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Opinion: America’s unsustainable empire

Before President Trump trashes the Iran nuclear deal, he might consider: If he could negotiate an identical deal with Kim Jong Un, it would astonish the world and win him the Nobel Peace Prize. For Iran has no nuclear bomb or ICBM and has never tested either. It has cameras inside and inspectors crawling all over its nuclear facilities. And North Korea? It has atom bombs and has tested an H-bomb....

Opinion: Macron on Trumpism — Non!

WASHINGTON — The early story line about President Trump and French President Emmanuel Macron focused on their “bromance” and Trump’s puerile claim to dominance when he brushed what he said was dandruff off Macron’s suit. But on the last day of his state visit on Wednesday, Macron showed he will not be trifled with. He used a speech to a joint session of Congress to engage...

Opinion: Israel has its own refugee dilemma

TEL AVIV, Israel — It’s been obvious to me for some time that the Israeli-Arab conflict is to wider global geopolitical trends what off-Broadway is to Broadway. If you want a hint of what’s coming to a geopolitical theater near you, study this region. That certainly applies to what’s becoming the most destabilizing and morally wrenching geopolitical divide on the planet today...

Opinion: Fraternity video exposes crumbling decency in society

PAWLEYS ISLAND, S.C. — Courage isn’t required to condemn the Syracuse University chapter of the Theta Tau fraternity for simulating a sexual assault on a disabled student. Video of this ape-ish display, now in wide circulation, should horrify anyone with an ounce of decency. That is, assuming people still recall what decency is. After the clip was released Saturday, university Chancellor...
Commentary: Raising legal age limits won’t solve gun violence

Commentary: Raising legal age limits won’t solve gun violence

A national debate over gun violence has erupted in the wake of the tragic shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland. Unlike past mass shootings, grieving and evidence-gathering have been superseded by fervent demands for gun control, with a particular emphasis placed on increasing age limits required to buy certain weapons. Under federal law, the minimum age to buy a handgun from...
Commentary: Let pre-18 teens register to vote

Commentary: Let pre-18 teens register to vote

Along with turning up the heat in the national debate over gun laws, the horrific attack at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Florida on Feb. 14 has introduced the nation to a new generation of articulate, passionate teenagers. Days after watching classmates get gunned down in their school, the Parkland massacre’s young survivors confronted the president at the White House and successfully...

POINT OF VIEW: A chance to get pension reform right

There is a crisis looming that has the potential to dramatically affect both the retirement benefits of millions of retirees as well as multiple states and communities. I am referencing the Multi-Employer Pension Plan crisis. What is a MEPP? They are pension plans collectively bargained (i.e., union pension plans) maintained by more than one employer. An estimated 100 MEPPs could fail in the next...
Letters: Temporary Boynton library site is inconvenient

Letters: Temporary Boynton library site is inconvenient

Temporary Boynton site is inconvenient Thank you for announcing the future locations of the library during construction of their new facility. (“Boynton’s City Hall, police station and library to temporarily move,” Thursday) Unfortunately, I am a little dismayed about the plans to split it into two facilities and their respective locations. The main lending library is to be on High...
Editorial: Plans bode well for a more vibrant, livable downtown WPB

Editorial: Plans bode well for a more vibrant, livable downtown WPB

There’s been a burst of good news for West Palm Beach. City Place 2.0 is about to become a reality, The Post’s Tony Doris reports. The once-groundbreaking shopping, dining, residential downtown district, under pressure from the collapse of brick-and-mortar retail stores, is getting a remake, and it looks like an intelligent one. We’ll see more trees and greenery, nicer walkways,...

Letters: Where is commissioner’s ire for Big Housing Project?

Where is ire for Big Housing Project? Having read twice about Palm Beach County Mayor Melissa McKinlay correctly calling out the pharmaceutical companies and their support group as deceptive, unscrupulous and irresponsible, this reader and constituent finds it extremely intriguing that she does not equally call out the no less deceptive, unscrupulous and corrupt Big Housing Project cartel and its...

