now a no-man’s land
I want to thank the city of Riviera Beach for turning the once-thriving 13th Street Marina into a desolate no-man’s land.
Where there once was a thriving family-owned restaurant that seated upward of 200 diners and live music daily, situated on the shoreline overlooking the marina and Intracoastal Waterway, there now is a parking lot.
But oh what a parking lot it is! Instead of asphalt, the city of Riviera Beach has paved the parking lot with pavers. They’ve also added among the pavers a group of palm trees. They also added two park benches in the middle of the paved parking lot, which does not overlook the marina or Intracoastal, as they overlook the parking lot.
Riviera Beach also built a little strip mall over to the side, away from the Intracoastal, which seems to have room for two or three stores. However, they are vacant.
Needless to say, my family and I were horrified and very sad to see how the taxpayers’ dollars have been misspent. We will not be back.
JOANA GROSSMAN, WEST PALM BEACH
Politicians get paid,
shutdown be damned
In the 1960s, I was a young, married U.S. Naval officer assigned to nuclear submarines. I didn’t make much money, and we lived paycheck to paycheck like many people do.
When I was on my submarine on patrol at sea, we were submerged almost all of the time, and unable to communicate with our families. My wife had to maintain our home and pay our bills for heat, electricity, taxes, food, etc., with no input from me.
I can’t imagine how I would have reacted if politicians in Washington couldn’t resolve their political disputes and caused a government shutdown under which my wife would not get my paycheck while the politicians themselves would continue to be paid. That is beyond disgusting.
EDWARD SCOVILLE, TEQUESTA
Fire chief got taste
of department’s shame
Regarding former Palm Beach County Fire Rescue Chief Jeff Collins’ rescinding his resignation because he felt “coerced, forced, placed under duress, and intimated into resigning from his position”:
Now he knows what the women in a department where racism, sexual harassment and retaliation is casual and rampant felt.
RICHARD HANDELSMAN, WEST PALM BEACH
deal, and they balk?
The government shutdown over Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) is idiotic. The Republicans are offering Democrats what they have wanted for almost 20 years — a path to legalization for the Dreamers. All the Republicans are asking for in return is a solution to the problem of illegal immigration, i.e., a border wall and an end to the absurd chain migration.
Democrats used to represent the blue-collar American worker. That demographic has been captured by President Donald Trump, which is why he won in 2016, and why he will win again in 2020.
New York Sen. Chuck Schumer and California Rep. Nancy Pelosi, the Democratic leaders, just don’t get it.
JACK FELTON, BOYNTON BEACH
Where were ideals
when natives slain?
“We are a nation of laws.”
This is the argument used by those wanting to throw those seeking DACA protection out of the country. Please tell me what laws were used to come to these shores and murder the people, the Native Americans, and steal their lands?
The problem is the United States was not founded on laws and it is time we start acting as humans.
Yes, we are now an established nation, even with questionable origins; and, yes, sensible immigration laws are necessary. But first and always first, this nation must be humane.
JOSEPH CASTRONOVO, BOYNTON BEACH