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Letters: Fix algae by using diverter ponds to clean water

Fix algae by using diverter ponds Most of the water feeding Lake Okeechobee comes from the north of Florida. Make holding ponds 2 miles above Lake Okeechobee. Direct the river into holding ponds where soil has been scooped out 2 feet deep. This held water should be cleaned with filters and be reconnected to Lake Okeechobee. Sign up for The Palm Beach Post weekly Opinion newsletter: Text Opinion to...

POINT OF VIEW: Residents, officials need to get educated on plastic

Plastic makes it possible. From aerospace and transportation, to medicine and computer technology, our future relies on plastic. You know whose future does not rely on plastic? Our local businesses. What I saw at the town of Jupiter’s Beach Committee meeting on July 23 was a perfect picture of what’s wrong in American politics right now; people are completely ignorant to what’s happening...

POINT OF VIEW: SunPass-Florida relationship should be explored

While I agree with at least one argument that Post Editorial Page Editor Rick Christie made in his July 29 column, “Give Florida drivers a pass from SunPass mess,” I disagree with another. Sign up for The Palm Beach Post FREE weekly Opinion newsletter: Text Opinion to 444999 Christie writes that the Florida Department of Transportation should forgive “say, 50 percent of your tolls...

Letters: Lies have kept public in dark about ‘dam’

Lies have kept public in dark about ‘dam’ I found Kimberly Miller’s article “The ‘toxic’ algae issue: Social media ire has law enforcement on alert” (Wednesday) interesting. I think that it demonstrates the frustration of people who have been lied to for the last 90 years, starting with when the Herbert Hoover Dike was built. When the 1928 hurricane killed...

Opinion: Republicans are playing with fire in the states

WASHINGTON — The backlash to President Trump and the steady rightward journey of the Republican Party could sharply shift the distribution of political power in state capitols across the nation in this fall’s elections. And because reapportionment is coming, this could change the contours of American politics for more than a decade. Strengthening that possibility is the success of pragmatic...

Opinion: America’s lengthening enemies list

On Friday, deep into the 17th year of America’s longest war, Taliban forces overran Ghazni, a provincial capital that sits on the highway from Kabul to Kandahar. The ferocity of the Taliban offensive brought U.S. advisers along with U.S. air power, including a B-1 bomber, into the battle. “As the casualty toll in Ghazni appeared to soar on Sunday,” The Wall Street Journal reported...
Editorial: In defense of democracy’s defenders

Editorial: In defense of democracy’s defenders

We aren’t the enemy. It doesn’t matter how many times the president of the United States calls the news media “the enemy of the American people,” or attaches the word “fake” to “stories,” “media” or “polls.” All the repetitions in the world can’t make the slander true — though, in some minds, the repetition can make...

Opinion: Keep up the blanket coverage of Trump. It hurts him.

Some healthy soul searching is taking place in newsrooms across the country these days over whether the mainstream media should be covering President Donald Trump’s every tweet and rally. My answer: Absolutely! It’s the right thing for us to do professionally, and, as last week’s election results indicated, it’s the right thing to do politically if you want to see a check on...

Opinion: It’s a dog-eat-dog White House

No sooner had I ordered the 2011 book “Less Than Human” for a late-summer read than President Trump called Omarosa Manigault Newman a “dog” and a “lowlife.” Those two slurs fit nicely into author David Livingstone Smith’s philosophical study of man’s capacity to inflict cruelty by first dehumanizing the “other.” Trump’s personal template...
Letters: There were several objections to Okeechobee district plan

Letters: There were several objections to Okeechobee district plan

There were several objections to Okeechobee district plan It may sound alarmist, but America’s experiment in self-government, local and national, depends on a principle — one which apparently must be defended even now, in West Palm Beach. The principle is that objective reality exists, that people of good will can perceive it and that they will conform their views to that reality. In the...
POINT OF VIEW: Keep Martin County school taxes in Martin County

POINT OF VIEW: Keep Martin County school taxes in Martin County

Martin County is our personal paradise with idyllic vistas, soft sand beaches, distinct residential neighborhoods and bustling business centers. However, paradise comes at a price. As home values rise, so too do our property tax bills. Unfortunately, not all of that increase in tax revenue is staying here in Martin County. Sign up for The Palm Beach Post FREE weekly Opinion newsletter: Text Opinion...
Editorial: Keep Singer as mayor in Boca Raton; put Thomson on council

Editorial: Keep Singer as mayor in Boca Raton; put Thomson on council

Boca Raton residents are voting this summer for a new mayor and a new city council member because of the legal troubles of suspended mayor Susan Haynie. Days after Haynie’s arrest in April on public corruption charges, deputy mayor Scott Singer was sworn in as mayor, setting up special elections Aug. 28 both for the mayor’s office and the council seat he vacated. Sign up for The Palm Beach...

