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Opinion: Spare me your shock at Trump’s sellout to Putin

“Lawmakers in both major parties and former intelligence officials appeared shocked …” —The Chicago Tribune “U.S. lawmakers of both political parties reacted with shock …” —Voice of America “Some of Mr. Trump’s own advisers privately said they were shocked …” —The New York Times “Shocked?” Really? After almost...

Opinion: Our ‘America first’ president put America last in Helsinki

America’s child president had a playdate with a KGB alumnus, who surely enjoyed providing daycare. It was a useful, illuminating event: Now we shall see how many Republicans retain a capacity for embarrassment. Jeane Kirkpatrick, a Democrat closely associated with such Democratic national security stalwarts as Sen. Henry Jackson and former Sen. and former Vice President Hubert Humphrey, was...

POINT OF VIEW: NATO is about more than money

I take serious objection to the Palm Beach Post letter-writer who thinks that money is the key to the U.S. relationship with NATO. Having worked with NATO for more than 12 years, I have a deeper understanding of the extremely high value NATO plays in our security. The idea that we are bearing a higher portion of the total funding belies the value of this alliance to the security of the United States...

Letters: Ex-lifeguard can attest: Reeds treated employees well

Reeds treated employees well Thank you for your recent article, “The Reeds,” (Tuesday), on the Reeds and the Jupiter Island Club. I was a seasonal lifeguard at JIC from the late ’80s to the mid-2000s. As the article states, they did treat their employees with kindness and respect. They had annual get-togethers and even weekly employee parties in season to show their appreciation...

Opinion: Trump isn’t first president to cozy up to Putin

WASHINGTON — The definition of insanity is doing the same thing again and again and expecting to get a different result, which is one of the many reasons President Trump’s news conference with Russian President Vladimir Putin seemed so insane. Trump is trying to do something that both of his immediate predecessors tried to do: turn over a new leaf with Russia. They both failed, and so...

Opinion: ‘Sort of a double negative’

It is an unfathomable proposition that the day would ever come when America could rightly question the loyalties of its own president, but that is precisely where we have arrived. Donald Trump’s “Surrender Summit” with President Vladimir Putin of Russia was such a disloyal, traitorous display that it boggles the mind. Russia attacked our election in 2016. Russia. Moscow did it to...

POINT OF VIEW: My trade deficit with grocery stores, the local laundry

Inspired by President Donald Trump’s insistence that all U.S. trading partners buy as much from us as we do from them, I have been trying to apply the concept to my personal affairs. I’ve got a problem with my local grocery chains, Aldi and Publix. I buy lots of groceries from them, but they don’t buy any of the lectures or writing that I do for a living. The balance of trade is...

Letters: Trump did a great job in summit with Putin

Trump did a great job in summit with Putin Watched the televised Trump-Putin Summit and followup of politically dividing remarks on all media. I thought President Trump did an outstanding job. Best historical quote: “I would rather take a political risk in pursuit of peace than to risk peace in pursuit of politics.” Trump doesn’t care, thank God, about the political fallout. He did...

Opinion: Two cheers for democratic socialists

WASHINGTON — “Socialism has known increments of success, basic failure and massive betrayal. Yet it is more relevant to the humane construction of the twenty-first century than any other idea.” With those words, the late Michael Harrington began his book “Socialism,” published in 1972. In his day, Harrington was often called “America’s leading socialist.&rdquo...

Opinion: The murder-suicide of the West

When C.S. Lewis was a boy, his mother died. “With my mother’s death,” he wrote, “all settled happiness, all that was tranquil and reliable, disappeared from my life. There was to be much fun, many pleasures, many stabs of Joy; but no more of the old security. It was sea and islands now; the great continent had sunk like Atlantis.” It may seem melodramatic, but that passage...

Opinion: Trump calls off Cold War II

Beginning his joint press conference with Vladimir Putin, President Trump declared that U.S. relations with Russia have “never been worse.” He then added pointedly, that just changed “about four hours ago.” It certainly did. With his remarks in Helsinki and at the NATO summit in Brussels, Trump has signaled a historic shift in U.S. foreign policy that may determine the future...

