With some tweaking,
Flagler plan works
Although most of the letters to the editor and the majority of my neighbors oppose the recent narrowing of Flagler Drive to two lanes, I am writing in support of this change.
I will admit that the rollout was awkward. The planters and barriers are not attractive and make the street look like a racetrack. Little effort was made by the city to pitch the idea and gather support from residents. Nevertheless, I think it’s a worthy effort.
For too long, city planners nationwide have given priority to cars over people. Flagler Drive is arguably the most scenic part of the city, and I believe that a well-designed linear park will increase the beauty and the quality of life for all of us.
I drive this stretch of road two or three times a week, usually during rush hour, and have yet to experience any excessive delays. Although traffic is slower, I appreciate having fewer lights to deal with.
Many writers point out that the impressive growth of downtown will worsen traffic and congestion on Flagler. However, most of those new residents will live, work and play downtown and will use their cars less. New development will always be to the west and should bring people to the waterfront instead of cars.
Cities all over the world are exploring similar ideas and giving streets back to the people with great success. With proper design and programming, a narrow Flagler Drive could be a popular landmark for West Palm Beach.
SAM LEDERMAN, WEST PALM BEACH
Sanders doing her job;
Trump is the problem
Sarah Huckabee Sanders must have to stay up late many nights, thinking of how else to rescue President Donald Trump from the never-ending and incessant faux pas that are forever coming out of his mouth at formal gatherings.
It’s a shame that regardless of what she believes is right, she, as part of her job as White House press secretary, must sidestep, run interference and dance around questions from reporters, forever defending his foot-in-mouth issue.
Trump never seems to think before he speaks, much less think ahead about something that might even have the slightest hint of racism or be misconstrued by a specific group or the general public. His best bet is to have someone write a short, appropriate speech, and suggest he stick to it verbatim.
KAREN EISMANN, BOYNTON BEACH
Let consequences fit
the sexual misconduct
Much of the recent news reports have involved allegations of sexual harassment or sexual misconduct against women by men in power or in the public eye. Any denigration of women is absolutely unacceptable. With reported descriptions of different types of sexual harassment or sexual misconduct, I pose the following question: Should all types of sexual harassment or sexual misconduct be painted with the same brush and bear the same consequences?
There are degrees of wrongdoing that include different levels of punishment. Stealing is wrong. Should someone who picks your pocket get the same punishment as someone who burglarizes your home? It is an invasion of privacy on a different level.
All I’m saying is that those public figures who have been accused of sexual inappropriateness should be judged on their individual cases, not lumped together.
Should pedophilic predators be put in the same category as rash, improper, unthinking behavior? Should someone who brags about his personal techniques of how he physically forces himself on women be in the same category as a man who only says something sexually inappropriate?
As more incidences come to light, the urgency of addressing these issues cannot be stressed enough.
MARY ANN D’ANGIO, BOYNTON BEACH