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Feb 03, 2018
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TOM BRENNER
Senate Democrats sat stone-faced during President Donald Trump’s State of the Union address on Tuesday. (Tom Brenner/The New York Times)

Florida should revive

vehicle inspections

Bring back auto inspections.

Being a snowbird for 35 years, I can remember when we had car inspections here in Florida. Why it stopped I have forgotten.

Back in Massachusetts, it is mandatory once a year. Brakes, tires, headlights, brake lights, exhaust system, directional, etc., are all checked and must be repaired in order for the car to be registered.

Maybe reinstituting it here in Florida will reduce some of the accidents. Some of the cars I see on I- 95 and Florida’s Turnpike are in terrible condition. No brake lights, missing headlights, bald tires, etc.

Yes, it does cost for the inspection equipment, but think of the amount of revenue for the state.

MARVIN WEINER, PALM BEACH GARDENS

NFL takes a knee

on honor-anthem ad

Here we go again: NFL owners and Commissioner Roger Goodell cower at the idea of standing up to pampered and overpaid players who disrespect our flag and national anthem, but have no problem refusing to air a 30-second ad by AMVETS, who represent American veterans, ending with the words, “Please Stand.” (“American veterans group claims NFL is censoring Super Bowl ad,” Tuesday)

The NFL said it was “too political.” Really. Kneeling isn’t political but asking people to stand during the national anthem is. How far can the NFL fall?

ANITA KUECHENBERG, BOYNTON BEACH

Pitts fears race card

won’t remain in deck

The angry black man photo of Leonard Pitts Jr. that graces the page of his opinion piece every Sunday needs to be replaced with him smiling next to Louis Farrakhan, similar to a recently released picture of former President Barack Obama. This would more accurately portray the true message this writer for the Miami Herald conveys with regularity.

As a 62-year-old white Trump supporter and Palm Beach Post subscriber, I am energized by the blatant race-baiting that Pitts regularly produces.

Pitts would resort to civic upheaval, militant posturing and a government shutdown to maintain dysfunctional status quo instead of common-ground sensible solutions.

Most recently, Pitts proclaimed that “the left is galvanized by a fierce new energy.” This was his conclusion after admonishing Democrats seeking compromise for failing to follow the path of Pitts’ pastor that says “if you’re going to do wrong, at least do wrong right.”

The well-respected former journalist for the Miami Herald, Mohamed Hamaludin, reminded us not long ago that “the quintessential definition of politics in a democracy is that it is the art of compromise.” President Donald Trump has offered a path to citizenship to the children brought to our country illegally and through no fault of their own. In exchange, he wants to stop this continued insane circumvention of our immigration laws.

Leonard Pitts Jr. claims that both Republicans and compromising Democrats are petrified of our president’s base of supporters. The real fear is the appearance of being a “do-nothing” Congress and/or obstructionist for its own sake.

The biggest fear of Pitts and his followers is that the race card gets pulled out of the deck.

TOM VAUGHN, BOYNTON BEACH

Trump’s following

rules for radicals

During this past presidential election cycle, conservatives were accusing Hillary Clinton and the Democratic Party of following the principles laid out in Saul Alinsky’s “Rules for Radicals” to gain political power. If they did, they did a lousy job of it. They lost the presidency and both houses of Congress.

I don’t know if President Donald Trump or his advisers read Alinsky’s little book, but he seemed to follow most of its rules. However, Trump may have done that intuitively.

Those rules for radicals applied to Trump’s outreach to not just blue collar workers, but also to white collar ones who felt disenfranchised from our governmental decision-making process. Trump ran his campaign with him leading the charge as the radical figure in the election who would clean the swamp of the same ol’ same ol’.

Two of Alinsky’s most powerful rules were to find and accuse a scapegoat for our troubles and to exaggerate the scapegoat’s power, influence and insidiousness. A third rule was to keep repeating position statements whether true or not.

Trump did all of this very well, using multiple scapegoats very effectively and equating their eventual demise with the creation of American jobs for Americans and a secure and practically impregnable border, with him as the cure.

Donald Trump’s scapegoats started out with Mexico and illegal Mexican immigration to the U.S., all Muslims, liberal political correctness, liberal governmental business regulations and global warming. Now he is expanding his targets by scapegoating the so-called false media, the alleged politicization and integrity of the FBI, and those people from what he characterizes as sh*thole countries from Africa, El Salvador and Haiti.

If anyone wants to compare Trump’s election strategy to Saul Alinsky’s “Rules for Radicals,” Google it. You will be astounded by the similar strategies. I was.

MICHAEL L. COHEN, WEST PALM BEACH

GOP ignored best

interest for 8 years

This is a response to the letter writer complaining about House Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi’s dislike for President Donald Trump being evident at the State of the Union address, and how this is not serving the best interest of the people. (Letters, Thursday)

Rewind it nine years when President Barack Obama took the oath of office. His hand was barely off the Bible at his inauguration, when the GOP decided that working with him for the “best interest of the people” was not on their agenda and Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell declared that their main focus was to make him a one-term president.

Short-term memory perhaps?

ANN MALACHOWSKI, TEQUESTA