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Opinion: To oppose right-wing populism, conservatives need alternative

DRESDEN — This city — where Allied bombing in 1945 created a 1,000-degree, hurricane-force firestorm that melted glass and skin — symbolizes the principle: Things could be worse. A tragic sense of life — along with cynical humor and a bit of a persecution complex — is typical of Saxony, a German state as culturally distant from Berlin as Kentucky is from New York City...

Letters: What do we get if Greene buys election?

What do we get if Greene buys election? Billionaire Palm Beach real estate investor Jeff Greene will spend between $100 million and $200 million, of his own money, to win the Florida governor’s race. I have nothing against Greene, and he may even be a good candidate for governor of Florida, my problem is with billionaires buying elections with their personal wealth. A candidate should really...

Editorial: Fake op-ed was our mistake; don’t let it cloud the issue

A “Point of View” op-ed titled, “I am a county teacher who’s not complaining about pay and benefits,” ran Saturday on The Palm Beach Post Opinion-Editorial page, written by “John Montezuma,” of West Palm Beach. We have subsequently been unable to confirm that such a person works as a Palm Beach County School District teacher, is licensed to teach in the state...

POINT OF VIEW: Cartoonist fired for skewering Trump won’t be the last

“Oh, good lord.” That was my reaction the day after the election of Donald Trump in November 2016, when it dawned on me that I would be serving my year as president of the Association of American Editorial Cartoonists during the same time as the guy who wanted to “open up” libel laws and weaken the First Amendment so he could sue journalists more easily. Instead of the usual...

Opinion: The lesser cruelty on immigration

Let’s start with the easy part. The policy of separating children from their parents at the southern border, delivering them into a bureaucratic labyrinth while their fathers and mothers await trial or petition for asylum, is the wickedest thing the Trump administration has done so far — and you can tell exactly how wicked by observing how unwilling White House officials are to defend...

Opinion: Can Republicans and Dems reach compromise on immigration?

Rep. Kevin Yoder has two daughters, ages 2 and 4. A busy schedule of political obligations requires the Kansas Republican to be separated at times from those precious little people. It’s a feeling many parents know. Those two girls were on his mind recently when we spoke by phone to discuss the fates of thousands of would-be immigrant children who have been physically yanked from their parents...
Commentary: Trump-Kim photo-op, West Palm election controversy

Commentary: Trump-Kim photo-op, West Palm election controversy

From the Opinion Zone blog … After Palm Beach Post staff writer Tony Doris reported last week that West Palm Beach “took another step Wednesday toward encouraging Okeechobee Boulevard office construction all the way to the waterfront, despite continued criticism for the plan’s potential to block roads and views,” the question raised in the following June 4 post once again...
POINT OF VIEW: Army Corps should swim in our increasingly toxic water

POINT OF VIEW: Army Corps should swim in our increasingly toxic water

The summer of 2018 is already looking a lot like the summer of 2016. I don’t need to remind anyone of the shuttered businesses, the “No Swimming” signs that littered our community or the regular occurrence of fish kills. It’s only June and already we’re experiencing the putrid stench of another lost summer. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is currently discharging nearly...
Editorial: Growing opioid crisis straining Florida foster care system

Editorial: Growing opioid crisis straining Florida foster care system

Florida’s foster care system is under siege from an unexpected, unrelenting enemy: the opioid crisis. As a result, child welfare agencies statewide are grappling with a looming crisis of their own. Palm Beach County alone has seen a 115 percent increase in the number of children removed from homes in the last three months. “The amount of kids coming into the (foster care) system as a result...

Letters Separating parents, kids is inhumane

Separating parents, kids is inhumane I’m a father, and for Father’s Day, I want U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) to stop tearing families apart at our southern border. Closer to my home, I want a good father to be allowed to continue making good pizza for our county’s richest residents on Palm Beach. This week, ICE gave him two weeks to buy a one-way ticket to Mexico...
POINT OF VIEW: Study helps clarify which women can skip chemotherapy

POINT OF VIEW: Study helps clarify which women can skip chemotherapy

According to a study recently published in the New England Journal of Medicine, almost 70 percent of women with early stage breast cancer and an intermediate risk of recurrence can now safely skip chemotherapy after their tumors have been removed. It’s an important study, the findings of which will spare tens of thousands of women from a very toxic treatment, and it’s also critical that...