Letters: Memory care home a badly needed and much welcome service

Memory care home a badly needed service Great to read Monday’s Palm Beach Post and see the artist rendering of a Palm Beach County first — a “memory care home” to be built by the Palm Beach Habilitation Center. This home will be there for the developmentally challenged who are now, unfortunately, becoming acquainted with dementia and Alzheimer’s at their advancing ages...

POINT OF VIEW: Did you hear Brett Kavanaugh is a great dad, coach!

Whatever you think of Brett Kavanaugh as a Supreme Court nominee — brilliant jurist, threat to Roe v. Wade, spawn of the Federalist Society — you can be sure of this: He’s a great dad and a great coach. So says Julie O’Brien, of Chevy Chase, Md., in an opinion piece in The Washington Post. She writes: “Brett’s older daughter and mine have been classmates at Blessed...

Opinion: A president with no shame and a party with no spine

If your puppy makes a mess on your carpet and you shout “Bad dog,” there is a good chance that puppy’s ears will droop, his head will bow and he may even whimper. In other words, even a puppy acts ashamed when caught misbehaving. That is not true of Donald Trump. Day in and day out, he proves to us that he has no shame. We’ve never had a president with no shame — and...

Opinion: Helsinki hath no fury like a nation scorned

Surely, now, we can concede that letting Trump be Trump has exhausted itself — even among the smugly credulous. For a year and a half, we’ve heard his supporters say: Watch what he does, not what he says. Sure, he’s rude and crude, they said, but he’s going to make America great again. No, he’s not. Nor was he ever, notwithstanding a column I wrote just before Election...

Opinion: We may be able to get this man off death row

The horror began with a nighttime home invasion and the stabbings of a white family, and was compounded when sheriff’s deputies arrested and framed a black man for murder. That’s my view, and now after 35 years, the wheels of justice in California may finally be creaking into motion. I last wrote about the case two months ago, and there’s a hopeful development: Gov. Jerry Brown seems...

Letters: Important context missing on heroin

Important context missing on heroin The recent articles on opioids (“How Florida ignited the heroin epidemic”) are well-written, in-depth and informative. However, there are some things missing. As a health issue, it is well behind tobacco or alcohol. The link between these items is clear: choice. People choose to use tobacco despite 50 years of evidence linking it to health...
Commentary: Trump’s Helsinki ‘disgrace’ caps a destructive European trip

Commentary: Trump’s Helsinki ‘disgrace’ caps a destructive European trip

The American reaction to President Donald Trump’s Monday news conference in Helsinki was unusual in its unanimity. Trump’s appearance alongside Russian President Vladimir Putin in the Finnish capital was “disgraceful” — as CNN’s Anderson Cooper put it — “disgusting” — as Neil Cavuto of right-wing Fox News argued — and “nothing...

POINT OF VIEW: Cakeshop decision a victory for religious freedom

Last month’s U.S. Supreme Court decision on Masterpiece Cakeshop was a narrowly decided victory for the cause of religious freedom. People of faith, the justices upheld, should not suffer discrimination on account of deeply held religious beliefs. Unfortunately, while Masterpiece Cakeshop was perhaps a “battlefield victory,” those who would seek to limit our religious freedom in...
Editorial: Court should strike misleading Amendment 8 from the ballot

Editorial: Court should strike misleading Amendment 8 from the ballot

Supporters of charter schools have pulled a fast one in getting a ballot question before voters in November that’s meant to ease the creation of charter schools without mentioning the words “charter schools.” Now comes the Florida League of Women Voters to perform the public service of asking a court to kill it. The proposed Amendment 8 was concocted by Florida’s Constitution...

Opinion: Count on Kavanaugh to stand against executive bullying

The Trump administration is not known for its consistency, but some contradictions are too revealing to ignore. In nominating Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court, President Trump has chosen a jurist who is deeply committed to the Bill of Rights and the rule of law. Kavanaugh — with whom I worked at the White House — is brilliant, meticulous, fair-minded and unfailingly decent. In a saner...

