Letters: Was there fraud in vote to incorporate Westlake?


Did State Attorney Dave Aronberg’s office ever conduct an investigation to determine if voter fraud occurred in the Seminole Improvement District election to incorporate Westlake as a city?

It appears that five voters with ties to the property owner and developer, Minto Group, used a business address as a legal residence address on their voter’s registration. All five cast their “Yes” vote for incorporation on a mail-in-ballot due on June 20, 2016. This vote occurred before the developer constructed a single new home or apartment.

On June 20, 2016, the Palm Beach County Supervisor of Elections, Susan Bucher, and a canvassing board member, Commissioner Steve Abrams, promptly certified the results of the mail-in-ballot election without question or pause.

Considering the gravity of this incorporation vote, did the Palm Beach County Commission ever ask their Planning, Zoning, and Building Department (PZB) to determine if there were any legally “permitted” residential structures on the former orange grove property that is the Seminole Improvement District? Those working in the PZB department certainly would know whether or not any legal residential structures exist there.

Was county Code Enforcement ever asked to investigate this matter? According to the Florida Division of Elections, it is a felony to falsify a legal residence address on a voter’s registration. All involved should be painfully aware of this fact.

ANNE KUHL, WEST PALM BEACH

Don’t turn us into

Broward County

Do not build any more housing catastrophes out west. The proposed developments will destroy everybody’s housing values and change us into a neighborhood like Atlantic Boulevard in Broward County.

Driving just west of Interstate 95 before Florida’s Turnpike, Atlantic Boulevard varies up to seven lanes wide with lower-end shopping malls, shopping plazas, liquor stores, gas station car washes and then, believe it or not, stuck-in-the-middle, high-end condominiums. What a joke. Seven lanes of traffic in the front, no lawns or beautiful quiet surroundings like we have here.

I am on a U-street in Boynton Beach with a backyard that abuts a wildlife reserve just two miles from my Ocean Ridge private beach. We’re an immigrant American neighborhood and proud of it.

Our traffic and utilities are already at a breaking point.

BARRIE MIZERSKI, BOYNTON BEACH

Obama spurred

economy’s growth

Who is this David Kamm who is so happy that Donald Trump is president? (Letters, Thursday)

He seems to think that, because the economy is good, that we should be grateful to Trump. Nonsense. Trump has little to do with it since it was growing for the eight years under President Obama.

Perhaps Mr. Kamm is happy that the man representing us allegedly had an affair with a porn star and paid hush money to cover it? Perhaps he thinks we should only take immigrants from predominantly white European countries and ignore Africa and the Caribbean?

And as to apologizing to the world for our terrible error of putting Trump in power, as Angela Grant previously wrote, I’m with her. My international friends and acquaintances are either horrified by, or laughing at, this dysfunctional administration.

I saw a fellow tourist on a trip to Cuba this year wearing a big pin that said, “Not my president.” I want to get one and wear it whenever I travel abroad.

ELAINE OKSNER, GREENACRES

Budget, immigration

are separate issues

Why should U.S. taxpayers who pay for government services be deprived of federal benefits because our elected congressmen cannot agree on immigration policies? How would it be if we were deprived of our insured medical services because doctors could not agree on the absolute best treatment?

Also, why should the passage of the federal budget be dependent upon issues with immigration? This is like a condo association not passing its budget due to a dispute on a policy for pets. These should be separate issues.

ROBERT KUECHENBERG, BOYNTON BEACH

Deporting Dreamers

would be unpatriotic

It would be completely unpatriotic and wrong to turn away the Dreamers. These children and young adults are part of our American fabric. They have been an asset to our communities. That we would turn away these people, and their families, is incomprehensible.

Weren’t we taught our nation is a great melting pot, with wonderful diversity? Aren’t we a country of many many immigrants? Why do we have the Statue of Liberty greeting us with, “Give me your tired, your poor, your huddled masses yearning to breathe free”?

Because of President Trump’s base, we would allow the Dreamers to be sent away? What is happening to us as a nation?

KRISTINE ROUSE, LAKE WORTH

Demand assimilation

from all immigrants

E Pluribus Unum: “Out of many, one.” The Democratic Party has gradually and continuously, over two generations, been destroying this cornerstone principle of the country.

We are a country built on one culture, one language. We are a country that expects immigrants to assimilate, not relocate. It is time to re-establish our country, secure its borders, demand assimilation.

The United States was not intended to be a refugee center or relocation camp. I encourage the states to become the first government entities to eliminate multi-lingual documents and return English as the official and only language for business and government. This includes the public school system which our tax dollars support.

This does not mean that immigrants cannot enjoy their neighborhoods, their rich histories, their customs, etc., but once entering this country, it is an immigrant’s responsibility to integrate and assimilate.

RON COCQUYT, LANTANA

Lady Liberty’s light

is starting to fade

She stands in New York Harbor. We all know who she is and what she meant to millions coming here for the first time. Sadly, this great monument, this great lady and her torch, this beacon of hope, of new lives, has shed many tears this past year.

This symbol of freedom and democracy no longer shines a light of exceptionalism, of welcome, and of fairness. The rest of the world does matter to us, and our president needs to internalize this and turn our reputation around.

DARRYL HARRIS, LAKE WORTH



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