Opinion: A quisling and his enablers

This is not a column about whether Donald Trump is a quisling — a politician who serves the interests of foreign masters at his own country’s expense. Any reasonable doubts about that reality were put to rest by the events of the past few days, when he defended Russia while attacking our closest allies. We don’t know Trump’s motivation. And we may never find out: If he shuts...

Letters to the editor

Good, hard-working people deserve citizenship I read the front page story, “Manager gets ankle monitor” (Wednesday), about the Palm Beach restaurant manager who must leave the United States by July 3. OK, he broke a law relative to coming to the United States when he was a young man and not versed in the English language. Since that time he has learned the language of our country, married...

Opinion: Singapore summit was a historic snooker

The headline writers adore the word “historic.” It was ubiquitous in reporting on the April meeting between Kim Jong Un and Moon Jae-in. Kim shook Moon’s hand and then guided him over the military demarcation line to step onto North Korean territory. This prompted swoons. If that was a bona fide gesture of peaceful intent, time will tell. In the meantime, let’s assume it was...

Opinion: ERA began as a farce but has ended in tragedy

Karl Marx was no more mistaken than usual when he said that historic people and events appear twice, first as tragedy, then as farce. Today’s advocates of a musty fragment of the 1970s, the Equal Rights Amendment, are demonstrating that something that begins as farce can reappear as tragedy, because abuse of the Constitution is tragic. With Illinois slouching toward bankruptcy, its Legislature...

Opinion: High school learns censorship doesn’t work

Here’s an axiomatic truth: If you want to make sure people see or hear something, ban people from seeing or hearing something. That predates the internet, as any former teenager who ever hid under the covers listening to “Louie Louie” with the volume down can surely attest. We are talking about a long time ago in a galaxy far, far away. If censorship didn’t work then on something...

Letters Now is the time to have iguana plan

Now is the time to have iguana plan The article “Wellington’s unique way of tackling ravenous iguana hordes” (Friday) should be a warning to all towns in northern Palm Beach County. Our town governments need to put a plan in effect now, not when thousands of iguanas are running over our properties. If you go to Fort Lauderdale or even Boca Raton, they are overrun with these ugly...

Opinion: On Charles Krauthammer, my friend, mentor and lodestar

WASHINGTON — A few years ago, I was talking with Charles Krauthammer in the Fox News green room when the news that someone famous had passed away flashed on the television screen. Charles told me the way he hoped to go when his time came. His dream, he said, was to be assassinated during the seventh-inning stretch at a game at Nationals Park. He wanted to die in what he once called “my...

Opinion: ‘A jet-setting Jesus? I’m not seeing it …’

An absolutely true news item: Trying to explain why he asked worshipers to buy him a $54 million private jet, TV preacher Jesse Duplantis said: “I really believe that if the Lord Jesus Christ was physically on Earth today, he wouldn’t be riding a donkey. He’d be in an airplane flying all over the world.” A few months from now, at the headquarters of Dassault Aviation in Paris...

Letters Best education is worth investment

Best education is worth investment The letter “Why should I pay more for schools?” (Monday) made my blood boil. How can anyone not feel an obligation to make sure our children have the best and safest education in the country? The writer was fortunate to be able to pay for his children and grandchildren to attend private schools, how nice. I, too, am retired, having had my six children...

POINT OF VIEW: Four reasons Scott Pruitt’s luck may be running out

Scott Pruitt has shown an astonishing ability to stay on as director of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) through scandals that would have felled nearly anyone else. President Donald Trump fired Tom Price, the secretary of Health and Human Services, over less. Sign up for The Palm Beach Post FREE weekly Opinion newsletter: Text Opinion to 444999 Price was under fire for inappropriate taxpayer-funded...

