
Editorial: Other cities should join Delray lawsuit against Big Pharma

Editorial: Other cities should join Delray lawsuit against Big Pharma

The city of Delray Beach has had enough of the opioid crisis. And now, tired of draining its resources against a devastating drug scourge, city officials have taken the audacious step of suing Big Pharma in federal court. The legal action is a long-overdue attempt to recoup millions for fighting a national epidemic. It’s the first Florida city to join a growing number of communities across the...

Rampell: America’s own Cultural Revolution

Last month in Shanghai, Chinese venture capitalist Eric X. Li made a provocative suggestion. The United States, he said, was going through its own “Cultural Revolution.” For those unfamiliar, Mao Zedong’s Cultural Revolution (1966-76) was a traumatic period of political upheaval, ostensibly intended to cleanse the People’s Republic of impure and bourgeois elements. Universities...

Gerson: The tale of Tonya Harding, where contempt and mockery meet

“I, Tonya” is a movie that is, in places, very difficult to watch. But it is also impossible to look away. This biopic about the briefly famous, then infamous Tonya Harding has offended some reviewers by putting child abuse and domestic violence in close proximity to comedy. But it would be difficult to tell Harding’s story without both elements. Harding’s mother, LaVona, (the...
Opinion: Optimism’s growing about Trump, his prospects in 2018

Opinion: Optimism’s growing about Trump, his prospects in 2018

President Trump took office at the beginning of 2017 swimming in a sea of negativity. Some predicted that he wouldn’t make it through the year. Or, even if he did, he would fail to get any major legislation passed. Pew Research Center reported that 62 percent of the news stories about Trump’s first 60 days were negative, compared to 20 percent in President Obama’s first 60 days and...
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