Letters: Teacher’s letter shows pay needs to be increased

Teacher’s letter shows

pay needs to be increased

The letter “Teachers deserve to be paid a decent wage” (Sunday), from Palm Beach County school teacher Jennifer Brown about her pay compared to her expenses broke my heart.

As I recall, voters approved increases to the sales tax twice in recent memory with the understanding that the increased revenue was for schools. It appears that not much of the increase flowed to teachers, who are the life’s blood of schools. Something is wrong with that picture.


Editor’s note: The most recent sales tax increase, in 2016, was for capital projects and maintenance.

Letter writer has no compassion

for those living in chronic pain

Regarding the letter “Living without pain requires dedication” (Saturday), this woman thinks that you can live pain-free by walking around The Gardens Mall.

When I read this, I thought it was a joke. I am astonished that anyone has the audacity to think that people who have chronic pain, due to any number of reasons — arthritis, car accidents, diseases, etc. — should have eaten healthier and exercised more and then they will be fine.

I am happy she is “trim and energetic.” I am shocked at her lack of compassion and understanding for other people, even though she has family issues. She obviously did not comprehend the articles on the opiate epidemic and addiction. Yes, it is as easy to cure as walking around the mall! Who knew?



Just following orders

is never a good answer

At meetings in Stuart with the Army Corp of Engineers, we were told that they had no control over their release of toxic water from Lake Okeechobee, now 90 percent covered with toxic algae, to St. Lucie and Caloosahatchee rivers. As a military unit, they just follow orders from Congress. As many will recall, that’s what they said at Nuremberg, and its no more a valid defense today than it was then.

Congress is not ordering you to march into battle to a certain death, which many soldiers would do without question, Congress is ordering you to kill innocent Americans, animals and towns by releasing billions of gallons of toxic algae per day into their homes.

Some will say, “the law is the law,” but I believe when a law is obviously wrong, it should not be enforced, instead challenged and fixed.

Following bad orders is unacceptable and immoral. Challenge bad law, stand up for what’s right. If you’re worried about protecting human life below the dike, evacuate the area as is done routinely for storm surge. Keep it in the lake until the algae run its course and die. There are alternatives.


Who believes North Korea

would live up to any treaty?

Scenario: The United States and North Korea sign a treaty in which North Korea agrees to destroy its nuclear weapons and weapons production facilities and equipment in return for a favorable trade agreement and substantial economic aid. President Trump goes on a domestic and international victory tour, touting his success and lobbying for the Nobel Peace Prize.

Less than a year passes before every U.S. intelligence agency reports having irrefutable evidence that North Korea has hidden nuclear weapons and weapons production facilities. British, Japanese, South Korean and Israeli intelligence each concur with the American assessment. Trump rejects this conclusion, however, repeatedly citing Kim Jong Un’s assurance that North Korea has been following all treaty terms to the letter. Trump charges the Democrats with trying to sabotage his treaty.

If you believe such a scenario is far-fetched, perhaps you haven’t been paying attention.


Whether you agree or not with

Trump, country will persevere

In the grand scheme of things, we have to believe that some kind of greater good and understanding will emerge from this inexplicable period of a Trump presidency.

Hopefully, the big picture of this man, his words and his actions will reveal a kind of mission to take the nation down a different path than past presidents took us. If what the president does seems reckless and unprecedented to many of us, others think his presence in the Oval Office is long past due.

Whether these be troubled times or changing times for the country, in the end we will survive, persevere and be better for it all.


What to make of Trump ‘donations’

really not a complicated question

Regarding the Palm Beach Post article “Charities that booked galas at Mar-a-Lago got donations” (Sunday), the question arises as to whether the Trump Foundation’s “donations” to charities that booked events at his Mar-a-Lago were quid pro quos.

The answer comes from the famous American poet James Whitcomb Riley (1849-1910), who wrote,“When I see a bird that walks like a duck and swims like a duck and quacks like a duck, I call that bird a duck.”

After reading your article, I propose that as the “donations” to those charities look like quid pro quo and smell like quid pro quo and smack of quid pro quo, then they probably are quid pro quo.


Editor’s note: Raab is a retired Supreme Court justice of Nassau County, New York.

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