Opinion: Behind Trump’s anger and exasperation

At the G-7 summit in Canada, President Donald Trump described America as “the piggy bank that everybody is robbing.” In Singapore, Trump tweeted more about that piggy bank. “Why should I, as President of the United States, allow countries to continue to make Massive Trade Surpluses, as they have for decades … (while) the U.S. pays close to the entire cost of NATO-protecting...

Opinion: Trump’s North Korean fantasyland

WASHINGTON — One of the costs of the Trump Era is that all opinions become suspect because, even more than usual, everything is seen through the prism of whether you are for or against the president. Consequently, criticism of Trump is regularly assumed by his supporters to be rooted in bad faith. The retort to any judgments against his statements or his policies typically begins with &ldquo...

POINT OF VIEW: Let’s send Facebook some election observers

Facebook insists that people can trust it to manage its giant social network in a way that doesn’t undermine democracy. I say verify: Let’s send in an army of scientists to study its role in the upcoming 2018 elections. There’s been too little research into how Facebook influenced the last election, even though there’s plenty of reason to think it did. The “I voted&rdquo...

Letters Hidden danger lurks at Lake O

Hidden danger lurks at Lake O Bass fishermen, speck fishermen, duck hunters and birders be aware that there is a hidden danger that looms with the completion of the needed improvements to Lake Okeechobee’s levees. Sign up for The Palm Beach Post FREE weekly Opinion newsletter: Text Opinion to 444999 To avoid dumping to the coasts, the pressure will likely mount on water managers to retain more...

Opinion: Do you feel more secure?

First Donald Trump remade the Republican Party in his own image, and now he is trying to remake America the same way — into a selfish, dishonest country with no close friends, totally unpredictable, free of any commitment to enduring values, ready to stab any ally in the back on Twitter if it doesn’t do our bidding and much more comfortable with mafialike dictators than elected democrats...
Commentary: Industry should pay its share for climate change damage

Commentary: Industry should pay its share for climate change damage

In his op-ed, Dan Peterson of the James Madison Institute (JMI) warns Florida city leaders to beware of climate change lawsuits and writes that climate advocates’ “claim that companies somehow hid scientific facts about climate change is a laughable idea.” He did not, however, share that his organization is directly backed by the Koch brothers and the Florida utilities industry....
Commentary: Florida city leaders should beware climate change lawsuits

Commentary: Florida city leaders should beware climate change lawsuits

Climate change activists are calling for Florida municipalities to join a wave of lawsuits against the oil and gas industry. This legal movement, which began in San Francisco, Oakland and other California cities and counties, seeks to hold oil and gas companies responsible for what activists say is their role in hiding “secret science” about climate change. Their claim that companies somehow...
POINT OF VIEW: Achieving student safety requires working together

POINT OF VIEW: Achieving student safety requires working together

Several initiatives are currently underway in the School District of Palm Beach County to address the issue of safety. First, a team of experts from the Council of Great City Schools has visited campuses, interviewed staff and district police, and inspected our safety mechanisms and protocols against best practices of large urban districts. Hundreds of security enhancements are in process and scheduled...
Letters: Kudos for ‘Explainer’ to crystallize and provide facts

Letters: Kudos for ‘Explainer’ to crystallize and provide facts

Kudos for ‘Explainer’ to provide facts How wonderful to see your new feature, “The Explainer,” in the front section of the Post. I applaud this effort to crystallize world events into absorbable facts — especially now when straight reporting on certain subjects is needed most. Sign up for The Palm Beach Post FREE weekly Opinion newsletter: Text Opinion to 444999 Also...
Editorial: To change America for better, more young people must vote

Editorial: To change America for better, more young people must vote

It’s good to see the students from Parkland embarking this week on a bus tour to register young people to vote. Activist teens from Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School will be making 75 stops in 20 states over the summer, starting with a peace march on Chicago’s violence-plagued South Side and ending up in every Florida congressional district. “We’re going to places where...

