Letters: Building new homes will kill Ag Reserve

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6:06 p.m Saturday, Nov. 18, 2017 Opinion
With all the talk about tax plans, what happened to simplifying them?

Way back in the 1980s, we homeowners in unincorporated south Palm Beach County were joined with our neighbors to the north, especially in the Loxahatchee/Acreage area, to fight overdevelopment.

I used to wear a T-shirt that said “Loxahatchee: Love it or Leave it!” Thirty-plus years later it seems our neighbors to the north are throwing us in south county under the bus by supporting a deal with GL Homes to preserve nearly 5,000 acres in their area in exchange for allowing GL Homes to build 3,900 homes in the Agricultural Reserve, which is essentially our backyard.

To allow all these new homes to be built in the Ag Reserve is essentially the Ag Reserve’s death warrant. We didn’t go through all that effort to create the Ag Reserve in the ’80s to eventually later hand it over to the developers, and our neighbors to the north shouldn’t be helping them.

No more development in the Ag Reserve!


Letter writer reflects

men who don’t get it

The poor, irresistible writer of the letter “What about women who ask for it?” (Tuesday). What is he expected to do, how can he possibly resist when, clearly, women everywhere dress to show they want him — or do they?

Rather than have his masculinity compromised by being thought of as being impotent, gay or old, he apparently would prefer to be known as a sexual predator, rapist or someone who simply could not keep his hands to himself and his pants zipped.

What a man. I think Bill Maher was right when he recently suggested it is time that someone writes a book called, “How to Behave with a Woman Like You are Not an A-hole.”

Since I am a “#metoo” woman, perhaps I will write that book, because clearly we are in the midst of an epidemic of men who just don’t get it.


No room for decency

with partisan politics

My response to Mary Ann D’Angio’s ending question in the letter “Country must retain morals over party unity” (Tuesday), is a resounding yes. This “yes” can be heard and seen around the world.

Mary asked, “Have we become a country that defends a particular party at all costs to keep and maintain power rather than promoting moral and ethical decency?”

Yes, that is what we have become. A country where the three major evils of greed (money), sex and power rule. Yes, at all costs — whether that be shutting down the government, pulling out from helping save the planet, tossing the poor and the needy (refugees and immigrants) out on their heels, devastating families or taking away the dreams of our youth.

These actions are being taken so there is more money and power for corporations and very wealthy. It has nothing to do with decency or the common good. This is the party that will “trickle down” what it thinks the other 98 percent deserve.

So you are correct in your assessment. But, there is still hope for returning to the country’s moral and ethical center, for the good of all Americans. The politics must stop, repent and return to principles of “In God We Trust” — at all cost.


Stories about prominent

people never complete

When I come across accusations in reliable news sources made against prominent people, I get the strong feeling that I am only getting part of the story, merely the tip of the iceberg.

Reading or hearing about the supposed transgressions of various supporters and appointees of President Trump, of the president himself, of Bill and Hillary Clinton, of Roy Moore, of New Jersey Sen. Robert Menendez and so on, I often suspect that those on the inside, whether in the media, in elected office or elsewhere, know much, much more than they ever release for public consumption.

Perhaps out of fear of lawsuits for slander or libel, or other legal constraints, “insiders” never seem to come out and say what they fully believe to be the truth, the whole truth and nothing but the truth.

Lacking unimpeachable, ironclad evidence, they hedge their words, and those of us on the other side of the curtain do not get the full story.


Tax plan benefits only

wealthiest Americans

The GOP tax plan reduces or eliminates just about everyone’s benefits, including the poorest (exempt) Americans who will have to pay, too, in order to fund yet another whoppin’ tax giveaway to the multi-millionaires and billionaires club.

If you’re not a member, how can you possibly ignore this GOP attempt to legislate the transference of money and power to the wealthy, to themselves?

Americans and patriots on every side of the aisle are alarmed. It demonstrates a direct link between purposely undermining, destroying and replacing our American democracy with an oppressing oligarchy, where 5 percent of the people completely control money and power over everyone at a very great loss to America and her citizens.

Such high-level scheming for power and money over the country is exactly what defines treason.


Taxing all income

at same rate is fair

With all the talk about tax plans, what happened to simplifying them? All that would need to be done to simplify taxes is to tax all income the same. It shouldn’t matter how you made the money; it’s all income.

If it’s wages, short-term capital gain, long-term capital gain, dividends, rental property, consulting fees or anything else, it’s all income. You really could do your taxes on a postcard then.

Income minus standard deduction equals taxable income. Multiply by tax bracket and you have tax owed.

It doesn’t have to be difficult. But it would be fair.