Hats off to state Reps. Emily Slosberg and Jackie Toledo for their efforts in a bill regarding the dangers of texting while driving. Being at the mercy of this dangerously absurd behavior makes driving to work every day on Interstate 95 a near-death experience.
Speaker Richard Corcoran’s use of the term “epidemic” accurately identifies this issue as merely yet another side of our current societal scourge: addiction. It is, however, clearly a lot more than just self-harm.
BENEDICT IVES, LAKE WORTH
Lawyers for Tracy
Bravo, for the Dec. 12 front-page coverage of the sorry behavior by lawyers for the fired FAU professor James Tracy.
I couldn’t believe what I witnessed earlier on TV the day before, when reporters were shouted at while filming those lawyers who were emerging from court, mouthing pure propaganda and accusing this newspaper of being “fake news.”
With such strong manipulative tactics, either the lawyers intend to confuse us readers with lies, or their tactics are a disgrace to their legal education.
Keep exposing their “crazy news.”
NANCY RANCE, HIGHLAND BEACH
Elect national officials
on nonpartisan basis
What if we elected our national officials (president and members of Congress) on a nonpartisan basis? Wouldn’t that help in ending the partisan divisions in Washington?
Many localities elect their officials in a nonpartisan manner.
When I moved to West Palm Beach in 1993, which elects its leaders on a nonpartisan basis, the city had a great visionary leader, a mayor who actually transformed the city. Her name is Nancy Graham, and she is a registered Republican.
When she was term-limited, she looked around for someone who would continue her vision for West Palm Beach. Mayor Graham met at a local Starbucks to talk to Lois Frankel into running for mayor with her full support.
Lois Frankel, then a state representative and today a member of Congress, is a liberal Democrat who also did an excellent job as mayor of West Palm Beach.
West Palm Beach is today a better city to live in because of Nancy Graham and Lois Frankel.
Had we had partisan elections for mayor, would Nancy Graham work out this beneficial partnership with Lois Frankel? We know the answer, right?
My contention is that we should seriously consider this in order to ensure that Washington reflects the needs and the aspirations of the electorate and not necessarily those of the two clubs that today pass for political parties.
JESUS NORIEGA, WEST PALM BEACH
Too many men have
abused their power
The essay by Howard Scott, “Our hypocrisy on sexual misconduct is staggering” (Monday) was incredibly demeaning and arrogant.
I think half the population (mostly the men) has entirely missed the point of what is happening now. It is not a distraction. Woman have said “enough.” No one should have to endure on a regular basis what women have been enduring. Sex and power are intricately intertwined. And men usually are the ones in power. All the more reason to elect more women to positions of power and to attain power in the workplace.
Consensual philandering is not on the same plane as molesting teenage girls or grabbing women against their will. And don’t put me in the “we are the voters” who put President Trump in the White House.
Please recall that a majority of voters did not vote for him and can’t understand what happened to the moral compass of all those who did.
MARCIA HALPERN, PALM BEACH GARDENS
Ranked choice gives
voters more control
Thank you for printing Rob Richie’s piece, “Blame our voting rules, not social media” (Wednesday), about ranked choice voting. I’d like to add some thoughts about ranked choice.
Every election we always hear people making the argument: “No! You can’t vote for Candidate Angel, he’s not viable. A vote for Candidate Angel is really a vote for Candidate Evil. You have to vote for Candidate Mudhen, that’s the only way to defeat Evil.”
With ranked choice voting, this argument is totally invalid. I can put Candidate Angel at the top of my list and still put Candidate Evil at the bottom. When no one can be intimidated out of voting for the candidate they believe in because he has good ideas, we might find that Candidate Angel is electable after all. We might gradually enter a world in which good ideas are more “viable” than lots of cash.
In today’s election system, primary elections are dominated by party extremists who are more likely to vote in primaries. With the closed primary system, this means that party extremists make sure only a fellow extremist can get on the general election ballot. This leaves no one but extremists to vote for, puts more extremists in office and turns governing into 24/7 bile-spewing instead of getting the people’s business done.
With ranked choice voting, unless the candidate at the very bottom of your ballot is elected, then your vote actually counted for something, and the candidate you elected actually had at least some of your support.
In today’s elections, if your guy lost, your vote was meaningless, and you are being represented by someone you didn’t want. When people see there is a much greater chance of their vote meaning something, turnout might actually go up.
TOM HORSLEY, DELRAY BEACH
Editor’s note: In a ranked-choice system, voters don’t vote for a single candidate; they list several in order of preference. Ballots are first counted with the voters’ top choices. If a candidate gets more than 50 percent, that’s the winner. Otherwise, the last candidate on the list is eliminated, those votes redistributed to the remaining candidates, and the process repeats until someone gets a majority.