POINT OF VIEW: Keeping the lights on during hurricane season

Lately, every year is record-breaking. Here in Florida and across the Caribbean, we can still feel the impacts of last year’s hurricanes. Nearly 10 million people lost power across Florida and millions more throughout the Caribbean. Estimates suggest Hurricane Irma cost Florida between $25 billion to $65 billion. A huge portion of these costs are related to blackouts. More than 70 percent of...

Opinion: Evangelicals can’t advance dignity by dehumanizing others

If the stages of a social movement are emergence, coalescence, bureaucratization and decline, the reaction against the Trump evangelicals among other evangelicals is still in the emergence stage. But one significant act of coalescence took place recently at Wheaton College, where a group of 50 ethnically and denominationally diverse evangelical leaders met to discuss the sad state of their movement...

Opinion: Barbara Bush: Fake pearls, genuine heart

Barbara Bush was an expert at throwing shade, even before the term existed. When Congressman Dan Rostenkowski gave the first lady a shampoo for white hair made in his Illinois district, she tried it on her dog Millie. “When I shampooed her with it, she became a brown and slightly yellow-haired dog,” she wrote in her memoir. “At this writing, Danny is under fire, accused of financial...

Opinion: Educational fraud continues

Earlier this month, the 2017 National Assessment of Educational Progress, aka The Nation’s Report Card, was released. It’s not a pretty story. Only 37 percent of 12th-graders tested proficient or better in reading, and only 25 percent did so in math. Among black students, only 17 percent tested proficient or better in reading, and just 7 percent reached at least a proficient level in math...

Opinion: Paul Ryan is the ultimate party man

The mistake about Paul Ryan, the one that both friends and foes made over the years between his Obama-era ascent and his just-announced departure from the House speakership, was to imagine him as a potential protagonist for our politics, a lead actor in the drama of conservatism, a visionary or a villain poised to put his stamp upon the era. This Ryan-of-the-imagination existed among conservatives...

Opinion: Remembering Barbara Bush, grieving mother

My mother and Barbara Bush were contemporaries. Despite coming from very different backgrounds — daughter of a Kansas farmer and daughter of a New York City businessman — they had a common experience, a very human link. It’s a sad connection that I suspect also has many a woman feeling fondly toward Bush, who died Tuesday at 92. Both women were born in the 1920s, an era with far...
Commentary: Fossil fuels — curse or blessing?

Commentary: Fossil fuels — curse or blessing?

Earth Day turns 48 this year and thousands of activists will “recycle” their calls for greater government control over energy resources and infrastructure. Is that a cause we should support or oppose? The question is important because abundant, affordable and reliable energy is vital to human flourishing, and government regulations put this resource at risk. On the other hand, Earth Day...
Commentary: This Earth Day, pledge to recycle all that you can

Commentary: This Earth Day, pledge to recycle all that you can

As Americans celebrate Earth Day with tree plantings, community cleanups and other eco-friendly activities, support for recycling has never been stronger, yet there remains a lot of room for improvement. The Recycling Partnership estimates that if every U.S. family recycled properly, we would double the current recycling rate and capture 22 million more tons of recyclables each year. This would save...

POINT OF VIEW: Scott should partner with Parkland teens

What is the purpose of the Florida governorship if not to uplift Florida’s youth? That’s a question that should vex Gov. Rick Scott even after signing major gun legislation, the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School Public Safety Act, to address the worst high school shooting in U.S. history. A wise governor would recognize the political and moral value inherent in inviting the Parkland...
LETTERS Barbara Bush a true role model

LETTERS Barbara Bush a true role model

Barbara Bush a true role model Barbara Bush was a lovable grandmother like those many of us enjoyed in our own families. A special lady. Her steadfast priorities of dedication to family and country made her a role model like few others. She was a lady who married a gentleman and together they raised a wonderful family and enjoyed 73 years of matrimony. Their life was governed by class, dignity and...
Editorial: Every city should join fight against harmful state gun law

Editorial: Every city should join fight against harmful state gun law

The Boca Raton City Council wants to consider some reasonable regulations on firearms, like restricting guns in city facilities or parks, a recent resolution states. But the council hasn’t done so — and for a troubling reason. The members are afraid of running afoul of an extreme state law that has worked like a National Rifle Association hammerlock on local governments across Florida...