Opinion: Action must be taken to address black community’s problems

During the weekend of Aug. 4-5 (and the preceding Friday night), 12 Chicagoans were shot dead, and 62 others were shot and wounded, the Chicago Tribune reported. Before last week’s mayhem, 1,718 Chicagoans had been shot since the beginning of the year, and 306 had been murdered. Adding to this tragedy is the fact that Chicago’s clearance rate is less than 15 percent. That means that in...

Opinion: The only way to save the GOP is to defeat it in the House

University of Chicago researchers — who clearly have a lot of time on their hands — have found that the use of certain brands and products is a good predictor of your level of affluence. This is an exercise in the obvious when it comes to a $1,000 iPhone. But the same proved true with Ziploc plastic bags, Kikkoman soy sauce and Cascade Complete dishwasher detergent. By this measure, Democratic...

Letters: Thank you for giving moms a well-deserved pass

Thank you for giving moms a deserved pass Thank you, Leslie Streeter, as well as Serena Williams for your comforting, reassuring words. (“Serena Williams: Thank you. Your Instagram open letter gave me life,” Wednesday) I believe you spoke not only for me but myriad other moms who combined “gigs” of motherhood and a profession. It’s time for me, after decades of doing...
Editorial: In primary, Bonfiglio (D), Spritz (R) for House District 89

Editorial: In primary, Bonfiglio (D), Spritz (R) for House District 89

With state Rep. Bill Hager reaching his term-limit allotment of eight years as state representative for coastal District 89, four candidates are vying to claim the Republican’s seat in the Aug. 28 primary. In the Democratic primary, Ocean Ridge Mayor James Bonfiglio, 64, is competing against Ryan Rossi, 33, a teacher turned real estate agent from Boca Raton who says he can capitalize on a surge...

Opinion: ‘BlacKkKlansman’ holds a mirror to America’s deepest problem

The credits were rolling, Spike Lee’s latest offering to cinema, the Cannes Film Festival sensation “BlacKkKlansman,” was concluding in a Midwestern premiere. A man seated next to him leaned over to Lee’s co-writer Kevin Willmott with a confession, followed by a denial. “I voted for Donald Trump,” he said. There was a pause, as others within earshot at the small...

Opinion: Oh, the Humanities!

In the spring of 1946, W.H. Auden came to Harvard to read a poem to the university’s Phi Beta Kappa chapter. Titled “Under Which Lyre: A Reactionary Tract for the Times,” the poem envisioned a postwar world in which, the war-god Ares having quit the field, public life would be dominated by a renewed contest between “the sons of Hermes” and “Apollo’s children&rdquo...
The Post’s August 2018 primary, municipal election endorsements

The Post’s August 2018 primary, municipal election endorsements

This year’s primary and municipal elections will be here before you know it -- Aug. 28 to be exact. We’ll be posting The Palm Beach Post opinion board’s endorsements as we publish them. Keep coming back or bookmark this article to see the latest endorsement, and then once more before you vote for the full list. Also, please check out our Know Your Candidates app, where local...
Editorial: Hastings’ seniority, voice a plus if Dems take back House

Editorial: Hastings’ seniority, voice a plus if Dems take back House

After 26 years representing Florida’s 20th Congressional District, some believe that U.S. Rep. Alcee Hastings should be tired of fighting — on issues both local and national. They would be wrong. With a sharpness and vigor that belie his 81 years, Hastings remains one of the key voices for Democrats in Congress on issues ranging from immigration to foreign affairs to health care. The Post...

