Kudos for ‘Explainer’
to provide facts
How wonderful to see your new feature, “The Explainer,” in the front section of the Post. I applaud this effort to crystallize world events into absorbable facts — especially now when straight reporting on certain subjects is needed most.
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Also, the replies to Letters to the Editor by reputable sources are very much welcome.
DONNA COURTNEY, TEQUESTA
School Board has gall
to seek more tax money
It almost defies imagination, the chutzpah of the School Board and the school administration.
Barely a year after clipping the taxpayers with a disingenuously promoted penny sales tax increase, which in reality was a 17 percent sales tax increase to build schools or whatever it is they use it for, they want more (“PBC schools chief calls for $150M hike in property taxes,” Saturday).
I believe it’s already generating more than $500 million in annual new revenue. The teachers deserve more money but none of us deserve the lampooned bloat of the administrative estate located in the rightly nicknamed Taj Mahal school administration building.
Any competent businessman in 15 minutes could walk through that building and cut $150 million in costs without any effect on the education programs.
LAWRENCE LENEVE, PALM BEACH GARDENS
should include beach
Hip, hip, hooray for the Point of View by Karen Cooper, “No Smoking means no smoking” (Friday), regarding the evils of smoking on the otherwise unsuspecting public. The only thing she forgot to mention in their plethora of entitlement issues is the beach, which has become their favorite ashtray. Sit, smoke, stub out, repeat. Disgusting.
A joke really, on all of us.
BENEDICT IVES, LAKE WORTH
US is not a business;
we don’t need a CEO
We keep reading and hearing on the news that America needs to be run like a business. A business has a boss who controls everything. His employees, no matter how high up the rung, must fulfill the wishes of the boss. Don’t like the rules? You can quit or you will be fired.
America is not a business. It is a country that has a Constitution that has worked really well in keeping us a democratic and free country. We need politicians to run the country and who understand the Constitution and the value of having three separate but equal branches of government.
We have a businessman who is running the country now. He is the boss. How’s that working so far?
We alienate our allies and woo our enemies. Good men and women who have had honorable careers in politics and the military have had their reputations destroyed.
We need to wake up before its too late to crawl out of the rabbit hole.
IRENE SPENCER, LAKE PARK
Have some respect
while Trump works
I know it has become fashionable and very profitable for some media folks, comedians, talk-show hosts and other commentators to make sport of our president and his family and his business tactics.
I would ask, however, that during this very critical week in our international negotiations that we hold off a bit of the fun and not “poke the bear” when he is so close to the cave. I trust that he knows what he is doing but I am unsure of some of our high-paid entertainers who go the extra mile for a laugh.
This is not the time.
JOHN BATTAGLIA, BOYNTON BEACH
Google within rights
to refuse Pentagon work
Marc Thiessen’s rant, “Shame on Google for treating the U.S. military as evil” (Saturday), against Google’s decision not to participate in the weaponization of artificial intelligence, was shameful.
Thiessen painted the Google employees as ungrateful and unpatriotic. His logic fails on multiple levels. This is America. Companies can decide not to bid on work. There are other companies that the Pentagon can approach to help improve drone systems.
What kinds of security concerns would there be if 2,000 Google employees did not want to work on the project? Would Google have an employee retention program if it embarked on a project so massively unsupported by its employees?
Also, if a baker can decide not to bake a cake for a gay couple, then people can certainly decide not to participate in the weaponization of their dream work product.
BRAD PEEBLES, NORTH PALM BEACH
Jim Marshall’s “Experiment says seas won’t rise at all” (Monday), has got it all backward, as have all climate deniers.
The reality is that we have a bunch of ice right now; we are not going to freeze and refreeze the current contents of the oceans.
The correct experiment is to fill the saucer entirely with ice, add water so it is at the brim of the saucer, let the ice melt, and see if the melted ice, now water, goes over the top. It did when I did it.
Once you start melting the current ice on the planet there is no doubt that the seas will rise.
DAVID SCHINDLER, JUNO BEACH
Dear Canada: Please
forgive the president
On behalf of most Americans (I am certain Trump supporters would not wish to be included), let me apologize to the world and especially to our Canadian friends and neighbors for that (insert appropriate expletives which the newspaper will not allow) currently occupying the White House who is a total embarrassment to my beloved country.
RON GAMBOLATI, PALM BEACH GARDENS