Opinion: Trump was outfoxed in Singapore

It sure looks as if President Donald Trump was hoodwinked in Singapore. Trump made a huge concession — the suspension of military exercises with South Korea. That’s on top of the broader concession of the summit meeting itself, security guarantees he gave North Korea and the legitimacy that the summit provides his counterpart, Kim Jong Un. Within North Korea, the “very special bond&rdquo...

Opinion: My dear Charles

Charles Krauthammer, a man who has beaten unbelievable odds and overcome obstacles that would defeat most mortals, has finally encountered one foe over which he says he can’t claim victory. In a note to readers Friday, he announced that he has only a few weeks to live following a battle with cancer. The nobility with which Charles has conducted his life was as-ever apparent in his brief note...

Opinion: G7 debacle proves Trump is operating on a different map

BERLIN — It is strange being in a foreign country and watching American post-World War II leadership — as practiced by presidents such as Harry Truman, Dwight Eisenhower and Ronald Reagan — collapse into a heap of chaos, ignorance and self-indulgence. Donald Trump’s performance at the G-7 in Quebec — his personal attacks on other leaders, his tariff threats against close...

Opinion: Bill’s belated #MeToo moment

Book tours can be brutal. It took 20 years for Bill Clinton to be properly publicly shamed for the ugly bargain at the heart of the Clinton operation. As a politician, the former president was gifted. James Carville liked to say: “People are confused. They don’t know which one they like more, the peace or the prosperity.” Even Barack Obama was forced to turn to his former nemesis...

Opinion: Diversity and inclusion harm

In conversations with most college officials, many CEOs, many politicians and race hustlers, it’s not long before the magical words “diversity” and “inclusiveness” drop from their lips. Racial minorities are the intended targets of this sociological largesse, but women are included, as well. This obsession with diversity and inclusion is in the process of leading the...

Letters: Why should I pay more, and more, for public schools?

Why should I pay more for schools? Well, here we go again. Just raise taxes on all seniors who don’t have any children in public school. Why in the world should we have to pay for someone’s children to go to school? Most of us already paid for our children and some for grandchildren. So now they want us to vote for us to give more money. The system is broken. When I went to school, we...

POINT OF VIEW: Feds deliver ‘Trojan horse’ to EAA storage reservoir

The federal government recently endorsed the South Florida Water Management District’s (SFWMD) plan to build the Everglades Agricultural Area (EAA) Storage Reservoir, a project promised to Floridians by state law. While the assistant secretary of the Army for Civil Works (ASA) determined that the project was feasible, contained within the almost 90-page assessment is contradictory language that...

Opinion: Grim trends in good times

In the United States in the years after the Great Recession, pessimists had a lot of material to work with. Economic doomsayers looked at the stubbornly elevated unemployment rate and discerned a depressing new normal, in which technological and social change had rendered many Americans simply unemployable, and stagnation loomed ahead. Social pessimists looked at the disarray in working-class culture...

Opinion: Spade life and suicide resonate with women

Twelve hours after news broke that Kate Spade had taken her own life, the store that bears her name in the city where she was raised displayed a message intended to be as effervescent as the designer herself. A single blush pink rose lay on the sidewalk space outside the glass doors of the closed store on the Country Club Plaza, a fabled outdoor shopping district in Kansas City. The rose was silk...
Editorial: Ways to protect our drinking water from rising seas

Editorial: Ways to protect our drinking water from rising seas

Over sea walls. Up through storm drains. And even into wells needed to keep your faucets flowing. Sea-level rise isn’t just a flooding threat to South Florida. The invading sea is also seeping in underground and coming for your drinking water. Decades of too much pumping and draining to provide both drinking water and flood control leave South Florida susceptible to “saltwater intrusion&rdquo...
POINT OF VIEW: Help reduce flow of unaccompanied minors from Guatemala

POINT OF VIEW: Help reduce flow of unaccompanied minors from Guatemala

The plight of unaccompanied minors crossing national borders poses great challenges. The surge from the Northern Triangle — El Salvador, Honduras and Guatemala — at levels never seen before 2014, brings to light the need to attend the root causes of this migration. The 2014 border crisis is the result of failed public policies in the United States and in the above-mentioned countries,...
Letters Well-timed lights would lead to fuel savings