POINT OF VIEW: Recognizing apprenticeships in HS grad requirements

In the fall of 1999, when I was a junior at the University of Florida, my professor, Julian Pleasants, inspired me to dedicate my life to public service. It wasn’t until several years later that I realized our education system was the primary issue I wanted to tackle when I jumped into the political arena. Sign up for The Palm Beach Post weekly Opinion newsletter: Pbpo.st/opinionsignup In 2006...

Opinion: Foes of renewable energy increase risk of climate catastrophe

Peter Thiel, Facebook investor and Donald Trump supporter, is by all accounts a terrible person. He did, however, come up with one classic line about the disappointments of modern technology: “We wanted flying cars, instead we got 140 characters.” OK, now it’s 280, but who’s counting? The point of his quip was that while we’ve found ever more clever ways of pushing around...

Opinion: ‘Little Pink House’ speaks truth to power

Coming soon to a cinema near you — you can make this happen; read on — is a bite-your-nails true-story thriller featuring heroes, villains and a history-making struggle over … the Constitution’s Takings Clause. Next Feb. 24, “Little Pink House” will win the Oscar for best picture if Hollywood’s political preening contains even a scintilla of sincerity about...

Opinion: What happened in Starbucks isn’t really about Starbucks

I don’t drink coffee, so I can’t boycott Starbucks. But I wouldn’t if I could. Yes, I understand — and share — the national anger over viral video of last week’s arrest of two African-American men at one of the company’s Philadelphia stores. The men, who have yet to be identified, were reportedly doing nothing more threatening than waiting quietly to be joined...

POINT OF VIEW: YouTube shooter fits most important narrative of all

Few would have guessed the next shooting to make national news would be carried out by a female animal-rights activist enraged at YouTube for demonetizing her fitness videos. And because YouTube shooter Nasim Najafi Aghdam doesn’t fit into the familiar narratives of the gun epidemic, those on the right have taken to Twitter to create narratives of their own. This was another instance of Islamist...

Letters: Sandy Hook denier is indefensible

Sandy Hook denier is indefensible Palm Beach Post reader Barbara Susco praises disgraced former Florida Atlantic University professor James Tracy in her letter, “Pursuit of real news becomes paramount,” (April 17). As a father of an 8-year-old, my blood ran cold reading her defense of this monster who not only denied the reality of the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting massacre but...

POINT OF VIEW: We will be safer if we help the mentally ill homeless

For more than 30 years in the United States, we have not been able to institutionalize people with mental health issues without their consent unless they have broken a law warranting arrest. It is important to protect their rights, but it is also vital that they receive treatment so that we, as well as they, are safe. To a desperately impaired person living on the streets struggling to get by on their...

Letters: Why sue Big Pharma? To hold it accountable

Why sue Big Pharma? To hold it accountable A recent Palm Beach Post letter to the editor questioned why Palm Beach County is filing suit against companies allegedly responsible for the opioid epidemic instead of holding addicts themselves responsible. The reason is simple: Companies who marketed and dispensed opioids in a deceptive, unscrupulous or irresponsible manner bear responsibility for the...

Opinion: Trump’s Syria strike was meant to project strength

WASHINGTON — In 2013, after Syrian dictator Bashar Assad crossed President Obama’s red line and used chemical weapons on innocent civilians, a U.S. official told the Los Angeles Times that Obama’s retaliatory strike would likely be “just muscular enough not to get mocked” but not so devastating that it would elicit a response from Iran and Russia. In the end, Obama backed...

Opinion: Our gold-leaf presidency

Let’s talk for a minute about Mar-a-Lago. Donald Trump was there this week, hosting a get-together with Prime Minister Shinzo Abe of Japan. Important stuff to be discussed — North Korea, trade. The two men held a brief press conference on Tuesday, at which the president revealed: “Many of the world’s great leaders request to come to Mar-a-Lago and Palm Beach. They like it;...

Letters: Story of student, bereft family inspires

Story of student, bereft family inspires I read your paper every day and I want to commend you for publishing a wonderful article, “A FAMU bond and an unforgettable act of kindness” (Monday). It was a poignant story of an unfortunate young woman who happened to be in the wrong place at the wrong time. Jamahri Sydnor was about to start her college education at Florida A&M University in...