Opinion: Summertime is puppy time

“Have any big plans for the summer?” people sometimes ask by way of small talk. I reply literally: “Yes, housetraining a new puppy.” Our newest family member is a 12-week-old Labrador retriever mix — jet black from the top of his nose to the tip of his slightly odd long tail. When I phoned the local vet to make his first appointment, the receptionist asked his age (he...

Opinion: Stop calling Trump a populist

Message to those in the news media who keep calling Donald Trump a “populist:” I do not think that word means what you think it means. It’s true that Trump still, on occasion, poses as someone who champions the interests of ordinary working Americans against those of the elite. And I guess there’s a sense in which his embrace of white nationalism gives voice to ordinary Americans...

Letters: Stores should ask before giving a straw

Stores should ask before giving a straw I would like to propose a simple, no-cost remedy to the problem of the abundance of plastic straws impacting our environment. I was the manager of the student bookstore on the FAU campus in Jupiter for 15 years. When the campus first opened, I began to notice that customers would receive their purchase in a bag and then once they got out of the store would take...
Commentary: Time to get tough with China — on fentanyl

Commentary: Time to get tough with China — on fentanyl

As President Donald Trump’s trade war with China continues to escalate, there is a more urgent issue with China that remains overlooked: the continued illegal importation into the United States of the deadly synthetic opioid, fentanyl. According to provisional data from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), approximately 59 percent of last year’s 50,000 opioid-related...
Letters: County has control over workforce housing density

Letters: County has control over workforce housing density

County has control over housing density We have a workforce housing dilemma in my Juno Beach county-pocket neighborhood. It’s not that workforce housing doesn’t fit in — we are a working-class community. The issue is the developer gets double or more density with workforce housing units. Lenox, at North Beach Plaza on U.S 1, north of PGA Boulevard, requests changing zoning to an...
Editorial: In Dem primary, Graham best shot to win in November

Editorial: In Dem primary, Graham best shot to win in November

A lot has changed in Florida over the past 20 years. The state has 5.8 million more residents. There are dozens of new municipalities. And our state budget has ballooned from $42.3 billion in 1998 to $89.3 billion this year. What hasn’t changed is Republican Party occupation of the Governor’s Mansion, where Democrats have been locked out for two decades. The low point coming with two consecutive...
POINT OF VIEW: Replacements for plastic straws have their own problems

POINT OF VIEW: Replacements for plastic straws have their own problems

Under a new law passed in Santa Barbara, California, in July, restaurant employees can face misdemeanor charges for handing out plastic straws to customers. The first offense is a written warning, but if workers are caught violating the law a second time, they can face up to six months in jail or up to a $1,000 fine. This law is the latest development in a month that has seen a political war waged...

Opinion: ‘Nothing that boy did could ever justify what happened to him’

“Nothing that boy did could ever justify what happened to him.” So says Carolyn Bryant Donham in historian Timothy B. Tyson’s 2017 book, “The Blood of Emmett Till.” You keep hoping for more, hoping to hear her wrestle with her crime, explain how she could have done what she did — and how she lives with herself now. But in the end, the admission is all she gives...

Opinion: Portland progressives: So much to protest, so little time

“The past is a foreign country; they do things differently there.” — L.P. Hartley WASHINGTON — They do things differently in Portland, but not because it is a foreign country, although many Americans might wish it were: At this moment, it is one national embarrassment too many. Rather, the tumults in Portland, which is a petri dish of progressivism, perhaps reveal something...
Editorial:In AG primary, pick Shaw, Moody for their experience

Editorial:In AG primary, pick Shaw, Moody for their experience

Over the past 12 years, the Attorney General’s Office has been politicized more than any other in the state — outside of the governor, of course. The office went from one that was a national leader on consumer issues such as elder abuse to one overly focused on law enforcement, but following other states’ lead on issues ranging from opioids to human trafficking. The state can and...

Letters: Did anyone consider a stationary bridge?

Did anyone consider a stationary bridge? When a drawbridge has broken down 26 times since last summer, after millions of dollars have been spent on it to keep it in working condition, I’m far from an engineer, but hasn’t anyone ever thought that perhaps those millions would have been better spent on a stationary bridge like - say, Blue Heron Bridge going over to Singer Island? How many...

