Letters: Political ads need vetting for truth


Political ads need

vetting for truth

As we approach a November election, all of us will be bombarded with mailers on office-seekers, many if not all of which will be filled with lies and vilifications about their opposing candidates.

I strongly recommend a council composed of independent voters, religious leaders and members of our communities who are known for their independent views to vet these flyers for truth and integrity, with each flier certifying a mark of “Vetting Seal of Approval.”

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We have, or are supposed to have, “truth in lending” laws. What about “truth in political assertions”?

ROBERT LANGER, PALM BEACH GARDENS

Ex-felons’ voting

rights not honored

When Gov. Rick Scott took office seven years ago, he rolled back reforms put in place by his predecessor, Charlie Crist. More than 150,000 Floridians had their voting rights restored during Crist’s four years in office. In the seven years since then, Rick Scott has approved restoring voting rights to just over 3,000 people. It would be interesting to know their party affiliation.

In Florida, more than 10 percent of the adult population is prohibited from voting because they’ve had felony convictions. That means nearly 1.5 million people in Florida can’t vote, even though their sentences are complete.

The 15th Amendment to the Constitution, Section 1 reads: “The right of citizens of the United States to vote shall not be denied or abridged by the United States or by any state on account of race, color or previous condition of servitude.”

One may make the argument that “previous condition of servitude” includes felons who have served their time and have been released back into society.

JOHN WATTICK, NORTH PALM BEACH

Vote yes to support

arts, PE education

I am writing in support of the Palm Beach County School District’s 1 mill referendum.

As a student, I benefited from having gifted art teachers, talented music teachers and energetic PE teachers. These dedicated individuals enriched my life and gave me opportunities to develop my own skills and talents.

As an educator, I spent 25 years working with art, music and PE teachers as my colleagues. I saw how they encouraged the creativity and skills of all our students.

In order to become well-rounded adults, our children need exposure to the creative arts and to learn healthy lifestyles from qualified educators. I hope all Palm Beach County voters will join me in support of this referendum to continue funding for teachers of the fine arts and physical education.

MARCIA HERMAN, BOYNTON BEACH

No, 2016 election

did not ‘fix’ things

In response to the writer from Jupiter who thought everything was fixed in the 2016 election (Letters, Tuesday), let me remind you that the economic recovery we are experiencing did not start when President Donald Trump took office. It was doing very well, thank you, years before.

If the writer were a large corporation, then yes, things went very well for you when Congress passed the latest tax break. But if you were one of the millions of workers, you saw nothing.

That you, and others like you, not embarrassed by the behavior of your elected official who bad-mouths his own appointees, undercuts their efforts, makes policy via social media, threatens a free press because he doesn’t like what is written about him, denigrates real heroes, kowtows to our major enemy, kisses the ring of a dictator that kills his own relatives and starves his countrymen — and then blames everybody else for his lack of grasp of the job …

The fact that Trump will be on the public payroll until he dies is insulting to all Americans.

Unfortunately, we have to live with your “fix” too, and I hope that we get out of this without another war or worse.

BRUCE GARDINER, JUPITER



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