Letters Simple fixes will remedy traffic woes

Feb 27, 2018
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Dreyfoos School of the Arts students rally against guns at West Palm Beach City Hall after walking out of school Friday, February 23, 2018. (Lannis Waters / The Palm Beach Post)

Simple fixes will

remedy traffic woes

Our traffic issues are becoming more frustrating and dangerous every day. We all know how difficult and expensive the necessary infrastructure changes would be, but how about addressing the simple fixes to help alleviate some of the ridiculous traffic burdens on our residents and guests?

Mayor: please help the proper authorities to:

We expect and deserve better, and please no lip service on costs — compared to the recent increases in the tax base, the above common-sense solutions are relatively cheap.

TOM FASO, WEST PALM BEACH

‘Chain migration’

in eye of beholder

The news item “Parents of First Lady obtain green cards” (Friday) is quite interesting. This development, very likely, is an excellent example of the so-called chain migration that President Trump has excoriated by suggesting it is abhorrent and even loathsome.

Of course, if his kith and kin are involved, President Trump very likely would refer to it as family reunification and not derisively as chain migration.

If these green cards for President Trump’s in-laws are indeed merit-based (very unlikely, in my opinion), let us hope the White House is more forthcoming with the details.

AQUINO TAMBIMUTTU, WEST PALM BEACH

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I am a Canadian who has spent winters in Palm Beach Gardens for 14 years. I have nothing against guns, had a gun license and enjoyed hunting in my youth. However, I do not understand why there is such strong support for not restricting the purchase (or outright banning) of assault rifles which are designed as a military weapon with only one specific utilization: killing people.

I am very encouraged by the current actions being taken by students across America and feel that they will make a difference in getting changes made to gun regulations this time.

They have the majority of Americans on their side, have nothing to lose and much to gain vs. politicians (especially those who get political contributions from the NRA) who in the past have had much to lose.

BILL MUZAK, PALM BEACH GARDENS

Lottery funds could

help school safety

I always wondered where all the lottery money goes. I’ve never seen any accountability.

Why not use a portion of the lottery money to update the school safety system so our children can go to school safely?

JOHN SLOW, JUPITER

Politicians’ inaction

tells truth about them

Every man, woman or child has the potential to be killed by an assault weapon, whether at church, school, concert, mall, etc.

If politicians truly care, as they say they do about their constituents, they will ban assault weapons. Their actions tell the truth about them.

DOROTHY SERKIES-BAPTISTA, STUART

Raising gun age

limit wouldn’t help

What is the point of raising the age limit for gun purchase when the majority of mass shootings are caused by people over 21?

NANCY RIMKUMAS, PALM BEACH GARDENS

President not in

position to criticize

Re: President Trump’s comment that the Parkland officer lacked courage:

All this before all the facts are in. Trump complains, “What happened to due process?”

The officer “lacked courage.” If Trump were there, he would have stood by because of his bone spur. How can he keep on tweeting about other people’s actions when his are so cowardly and dastardly?

The pot calling the kettle black.

STANLEY WEXLER, WELLINGTON

Arming teachers

is not the answer

My best friend’s husband is a gun instructor at a gun range and a former police SWAT team leader of a large city. When asked his opinion of arming teachers with guns, here’s what he said:

“In a highly charged, fluid shooting situation, if many people have guns, it’s impossible for police to tell the good guys from the bad. Decisions must be made in a split second.”

He predicts if this idea becomes policy, you will count teachers among the victims.

This is not the answer.

FRAN COCKERHAM, JUPITER

Gun debate requires

reasonable solutions

When a public health emergency threatens the well-being of our children, we readily understand the need to respond on multiple levels simultaneously.

In Florida we’ve enacted laws requiring kindergarten students to have received diphtheria, tetanus, pertussis, polio, measles, mumps, rubella, hepatitis B, and varicella vaccines. We charge our school health practitioners with the responsibility for early detection and a forceful, considered response to outbreaks of any of these infections.

And parents, of course, have a vital and important role in teaching their kids best practices in keeping themselves healthy. (Don’t eat something you picked up from the floor. Wash your hands. And so on.)

There is nothing unreasonable or objectionable about this multi-pronged approach to ensuring better health outcomes for our children.

But in the gun debate, we tend to lose our mind.

We need to tackle school gun safety the same way we fight measles.

Enact reasonable and responsible laws restricting the wholesale proliferation of tools that have no explicit purpose other than the killing of as many people as possible, as quickly as possible. Train school personnel in how to recognize (and intervene with) at-risk students. Educate parents to recognize the signs of potential gun violence before it starts. Teach our kids — as painful as it may be — active shooter response drills. Encourage anonymous reporting of dangerous and threatening behavior.

Our response to gun violence in our schools should not be binary. Neither should the debate.

MICHAEL GAVAGHEN, BOCA RATON