Opinion: Trump, having a bawl in Europe

WASHINGTON — I had dinner with Vladimir Putin once. He made me lose my appetite. The then-fledgling president of Russia was polite and smiling at first with me and the other journalists present at the 21 Club. But then Katie Couric asked about his bloodless behavior in the wake of the Kursk submarine disaster in the summer of 2000, when the boat sank and all 118 on board were killed. She pressed...

Opinion: Our rules of the game — U.S. Constitution

Justice Anthony Kennedy’s retirement, leading to President Donald Trump’s nomination of Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court, has thrown progressives, the Democratic Party and the news media into an out-and-out tizzy. The online magazine Slate declared, “Anthony Kennedy Just Destroyed His Legacy as a Gay Rights Hero.” The New York Times’ editorial board said about a second...

POINT OF VIEW: How should you select a hospital

If you are retired and move to a new location, it is a good idea to test-drive hospitals in the area. Study access to the hospital drop-off in relation to parking. One local hospital has a visitor parking garage behind the hospital, yet the ER and general entrance are in front, so one must walk, rain or shine, along half of the back of the building, the full side, and a portion of the front before...

Letters Catastrophe here, and not just for lake; take land for canals

Catastrophe is here; take land for canals So, the Army Corps of Engineers fears a “catastrophic loss” to 37,000 homes and businesses sitting south of Lake Okeechobee. My heart is bleeding for Big Sugar, which already has collected over $2 billion in subsidies from U.S. taxpayers. How about the catastrophic event that is already here affecting the tens of millions of people living along...

Opinion: After Kavanaugh, the deluge

In the second year of his presidency, Donald Trump has become more and more willing to act Trumpishly rather than deferring to the official wisdom of his party. But with his second Supreme Court nomination, notwithstanding all the head-fakes and reality-television atmospherics, Trump has demonstrated that he’ll take his Trumpishness only so far. It’s one thing to blow up the G-7 with trade...

Opinion: Documenting my father’s route to becoming an American

On the dining room table before me is a rumpled piece of paper, barely bigger than a sticky note. It is the reason that I exist. The “Alien Head-Tax Receipt” recorded the fare paid by my grandmother at what was then called the Mexican Border District. To me it’s precious, like the companion she had with her that day — my then-infant father — as she crossed from Mexico...
Christie commentary: Think about this ‘Abolish ICE!’ idea for a minute

Christie commentary: Think about this ‘Abolish ICE!’ idea for a minute

In an election year, one side is always looking for that pivotal issue that will pump up passion among voters and give their side an advantage over the other. For the left, that has been immigration. President Donald J. Trump all but handed his haters the equivalent of a gimme when he instituted a “zero-tolerance policy” for those crossing illegally into the U.S., a policy that resulted...

Letters: State legislature abysmal on algae

State legislature abysmal on algae Thank you for your outstanding editorial about our Florida algae crisis. For too long our Tallahassee politicians have been pointing fingers and feeding us political pablum about this issue. Sign up for The Palm Beach Post weekly Opinion newsletter: Text Opinion to 444999 Florida voters approved a constitutional amendment in 2014 to allocate a portion of taxes for...
Editorial: Don’t like raising school taxes? Blame Florida Legislature

Editorial: Don’t like raising school taxes? Blame Florida Legislature

Any citizen unhappy that the Palm Beach County School District might ask voters to approve a boost in property taxes should take their complaint to the Florida Legislature. That’s because lawmakers — in particular, House Republicans — have taken their anti-tax ideology to an extreme. Not only have they refused to raise any taxes on what we’ll generously call principle, they...
POINT OF VIEW: Put an end to assaults on bus operators

POINT OF VIEW: Put an end to assaults on bus operators

Last month, a bus operator in West Palm Beach was threatened, harassed and spat on by an angry rider. This is not an isolated incident; over the last few years operators have been shot at, battered by a skateboard, dragged off the bus and more. These attacks unfortunately have almost become a “routine” part of the job. Fortunately, most operators can return to the job, but the trauma of...

Opinion: What the cave boys teach us about abortion

Twelve boys and their adult coach trapped in a dank, oxygen-deprived cave in Thailand riveted the world’s attention for two weeks. Why, people ask at times like this, are we so focused on these individuals when half a million Rohingya refugee children are in danger of starving on the Bangladesh border, or when 400,000 Yemeni children are severely undernourished? The answer is drama. We saw images...

