Flagler Shore is no
boon to our downtown
Project Flagler Shore is a disgrace to our beautiful downtown.
Rarely have I seen anyone on the east two lanes of Flagler Drive, but walkers and joggers still use the sidewalk. Driving south on Flagler Drive the other day, the lead car was moving at 5 miles per hour, which meant the six cars behind had to drive 5 mph, too.
I shudder to drive along our once-beautiful street because it looks like the land of fairgrounds. It’s ugly, it’s not conducive to the joy of a drive along the waterway and it’s certainly not benefiting commuters.
How about resurfacing Flagler Drive from Banyan to Third Street? That would be money wisely spent.
SALLY HIGGINS, WEST PALM BEACH
a victim of tax bill
When Obamacare went to the Supreme Court, most conservatives were shocked when the chief justice went along with the minority declaring the individual mandate a tax rather than a penalty.
That decision made the mandate subject to recent budget reconciliation on taxes, allowing it to be canceled with only 51 votes. If it were a penalty, it would have required 60 votes in the Senate.
A perfect example of unintended consequences.
JOHN GIGANTI, BOYNTON BEACH
Tax bill shows little
guy who friends are
The tax bill of 2017 overwhelmingly favors the top 1 percent of the population, and most of the people know this and are opposed to this legislation.
The president who fancies himself as a populist, a friend of the little guy, rejoiced when the bill is passed and tells the public what a great Christmas gift they will get, but fails to tell them that the cuts disappear in 10 years. The lower and middle-income groups will then be paying more in taxes at that time.
The tax bill adds a trillion and a half to the deficit. The Republicans will be alarmed by this and will tell us that entitlements must be reformed and social programs cut to make up for the deficit.
A bill of this magnitude should not have been rushed through Congress without hearings and debate just to give the president a victory before year’s end.
The Republicans have shown us who they are. They certainly are not friends of the little guy.
HENRY QUARTULLO, WEST PALM BEACH
flout Founders’ intent
At a time of year when there should be peace on earth, goodwill to men, and a spirit of giving, it is a good time to consider why we have such a divided country and what we can do to correct it. I contend it is the dynamic explosion of religion and politics.
The very wise men who wrote the Constitution were religious men who fortunately lived in the age of enlightenment, and they foresaw the greatest progress through religious freedom. We are not a nation of a particular faith and, over the years, have been a haven for many who have been religiously persecuted from all over the world.
Our Founders wanted us to live by the golden rule, “Do unto others as you would have them do unto you.” Unfortunately, over the years politicians have sought to change it so the dogma of some faiths has contaminated the political arena. Whether it’s birth control, abortion, anti-gay rights, xenophobia, school immunization or dietary restrictions, politicians have passed laws catering to the tenets of various faiths solely for votes.
I have great respect for all religions, as well as those who are zealous to their faith’s dogma, but the First Amendment avoids any specific types of religious dogma or declaring a national religion.
When politicians try to use their religious base to win elections by catering to volatile religious issues, they create more division than understanding and give nine justices of the U.S. Supreme Court the role of dictating how we should act.
GARRY GOLDSTEIN, JUPITER