Letters: Why the primary shock? It’s been law since 1913


Why the primary shock?

It’s been law since 1913

Responding to the letter “NPA voters shut out of primaries” (Sept. 4), about those who register to vote as independents:

Clearly, the writer is a “Johnny-come-lately” to Florida. Why can’t you vote for governor, senator, etc., in a primary? Because it is the law. It’s been this way in Florida since I registered to vote in Fort Lauderdale in 1969 at the age of 21. I learned back then that registering as an independent has a price.

Let’s say you want Democrat Andrew Gillum to be governor, and you think his best chance to be elected would be to run against Republican Ron DeSantis. As an independent, you vote for DeSantis to get him in the November election.

How do we fix this? Very simple. You register as a Republican or Democrat.

DICK VERDUIN, PALM BEACH GARDENS

Trump policy will

stoke terrorist hatred

People when hungry and desperate look for ways to fight and survive. For President Donald Trump to end the funding for the United Nations program for Palestinian refugees only invites groups like Hamas to come back in and teach their hateful rhetoric and cause more problems in Gaza and the state of Israel.

He gives them no reason to come to the bargaining table. Again, he shows us how amoral he is to let children go hungry, and through their hunger, their hatred of western civilization will flourish through their starving.

LISA BLANE, SOUTH PALM BEACH

Kavanaugh will be

an asset to court

We all know the drill by now. The majority is overly complimentary, and the minority asks gotcha questions that rarely change any minds. The difference is that Democrats will vote against, no matter who is the candidate. Many Republicans will vote yes for a qualified candidate.

Judge Brett Kavanaugh is eminently qualified. A large number of Democrat senators declared a “no” vote before he was selected.

Kavanaugh will be on the Supreme Court for the next session. His knowledge, character and temperament were amazing and will make the Supreme Court stronger.

JOHN GIGANTI, BOYNTON BEACH

Hearing showed

nominee’s strengths

Well-educated, knowledgeable, rational — these are qualities we would like to see in our elected officials, especially in a president. I was so impressed to see these qualities in President Donald Trump’s nominee for the Supreme Court.

After hearing so many negative things about him, regarding Roe v. Wade, presidential pardons, etc. It was a revelation to see him in action, fielding often hostile questions for over 12 hours in the same reasoned way, always showing his knowledge of the Constitution, the law and legal precedents and not falling into traps set for him by the opposition.

This is the kind of man, who, as the face of America, would really make it great again.

DIANE GOLDER, WEST PALM BEACH

Obama’s advice is

spot-on; just vote

It is rare. if ever, a past president so boldly criticizes a sitting president. Former President Barack Obama was past due in his remarks. His message was loud and clear: “If you want change, get out and vote.”

Truly presidential. Most appropriate. Absolutely appreciated.

From his bully pulpit came President Donald Trump’s response. “I’m sorry I watched it. I feel asleep.” Hmmm, in the middle of a workday. How sad; how un-American; how predictable.

The choice is up to all of us. Get out and vote this November or continue to be lied to by a man who is deathly afraid of what the near future holds for him.

ROY SANDERS, STUART

Founders got it;

parties are divisive

Do we really need political parties? The Founding Fathers never anticipated them because they felt the people, voting as a group, would determine what was best for all.

Political parties may have contributed something to our government when they first became part of our political structure, but now they have become a destructive force that divides our country into two groups where each is at the other’s throat. A divided country is not what we need in such a critical time as we now find ourselves.

Our Congress now functions quite well with a House and Senate to handle opposing opinions. Further divisions will not improve what our Founding Fathers designed. They knew a single leader at the top (King George of England) wasn’t fair to all people, so they got rid of him.

Come to think of it, do we really need a single-leader president? We have done well without a real president in over a year.

JAMES HAMLIN, JUPITER

Space program was

tainted by Nazis

A letter claims that America is still a great country by pointing to the moon landings. Unfortunately, the writer did not mention that these landings were possible because the space program was run by Nazi scientists, many of whom were war criminals. They were responsible for the deaths of over 25,000 workers who were murdered while building the V-2 rocket. The technology of this rocket was used to build the moon rockets.

The moon landings cost billions of dollars and America got credit for winning the space race over the Russians.

But does this space program make us so great?

MICHAEL I. COHEN, WEST PALM BEACH

It’s the NFL owners

who should be kneeling

I was pleased to hear that Nike took a stand, by featuring Colin Kaepernick in their 30th-anniversary ad campaign. Honoring the players in their quest for equality is a step forward for our country, especially in regard to the current political climate.

If anyone should be on their knees it should be the owners of these teams, thanking God for the millions that these players earn them every time they are on the field.

BEVERLEE MILLER RAYMOND, WEST PALM BEACH

A little sportsmanship

would have helped

Although Naomi Osaka’s victory was tainted because of Serena Williams’ penalties, she was on her way to winning the championship.

A century ago, when amateurs such as Bill Tilden and Bill Johnston ruled the sport, the player who benefited from a questionable ruling would purposely lose the next point. If that practice were current, it would have taken the tarnish off her victory.

BOB ROTH, JUNO BEACH



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