POINT OF VIEW: Love in classroom essential to transformational growth

When I taught in public schools, I was once asked why my students tended to perform so well on standardized tests. The answer was obvious to me — with the help of love in the classroom. I showed my students love every day, and I used that love to motivate and relate to them. Sign up for The Palm Beach Post weekly Opinion newsletter: Pbpo.st/opinionsignup Unfortunately, due to horrific events...

Opinion: The blindness of social wealth

Bob Hall was a rancher. In 1936, in the midst of the Depression, he was suffering from a cancer that was eating the flesh on the side of his face. His ranch had dwindled to nearly nothing, and weeks after bankers took the last of his livestock, Hall died, leaving his family deeply in debt. His sons pleaded with anybody they could find to make a loan and save the family ranch. No one would do it. Finally...

Opinion: Nikki Haley’s SOS to the nation

WASHINGTON — “With all due respect, I don’t get confused.” These eight words from Nikki Haley, the U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, will go down as among the most powerful indictments of the rancid governing culture President Trump has fostered. They may also shed light on one of the great mysteries of the moment: Why is it that Trump regularly backs off when it comes...

Opinion: Trump — prisoner of the War Party?

“Ten days ago, President Trump was saying ‘the United States should withdraw from Syria.’ We convinced him it was necessary to stay.” Thus boasted French President Emmanuel Macron Saturday, adding, “We convinced him it was necessary to stay for the long term.” Is the U.S. indeed in the Syrian civil war “for the long term”? If so, who made that fateful...

Opinion: The real next war in Syria: Iran vs. Israel

SYRIA-ISRAEL BORDER, Golan Heights — Stop me if you’ve heard this one before: Syria is going to explode. I know, you have heard that one before, but this time I mean really explode. Because the U.S., British and French attack on Syria to punish its regime for its vile use of chemical weapons — and Russia’s vow to respond — is actually just the second-most dangerous confrontation...

Opinion: Choosing animals over people

BAYANGA, Central African Republic — The cutest primates on earth may be Inguka and Inganda, gorilla toddler twins who playfully tumble over each other here in the vast Dzanga Sangha rain forest, one of the best places to see gorillas, antelopes and elephants play. The only risk: They are so heedless and unafraid of people that they may tumble almost into your lap — and then their 375-pound...

Opinion: The dogs of war are howling

As sabers rattle ever louder across fields, plains, oceans and deserts, President Trump’s words from earlier this year haunt the stable mind: “I would love to be able to bring back our country into a great form of unity,” he said. “Without a major event where people pull together, that’s hard to do. But I would like to do it without that major event because usually that...
Commentary: Comey should have never been FBI director

Commentary: Comey should have never been FBI director

I believe former FBI director James Comey is an able and sincere man. But by his own admissions, he is a timid leader who lacks poise when he needs it most. Comey’s own retelling of his encounters with President Donald Trump suggests that he was intimidated by the president. After watching Comey’s interview with ABC’s George Stephanopoulos, I felt a little sorry for him. To me, the...

Commentary: Is Comey a hero or villain? That’s the wrong question.

With former FBI director James Comey everywhere in the media right now, what his new book has to say about President Donald Trump is being quickly slotted into a partisan narrative. One of the consequences is that those of his comments getting the most attention may be the least important. There’s a better way to understand Comey: to separate the facts he relates from his opinions. The former...

POINT OF VIEW: Impact of 1980 Mariel Boatlift evident then and now

“Picture a 20-foot Feathercraft aluminum boat powered with a 35-horsepower Evinrude motor bouncing in 8-foot seas with a dozen members of a family hanging on to the boat for dear life. That is what I saw 38 years ago on CBS live television in Florida Gov. Bob Graham’s office. I still remember it vividly today.” The Mariel Boatlift started with a surprise announcement by Cuban President...

