Thank you for writing the article about immigration deportations and the Perez children. I am so sad to read about their father’s death (“Perez family’s tragedy tells both sides of immigration debate,” March 5).
I don’t remember Hector for stealing a pencil. I remember a sweet little boy with a ready smile. These children used to attend South Grade Elementary in Lake Worth and I was their art teacher every year.
Regardless of their financial means, children come to our school neat, clean and ready to learn. They show a great respect for their teachers. Their parents often work hard to provide basic necessities.
As descendants of a great civilization, no children in America have a greater work ethic or intelligence than the Mayas. It is truly an honor to teach them.
REBECCA HINSON, LAKE WORTH
I want to thank Talitha Hazelton for her very thorough review of the problem of charging children as adults for serious crimes in the letter, “Children accused of crimes shouldn’t be in adult courts,” (Thursday).
I worked in juvenile justice for 26 years in Tennessee. I know firsthand from making home visits to the projects and very backwoods of Tennessee, these children do not have a chance of becoming useful, law-abiding citizens if they are sent to the adult system.
Florida is particularly harsh in sending 14-year-olds into the adult system. I encourage everyone who wants a society of healthy, productive youth to contact their representatives and urge strongly that they pass CS/SB 192. The juvenile system is not perfect, but the philosophy of how to treat children is in keeping with scientific studies.
VERA CASSELBURY, HOBE SOUND
Fake the wall, then
focus on real issues
It’s disheartening to read that the Trump administration is considering cuts to important government programs in order to pay for building his ill-advised wall, “Agency cuts to help fund wall” (Thursday), especially as Trump promised he’d make Mexico pay for it.
Here’s an idea: Ask Breitbart to say the new wall has just been completed, thanks to the brilliant negotiations of Trump and his fantastic skills as “can-do” builder. Throw in a few pictures of a wall (any wall will do) and say that all bad hombres are now stuck on the other side.
This will cause Trump to tweet the good news (“Delivered on promise. Wall done way ahead of schedule. We’re all safe now. Mexico paid. I’m the greatest!”). Any word to the contrary can quickly be dismissed as “fake news,” and we can get back to the sensible funding of real government programs that actually protect and help all of us.
ALAN CLARK, WEST PALM BEACH
Trump not behind
rise in anti-Semitism
I find it deplorable that The Palm Beach Post blames Trump for the increase in anti-Semitism in this country. While it is commendable that The Post itself finally condemns anti-Semitism, it is not necessary to bash Trump in doing so. The Palm Beach Post can take the lead in condemning anti-Semitism by giving it proper media coverage when it occurs.
SARA KLOMPUS, LAKE WORTH
Kudos for calling
out Trump rhetoric
My husband and I thank you for your editorial, “Condemning anti-Semitism is good. Action would be better” (March 3). You put the blame for the rise of anti-Semitism squarely on the rhetoric of candidate Donald Trump.
You are also to be commended for pointing out that President Trump has not taken responsibility for the increase of racism due to his embrace of the white nationalist vote.
While it would be difficult to believe that Trump would own his part in anti-Semitism’s rise, calling him out on this is important and we thank you.
LOIS REMICK, PALM BEACH GARDENS