Letters Well-timed lights would lead to fuel savings

Well-timed lights would save gas Drivers should remind the Department of Transportation about the wasted gas our vehicles use up sitting at red lights where there is no cross traffic coming in either direction. Imagine the fuel savings if intersections were timed correctly, allowing us to move along and only stop when necessary. DARRYL HARRIS, LAKE WORTH Mid-term elections key to turnaround I am one...
Editorial: School, sheriff security-staffing standoff is unacceptable

Editorial: School, sheriff security-staffing standoff is unacceptable

The adults in the situation aren’t looking after the kids. Although 11 city police departments have tentatively agreed to patrol half the county’s elementary schools, at overtime pay rates, until the Palm Beach County School District can add staff to its own police department, Sheriff Ric Bradshaw has made it abundantly clear that he will spare no more deputies on overtime to protect...

Letters Legislature ties county’s hands on school funding

Legislature ties county’s hands on school funding A May 21 letter to the editor discussing the School District’s request for a budget increase blamed elected officials for not having the courage to “rein in or question” the Sheriff’s Office budget. The state Legislature does not give the County Commission authority to determine how the sheriff spends money; we can only...

POINT OF VIEW: Too many questions for northern Brightline expansion

Brightline has won an extension to issue tax-exempt “private activity bonds” bonds to finance its rail expansion to Orlando. There is a lot more to this high-speed rail proposal than what has been reported. (One thing that is very rarely reported is that a second set of tracks has to be added). The Brightline plan is to run 16 trains a day (about one every half-hour). This is going to...

POINT OF VIEW: Abortion referendum says history not written in stone

I was in Dublin in May 2015, on the day that Ireland held a referendum on same-sex marriage. The “yes” vote — in favor of allowing gays to marry — won resoundingly. That night, I walked through a street party, which took over the city center. People spilled out of the pubs, sat on the curbs, talked and laughed. I was in town for a literary festival and asked one of the people...

Opinion: Loose lips sank the Colorado baker’s case

“Loose lips sink ships” was a World War II slogan warning Americans against inadvertently disclosing important secrets, such as troop ships’ sailing schedules. On Monday, the Supreme Court showed that loose lips can sink cases. In Colorado in 2012, a Christian baker declined the request of a same-sex couple to decorate a cake for a reception celebrating their marriage in Massachusetts...

Opinion: Shame on Google for treating the U.S. military as evil

WASHINGTON — Giving in to pressure from its workforce, Google recently announced that it is pulling out of Project Maven, a groundbreaking Pentagon program to harness artificial intelligence to sift through and interpret video imagery from drones. The move came after an uprising by 4,000 Google employees who signed a letter urging the company to cancel Project Maven and promise to never &ldquo...

Opinion: Government tussle: Who’s the worst?

The other day Scott Pruitt, the EPA chief and well-known candidate for Worst Person in Washington, tossed some reporters out of a public conference on water contamination. Way to rehabilitate your image, Scott! Pruitt has been in a long-running battle with Education Secretary Betsy DeVos for the title of most terrible Trump minion. (Now, of course, we’ve also got John Bolton. But this is a holiday...

Letters 211 HelpLine working to prevent suicides

211 HelpLine working to prevent suicides Many people in our community are stunned by the sudden loss of Kate Spade, iconic fashion designer, to suicide. The staff at 211 HelpLine express deep condolences to her family, friends, co-workers and numerous fans. For those feeling the need to talk, we are here for you 24/7. Please let us be gentle with ourselves and each other as we work to prevent further...
Point of View: No Smoking means no smoking

Point of View: No Smoking means no smoking

Today, we have insolent smokers who feel put upon by today’s barriers to their smoking pleasure. If you lunch at a sidewalk café or on the deck of a restaurant, you are likely to encounter wafting smoke, sometimes from a staff member taking a break at a back door. If you have health issues and must avoid smoke, you should probably dine inside, but even then you will likely run a gauntlet...