Opinion: The Democrats’ rhetoric is just as dangerous as Trump’s

WASHINGTON — This week a New York man, Carlos Bayon, was arrested after leaving threatening messages for House Majority Whip Steve Scalise, R-La., and Conference Chairman Cathy McMorris Rodgers, R-Wash., promising to go after their families and “feed them lead.” When police raided his home, they found 200 rounds of ammunition as well receipts for an assault rifle and handgun and...

Opinion: Building a Trump-free barbecue

Our issue for today is: topics to be banned at weekend barbecues. Or, maybe for the entire month of August. Do you want to take a vacation from politics? From any mention of the word “collusion?” From all discussions about the prospects for the Senate election in North Dakota? My old pal Arthur Brooks argues that people need at least two weeks of politics cleanse. (“Think of it as...
LISTEN: Ag commissioner candidates discuss issues

LISTEN: Ag commissioner candidates discuss issues

Know who’s running for Florida Commissioner of Agriculture and Consumer Services? We interviewed most of them this week. Members of the editorial boards of The Palm Beach Post, Miami Herald and the South Florida Sun-Sentinel quizzed candidates for the Democratic and Republican Aug. 28 primaries at WLRN Public Radio studios in Doral.  RELATED: Know Your Candidates -- a guide to the August...
WATCH: Democratic candidates for governor speak with local media

WATCH: Democratic candidates for governor speak with local media

Democrats have been locked out of the Florida Governor’s Mansion for 20 years. The party’s last occupant was the venerable Lawton Chiles. Two straight losses to Rick Scott, arguably the most unpopular governor in the state’s modern history, was the low point. With that backdrop, the editorial page editors of The Palm Beach Post, South Florida Sun-Sentinel and Miami Herald collaborated...
LISTEN: State’s attorney general candidates discuss issues before primary

LISTEN: State’s attorney general candidates discuss issues before primary

The Attorney General is Florida’s chief legal officer, responsible for protecting consumers from various types of fraud and other criminal activities, enforcing the state’s antitrust laws, and defending the state in civil litigation cases, among other responsibilities. The Attorney General sits as a member of the Florida Cabinet, along with the Chief Financial Officer and the Agriculture...

Letters: Teacher salaries are woefully insufficient

Teacher salaries are woefully insufficient Once again, a venomous attack on teachers. (“Making $54K a year? Teacher has no beef,” Letters, Wednesday) May I outline the errors of this philosophy: 1. Do you complain about an actor who gets $20 million to make a movie (generally, someone who reads lines into a camera)? 2. Are you negative about someone who gets up to $30 million to run and...
Editorial: For Ag Commissioner: Republican Grimsley, Democrat Fried

Editorial: For Ag Commissioner: Republican Grimsley, Democrat Fried

The Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services involves a lot more than crops and cattle. The agriculture commissioner also oversees gun permits, consumer complaints, gas pumps — and sits on the powerful Florida Cabinet, whose duties include restoring felons’ rights. RELATED: Listen to the Agriculture Commissioner candidates interviews. Four candidates are in the Republican...

Opinion: Listening to history’s echoes

WASHINGTON — How do democratic countries get to the point where they give up on self-rule? Under what circumstances do demagogues capture large audiences through irrational, emotional appeals unmoored from fact, logic or morality? When do politicians responsible for maintaining a democratic system surrender to dictators? These questions are more pertinent to us in the early 21st century than...

Opinion: Are globalists plotting a counter-revolution?

On meeting with the EU’s Jean-Claude Juncker last month, Donald Trump tweeted: “Both the U.S. and the E.U. drop all Tariffs, Barriers and Subsidies! That would finally be Free Market and Fair Trade.” Did Larry Kudlow somehow get access to Trump’s phone? We know not. But, on hearing this, Steve Forbes, Stephen Moore and Arthur Laffer broke into the “Hallelujah” chorus...

Letters: Workforce housing a bad fit for Fountains

Workforce housing a bad fit for Fountains I couldn’t agree more with Robert Maistros’ comments in, “It’s not right to place GL’s community at Fountains,” (Monday), with regard to GL Homes’ plans to build “workforce housing” on the old golf course at The Fountains. However, did the Fountains sell this property to GL without the necessary contingencies...
Editorial: Weiss offers valuable perspective on housing, development

Editorial: Weiss offers valuable perspective on housing, development

With Paulette Burdick leaving the Palm Beach County Commission because of term limits, three Democrats are vying in the Aug. 28 primary to succeed her. The candidates are from District 2, in the central part of the county. Our choice is Gregg Weiss, a former technology executive who is using his retirement to immerse himself in civic activities. Though never elected to office, the 61-year-old Weiss...

