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Dec 05, 2017
House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) discusses tax legislation at a news conference on Capitol Hill in Washington, on Tuesday, Dec. 5, 2017. Business groups and lawmakers were scrambling on Monday to address concerns over a provision added to the Senate bill at the last minute that could undermine the ability of corporations to claim valuable tax credits. From left: Ryan, Rep. Steve Scalise (R-La.), the majority whip, and Rep. Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.), the House majority leader. (Tom Brenner/The New York Times)

Want a Euro vibe?

No cars downtown

It appears that the (West Palm Beach) planners and consultants who went to Copenhagen did not venture too far afield in their examination of livable cities.

After the many trips we have taken to Europe, we find that the virtual total of the center city is devoid of cars. There are parking places away from the city center, and the area is devoted to pedestrians and bikes.

If West Palm Beach wants a Euro look, they need to block off the city core from Okeechobee Boulevard to Banyan Boulevard, and from Flagler Drive to Quadrille Boulevard. We would then have a livable city.

Until then, scrap the Flagler Shore experiment.


Insurance, utilities

should be nonprofit

Someone needed a study to prove that “for-profits” gouge consumers?

In a caring world, all insurance companies should be “not-for-profit.” One cannot serve two masters. Insurance CEOs are paid thousands more than what their employees are paid. Your denial is their bonus. News flash: Nationwide is not on your side, and like a good neighbor, State Farm is not there, and the list goes on. Imagine if your insurance company was not-for-profit and paid all legitimate claims. The problem is the huge profits.

Imagine if Florida Power & Light Co. actually worked for its customers rather than its shareholders. In my utopia, health care, education, criminal justice and utilities should not be for profit but, rather, for the good of all.

There is a place for capitalism, but there is also a great need in some areas to serve the people.


Thomas naive; never

a time without abuses

Columnist Cal Thomas calls for a return to a time when powerful men neither oppressed nor abused women and children. There never was such a time. I guess Thomas believes in a culture that hid such abuses behind a veil of official piety — surely, he is not so naive as to think the horrible behavior of cardinals, politicians, aristocrats, et al., are an invention of modern times. If so, a refresher course in history may enlighten him. The current, although regrettably caused, fresh air and sunshine surrounding their sexual abuses may contribute finally to all men inclined to such conduct; learning that using their power in relation to women and children is ugly.


Corporate leaders

not keen on workers

U.S. Gross Domestic Product (GDP) is up into the 3 percent range; corporate profits are significantly up since the end of the recession; unemployment is in the low 4 percent range; the housing market is doing well. So what is the big urgent (with no public hearings held for input) rush to pass a $1.4 trillion tax reform package? What, in the economy of big business, is so ailing that we need this gigantic giveaway?

A recent meeting of a room full of corporate businessmen was asked if the tax savings they will get will cause them to invest the money and hire more workers. By a hand vote, only a few said they would plan to do so. If they actually take the money and invest it in the United States, will it be to hire more workers who will earn more money and reduce the debt by paying in tax revenue or buy more robots to compete with foreign businesses?


Dowd gives scoop

on Trump successes

It is a breath of fresh air when I see renowned, far-left New York Times columnist Maureen Dowd tell the real story about President Donald Trump and what he is trying to do, besides tweeting. She tells how unfair the mainstream press has been to him. She brings out that The New York Times has 3.1 million subscribers, and Trump has 43.2 million followers on Twitter. Trump delivered his promise to shake things up and he certainly has done that with his slew of executive orders that have undone much of Obama’s burdensome regulations, and started to reshape the lower courts decimated by Obama’s appointments.


Send Congress back

to taxes drawing board

I support comprehensive tax reform but I do not support the “Tax Cuts and Jobs Act.”

This irresponsible bill adds at least $1.4 trillion to the federal deficit and could add as much as $1.7 trillion. The development of the bill completely leaves out rank-and-file Republicans and all Democrats. The proposal relies on magical thinking about economic growth … and uses gimmicks to make it look like the changes in law costs less down the road.

In 1986, the last time Congress did comprehensive tax reform, it was an inclusive, bipartisan process; and the Senate finally passed it by a vote of 97-3.

This time, a divided Congress is taking us in the wrong direction and playing tricks in order to get it done. They need to go back to the drawing board.