Letters: Trump not to blame for Puerto Rico’s failures


Trump not to blame

for island’s failures

The rally this past weekend blaming President Donald Trump for not doing more for the people of Puerto Rico is just another example of finding someone to blame for their own situation.

How about blaming the Puerto Rican politicians who were told many years ago their electrical grid was outdated but did nothing to correct the situation? Recently, it was reported that cases upon cases of water meant for hurricane victims have been sitting at the airport for over a year. How in the world did the Puerto Rican government not know about all that water sitting there waiting to be delivered to the people?

Then here come Sen. Bill Nelson, D-Fla., and U.S. Rep. Darren Soto, D-Kissimmee, to the rally to further blame Trump for not doing more. Ask yourself, what did these two do to help the people of Puerto Rico? Not a thing, except a lot of talking.

I truly feel for the people of Puerto Rico, but they really need to closely look at their local officials who have bankrupted the island.

DON PROSSER, JENSEN BEACH

Scandal consumes

dithering politicians

Hello, is anyone remembering the people of North Carolina and South Carolina who don’t have power as a minimum or still have water flowing through their homes?

Washington is consumed by a political battle that certainly is important, but they all have clean, dry and air-conditioned homes to go home to.

What has happened in these states was described as a looming disaster before Florence hit. Now those predictions have come true. The area is a humanitarian, ecological and economic calamity that could very well get worse.

The president spent part of one day viewing the damage, managing to not get his feet wet. All the major news programs are 99 percent about Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh and the allegations of Christine Blasey Ford. Where is the aid to thousands who have lost everything — their homes, their car, their job?

The president and both political parties seem to be ignoring this national disaster that is still unfolding, seemingly consumed by yet another sex scandal.

DAVE CLENDINING, LOXAHATCHEE

Teacher, administrator

made too much of rip

Palm Beach County Mayor Melissa McKinlay stated that she and her daughter know the dress code at Forest Hill High School and recognizes her daughter did not adhere to it when she wore jeans with a rip at the knee the other day. They are not objecting to a dress code; the issue is the process of punishment. (“PBC mayor blasts Forest Hill High for ‘sexism’ over daughter’s torn jeans,” Sept. 13)

If my daughter had been pulled out of an IB (International Baccalaureate) test because her jeans had a tear and exposed her knee, I would be more disturbed at the poor judgement of the teacher and administrator who created an unnecessary, embarrassing scene on the grounds that teen boys could not control their hormones if viewing a girl’s knee.

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Do these educators believe that boys should not go to the beach for the safety of girls? If girls have long flowing hair, is that also a cause for boys to lose control over their hormones? These adults may be speaking from their own instincts. We give teenage boys more credit than that. This sexist behavior discredits boys and men.

SHEILA JAFFE, BOCA RATON

Where are prosecutors

in the Savitt outrage?

It is with total outrage that I respond to the articles regarding guardianships. (“Betsy Savitt guardianship report alleges ‘wrongdoing by sitting judges,’” Sept. 1)

I followed the investigative reporting last year and continue to follow it now and cannot understand the leniency Savitt is afforded with regard to her taking advantage of her clients.

Savitt should be completely stripped of her ability to act as a guardian at all for her offenses and her arrogance and complete lack of respect for the law. Shame on our prosecutors for allowing this to happen. Power equals corruption.

EVE FISCHER, LAKE WORTH

Leave the land for

the migratory birds

Count me among the many Palm Beach County residents who oppose the land swap that Jack Nicklaus is proposing within The Bear’s Club.

Let’s consider our migratory and residential birds. Every fall, untold numbers of migratory species of birds descend on Palm Beach County to join our year-round avian residents. Many, such as the colorful painted buntings that fly from the coasts of North Carolina and Texas to our coast, depend on food that is found only in areas where there are native plants.

Imagine their surprise when they fly, with instinct passed down through countless generations, to their migratory winter habitat that was once a wildlife garden in The Bear’s Club, only to find it has disappeared. What happens then? No, they do not search for the more fragmented patches that are proposed in the swap. More than likely, they will die, as will the other various catbirds, warblers and swallows that fly here each October.

We have enough malls and neighborhoods with only ornamental bushes and trees that produce little or no food for our resident and migrating birds. Let’s leave that little patch of 15 acres intact for them, as the MacArthur Foundation intended.

PATRICIA KISSEL, JUPITER



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