Opinion: Can I ruin your dinner party?

ROME — I’ve found lately that I can ruin any dinner party. It’s like magic. Just get me going on Trump or Putin or climate change and I can put a frown on every face and a furrow in every brow. I do weddings and bar mitzvahs, too. So I thought I’d come to Italy for a little sun and risotto. I made the mistake, though, of spending a few days with Italian government and international...
Commentary: Is it time to reassess affirmative action?

Commentary: Is it time to reassess affirmative action?

In 1961, President John F. Kennedy signed Executive Order 10925, which gave birth to affirmative action. JFK’s order mandated government contractors “take affirmative action to ensure that applicants are employed and that employees are treated during employment without regard to their race, creed, color or national origin.” JFK’s intent was to create a society in which all...
Commentary: What’s at stake? Affirmative action

Commentary: What’s at stake? Affirmative action

If there were ever a time to be alarmed by the state of our nation’s civil rights in the 21st century, it would be now. Upon Justice Anthony Kennedy’s impending retirement from the Supreme Court at the end of this month, President Donald Trump has named Brett Kavanaugh as the nominee to replace him. Kennedy, albeit a moderate conservative, was a supporter of affirmative action, voting...

POINT OF VIEW: Building a talent pipeline to meet STEM demands

Florida’s economy is booming, yet, as other states also are experiencing, the talent gap persists in many of our targeted industries, particularly in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) occupations. The CareerSource Florida network and our strategic partners are working hard to address this challenge. As workforce developers, we know talent is key in continuing economic growth....
Letters: Database valuable if parents will use it

Letters: Database valuable if parents will use it

Database valuable if parents will use it As a newly retired teacher, I applaud the Palm Beach County School District’s introduction of the SIS Gateway — the addition that will finally allow parents to fully access almost every aspect of their child’s grades and progress in school. The only catch is that parents must make a commitment to take advantage of it, and actually use the...
Editorial: Baer, Mast best choices in their respective party primaries

Editorial: Baer, Mast best choices in their respective party primaries

The race for Florida’s District 18 seat in the U.S. House of Representatives is one of the most closely watched in the country. It could be said that all of this national attention is because the district — which encompasses northern Palm Beach County and Martin and St. Lucie counties — is considered one of the most important “swing” seats in arguably the most important...

Opinion: Trump and Putin’s do-si-do

It’s a given that political candidates will target each other with as much oppositional propaganda as they can get away with. But with the Kremlin now playing a third-party shadow role in U.S. elections, the usual game seems to be shifting from blood sport to cold war. Given Russia’s well-established preference for Donald Trump over Hillary Clinton in 2016, it’s possible, if not...

Opinion: Kavanaugh nomination is Trump’s best decision as president

Passions on the left against Brett Kavanaugh are running high. But the main lines of argument against his confirmation to the Supreme Court have pretty much crumbled. Hasn’t the nominee promised to protect President Trump from legal accountability? Rubbish. Kavanaugh has argued that Congress should pass a law that would defer civil and criminal cases against a president until after he leaves...

Opinion: Colleges — A force for evil

Many of the nation’s colleges have become a force for evil and a focal point for the destruction of traditional American values. The threat to our future lies in the fact that today’s college students are tomorrow’s teachers, professors, judges, attorneys, legislators and policymakers. A recent Brookings Institution poll suggests that nearly half of college students believe that...
Editorial: For Congressional District 22: Deutch (D), Walters (R)

Editorial: For Congressional District 22: Deutch (D), Walters (R)

Ted Deutch, a solid if unassuming member of Congress since 2010, came into his own this year as a forceful voice for causes important to Democrats. When 17 people died at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, Deutch rose as a vigorous voice for gun control and has been looking increasingly comfortable in the national spotlight. Since then, the Democrat from Boca Raton pressed a Facebook executive...