Letters: Gardens residents’ issues unresolved

Gardens residents’ issues unresolved I think it’s great that Palm Beach Gardens can spend hundreds of thousands of dollars on pickleball courts west of Military Trail. However, some thought should be given to the health and safety hazards of the residents east of Military Trail, such as the Gardenia Gardens neighborhood. In February, I emailed the mayor and asked her to please clean up...
Editorial: Scott veto of local bill stifles more effective oversight

Editorial: Scott veto of local bill stifles more effective oversight

A long-overdue cleanup and overhaul of the Palm Beach County Housing Authority is well underway. But common sense tells us that’s not enough. There must be policies, procedures and people to deter it from happening again. This is what Palm Beach County and its state representatives sought from the Legislature this year. Lawmakers proposed a “local bill” (HB 1113) allowing county...

Opinion: The man behind ‘The Exorcist’ returns to Washington

When you’ve got a demonic child in Washington splattering dark stinking bile, croaking gibberish, spewing vulgar personal attacks, lying to sow confusion, whining about the unfairness of the attempts of righteous men to compel the diabolical behavior and head-spinning outbursts to stop, who do you call? The demon-buster himself, of course, William Friedkin, the director of “The Exorcist...

Opinion: Ryan will be remembered for his submission to Trump

Some politicians fit their era perfectly; others are born out of their time. Donald Trump — embodying the spirit of Richard Nixon by way of Pat Buchanan — is the master of his low, cruel, dishonest moment. Retiring House Speaker Paul Ryan — inspired by Ronald Reagan by way of Jack Kemp — has been lost and disoriented. His career-ending confrontation with Trump represents the...

Opinion: A mayor’s most important job

When World War II ended, Washington D.C.’s population was about 900,000; today it’s about 700,000. In 1950, Baltimore’s population was almost 950,000; today it’s around 614,000. Detroit’s 1950 population was close to 1.85 million; today it’s down to 673,000. Camden, New Jersey’s 1950 population was nearly 125,000. A similar story of population decline can...

Letters: Why ask for money? Isn’t it people who kill people?

Why ask for money? Don’t people kill? So the Palm Beach County commissioners want recompense from the drug companies for millions of dollars in costs caused by the opioid epidemic. How unfair! After all, opioids don’t kill people … people kill people. ROSE BERLINER, BOYNTON BEACH Kudos to Robinson for stance on guns I was dismayed to read the letter, “Deter cowards with superior...
POINT OF VIEW: Board members should do what’s right or resign

POINT OF VIEW: Board members should do what’s right or resign

More than 20,000 students attend 48 charter schools in Palm Beach County. The majority of those schools and their nonprofit board members do an excellent job of providing parents with a public school choice. Charter schools exist because parents choose to send their children there — if parents withdrew their children the schools would close down. Recently, I have been reading The Palm Beach...

Opinion: Don’t rush to impeach Trump

A few days ago, which is to say an eternity in our Trump-dilated time, there was a story on NPR about anxious evangelicals’ seeking a meeting with the president. The subject of their agita, not entirely surprisingly, was the Stormy Daniels affair, in which the president’s lawyer-fixer, Michael Cohen, appears to have averted a possible October surprise by buying the silence of a porn star...

Opinion: Testimony reveals truths about sex assault victims

By now, anyone with a prurient taste for political scandal has read the investigative report engulfing Missouri Gov. Eric Greitens. It’s 24 pages of testimony describing a series of sexual assaults Greitens allegedly committed before he became governor — a far cry from the “affair” the married governor has admitted to. The report was released Wednesday by a special investigative...
Christie commentary: That week when Parkland shooting, Sinclair mixed

Christie commentary: That week when Parkland shooting, Sinclair mixed

It is a rare week indeed when disparate opinion pieces help to cut through the fog of a national debate. However, such is the current nature of our polarized society that separate issues raised in two Opinion Zone blog posts managed to combine in one reprehensible story. You may have missed the story last week (and count yourself lucky if you did) about a conservative commentator at a Sinclair Broadcast...

POINT OF VIEW: Why do so many veterans kill themselves?