Opinion: Boehner’s Right — It’s Trump’s Party Now

“There is no Republican Party. There’s a Trump party,” John Boehner told a Mackinac, Michigan, gathering of the GOP faithful last week. “The Republican Party is kind of taking a nap somewhere.” Ex-Speaker Boehner should probably re-check the old party’s pulse, for the Bush-Boehner GOP may not just be napping. It could be comatose. Consider. That GOP was dedicated...

Opinion: How to repair the national marriage

Listening to people argue about politics these days is like overhearing people in a restaurant who are in a bad marriage. They’re always trying to use disagreements to establish superiority. It’s not merely, “We’re different.” It’s, “I’m better.” So I thought it might be a good idea to consult some marriage books for lessons on how to repair national...

Opinion: Why dialogue matters — even in the Trump Era

WASHINGTON — If President Trump’s survival tactics depend upon dividing the country into warring camps, does this mean his opponents have an interest in bringing the country together around shared purposes? If the answer is “yes,” then those seeking to replace Trumpism with something better have to discover ways of engaging with voters whose choices in the last election differed...

POINT OF VIEW: ICE detention of pregnant women is ‘anti-life’

At this year’s March for Life, President Donald Trump told participants, “you love every child, born and unborn, because you believe that every life is sacred, that every child is a precious gift from God.” At the same time, President Trump praised the pro-life movement for its work “to build a society where life is celebrated, protected and cherished.” Sign up for The...

Letters Gardens development ignores opposition

Gardens development ignores opposition After reading about Palm Beach Gardens residential development as spelled out in Sarah Peters’ recent article, I’m concerned about the city’s future. Several years ago, when the Batt School sold their property on Hood Road to Franklin Academy it was zoned for 300 students. Franklin appealed to the zoning committee requesting to increase the...

Opinion: An American 13-year-old, pregnant and married to her rapist

Dawn Tyree was 11 years old when a family friend began to molest her. A bit more than a year later, she became pregnant from these rapes, and her parents found out what had been going on. But they didn’t go to the police; instead, they found another solution. “It was decided for me that I would marry him,” Tyree recalled. So Tyree, then 13, was married to her rapist, then age 32...

Opinion: A Bee in Barr’s bonnet

Call me naive — I’ve been called worse — but it never occurred to me that Roseanne Barr’s firing would be viewed by some as a political statement. Alas, it seems I’m a mere babe in the thicket. When I recently wrote about Barr’s racist Twitter attack on Valerie Jarrett, I was commenting on why this particular event was so foul. However, because I didn’t also...
Editorial: Excuses, extensions no replacement for backup power

Editorial: Excuses, extensions no replacement for backup power

A mere six days before the start of the 2018 storm season, according to the state’s Agency for Health Care Administration (AHCA), only 48 nursing homes and 91 assisted living facilities (ALFs) reported having the equipment or passing site inspections showing they have the necessary backup power for cooling in case of a blackout. Another 348 nursing homes and 343 ALFs requested extensions to...
Letters: Make planet a priority; fully fund the ERM

Letters: Make planet a priority; fully fund the ERM

Make planet a priority; fully fund the ERM I moved to Palm Beach County four years ago, a refugee from the concrete jungle of Miami, seeking open space. Soon after arriving, I discovered the wonderful and varied system of 33 natural areas that are managed by the county Environmental Resource Management Department (ERM). These unsung heroes took blighted areas and restored them to vibrant, thriving...

Commentary: Roseanne gets booted. If only it were that easy

Walt Disney Co. has enough headaches. So to shut down one of its hit shows when networks are struggling to attract viewers isn’t easy, but as CEO Bob Iger said, “There was only one thing to do here.” Disney’s ABC division canceled “Roseanne” on May 29 after the star of the 1990s revival, Roseanne Barr, tweeted racist remarks earlier in the day about Valerie Jarrett...
Commentary: Now will we cancel Roseanne’s biggest fan?

