Loss of golf club
a tragedy for city
Well, another West Palm Beach historic landmark is about to bite the dust. I guess we can chalk this up to progress as our beloved city marches on to who knows where. The West Palm Beach Golf Club is slated to shut down at the end of this month.
Dick Wilson, a prominent golf course architect, designed this once-vibrant course with a unique, highly undulating, waterless 18-hole layout. The new course was soon to host the West Palm Beach Open Invitational, a yearly PGA tournament. Arnold Palmer was a victor at this annual Palm Beach event. Over the years it became a social hub for local golfers, a place where all were welcome at reasonable rates.
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This current debacle lies squarely at the feet of our Mayor Jeri Muoio. A few years ago, the clubhouse was deemed unsafe due to mold and other issues. Rather than seriously considering fixing this problem, the solution was to tear down the structure with no plan to replace it, all under Muoio’s watch.
She would not give a mulligan to anyone with firm ideas on how to save the clubhouse, and it was possible. The golf course quickly deteriorated. With developers salivating to get ahold of this historic site, the city negotiated a potential $86 million redevelopment deal — a project, in my opinion, that will never happen.
We will eventually discover what the real motives of our city leaders are.
JEREMIAH HOGAN, WEST PALM BEACH
Stories not covered
equally in the paper
Thank you for your article about Sen. Bill Nelson spreading misinformation over recent Florida shootings and the hacking of our election systems. It was a timely and appropriate article.
Its placement on page one seems a little incongruous, however.
Our president disseminates misinformation and disinformation most every day. I have yet to see page one coverage of this. If covered at all, it is usually buried in an article to the rear of the first section.
Is Mar-A-Lago a little too close to The Palm Beach Post for your comfort? It seems that the “Post Watchdog” is only looking in one direction.
PAUL DESBOROUGH, FORT PIERCE
Open primaries can
lead to shenanigans
On the subject of open primaries:
In a situation where one party has an incumbent running while the other party has four or five folks contending for the right to represent their party, it is possible and very likely that people registered with the established candidate’s party will cross over and vote for the least likely candidate of the opposing party.
In Michigan, where there are open primaries, this cross-party voting has taken place on numerous occasions; when there are a number of candidates running for a position, just a few votes can make the difference in who wins the opportunity to represent the party.
By swaying the election in the primary, the opposing party can assure victory in the general election. This is called political shenanigans and has prevented many good candidates from being the choice of their own party.
In the 1972 primary for the presidential candidate in Michigan, the Democrat George Wallace, governor of Alabama, won the nomination in the open primary largely on the vote of Republicans and racists who were not registered Democrats.
It stands to reason that if a person is going to represent a political party, he or she should be the chosen candidate elected by the members of that party, and not by folk who have given little thought and no support to the policies of the party in question.
ALLEN SMITH, PORT ST. LUCIE
President can’t escape
judgment for crimes
Judge Brett Kavanaugh apparently believes that a sitting president shouldn’t be indicted or even investigated for any crime. To assess the validity or reasonableness of positions like this, it is often helpful to consider an extreme hypothetical.
For example, let’s say that the president encounters his attorney general on Fifth Avenue. He shoots and kills him, in full view of dozens of witnesses. We can easily establish means, motive and opportunity for what is clearly a horrific crime.
Should a concern about distraction preclude charging the president with this crime? If not, then shouldn’t we extrapolate that to other illegal and corrupt behaviors?
JOE WEBER, PALM BEACH GARDENS
D.C. memorials show
true American sacrifice
Just read in the sports section about Colin Kaepernick, his deal with Nike, and what he had to say: “Believe in something, even if it means sacrificing everything. #Just do it.”
Well, Mr. Kaepernick, take a ride to Washington D.C., walk the Vietnam War wall, then check out the Arlington National Cemetery … they sacrificed everything and I bet you everything you got from Nike, they would love to be able to stand for the national anthem.
GEORGE MCQUADE, OCEAN RIDGE
As ‘people,’ corporations
have right to free speech
It is so wonderful to see corporations starting to wear their hearts on their sleeves through their advertising. Nike with their support of Kaepernick, and Modelo with its pro-immigration stance, are the most recent.
The Supreme Court’s decision that corporations are citizens, as ridiculous as it is, is now coming full circle. Corporations are now embracing their human-like qualities and putting their money where their beliefs are. If you decide businesses are people or treated as such, you better expect them to say what they think in every way they can.
So stop whining and boycott your hearts out. Me, I’m going to put on my new Nike trainers and go buy some Modelo.
CHRIS BELL, LAKE WORTH