Opinion: Trump, tariffs, tofu and tax cuts

According to early indications, recent U.S. economic growth was full of beans. No, seriously. More than half of America’s soybean exports typically go to China, but Chinese tariffs will shift much of that demand to Brazil, and countries that normally get their soybeans from Brazil have raced to replace them with U.S. beans. The perverse result is that the prospect of tariffs has temporarily...

Letters: Can green algae be used as a source of energy?

Can green algae be used as a source of energy? As The Post has been reporting, there is a serious issue with green algae in our local waters. But at the same time, I’ve been seeing commercials on TV from Exxon Mobil on how they view algae as an energy source. Couldn’t we get these two headline items together? Couldn’t we harvest the algae and clean up our waters at the same time?...

Opinion: Is Trump correct Mueller’s appointment was unconstitutional?

WASHINGTON — The president, who might not be fully acquainted with the pertinent Supreme Court case law, says the appointment of Robert Mueller as special counsel was unconstitutional. The president’s opinion, because it is his, is prima facie evidence for the opposite conclusion. It is, however, not sufficient evidence. Consider the debate between two serious people who have immersed...

Opinion: Tired of having to explain ourselves

For barbecuing. For selling bottled water. For napping in a dorm. For mowing a lawn. For smoking. Perhaps you recognize the list. If not, be advised that it represents a few of the slew of recent high-profile episodes in which police have been called out on black people for reasons so trivial, nonsensical and stupid as to beggar belief. These incidents, many captured in cellphone video, have resulted...

POINT OF VIEW: Reflecting on a lifetime of newspaper reading

I have been a newspaper reader since I was 10. My father was blind and his intense interest in current events led to my service as his reader. You might say I was drafted to duty. Sign up for The Palm Beach Post FREE weekly Opinion newsletter: Text Opinion to 444999 My father listened to public radio every day and relied on Walter Cronkite to report the news on CBS-TV each evening. It was his hunger...

Letters: Gardens improvementsare a great first step

Gardens improvements are a great first step My hat is off to the Palm Beach Gardens Mayor Marino and the city council. The new LED lights look great. The beautification of A1A is attractive. But what really impressed me the most is the city-owned electric cars. These acts show a very progressive council by putting the best interests of Palm Beach Gardens residents first. The next progressive act by...

Opinion: The center is sexier than you think

Enough about the Freedom Caucus. Enough about the Democratic Socialists of America. They’re flamboyant players in our political debate, but they’re extremes: More politicians — and most Americans — occupy the expansive territory in between. That’s where the pivotal races in 2018 are being fought. And if Democrats take back the House, it’s where any legislation with...

Opinion: Vulnerable Democrats should hope for GOP unity on Kavanaugh

WASHINGTON — It is difficult to imagine any Republican senator opposing President Trump’s nomination to the Supreme Court of Brett M. Kavanaugh, a judge with impeccable credentials, strong intellect and sterling character. If Republicans stay united, Kavanaugh’s confirmation as the next associate justice is assured. And no one is praying harder for Republican unity than the three...

Letters: Scott’s actions added to state’s opioid crisis

Scott’s actions added to state’s opioid crisis Kudos to the fine writing and reporting staff of the Post on the incredible expose of the OxyContin pandemic. The free flow of pain pills in South Florida was clearly the epicenter of this crisis. Even more revolting: the actions of newly elected Gov. Rick Scott, who immediately killed the proposed attempt at a crucial drug monitoring database...

POINT OF VIEW: Blueprint for reducing fatal police shootings

Controversial shootings by police lead to a national outcry and a range of reforms that reduce police killings of suspects by half. Sound like a pie-in-the-sky hope for the future? It’s precisely what happened in the 1970s and ’80s. Sign up for The Palm Beach Post FREE weekly Opinion newsletter: Text Opinion to 444999 America’s virtually forgotten success at reducing gun violence...