Why do so many soldiers continue to take their own lives at a higher rate than their civilian counterparts, whether young or old? I’ve spent a lot of time stewing about this over the past few days. It began Monday morning, when I got a note from a vet in a very dark place and contemplating the act. He’d served in Vietnam. His risk of suicide is about 22 percent higher than that of his...
Letters Caring for homeless should be a priority

Letters Caring for homeless should be a priority

Caring for homeless should be a priority Congratulations to Mayor Jeri Muoio for establishing the homeless task force. (“West Palm Beach Mayor Jeri Muoio forms homeless task force,” Monday) The Florida Legislature knows that there are 73,417 homeless children in Florida. The combined school boards of Florida have identified these homeless children because they do not have a zip code address...
Editorial: Fla. constitution doesn’t need these proposed amendments

Editorial: Fla. constitution doesn’t need these proposed amendments

It’s already a very long ballot in a supercharged election year. This November, Floridians will vote for governor, attorney general and other Cabinet posts. We’ll have a marquee Senate race in Bill Nelson vs. Rick Scott. We’ll be voting for members of Congress and state Legislature and for three Palm Beach County commissioners. The ballot also includes five proposed amendments, any...

POINT OF VIEW: Prevention is better than ‘cleaning up the mess’

Imagine standing on the bank of a lovely river, just watching the water flow by, when suddenly you hear someone screaming. You look out into the river and see a boat burning, the person on board screaming for help. You jump into the water, swim out to the boat and bring the person to shore. Just as you get them comfortable, you hear another scream, and another burning boat is coming down the river...

Letters: Stop the blinking traffic lights

Stop the blinking traffic lights Clarification is needed before a tragedy. When traffic lights are completely out at an intersection, it’s a no-brainer: it becomes a four-way stop. But what if the lights are blinking yellow one way and red the other? As I understand it, it also becomes a four-way stop. Remember, Florida has many out-of-towners. Wouldn’t it be prudent to eliminate this...

Opinion: The meaning of Ryan’s departure

I’ve always felt a kinship with Paul Ryan. Maybe it’s the fact that we are both Jack Kemp acolytes. Maybe I have a soft spot for upright family men who are attracted to public policy by the desire to do good. Maybe I love conservative wonks. But Paul Ryan’s fate over the past several years is as good an indication as any of how far our politics have fallen. Ryan’s departure...

Opinion: Obamacare’s very stable genius

Front pages continue, understandably, to be dominated by the roughly 130,000 scandals currently afflicting the Trump administration. But polls suggest that the reek of corruption, intense as it is, isn’t likely to dominate the midterm elections. The biggest issue on voters’ minds appears, instead, to be health care. If Republicans retain control of both houses of Congress, we can safely...

Opinion: How should America respond to Syria’s use of chemical weapons?

On April 22, 1915, chlorine gas, wafted by favorable breezes, drifted from German lines toward enemy positions held by French troops near Ypres, Belgium. This was the first significant use of chemical weapons in a war in which 100,000 tons of chemical agents would be used by both sides to kill almost 30,000 soldiers and injure 500,000. The injured would include a German corporal whose voice, bearing...

Opinion: Shaun King might be controversial, but he’s no terrorist

Shaun King is a controversial guy. As an activist and journalist, he’s been prominent in the Black Lives Matter movement, defended the Palestinians and attacked the Republican Party. On Monday, apparently as a result of his politics, King was briefly detained at JFK Airport by an agent of U.S. Customs and Border Protection while returning home from Egypt. In a series of tweets and a telephone...

Letters: Gardens wastes tax money on trivialities

Gardens wastes tax money on trivialities Recently, as I was waiting for my tennis group at the Palm Beach Gardens Tennis Center, I observed a complete misuse of taxpayer funds. About 7:45 a.m., a Gardens maintenance truck arrived and a very nice, uniformed employee hopped out and entered the tennis facility. He looked at the sign that contains the photos of the five current commissioners. He retrieved...

POINT OF VIEW: Thousands of mail carriers have Amazon to thank

Whether the U.S. Postal Service’s relationship with Amazon is as unprofitable as President Donald Trump thinks it is, there’s one group that — judging from government jobs data — has undoubtedly benefited: mail carriers. Sign up for The Palm Beach Post weekly Opinion newsletter: Pbpo.st/opinionsignup For the most part, the advent of the internet has been a disaster for the...

OPINION: Republicans and Democrats just did something big together

Washington seems to be in the grip of hyperpartisan gridlock these days. Important bills are passed on party-line votes (when they are passed at all) and the investigative committees of Congress appear to be sideshows, unable to agree on basic facts. Many Americans despair that Republicans and Democrats seem incapable of coming together to do anything important. Take heart — the two parties...

