Letters Reducing parking at micro apartments is shortsighted

Reducing parking

is shortsighted

Regarding the micro apartments article, “Micro apartments offering lower rents get zoning OK” (Saturday): They are going to allow smaller apartments with lower rents. It will allow people to save money. And it will give businesses in the area more customers.

But then they will get rid of 50 percent of the parking spaces? What are they thinking? Where will the extra cars go to park?

More local cars on the streets looking for parking means fewer out-of-area cars coming because they can’t find a place to park, which means fewer customers for the businesses in the area.


Will ‘originalist’

Gorsuch stay true?

There were two interesting articles in Tuesday’s Palm Beach Post. The first, “Gorsuch dives into fray during first arguments” (Tuesday), reiterated Justice Neil Gorsuch’s “originalist” constitutional legal philosophy. Commenting on a complex case, Gorsuch asked, “Wouldn’t it be a lot easier if we just followed the plain text of the statute?”

The second article, “White House easing Obama-era gun rules,” detailed how President Donald Trump is quietly loosening or rescinding as many firearm regulations as he can.

That brings us to the Second Amendment, which plainly says, “A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed.”

For too long, “well-regulated” meant “any firearm any place any time” and “militia” meant “individual person.”

Eventually, Gorsuch will have to rule on a Second Amendment issue. Then we will see if he actually follows his “originalist” philosophy and uses the plain meanings of “well-regulated” and “militia.”

If he doesn’t, then we can conclude his “originalist” philosophy is a pretext used only to rationalize his ultra-conservative political ideology.


Embrace the reality

of our republic

How many readers know that we are a democracy? Most of you are wrong. We are a republic.

Long forgotten is Thomas Jefferson’s declaration, “Too much government was something to be feared, but direct control of the people is also something to be feared.” Jefferson warned of the dangers of an “excess of democracy.” Woodrow Wilson used the term “democracy” in a rallying speech to the countries fighting Germany in World War I.

Since then, the meaning of republic got lost to a large part of the population of the nation, and of the world.

There is a huge difference. The basic premise of democracy is the “will of the majority” with the minority rights coming from the graciousness of the majority. In a republic, representatives of all sections of the culture meet to develop laws by consensus that are for the good of all.

A republic is the pinnacle of governments. To the left is the slippery slope to socialism and then to authoritarianism. To the right is a slippery slope to democracy and then to the same basic authoritarianism.

There is a great need to re-educate our citizens about the meaning and purpose of our republic.


Fernandez statue

is a terrible idea

I think the idea of erecting a 9-foot statue of Jose Fernandez outside Marlins Park is a terrible idea. Does the fact that Fernandez had a 100-mph fastball overshadow his reckless behavior on the night he and his two friends died? How will those family members feel each time they see that statue?

Playing the game after he died, that was fine. The “16” patch on the Marlins uniforms, also fine. Turning his locker into a “mini-shrine”? Not 100 percent behind that idea.

Public relations being what it is, the statue will probably get built, a big ceremony will mark its unveiling and miniature versions will be available in the Marlins gift shop for a nominal cost.


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