Opinion: The village that raised Kavanaugh

In the weeks ahead, we’re going to spend a lot of time going over Brett Kavanaugh’s biography — where he’s from and what he’s written. But that’s not the most important way to understand the guy. Kavanaugh is the product of a community. He is the product of a conservative legal infrastructure that develops ideas, recruits talent, links rising stars, nurtures genius...

Opinion: Hypocrites for Kavanaugh

WASHINGTON — Be prepared for a festival of hypocrisy, evasion and misdirection from supporters of the confirmation of Judge Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court. Begin with the idea that because Kavanaugh is qualified, well-educated, intelligent and likable, senators should fall in line behind him. Sorry, but Senate Republicans have already demonstrated that none of these characteristics matters...

Opinion: Is a Trump Court in the making?

If Mitch McConnell’s Senate can confirm his new nominee for the Supreme Court, President Donald Trump may have completed the capture of all three branches of the U.S. government for the Republican Party. And the lamentations on the left are surely justified. For liberalism’s great strategic ally and asset of 60 years, the judicial dictatorship erected by Earl Warren and associates, may...

Opinion: At Marquette, conservatives got it wrong

WASHINGTON — Free speech won; decency lost. This has become such a common observation that it hardly merits a headline. But in a Wisconsin Supreme Court case resolved Friday, the plaintiff was that rarest of victors these days — a conservative professor defending his freedom of speech rights against a university. Sounds delicious, doesn’t it? Too bad a young liberal had to be destroyed...

Opinion: To hackers, we’re Bambi in the woods

If you’re worried about terrorism, here’s a bigger threat to lose sleep over: an all-out cyberattack. Suddenly, the electricity goes out at the office. Cellphone networks and the internet have also gone black, along with subways and trains. The roads are jammed because traffic lights aren’t working. Gas stations can’t pump gas. People can’t reach loved ones. Phone systems...
Editorial: Fighting, fingerpointing no way to fix toxic algae issue

Editorial: Fighting, fingerpointing no way to fix toxic algae issue

Another rainy summer season. Another massive toxic algae bloom on Lake Okeechobee. Another round of nutrient-rich water discharges threatening Florida’s coasts and fanning outrage. And, most frustrating, another triage approach to fixing a festering decades-old wound. On Monday, Gov. Rick Scott issued an emergency order to help mitigate the impact of toxic algae outbreaks on both coasts. Scott...

Letters: Teacher’s letter shows pay needs to be increased

Teacher’s letter shows pay needs to be increased The letter “Teachers deserve to be paid a decent wage” (Sunday), from Palm Beach County school teacher Jennifer Brown about her pay compared to her expenses broke my heart. As I recall, voters approved increases to the sales tax twice in recent memory with the understanding that the increased revenue was for schools. It appears that...
Commentary: The sea-level threat is worse than you think

Commentary: The sea-level threat is worse than you think

Look what we have done. Let’s put this global warming and climate change thing in perspective. For the past million years, atmospheric carbon dioxide fluctuated between 180 parts per million (ppm) and 280 ppm about every 100,000 years, and, in concert, temperature cooled and warmed and sea level went down and up 330 feet or more. These natural changes in carbon dioxide, temperature and sea level...
Commentary: The dirty word in South Florida’s watery future: retreat

Commentary: The dirty word in South Florida’s watery future: retreat

When it comes to discussing sea-level rise in South Florida, the word “resilience” gets tossed around a lot by enlightened politicians and urban planners. It’s almost as if the word itself were a mantra that, with enough repetition, will stop the rising seas from swamping South Florida. But here’s a word that is almost never spoken in public discussions of South Florida&rsquo...
POINT OF VIEW: Coastal residents need to set aside money for flooding

POINT OF VIEW: Coastal residents need to set aside money for flooding

Through myopic indifference, society is making adaptation to sea-level rise exponentially riskier than it needs to be. There is a noticeable absence of meaningful federal and state legislation to create practical and innovative financial tools necessary to help ordinary people and small businesses cope with the projected harm of rising waters. Each day that passes, reluctant lawmakers are unnecessarily...

Opinion: Offenders should still be treated with humanity

An administration not known for policy creativity is unlikely to have useful internal policy debates. But in the Trump administration, prison reform is a welcome exception. This is largely due to the efforts of President Trump’s son-in-law Jared Kushner, who, in common with millions of poor and minority children in America, has had the searing experience of visiting a father in prison. Kushner...

