Letters Do your part to keep county public spaces trash-free

Do your part to keep

county trash-free

The amount of paper trash, garbage, and general litter has been on a steady increase on our roadways for a few years. When you are driving or walking, see if you agree.

Rather than paying people with our tax money to do this cleanup, which is obviously not effective, it would be better if each of us makes a special effort to clean up our county. We, hopefully, are doing that around our homes.

We need to train our smallest children to pick up trash and put it in the nearest trash cans or take it home to dispose of it. Schools could have an exercise every few days to have their students pick up trash on their campuses.

The exits off I-95, Congress Avenue, Military Trail, Federal Highway and areas around bus stops need cleaning up. The cleaner all of these areas are, the more that people will respect the cleanliness and be less likely to drop fast-food containers, cigarette butts and papers of any kind.


Avossa rewarded as

teachers pay for lunch

I stopped into The Habit Burger Grill on Northlake Boulevard for lunch and was surprised to find perhaps 25 middle schoolers enjoying burgers and fries. Curious, I spoke with the teacher, who was supervising her charges, along with another teacher as the youngsters ate.

The teacher explained that the group had walked the short distance from Howell Watkins Middle School for the noontime treat. They were rewarding deserving students for outstanding accomplishments.

I asked if the school was buying lunch, and she explained that the students paid their own way, but that perhaps five or six had no money that day and so she (and perhaps the other teacher) had paid out of her own pocket so everyone could eat. That probably cost over $40, and on a teacher’s salary. There evidently was no money in the Howell Watkins budget for a frivolous expenditure like this.

I couldn’t help remembering that the Palm Beach County School Board had shoveled a massive $350,000 toward Superintendent Robert Avossa’s contract a couple of years ago, far more than any other superintendent in the state. Avossa immediately created a deputy position out of thin air and hired a crony from his prior location at a base pay of $175,000, making a total of $525,000 for what was a one-person job at half the pay.

Last month, Avossa’s bloated salary was hiked an additional $9,750, which he probably really needs, while teachers stretch their meager salaries to buy lunches for deserving pupils.

And now Avossa wants $25 per $100,000 in property taxes for salaries.


Editor’s note: The School Board did agree to pay Avossa $350,000, but after criticism, the contract was lowered to $325,000.

Nassar, others like

him, must be stopped

As a parent of a daughter who was a competitive gymnast, the horrific long-lasting abuse and assaults on these young girls strike fear in the minds of all participating in sports. Dr. Larry Nassar used his power and authority over the gymnasts to affect the lives of these dedicated athletes and their families.

NOW (National Organization for Women) is saying #EnoughIsEnough.

When will women ever feel safe? Who can we trust anymore? What is causing so many perpetrators of this despicable violence?

One day after millions of women around the world marched with pink hats we demand that all perpetrators be held accountable and that women’s voices are heard. “Boys will be boys” will never be an excuse for dangerous behavior.


Editor’s note: Sheila Jaffe is president of the National Organization for Women, Palm Beach County Chapter.

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