Letters: Flagler Bridge is no Hoover Dam, a miracle of engineering

Flagler Bridge is no Hoover Dam I just got back from a tour of the Hoover Dam. It is an engineering marvel built 87 years ago, completed two years early. I wonder now, nearly a century later, are the companies who built the new Flagler Memorial Bridge actually licensed? I wonder did they get the right education? Or did they win the bid for having the least education and qualifications? EVELYN REYNOLDS...

Opinion: Plastic gun blueprints are out there; guns will follow

It’s not often that I find myself in agreement with Dana Loesch, spokesperson for the National Rifle Association. But on one crucial aspect of 3D-printed guns, she’s right: Pandora’s box has been opened. The blueprints are circulating. Loesch is probably much happier about that than I am. Her organization has fought tooth and nail to stop any regulation of firearms. The new 3D-printed...

Opinion: Waiting for Caesar

In the eight years of the Obama presidency, there were three cycles of policymaking. First came the attempt to pass an ambitious liberal agenda through a Democratic-controlled Congress, which ended with the Republican House takeover in 2010. Then came the attempt to strike bargains, grand and otherwise, with John Boehner and congressional Republicans, which petered out early in Barack Obama&rsquo...
Commentary: Conspiracy theories are for losers. Here’s why.

Commentary: Conspiracy theories are for losers. Here’s why.

In the 2014 book “American Conspiracy Theories,” political scientists Joseph Uscinski and Joseph Parent argued that conspiracy theories appealed to the powerless as a way to explain their defeats. In a democracy that regularly gave losers a chance to gain power, however, the winning side would abandon conspiracy beliefs when they gained power. In short, they wrote: “Conspiracy theories...
POINT OF VIEW: Dr. Beach’s prescription for what ails our beaches

POINT OF VIEW: Dr. Beach’s prescription for what ails our beaches

Our beaches are in trouble. As sea levels continue to rise, our old solutions won’t cut it much longer. Here’s the prescription from Dr. Beach: A robust network of sensors along our coast that can help us better understand how erosion is chipping away at our shores. South Florida is one of the areas in the United States most susceptible to hurricanes and sea-level rise – things that...

Letters: Immigrants do pay fair share

Immigrants do pay fair share Regarding the letter, “Heads up, tax money pays for immigrants, too” (Thursday), alleging that “hundreds of billions of taxpayer money” is spent annually on immigrants here illegally who don’t pay their share, the author is woefully misinformed. Immigrants here illegally generally pay rent to a landlord, which includes local property taxes...
Editorial: Johnson, Cheesman, St. Juste: experience with integrity

Editorial: Johnson, Cheesman, St. Juste: experience with integrity

The impending retirement of three judges from the Palm Beach County Circuit Court bench will give voters an opportunity to leave a significant mark on our judiciary on Aug. 28. Yes, there are three attorneys vying to become the first black judge elected to the 15th Judicial Circuit (Palm Beach County) without first being appointed. But more importantly, the Florida Supreme Court, in a recent decision...
Editorial: Silvers’ freshman record merits another term in state House

Editorial: Silvers’ freshman record merits another term in state House

It’s not easy for a freshman legislator from the minority party to get a bill passed. But in his first stint in the Florida House of Representatives, David Silvers did just that. More than once. He sponsored a bill to cut down on the inhumane practice of sending children to psychiatric facilities via the Baker Act; incorporated into another bill, it was signed by Gov. Rick Scott into law...

Opinion: There’s more than one kind of corruption

When people think of corruption in high places, they tend to think of elites feathering their own nests. Bill and Hillary Clinton monetized political power into a personal fortune of hundreds of millions, and played the system better than any couple since Napoleon and Josephine. Paul Manafort is alleged to have sold his services to sketchy foreign powers (including a Putin puppet in Ukraine), pocketed...

Letters: Better late than never on environmental meetings

Better late than never on environmental meetings It was heartening to read that after 18 months in office, U.S. Rep. Brian Mast, R-Palm City, was able to arrange a meeting of the South Florida Ecosystem Restoration Task Force. Better late than never. It’s also heartening to see that Susan Combs, assistant secretary for Fish, Wildlife and Parks for the U.S. Department of Interior, is now familiar...

