Letters Brightline a real pig in a poke; who will profit in the end?

Jan 29, 2018
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Brightline a real

pig in a poke

I read with interest and sadness the coverage of Brightline, especially the recent fatalities and noise issue. Now we are being told that the “quite zones” may have to be abandoned for safety issues. Both issues were brought up repeatedly in the early stages as well as many more — including traffic congestion, cost to taxpayers, bridge closing over the Loxahatchee River and more.

Sadly, I fully believe that politicians are more interested in fancy train stations and other splash instead of listening to their constituents. My business experience tells me that there will be more problems, not fewer, and in the end, the paid traffic will not justify the expenditures.

As seems to happen often in Palm Beach County, a few will make millions, possibly including some politicians, and we citizens will be stuck with the bill. And politicians wonder why we don’t admire, much less trust, them.

ROBERT MONK JR., NORTH PALM BEACH

It’s Girl Scouts,

not Mama Scouts

We are a Scouting family. I understand the concept for both boys and girls who chose Scouting.

The girls will be out there again, selling their wares. I have brought their cookies through thick and thin, getting less and paying more.

But sorry to say, I have walked away from many a sale. When I have approached the stand outside of Publix and inquire about price, when mama does the sale, I’m a goner.

I understand it’s very hard for a youngster to get out there, that is the idea of selling the cookies. It’s to guide, not to do.

ARLENE HEILBRUNN, WEST PALM BEACH

Will Trump just

bill the Mexicans?

In President Donald Trump’s current immmigration reform proposal, there is an item for $25 billion to pay for the wall (and security) on our southern border.

Does this mean that Trump is going to present an invoice to Mexico for 462 billion pesos and change for this big beautiful wall?

DENNIS CICOTTE, JUPITER

Want to be American?

Get with the program

I believe that politicians who support a path to citizenship for Dreamers who have a clean record, are educated, speak English and may have served in the armed forces, hold full-time jobs and pay taxes, will have an easy time explaining their position to voters at election time. I believe the aforementioned Dreamers are supported by both Trump supporters and those opposed to the president.

Dreamers who have not assimilated, are not working, have been arrested or otherwise have not proven their desire to become an American citizen do not deserve citizenship. There may be a path to make them legal but not citizens.

Some people say that “you can go to France but not become French” or “you can go to Germany but not become German.” They are correct. But if you want to come to America you must assimilate by learning our language, follow our laws and support our style of life.

Living in America does not automatically make you an American. You must embrace the American way of life to become an American, just like the immigrants of the last two centuries.

JOSEPH FARRICIELLI, SINGER ISLAND

Wall won’t stop

determined migrants

Cubans and Haitians defy the Florida Straits to reach the U.S. coast. Dominicans cross the treacherous Mona Passage to get to Puerto Rico (a U.S. territory).

And you really think a wall will stop Mexicans and Central Americans? Has this been thought through? All it will accomplish is rerouting. There are other ways to secure the border and curtail illegal immigration. That’s not the wall. The wall is just a $25 billion sham.

JESUS NORIEGA, WEST PALM BEACH