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Letters: To make Flagler Shore plan work, expand public transportation

To make plan work,

expand public transit

I have read, with great interest, the letters, comments, and editorials about the Flagler Shore project as well as the lane reduction proposals for North Palm Beach and other neighborhoods. I think one big part of this puzzle is missing: good public transportation.

There must be an alternative to driving that is available to all. Bus routes should be shorter and buses should run a route every 10 minutes. Instead of hiring consultants from the Netherlands, where bicycles are the norm, and won’t work for many people here, why not look to such cities as Boston, Paris, New York, London and San Francisco? All have excellent public transportation systems.

South Florida is a car culture and you cannot expect people to stop driving and start walking just because you’ve widened the sidewalks and narrowed the driving lanes.


NRA’s age limit suit

strains credulity

Talk of chutzpah. The NRA is going to sue the state of Florida for violating the Second Amendment by raising the age one can purchase a weapon to 21. Nowhere does that amendment mention a word about legitimate age for a gun buyer.

It is perfectly acceptable to set an age for driving or drinking — but not for killing.

My son, his wife and their little boy live not far from Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School where he probably will eventually enroll. The alleged killer was apprehended not far from their home. I can imagine how they feel.

We must all speak up — and loudly.


Fight for a ban on

assault weapons

Let’s join our children and fight for adequate gun control so that what happened in Parkland never happens again.

The actions taken by Gov. Rick Scott will help, we can hope, but a ban on assault weapons is necessary. A 17-year-old who is so mentally disturbed that he would murder innocent children unless professionally treated will not change at age 21. Arming a teacher with a pistol to fight someone with an assault weapon does not seem reasonable.

The NRA will claim that a ban is in violation of the Second Amendment and will, if necessary, bring the matter to the Supreme Court. We should welcome that so that the question can finally be resolved.


Trump’s parade is

a baffling ego trip

The Pentagon has announced that it will give President Donald Trump his military parade on Veterans Day this year. The White House budget chief has estimated that the parade could cost taxpayers (yes, you and me) $30 million.

I, for one, find it disgusting and completely selfish behavior on the president’s part to ignore the more than 47,000 homeless veterans in our country. Do you think the money could be better spent on giving shelter and housing to some of those 47,000 homeless veterans?

President Trump doesn’t; he thinks it should be spent to massage his enormous ego. I have never seen such childish behavior from a president in my life.

The ultimate insult to our homeless, and all veterans? The parade will focus on the contributions of our veterans throughout history. What better way to thank our homeless veterans than to have a huge, useless parade for our egotistical wannabe dictator?

I hope enough sensible citizens will speak out against this and it will be canceled.

The disappointment I have for our entire government stops me from thinking of anything else to add.


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