Change can only
happen with voting
As a very, very senior citizen, I have always been interested in politics. The first president I remember is Franklin D. Roosevelt and I have followed them all. I voted for the first time when I turned 21 and have missed very few elections since then.
But now, for the first time that I can remember, I have such a feeling of hopelessness in the government of our country. It seems to be all money and power and hatefulness and violence.
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The only thing we can do is vote … so, please, do vote in this coming election as your vote does count.
I will not tell you how to vote, just please, go to the polls and vote your conscience, as that is the one way we can change things.
MARY JO BROWN, LOXAHATCHEE
Things in our state
I’m very amazed at how many Floridians do not realize the tourists are going other places, maybe even another part of the state where you can perhaps dip your toes in the water. This is awful for our community and local businesses.
My husband met a mother and son looking for something to do since the beach was closed. There is nowhere to go to enjoy anything.
I went to pay my electric bill and a guy was mentioning he was bored to tears in Boynton Beach — from Texas.
Tourism is going to suffer. This algae problem didn’t just start; it’s been happening for many, many years. Our commissioners should be ashamed and all politicians should be subject to only four years max.
So many negative things in Florida. The building never stops. There is always noise and heavy equipment doing something. What happened to paradise?
LYNNE MIRANDO, BOYNTON BEACH
Don’t let bigotry
win in November
I share a name with Ron DeSantis, the Republican candidate for governor. I assume that means we share an Italian heritage.
I remember hearing stories from my father and grandfather about the bigotry heaped upon the immigrants of the last century. The word “bigotry” describes the revulsion that others had for my grandfather’s thick accent, for the smell of garlic, for the way my forebears grouped together and “infested” neighborhoods.
I felt these things in small ways, but I’m sure my children and grandchildren don’t feel it at all.
We are clearly at a tipping point of history. There is a very effective demagogue in the White House who is fanning the flames of bigotry. He is showing other candidates how they, too, can exploit your fears by dividing “white” working people from “other” working people.
Like the fireman who steals the silverware while the house is burning, these candidates are distracting you while your health care, educational systems and the environment are being sold out from under you.
I hope that the incredibly diverse and hardworking voters of Florida reject the divisiveness, and that they don’t allow the simple bigotry to be used against them.
JERRY DeSANTIS, STUART
From now on, a
In light of the controversy surrounding the confirmation of our new Supreme Court appointee, and the closeness of the final vote, I feel that an asterisk will forever be associated with his name: Judge Brett Kavana*ugh.
RICHARD KIRK, BOYNTON BEACH
rules of decency
I would agree with the right of a woman to choose, but I would never, ever support the way Brett Kavanaugh’s detractors, who believe he will attempt to shred Roe v. Wade, behaved in Washington, D.C.
Cornering lawmakers and shouting in their face is reprehensible. Badgering them in restaurants and airports is just as bad. Threatening them and their family with death is the worst.
Kavanaugh’s stellar legal career makes him more than qualified to serve on the Supreme Court.
LAURA HENNING, PALM BEACH GARDENS