OPINION: ‘I’m sorry for the Facebook unpleasantness. Well, kinda, sorta’

Rejected first draft of Mark Zuckerberg’s belated apology for the mass data invasion that affected at least 50 million Facebook users: To all devoted members of the worldwide Facebook family, I want to say how sorry I am that some of your personal information got mined, tracked and re-deployed by Cambridge Analytica (and God knows who else) during the last U.S. election cycle. Most CEOs would...
Editorial: For students’ sake, district must close struggling charter

Editorial: For students’ sake, district must close struggling charter

The Palm Beach County School Board gave Eagle Arts Academy 90 days to clean up its act or the financially struggling Wellington charter school would be shut down at the end of the school year. The School Board should shut it down now. Don’t allow Gregory Blount, Eagle Arts’ founder and executive director, access to one more tax dollar. Put an end to the nightmarish atmosphere the students...

Letters: Deter cowards with superior firepower

Deter cowards with superior firepower The article “Lake Worth commissioner adamant: No weapons of war for civilians” (Tuesday), where the Lake Worth commissioner categorized the AR-15 as a weapon of war, is incorrect. The weapons given to our troops are as follows: the M14 (5.56mm) and the M16 (7.62mm NATO). Additionally, the S.A.W., otherwise known as the M249 (5.56mm), is handed out...
POINT OF VIEW: Stream of tutorials from Facebook CEO to senators

POINT OF VIEW: Stream of tutorials from Facebook CEO to senators

The senators and the Facebook founder spoke different languages, and there was no simultaneous translation. Born long before the digital era took hold, the mostly gray-haired members of the Senate Judiciary and Commerce committees came to grill Mark Zuckerberg, the errant 33-year-old CEO who came before them in his uncustomary suit and periwinkle tie on Tuesday afternoon. And for very good reason...

Opinion: Anti-Trumpism hasn’t worked

WACO, Texas — Over the past year, those of us in the anti-Trump camp have churned out billions of words critiquing the president. The point of this work is to expose the harm President Donald Trump is doing, weaken his support and prevent him from doing worse. And by that standard, the anti-Trump movement is a failure. We have persuaded no one. Trump’s approval rating is around 40 percent...

Letters: Sunshine State lags in use of solar, wind

Sunshine State lags in use of solar, wind In “FPL seeks OK for reactors” (Sunday), nothing in the article mentions solar or wind power. I’m wondering why FPL doesn’t use solar and wind the way California does. After all, California produces so much solar energy that it sells it to the surrounding states. Are we not the Sunshine State? Sign up for The Palm Beach Post weekly...
POINT OF VIEW: Rubio must school Pompeo about sea-level rise threat

POINT OF VIEW: Rubio must school Pompeo about sea-level rise threat

The confirmation hearing for CIA Director Mike Pompeo to become the next U.S. secretary of state provides an important opportunity to highlight the threat sea-level rise poses to Florida. Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., has a key role to play, as a member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee. Florida knows the costly impacts of tidal floodwater in our streets. Tidal flooding is projected to grow and...

Opinion: How to win an argument about guns

Tragically, predictably, infuriatingly, we’re again mourning a shooting — this time at YouTube’s headquarters — even as the drive for gun safety legislation has stalled in Washington. Polls show that nine out of 10 Americans favor basic steps like universal background checks before gun purchases, but the exceptions are the president and a majority in Congress. Usually pundits...

Opinion: Cohen raid by FBI may signal the downing of a president

We’ve seen this movie before. It would seem but a matter of time before the president of the United States is asked a question under oath and gives a false answer. A lie, in other words. In the prequel, starring Bill Clinton, impeachment followed. When the FBI, after a referral from special counsel Robert Mueller, raided the offices and hotel room of Trump attorney Michael Cohen, the thud of...
Editorial: Amid scramble to secure schools, money short for teachers

