I am counting the days until the end of Flagler Shores and I implore West Palm Beach Mayor Muoio and the city commission to never bring back this misguided and disastrous initiative.
The sad part of my dislike for Flagler Shores is that I’m part of the demographic that the experiment has tried to attract. I live and work downtown and either walk or ride my bike along Flagler Drive every day. But I have never once used Flagler Shores because it’s dangerous and ugly. With no functioning stoplights between Okeechobee and Banyan boulevards, the two-lane flow of traffic is so bottlenecked and hardly any cars stop for pedestrians. Last week a silver sedan was actually driving south in the Flagler Shores lane and nearly hit me as I crossed to the sidewalk. It’s a wonder no one has been injured in this debacle.
We have a gorgeous wide sidewalk with ample room for walkers, bikers, Rollerbladers, strollers, etc. Who would want to walk in the street?
I have visited pedestrian malls in many other cities that this effort is trying to emulate, but they are lined with lively cafes, charming boutiques and vibrant street life. Flagler Shores will never be like that, and it has absolutely wasted our beautiful waterfront these past months.
I beg the mayor to be done with this fiasco on March 1 and to leave our gorgeous waterfront alone.
NOELLE SMITH, WEST PALM BEACH
Parkland is Vietnam
for this generation
In the aftermath of the tragic events at Parkland, one thing is clear: This generation of young people will stand up for justice for the deaths of their fellow students and teachers. Justice means a ban on assault and military-style weapons for anyone other than military personnel and law enforcement.
We are already seeing and hearing the protests and outcries of these young people and it is reminiscent of the protests of the 1960s when my generation, myself included, went to Washington, D.C., to protest the Vietnam War.
Parkland is this generation’s Vietnam.
LAUREN MATTHEWS, HOBE SOUND
NRA twisted core
of 2nd Amendment
The language of the 2nd Amendment, as written by the Founders, states unequivocally the reason for its existence. It declares right up front: “A well-regulated Militia, being necessary for the security of a free state…” That part is never quoted by the National Rifle Association.
“Well-regulated” means, controlled by rules, protocols, traditions and enforceable instructions. “Militia” means a military body. Nowhere can the words “individual, personal protection” be found. The word “security” references only the state, not individuals.
How this language got twisted into the NRA’s creed, that every American aged 18 and over, with a pulse, should be allowed to own military assault rifles and unlimited ammunition, is a travesty of the Founders’ obvious intent.
The NRA donated $3.3 million to Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., and $30 million to President Trump. “Thoughts and prayers” are getting pricey these days.
The NRA has oceans of American blood on its hands. Since 1968, over 1.5 million Americans have died from domestic gunfire. That’s sick.
DAVID GETTIG, TEQUESTA
Note to legislators:
Kids become voters
It’s time for the decision-makers who legislate and govern this country to do the right thing. Take the necessary measures to prevent the children in our schools from being the targets of mentally ill murderers.
These children will not be so for long. Elected officials, take note. By graduation day, most high school seniors can vote.
ROSEMARIE CANNUSCIO, WEST PALM BEACH