will take financial toll
County commissioners have voted to proceed with a typically inchoate contract award program. Whether this is legal, only time and taxpayer-funded legal bills will tell. (“Board approves move to diversity contracting,” Tuesday)
In my opinion, we now can expect the corruption often arising from the use of fronting companies. Also get ready for inflated contracts which (quite logically) can take full advantage of any allowable “disparity premium.”
As a matter of honesty and full disclosure, the Board of County Commissioners should agree to report a running total of any extra cost to taxpayers of not accepting the lowest qualified bid. Very simply, this would be the difference, if any, between the awarded contract cost and what the cost would have been if the current award procedures had been used.
Commissioners who voted for this should take ownership of the extra costs they may well be inflicting on the county.
ARTHUR BERNSTEIN, BOCA RATON
Medical pot is not
a shady enterprise
Many people don’t seem to understand the difference between medical marijuana and recreational marijuana.
Medical marijuana does not contain enough THC to cause a high. Instead, its properties help control severe pain caused by cancer and other diseases and can help control seizures that can be life-threatening. You need a prescription to purchase it — so there will be no strange, suspicious people hanging around near medical marijuana dispensaries. Consider them to be a pharmacy.
NORMA EWING, PALM BEACH GARDENS
Flying with animal?
Have separate area
Just read the article “Delta tightens restrictions on emotional support animals” (Jan. 19).
My suggestion to all airlines is placing these support animals and their owners in one section or rows perhaps in the back, where they all sit together and have something in common, and won’t disturb others, especially those with allergies to animal dander.
MARGE VINCENT, GREENACRES
force a budget deal
From what I read, the members of Congress continue to get paid despite a government shutdown, but our military does not.
Not only is a shutdown outrageous, embarrassing, dangerous and bad for our country, it is flat out wrong. I say put ‘em all in a room in the Capitol without cellphones or heat (after all, there is no money to pay the bills), put the great deal-maker in there with them, and lock the door until a deal is made.
BERNARD BAKER, III, WEST PALM BEACH
no outbursts in church
A letter-writer’s mansplaining is showing. (“Why shouldn’t church-goers at Bethesda applaud Trump,” Palm Beach Daily News, Sunday).
The definition of “mansplain,” according to the Oxford Dictionary: Verb (of a man) explain (something) to someone, typically a woman, in a manner regarded as condescending or patronizing.
A woman disagreed with the standing, clapping and thumbs up at the Episcopal Church of Bethesda-by-the-Sea in Palm Beach on Christmas Eve when Trump entered.
The last paragraph of the letter: “As for the writer and her ilk, they should find good hobbies. They have far too much time on their hands, and social commentary is not their forte.”
The gentleman is showing his age and his bias. Most of all, he is showing his disrespect for women.
As for me, I am a born-and-raised Episcopalian, and never once have I seen anyone receive a standing ovation, clapping or thumbs up at an Episcopal church I have ever attended in my 67 years.
Church is a house of God. A sanctuary where we go to find peace and solace. A place free of hate, partisanship and politics.
LYNN GUBERNICK, PALM BEACH