Commentary: Now will we cancel Roseanne’s biggest fan?

Life comes at you fast. One day you’re the star of a prime-time sitcom, the next you’ve been fired for racist comments on Twitter. I’m talking about Roseanne Barr, of course, the comedian whose eponymous ABC program “Roseanne” ended a surprisingly successful comeback season on May 22. Unfortunately for Barr, the show’s planned second season was canceled on May 29...
POINT OF VIEW: Trump administration plans endanger Florida waters

POINT OF VIEW: Trump administration plans endanger Florida waters

In Florida, we may have oranges on our license plates, but it’s the waters around us that shape how we live. From our world-famous beaches to the local seafood on our plates, Florida’s ocean is the foundation of our economy and a major part of our identity. That’s why every Floridian should be aware of how the Trump administration is planning to abandon our coasts and the agencies...

Opinion: Past versus present Americans

Having enjoyed my 82nd birthday, I am part of a group of about 50 million Americans who are 65 years of age or older. Those who are 90 or older were in school during the 1930s. My age cohort was in school during the 1940s. Baby boomers approaching their 70s were in school during the 1950s and early ’60s. Try this question to any one of those 50 million Americans who are 65 or older: Do you recall...

Opinion: Obama — Just too good for us

It was a moment of peak Spock. Hours after the globe-rattling election of a man for whom Barack Obama has total disdain, a toon who would take a chainsaw to the former president’s legacy on policy and decency, Obama sent a message to his adviser Ben Rhodes: “There are more stars in the sky than grains of sand on the earth.” Perhaps Obama should have used a different line with a celestial...

POINT OF VIEW: Prepare for storm damage, loss of electricity

Following an 11-season lull without a hurricane hitting the Sunshine State, the past two very active Atlantic hurricane seasons have appropriately caused Floridians to be much more vigilant with preparations. Last year’s hurricane season was among the strongest on record, and forecasts are predicting another active year with the potential for 14 to 18 named storms, including seven hurricanes...

Letters Tariff hike on steel, aluminum will mean trade war

Tariff hike on metals will mean trade war The tariff increases on steel and aluminum are going to backfire. Instead of metals being imported in coil or rods, they will come in form of cars and appliances. Foreign manufacturers of finished products won’t pay the 40 percent raw material increase that the Cleveland manufacturer is paying. American manufacturers, because of this raw material cost...

Opinion: Why can’t Homeland Security think straight on racial violence?

Who comes to mind if you hear that the government wants to track “violent, terroristic acts that were driven by race-related extremist ideologies.” The white nationalist thugs who marched through the streets of Charlottesville, Va., perhaps, carrying torches as they chanted vile threats to Jews, African-Americans and Latinos. Nope. You’re focusing on the wrong race. You just don&rsquo...

Opinion: The plot against health care

On Wednesday, Virginia’s legislature voted to expand Medicaid, accepting a key piece of the Affordable Care Act. Around 400,000 people will gain coverage. The politics of the move aren’t hard to understand. Virginians overwhelmingly support Medicaid expansion; last fall, Democrat Ralph Northam won the governorship by a landslide after a campaign largely focused on health care. But wait...

Letters Nelson takes high road in Senate race

Nelson takes high road in Senate race I would like to thank U.S. Sen. Bill Nelson for not answering the attack ads put out by his opponent with more attacks. The latest Nelson ad I saw stuck to what he accomplished and didn’t even mention anyone else. What a concept. SUZY DESCHENE, DELRAY BEACH Teacher who drowned raccoons needs new job Regarding Frank Cerabino’s column about a Florida...

Opinion: Children, ‘animals’ and immigrants

Maybe you’ve seen the video of the hero the French have dubbed “Spider-Man.” When he saw a toddler dangling off a fourth-story balcony, he scaled the exterior of the Paris building in about 30 seconds to save the child. Turns out Mamoudou Gassama was a newly arrived illegal immigrant from Mali. A grateful President Emmanuel Macron made him a French citizen a day later. So, does that...