Opinion: Shooting ourselves in the foot

The Canadian government, lining the pockets of its dairy producers, imposes high tariffs on American dairy imports. That forces Canadians to pay higher prices for dairy products. For example, Canadians pay $5.24 for a 10.5-ounce block of cheddar. In Washington, D.C., that same amount of cheddar sells for $3.64. Canadians pay $3.99 for a 1-pound container of yogurt. In Washington, D.C., you can get...

Opinion: For whom the Trump trolls

WASHINGTON — Donald Trump was profoundly affected by watching his older brother, Freddy, die from alcoholism at 43. He proselytized against drinking and smoking, warning his kids away from those vices. Even with his casinos, Trump wasn’t a gambler, either, saying he’d rather own slot machines than play them. And yet, in a strange twist, Trump has ended up an addict. One of the more...

Letters: Army Corps, politicians have lost my respect

Army Corps, politicians have lost my respect My uncle was a lieutenant in the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers during World War II. I was 10 years younger than he and he was my hero. After the war, he told stories of him and his men building bridges across France and into Germany while under enemy fire so our tanks and soldiers could bring an end to the war. Being a four-year veteran myself, I always...

POINT OF VIEW: Save lives; put the phone down

Losing a family member in a senseless car crash is unspeakably painful. My family and I, like many others across the state, experienced this when we lost my twin sister in a crash that could have been prevented. I made a promise to myself that if I was lucky enough to represent my fellow Floridians in the statehouse, I would make traffic safety a priority. Sign up for The Palm Beach Post FREE weekly...

Opinion: Church now delivering on promises about clerical abuse

To even casual observers of recent news about the Catholic Church, it’s clear that a new day has dawned. Finally, after decades of stalling, denials and civil lawsuits, Catholic dioceses seem to recognize their accountability for the criminal behavior of pedophile priests. Consider the case of retired Bishop Joseph Hart. The former prelate of Cheyenne, Wyo., now 86 years old, could face criminal...
Commentary: How Roe v. Wade changed the lives of American women

Commentary: How Roe v. Wade changed the lives of American women

The recent announcement of Justice Anthony Kennedy’s retirement has ignited widespread speculation about the future of Roe v. Wade. Some analysts believe that a new appointment to the Supreme Court would mean a conservative justice, particularly one who is against abortion rights, will threaten the status of the law. The U.S. Supreme Court granted women an essential degree of reproductive freedom...
Letters: Greene’s riches not a selling point

Letters: Greene’s riches not a selling point

Greene’s riches not a selling point I was very disturbed regarding Jeff Greene’s statement that he would spend “whatever it takes” to become governor of Florida. The man is worth over $3 billion. So what does that say to me? It says he has enough money to buy his way into the governor’s mansion. Just like Gov. Rick Scott. These men have more money than they know what...
POINT OF VIEW: The Everglades’ coastline is falling apart

POINT OF VIEW: The Everglades’ coastline is falling apart

For those of us living along the lower east coast of Florida, the Everglades is a backyard wilderness, the source of our drinking water and an important hurricane buffer. It is also a flat, low-lying wetland with an imperceptible slope, making it quite vulnerable to sea-level rise. Once a 50-mile-wide “River of Grass” extending from Lake Okeechobee to Florida Bay, the Everglades is now...
Editorial: Schools face obstacles in staffing for mental health

Editorial: Schools face obstacles in staffing for mental health

There’s been a lot of talk lately about the difficulties of staffing public schools with armed security. But staffing schools with mental health professionals will be just as tough. According to Palm Beach County Schools Superintendent Donald Fennoy, there’s a significant shortage of talent to draw from in the field of mental health. “Trying to find people to do that is a major challenge...

LETTERS

Teachers deserve to be paid a decent wage My monthly take-home salary is $2,600. My rent is $1,500. My medical bills are $250 because I am a cancer survivor. My car payment is $300. I spend $200 on gasoline. All I have left every month is $350. I have been a teacher in Palm Beach County for 12 years. After working at the school for eight to 10 hours a day, I go to my night jobs as a nanny and tutor...