Opinion: How Trump lost re-election in 2020

Last week, my colleague Bret Stephens imagined a news article on the morning after President Donald Trump’s re-election. Today, I imagine a different outcome. In the end, it was a lot simpler than it often seemed. Donald Trump, who spent much of the past four years as a historically unpopular president, lost his bid for re-election Tuesday. His approval rating hasn’t approached 50 percent...

Opinion: Trump’s words are weightless

Maybe you remember when Mexico was going to pay for the wall. You should. It was as recently as May. Donald Trump went to Nashville for one of those creepy rallies of his and renewed the vow he made ceaselessly during the 2016 campaign. Mexico, he promised, is “going to pay for the wall” along the U.S. southern border, “and they’re going to enjoy it.” The crowd cheered...

Opinion: A California election could catalyze K-12 improvements

LOS ANGELES — November’s congressional elections will decide which party will control a narcoleptic institution that is uninterested in performing fundamental functions: Only 43 of the 535 House and Senate seats — ten in the Senate, 33 in the House — are occupied by legislators who were serving in 1996, the last time Congress obeyed the law requiring it to pass all appropriations...
Editorial: Polsky blends progressive goals, small-business background

Editorial: Polsky blends progressive goals, small-business background

The two candidates squaring off in the Democratic primary for to fill the Florida House District 81 seat say much the same things about what the state and its people need. Both Mindy Koch and Tina Polsky want better funding for public schools. Both talk about improving health care; the importance of gun safety, higher-paying jobs and workforce housing, and preparing for sea-level rise. Their differences...

Letters: U.S. 1 narrowing based on false data

U.S. 1 narrowing based on false data Regarding the article “US 1 redesign causing some traffic headaches” (Friday), it would be easy to dismiss the misguided decision to limit U.S. 1 to four lanes to the garden-club mentality that pervades most of the Tequesta Village Council’s decisions. I, however, suspect that that attitude was greatly encouraged by misleading data from the Florida...

Opinion: Afraid? Weak? Egotistical? Attack!

It is simply not healthy for the country to have a president stuck perpetually in attack mode, fighting enemies real and imagined, pushing a toxic agenda that mixes the exaltation of grievance and the grinding of axes. The president’s recent rallies have come to resemble orgies for Donald Trump’s ego, spaces in which he can receive endless, unmeasured adulation and in which the crowds...

Opinion: Clinton campaign sought dirt on Trump from Russian officials

WASHINGTON — All of Washington is waiting with bated breath to find out whether the Mueller investigation will provide evidence proving that the Trump campaign colluded with Russia. So far, “Exhibit A” against President Trump is the meeting Donald Trump Jr., Jared Kushner and Paul Manafort had with a group of Russians claiming to have dirt on Hillary Clinton. That meeting should...

Letters: Make beaches safer to attract tourists

Make beaches safer to attract tourists I’m here in Florida 18 years and I think it’s the greatest place for a person to retire to; and if it wasn’t for us seniors and tourism, Florida would just be sun and beaches. Florida gets income from tourism, so you think that we would encourage people to come here and enjoy our beautiful beaches and restaurants. Certain areas like Delray Beach...
Editorial: Keiser short on politics, but not conservative chops

Editorial: Keiser short on politics, but not conservative chops

In the Aug. 28 primary, Republican voters in the sprawling Florida Senate District 25 will choose between a relative newcomer and a Tallahassee veteran. State Rep. Gayle Harrell, R-Stuart, has been in the Florida House a total of 18 years — taking a two-year break beginning in 2009. Belinda Keiser, vice chancellor of the private Keiser University, ran unsuccessfully for the Florida House in...

Opinion: Will Tribalism Trump democracy?

On July 19, the Knesset voted to change the nation’s Basic Law. Israel was declared to be, now and forever, the nation-state and national home of the Jewish people. Hebrew is to be the state language. Angry reactions, not only among Israeli Arabs and Jews, came swift. Allan Brownfeld of the American Council for Judaism calls the law a “retreat from democracy” as it restricts the...

Opinion: Why Trump isn’t fighting the bots

WASHINGTON — Here is the issue raised by Facebook’s revelations this week about disinformation that we need to face squarely: The political interests of the president of the United States coincide with the purposes of foreign forces using social media to divide us along the lines of race and culture. President Trump’s refusal to make combating Russian interference a high priority...

