Letters: Brightline must add Positive Train Control

After the deadly derailment of a new high-speed train system in Washington state, authorities there have banned the start of such high-speed trains until Positive Train Control is fully activated. The public and local authorities in South Florida should demand the same of the disaster waiting to happen called Brightline.

So far this year 23 people have been killed by local trains. Brightline has few safety precautions other than “No Trespassing” signs for trains going 80 mph.

Meanwhile, we have local governments like Boynton Beach spending millions to encourage “livable/walkable” neighborhoods huddled around the Brightline/FEC railway. Stop the insanity.


Feeling hopeful about

a resolution to DACA

How refreshing to read in the Palm Beach Post that the thousands of young people brought illegally into our country by their parents will, most likely, be given the opportunity to be granted a permanent solution as regards their futures. (“Young immigrants to wait until ‘18 to learn their fate in U.S.,” Wednesday)

Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) should never have been done by executive order in a temporary way. These young people had no choice but to come with parents who entered our country illegally, and they all deserve a permanent solution.

While many of us realize the serious consequences to turning a blind eye on illegal immigration activity, we also are aware that these young people had no choice in coming here illegally. Over years, many have immersed themselves in positive ways here in the U.S.

It is time to give them a path to American citizenship by allowing those who wish to become American citizens to be vetted and to be able to work toward achieving citizenship.

Three very important facts that give me great hope that there will be a resolution to DACA: First, this vote is going to be bipartisan legislation. Second, the decision is being made through congressional legislation rather than by executive order.

And last, Sen. Jeff Flake’s, R-Arizona, (a frequent Trump critic) observation that he has been impressed by “President Trump’s commitment to protect the young immigrants” gives me great hope that our president recognizes what must be done by Congress for these young people.


Virginia ballot find

was a criminal act

The most outrageous, egregious criminal act I have seen perpetrated by an election commission happened in Virginia recently. They rummaged through the spoiled ballot box and found one they determined was actually a vote for the Republican. That means, not only was that illegal but someone voted twice.

The system is simple; I am sure all of you have experienced it. A ballot is spoiled when you inadvertently check two people for the same post. It cannot register with the scanner and gets bounced back. You take that ballot back to the inspector and he or she gives you a new one and marks it on your record. The spoiled ballot goes into a separate box and is stored.

Using a ballot like that is double fraud. I am an election inspector and have been for over 10 years in Palm Beach County, and we never had anything as blatantly criminal as this.


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