Opinion: Amy Coney Barrett’s ‘cult’

When Notre Dame law professor and possible Supreme Court nominee Amy Coney Barrett was nominated for the 7th Circuit Court of Appeals, her affiliation with a religious group called People of Praise raised red flags. It was some sort of cult, they implied. Sen. Dianne Feinstein famously reproved the nominee by intoning that “the dogma lives loudly within you, and that’s of concern.&rdquo...

POINT OF VIEW: Toxic effects of detention centers for young children

Amid all the confusion about zero tolerance and executive orders over the crisis at the border, one thing is clear. At least 2,000 children are still detained away from their parents in shelters across the country. Many — no one knows exactly how many — are under age 5 housed in “Tender Age” shelters in South Texas. Government officials claim they are safe and well cared for...

Opinion: Trump’s taking us from temper tantrum to trade war

Harley-Davidson, the famed manufacturer of “hogs” — big motorcycles — made headlines when it announced that it would be moving some of its production out of the U.S. in the face of the growing tariff war between America and the European Union. And Donald Trump made more headlines when he lashed out at a company “I’ve been very good to,” accusing it of having...

Opinion: Some professions are more than professions

This one feels different. And what does it say about this country when one has seen enough mass shootings to become a connoisseur of them? But yes, what happened last week in the newsroom of the Capital Gazette newspaper in Annapolis does feel different. It feels too close for comfort. Part of it is that a colleague lost his brother and that a friend of mine says a friend of his knew another of the...

Opinion: Does awful summit with Kim hint at awful meeting with Putin?

“There is no longer a Nuclear Threat from North Korea.” — Donald Trump, June 13, 2018 “North Korea is upgrading its nuclear research center at a rapid pace, new satellite imagery analysis suggests.” — The Wall Street Journal, June 27, 2018 WASHINGTON — As the president prepares, if this time he does prepare, for his second summit, note all that went wrong...

Letters: Boynton Beach buildings unappealing to eyes

Boynton buildings unappealing to eyes Whoever designed the new buildings going up along Federal Highway in Boynton Beach should have their architectural license revoked. They’re horrid: right on the sidewalks, zero grass or trees, and multi-story buildings that look like barracks. Sign up for The Palm Beach Post weekly Opinion newsletter: Text Opinion to 444999 Pretty soon, U.S. 1 in Boynton...

POINT OF VIEW: The Democrats are in dire straits

Twenty months ago, Democrats were poised to reclaim the presidency and maybe the Senate. Donald Trump was supposedly going to damage the GOP brand for years to come. It threatened to be a bloodbath. Today, the bloodbath is squarely on the Democratic side of the aisle. And it’s getting worse before it may get better — if it gets better any time soon. A party already decimated at the state...

Letters: Greatness is more than success, fame

Greatness is more than success, fame I would like to thank John Baudhuin, Palm Beach Gardens, for his letter to the editor, “Soccer players are truly good sports” (Tuesday). It related the sportsmanship demonstrated by a famous player after losing his last World Cup game, by helping an injured opposing player off the field. Baudhuin wrote, “At that moment a very good player became...

POINT OF VIEW: Bill in Congress would help curb ex-con overdoses

Prisoners addicted to opioids are at an extremely high risk of overdose in the period right after their release. A bill that just passed the House is designed to help. Sign up for The Palm Beach Post FREE weekly Opinion newsletter: Text Opinion to 444999 Post-incarceration overdose risk is a consequence of how the body responds to the use and non-use of opioids. Long-term, regular use of opioids (e...

Opinion: Democrats are powerless to block Trump’s Supreme Court nominee

WASHINGTON — As President Trump prepares to announce his replacement for retiring Supreme Court Justice Anthony M. Kennedy, Democrats are desperate to block the president’s nominee — but are powerless to so. They have no one to blame but themselves. Let’s take a moment to recall the sordid 15-year history of Democratic miscalculations that brought them to this point. The Democrats&rsquo...

