For months, many of us have been asking, in vain, for the performance criteria to be used to measure the success of the Flagler Shore project. Now we apparently know: “A key data finding, contrary to initial project concerns, has shown no traffic impact or safety issues.” Lovely.
So, to the presumed benefit of a couple of dozen daily pedestrians and bicyclists, there will be a defilement of our previously beautiful waterfront property along Flagler Drive, to the cost of the thousands of us who live and work in our neighborhood along Flagler Drive. Only Mayor Jeri Muoio could think that’s a good idea.
JEFFREY BARR, WEST PALM BEACH
Trump’s banned words
no joke for CDC staff
Many of your readers will remember a social satirist and comedian named George Carlin. He was a winner of five Grammy awards for his comedy albums.
In 1972, he developed a monologue called “seven words you can never say on television.” I still cannot list them in this newspaper.
It is obvious to me that the Trump administration is a Carlin fan. They told the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention that there were “seven words (or phrases) you can never say in a document.”
I can list these. They are “vulnerable,” “entitlement,” “diversity,” “transgender,” “fetus,” “evidence-based” and “science-based.”
There is one huge difference, however. With the Trump administration list, it is not a joke.
WILLIAM WALCH, JUPITER
Tax reform bill adds
to middle class joy
There’s a lot to love about this time of year. I never thought I’d say it, but besides all the lights and carols and festivities, I love what Washington is doing with tax reform.
I love that the bill is designed with the American middle class in mind, as evidenced by things like the increased standard deduction and child tax credit. I love that tax rates are lowered across the board and especially for middle-class households, who will see more money come home in each paycheck.
I love that changes to our business taxes, and even the corporate rate, will make American business internationally competitive again. I love that both the House and the Senate have passed versions of the bill and now they are working on a final draft that will go to the president. I love that for once our representatives and senators are looking out for and listening to the people who elected them.
For all these reasons, I see tax reform as something else to love at this time of year.
JANET HARRIS-LANGE, PALM BEACH GARDENS
Will tax breaks really
pay for themselves?
It seems the new tax breaks will favor me personally, after all, I just did a quick calculation per the latest tax brackets as seen online — all six of them.
Whatever happened to the simple tax forms we were promised? It also remains to be seen that these tax breaks will pay for themselves; I’m very skeptical of that. I expect the deficit to soar even higher to pay for our tax breaks.
Also, from what I have read, many of the corporations will be using their tax savings on stock buybacks instead of expanding their businesses and hiring.
Tax breaks are always nice, but I’m not sure how it helps our country as a whole when we need major infrastructure dollars. Also, I thought Republicans wanted to reduce the deficit?
DAVID FERGUSON, LAKE WORTH