Editorial: Amid scramble to secure schools, money short for teachers

With teachers walking off the job in West Virginia, Kentucky and Oklahoma, demanding higher pay and more money for education, it should surprise no one if this prairie fire were to spread to another Republican-led state, our very own Florida. Sign up for The Palm Beach Post weekly Opinion newsletter: Pbpo.st/opinionsignup Just like the states where we’re seeing teachers taking drastic action...
Letters: Eagle Arts shows folly of ‘reform’

Letters: Eagle Arts shows folly of ‘reform’

Eagle Arts shows folly of ‘reform’ Florida has low standards for opening and running charter schools. Oversight is almost nonexistent. The Palm Beach Post investigation starting last summer of the Eagle Arts Academy charter school in Wellington is just a symptom of massive systemic failure of the “reform movement.” What I long ago concluded is that the so-called reform movement...
POINT OF VIEW: Don’t be fooled by proposed education amendment

POINT OF VIEW: Don’t be fooled by proposed education amendment

Tallahassee politicians keep trying to hide their real education agenda. They fooled us with the lottery amendment. They fooled us with measures to water down our class size limits. Now they are trying to fool us again with the following amendment: School board term limits and duties; public schools. Creates a term limit of eight consecutive years for school board members and requires the Legislature...

Commentary: ‘Roseanne’ is not pro-Trump; it’s pro-civility

Like 25 million other Americans (including delayed viewing), my wife and I watched the premiere episode of the new incarnation of “Roseanne.” I was not a regular viewer of the original “Roseanne,” but I always thought Roseanne Barr was talented and funny from her earliest appearances on Johnny Carson’s show. But the pre-show publicity emphasizing that Roseanne’s...

Commentary: ‘Roseanne’ no longer for all working people

When “Roseanne” premiered in 1988, I was among the millions of Americans who tuned in weekly to watch the Conners navigate life in the Midwest. Although I was a kid in Los Angeles, thousands of miles from the fictional Lanford, Illinois, the show’s humorous, caustic portrayal of a working-class family struggling to make ends meet resonated with me. In the show, I saw my own family&rsquo...

Opinion: Black political power means zilch

It’s often thought to be beyond question that black political power is necessary for economic power and enhanced socio-economic welfare. That’s an idea that lends itself to testing and analysis. Between 1970 and 2012, the number of black elected officials rose from fewer than 1,500 to more than 10,000. Plus, a black man was elected to the presidency twice. Jason Riley, a fellow at the...

Opinion: Creative cruelty is essential to Trumps management style

From a presidential administration’s appointments we learn how it views itself. From an administration’s departures we learn how it conducts itself. Honesty comes easier to those with little left to lose. In this regard, the Trump administration offers much to analyze. The pace of disillusioned exits is rapid. And what the departing have chosen to emphasize reveals much about daily life...

Opinion: Modern dating gains sex but loses intimacy

WASHINGTON — I’ve noticed a weird pattern, in fiction and life, about sexual encounters: Women decide they’re not attracted to a guy they’re nestling with. Limerence is not in the cards. But they go ahead and have sex anyhow. First, we have college student Margot in The New Yorker’s much-discussed short fictional story “Cat Person” who recoils as she watches...

POINT OF VIEW: ‘Trump effect’ is causing panic in the GOP

I believe in the power of panic. And I believe a little productive panic within the GOP is in order. Last Tuesday, Democrats won big in a race for the Wisconsin Supreme Court. It may seem a little off the beaten path and not particularly consequential, but as The Washington Post’s Amber Phillips reported, Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker, a Republican, is “outright hitting the panic button...

Letters: Hudson Holdings has not earned Lake Worth’s love

Hudson Holdings has not earned city’s love The silence is deafening with regard to the relationship our mayor and commissioners in Lake Worth have with Hudson Holdings and the Gulfstream Hotel properties. How is it our mayor is so enamored with this group and keeps promoting it as a good resource for the betterment of Lake Worth? Hudson Holdings is currently being sued not only by its partners...

Opinion: Boomers keep tight grip on American culture

The remarkable ratings success of the rebooted “Roseanne,” a show that last aired when I was 17 years old but commanded a larger audience in its return than any sitcom now on network television, has unleashed a thousand takes about the show’s political significance. Who’s going to win “Roseanne” voters in 2018? Can Hollywood entertain Trump country without betraying...
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