POINT OF VIEW: Make Florida’s property insurance more affordable

Like thousands of other Floridians, I recently received my homeowner’s insurance renewal statement only to learn that my premium was increasing by a double-digit percentage — nearly $600 annually. But like most homeowners who have a mortgage and who pay insurance and property taxes through an escrow account, I won’t have to pay anything out-of-pocket yet. It will be a year from now...
Editorial: Maria’s deadly impact on Puerto Rico deserves more attention

Editorial: Maria’s deadly impact on Puerto Rico deserves more attention

Here it is, the beginning of the 2018 hurricane season, and we still haven’t made a reckoning of the real damage that last year’s Hurricane Maria inflicted on Puerto Rico. Thanks, however, to a Harvard University study published Tuesday, we’re getting closer to one. Researchers determined that in the three months after Maria hit on Sept. 20, there were 4,645 “excess deaths...

POINT OF VIEW: America’s ugly immigration policies playing out locally

In a constitutional democracy, people are not locked up just on the say-so of a government official. But a recent hearing in a Miami federal court provided a glimpse into the terrible state of American immigration policy. Are those same policies in effect here in Palm Beach County? The case involves a challenge to Miami-Dade County’s policy of complying with the U.S. Immigration and Customs...
Commentary: Why Florida Dems can’t count on the so-called ‘black vote’

Commentary: Why Florida Dems can’t count on the so-called ‘black vote’

Florida’s midterm Senate election is a race to watch this November – and not just because it will be a tight match pitting a sitting governor, Republican Rick Scott, against a sitting senator, Democrat Bill Nelson. Black voters, who make up 16 percent of Florida’s population, will likely help tip the race in one candidate’s favor. Black Floridians have long been a swing constituency...

Letters: Readers sound off on NFL players, protest and patriotism

Editor’s note: The NFL’s new rules for player protests generated a lot of mail from readers. Half the letters supported the league’s ban on on-field kneeling, with some specifically criticizing Editorial Page Editor Rick Christie’s May 27 commentary, “NFL owners fumble on kneeling, racial injustice.” A third of the letters supported the players, and the rest were...

Opinion: How McConnell is winning the long game

Franklin Roosevelt, afflicted by the disease at age 39, died in April 1945 at the polio recuperation facility he had created in Warm Springs, Georgia. Before then, Mitch McConnell, living in Five Points, Alabama, began going there for treatment for the polio that struck him at age 2, in 1944. After paralysis by polio, an inner iron undergirded the ebullience of FDR, who hitherto had relied on privilege...

Opinion: This time, the joke was on Roseanne Barr

I told you so. I’m sorry, maybe that’s petty, but I can’t help it. For over a month now, I’ve felt like a man caught in a feedback loop, doomed to joust till the end of time with readers upset with me for writing that I would boycott the hit reboot of Roseanne Barr’s eponymous sitcom because of her support for that sentient sack of racism and misogyny who serves as president...

Opinion: Democrats’ dishonesty hands Trump a winning issue

WASHINGTON — How evil is MS-13? Last year, two gang members in Texas reportedly murdered a teenage girl as an offering to Satan. According to prosecutors, the gang leader (known as “Diabolico”) told the young girl that “the Beast” wanted “a soul” before having his partner shoot her in the head and dump her body on a street corner. As charges were read against...

Opinion: A quiz before summer break

Hey, vacation time is coming, and you’re probably planning to take a short rest from current events, too. Perfectly natural — I’ve noticed you’ve begun to twitch every time you hear the word “Spygate.” But you’re not gone yet. So let’s see how well you’ve been keeping up over the past few months: 1. During his book tour, former FBI head James Comey...

Letters U.S. 1 in N. Palm Beach should be four lanes

U.S. 1 in N. Palm Beach should be four lanes It’s time for an update on efforts to reduce U.S. 1 in North Palm Beach from six lanes to four. An urban planning company has been retained by the village council to show what could be done to turn a major highway into a funky little town center, complete with on-street parking, retail, sidewalk restaurants and second floor and higher residential...
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