Opinion: Trump’s rage junkies

It is truly a confounding time to be alive, to be an American. We are watching as a president of the United States openly lies, fabricates and exaggerates while two-fifths of the population cheers him for it. He spurns our allies and embraces our adversaries and people shrug. He, his congressional allies and his propaganda arm are waging open warfare on the Federal Bureau of Investigation in an effort...

Opinion: Pious wishes won’t change politics

WASHINGTON — We human beings cling to dogmas long after they’re disproven. We tend to believe things that make us feel better or remind of us of a past that we miss. This is certainly true of our assumptions about electoral politics. Among the myths that can steer us off course in the Trump era, three are particularly popular. First, that political polarization is primarily a product of...

Opinion: The liberal stampede to ‘abolish ICE’

“No Borders! No Nations! No Deportations!” “Abolish ICE!” Before last week, these were the mindless slogans of an infantile left, seen on signs at rallies to abolish ICE, the agency that arrests and deports criminal aliens who have no right to be in our country. By last week, however, “Abolish ICE!” was no longer the exclusive slogan of the unhinged left. National...

Opinion: The gender war is on! And fake

Years ago, people used to believe that gender equality would produce gender similarity. That is to say, people used to believe that as women and men enjoyed more equal opportunities and earned similar pay, men and women would see the world in similar ways. It hasn’t worked out that neatly. In the Nordic countries, where gender equality is highest, unexpected differences have opened up between...

POINT OF VIEW: Stop playing the blame game

As the senior writer at the National Crime Prevention Council, I acquired an intimate knowledge of the principle that you never blame the victim of a crime. It’s pretty much accepted in public discourse that a woman is not to blame for her rape because her skirt was too short or she had too much to drink. A homeowner is not to blame for a theft because an alarm hadn’t been installed. The...

Letters: Heroin report shows Post at its finest

Heroin report shows Post at its finest Thank you to Pat Beall and her colleagues for their exceptional investigative reporting. “How Florida Ignited the Heroin Epidemic” (Sunday) was in-depth, well-written and thorough. It was obvious how diligently they worked and how committed they were to provide us with as unbiased and factual report as possible. Sign up for The Palm Beach Post FREE...

Opinion: Where politics can still work in America: Our towns, USA

LANCASTER, Pa. — Last week I wrote about why political parties across the industrial world are fracturing from the top down. Today I’m writing about the political units that are working. On this Fourth of July week, if you want to be an optimist about America, stand on your head. The country looks so much better from the bottom up. I know — the current cliché is that we&rsquo...

Opinion: Trump’s taking us from temper tantrum to trade war

In one way, Donald Trump’s attack on our foreign trade partners resembles his attack on immigrants: in each case, the attack is framed as a response to evildoing that exists only in his imagination. No, there isn’t a wave of violent crime by immigrants, and MS-13 isn’t taking over American towns; no, the European Union doesn’t have “horrific” tariffs on U.S. products...
Opinion: Fearing the worst after Maryland newspaper shooting

Opinion: Fearing the worst after Maryland newspaper shooting

COLUMBIA, S.C. — It was far too easy to assume the worst — that the inevitable, finally, had come to pass. When news broke Thursday afternoon that a shooter had opened fire in an Annapolis, Maryland, newsroom, more than a few minds converged on the same thought: Donald Trump. The mythmaker-in-chief, who has demonized the media almost daily since becoming president, had made this day seem...
EDITORIAL: Santino’s removal a (belated) win for judicial integrity

EDITORIAL: Santino’s removal a (belated) win for judicial integrity

The Florida Supreme Court has removed Palm Beach County Judge Dana M. Santino from the bench for her misconduct during the 2016 election campaign. It’s a clear victory for judicial ethics and integrity. Monday’s narrow 4-3 decision, all of one paragraph, was also clear affirmation that judges should be held to the highest standards and be above reproach. Yet while the process...
Letters: Lake Worth leaders should listen to people

Letters: Lake Worth leaders should listen to people

Lake Worth leaders should listen to people A photograph is worth a 1,000 words, as to what our beach and pool used to look like back in the 1930s and ’40s, and could look like again, if only our current mayor and commissioners would start listening to the people who live and work in this unique town of Lake Worth. I am sick and tired of their public-private partnerships to solve the problems...
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