Letters: Tequesta needs more Tom Paternos

Tequests needs more Tom Paternos Kudos to Vice-Mayor Tom Paterno. He stood up to the Tequesta council. He knew shrinking U.S. 1 from six to four lanes was a big mistake. When traffic increases, you widen lanes. If you wanted people to slow down, why not lower the speed limit? It’s still 45 mph. What Tequesta needs is more Tom Paternos. ANNE BOLE, TEQUESTA Only Cerabino talks truth on algae issue...
Editorial: Powell shows knowledge, focus on district needs

Editorial: Powell shows knowledge, focus on district needs

There are roughly 16 municipalities in Florida Senate District 30 — stretching from Tequesta south to Palm Beach and west to Loxahatchee Groves and Royal Palm Beach. As diverse as this largely urban-suburban district is, its communities share concerns such as furthering economic development, providing affordable workforce housing for residents and fighting for public school dollars. They also...

Opinion: Uncle Rudy rattles the rafters

Thank God for Uncle Rudy. You know Rudy — the eccentric, sometimes batty, uncle who lives in the attic? One thing about Rudy, he always seems to know when family gatherings are becoming tense and descends to the rescue with some gibberish to lighten the mood. What would we do without him? Uncle Rudy used to be New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani long before becoming Donald Trump’s attorney...
For needed perspective on county court, Fung and Llerena

For needed perspective on county court, Fung and Llerena

County court is, for many people, their first exposure to the court system. It’s where judges hear civil cases in which the amount in dispute is $15,000 or less, and criminal misdemeanors, which are crimes that have a possible sentence of less than a year in jail. It’s a world of packed dockets, heavy workloads and litigants who show up without a lawyer. The issues at stake aren&rsquo...

POINT OF VIEW: Congress must do more to combat toxic algal outbreaks

Marked by family outings and gatherings, the summer season is prime time for people to come together and enjoy the rivers, beaches and lakes in their local communities. However, due to the massive algal outbreak covering 90 percent of Lake Okeechobee, Florida’s largest freshwater lake, we again need to marshal the resources to combat this dangerous public health threat. RELATED: Editorial: Fighting...
Commentary: Are we prepared for election hacking in 2018?

Commentary: Are we prepared for election hacking in 2018?

On the agenda this summer at one of the largest annual conventions for hackers: a session for kids in attendance on how to break into America’s voting machines. If a preteen computer whiz can crack a voting machine from a hotel in Las Vegas, what might someone more experienced — and less scrupulous — be able to do if they set their sights on the November general election? As we all...
Commentary: Courts hurt fair and accessible voting

Commentary: Courts hurt fair and accessible voting

The Supreme Court recently handed down what many considered a harsh defeat. The ruling in Husted v. A. Philip Randolph Institute, which upheld a ruling allowing Ohio to purge voters that it deems to have changed addresses from the rolls, makes it easier for other states to enact draconian Voter ID laws that will make it harder, not easier, to vote all around the country. The response to this devastating...

Opinion: Will we owe future generations an apology?

In the early 1930s, one of America’s leading eugenicists, Madison Grant, received a letter thanking him for writing his book “The Passing of a Great Race,” which the letter’s author called his “Bible.” The compliment came from Adolf Hitler. And no wonder. In “The Passing of a Great Race,” Grant wrote: “Mistaken regard for what are believed to be...

Opinion: The Don and his Badfellas

WASHINGTON — I saw Robert De Niro at a party in New York recently and approached him gingerly. I wanted some insight into gangsters. What did an actor who has brilliantly portrayed mobsters make of a president who was doing a two-bit imitation of a mobster? De Niro, leaning against a wall and looking cool, took the question under advisement. I got my answer three days later when he took the...

Opinion: Some ideas to think about

Poverty is no mystery, and it’s easily avoidable. The poverty line that the Census Bureau used in 2016 for a single person was an income of $12,486 that year. For a two-person household, it was $16,072, and for a four-person household, it was $24,755. To beat those poverty thresholds is fairly simple. Here’s the road map: Complete high school; get a job, any kind of a job; get married...
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