Letters Brightline should use French system, elevate where necessary

Feb 01, 2018
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Brightline should

use French system

Why is Mayor Jeri Muoio so keen on blaming her constituents for the Brightline incidents and spending money that Brightline should be spending to avoid them? Would she let automobiles travel 80 miles an hour on the streets of West Palm Beach?

I have ridden the trains in France, and where appropriate or necessary, they are elevated. When Henry Flagler built his railroad, there were fewer than 1 million people in Florida; now there are more than 20 million.

The mayor should spend her energy getting the Japanese bankers and Mexican investors who own this system to spend their own money to build a true high-speed line. Asking the people to wait patiently while a projected 30 or 40 trains a day close our streets is wrong.

FRANK MCLOUGHLIN, JUPITER

Cuffs inappropriate

for kids; use basket hold

Regarding “South Florida boy, 7, arrested and handcuffed after allegedly punching teacher” (Sunday): The only excuse for handcuffing an adolescent or child is ignorance.

A technique, the “basket hold,” taught in schools and other settings where children are dealt with, is safe, effective and nurturing. This technique can be taught and learned in two hours or less. It allows the adult to hold the child from behind, taking his wrists in a criss-cross across his chest. The child cannot hurt the adult or him or herself.

In over 30 years working in schools with children, I never saw a child handcuffed but saw many who responded positively to this technique. Children out of their own control are gently restrained while feeling comforted by the adult as they begin to relax. Released, they resume their normal good behavior.

I’m shocked to learn that our Sheriff’s Department is unaware of and does not use this most humane way to deal with children.

BOB ASHMORE, JUNO BEACH

Trump’s presence at

service shows reverence

The writer of “Mansplainer wrong, no outbursts in church” (Letters, Monday) left out the main word regarding President Donald Trump’s reception at Bethesda-by-the-Sea: love.

The president loves God, this country and his family enough to attend the Christmas Eve service. The parishioners respect the office of the president and were showing Trump and the first lady at least that, and in many cases, I’m sure, the love they felt for their fellowship.

Anyone who becomes president takes the office at a great personal sacrifice for himself and his family — a sacrifice of privacy — and faces the dangers of enemies.

I would rather have clapping than “taking the knee.”

BARB SUSCO, LAKE WORTH

Rubio bill would

circumvent Trump

Monday was the last day for President Donald Trump to comply with the unanimously passed HR 3364, Countering America’s Adversaries Through Sanctions Act, which mandated implementation of further sanctions on Russia for 2016 election meddling. Instead of complying with the law, Trump issued a statement that he will not comply as there is “no need for further sanctions against Russia.”

Today, it has been confirmed that the No. 1 source of publicity regarding Rep. Devin Nunes’ “secret” House Intelligence Committee memo originates in Russia in the form of “Release the Memo” bots.

While I am no supporter of our own Sen. Marco Rubio, based on his voting record, he is a sponsor of a bill that has and deserves our bipartisan support. Defending Elections from Threats by Establishing Redlines Act of 2018 would impose automatic sanctions if specific foreign actions, events or threats interfering with the U.S. electoral process occurred. Thank you, Sen. Rubio, for recognizing that waiting on Trump is a failed plan.

TERRI WALDEN, PORT ST. LUCIE