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POINT OF VIEW: One thing shooters have in common: They all felt alone

As the TV in my classroom played out Friday’s school shooting in Texas, the seniors at my high school plunged their school shirts into the outdoor fountain and tossed them into the hanging tree branches as part of a long school tradition signaling their right to move on. Sign up for The Palm Beach Post weekly Opinion newsletter: Text Opinion to 444999 An act of innocence outside my classroom...

Letters: Starbucks deserves no kudos for largesse

Starbucks deserves no kudos for largesse Congratulations to Starbucks, now accessible for anyone to call it “home.” Oh, there are some stipulations: no sleeping, no liquor, no drugs. Sign up for The Palm Beach Post weekly Opinion newsletter: Text Opinion to 444999 Glaring hypocrisy to charge what they do, while many of the people who will use their facility do not have the means to afford...

Opinion: What moral heroes are made of

Recently, I’ve been lucky enough to be around a lot of people who I would regard as moral heroes. They spend their lives fighting poverty, caring for the young or the sick, or single-mindedly dedicated to some cause. I’ve been wondering what traits such people tend to have in common. The first is that they didn’t overthink their decision before choosing to live this way. As Anne...

Opinion: Challenging Trump’s Christian apologists

WASHINGTON — Maybe it takes a royal wedding to offer lessons in what a good sermon sounds like. Maybe it takes one of the world’s most elitist institutions to provide a view of Christianity rooted not in conservative cultural warfare but in an egalitarian love that will “let justice roll down like a mighty stream.” And the Most Rev. Michael Curry, who preached for a royal couple...

POINT OF VIEW: Confront bullying in schools, not just access to guns

As a 47-year veteran teacher, it is immensely disheartening to see that schools are no longer safe havens for children. Particularly disturbing is the relative lack of action to address this problem. I will leave it to others to debate the merits of gun control and campus policing. Sign up for The Palm Beach Post weekly Opinion newsletter: Text Opinion to 444999 Instead, I want to address what students...

Letters: New resident lauds ease of dealing with Tax Collector’s Office

New resident lauds Tax Collector’s Office As a new Florida resident, I was somewhat apprehensive about getting my auto tags, driver’s permit and business license from a political entity with 39 incorporated jurisdictions and numerous “unincorporated” areas, all under the umbrella (I assume) of Palm Beach County. Sign up for The Palm Beach Post weekly Opinion newsletter: Text...

Opinion: Hamas, Netanyahu and Mother Nature

Princess Diana once famously observed that there were three people in her marriage, “so it was a bit crowded.” The same is true of Israelis and Palestinians. The third person in their marriage is Mother Nature — and she’ll batter both of them if they do not come to their senses. Let’s start with Hamas, the Palestinian Islamist organization that rules the Gaza Strip. If...

Opinion: A royal fantasy

You can have your royal wedding, your princess bride, your pomp and your circumstance. For a real love story, I’m going with Thomas Markle. As in the father of Meghan Markle, former actress and now bride of Prince Harry. Last week, in anticipation of Saturday’s royal wedding, tabloid history surpassed itself while “fake news” was displaced by a fake paparazzo. Throughout drips...

Opinion: The Mississippi man tried 6 times for the same crime

One morning nearly 22 years ago, four employees of a furniture store in a small Mississippi town were shot to death. For months afterward, local law enforcement seemed stumped by the crime. Eventually, the top prosecutor — Doug Evans — charged a former store employee, Curtis Flowers, a black man who had no criminal record. The case since then has been unlike any other I’ve ever heard...
POINT OF VIEW: Development must balances desires, needs of many

POINT OF VIEW: Development must balances desires, needs of many

There is a lot of misinformation being put out in the community about South Dixie Highway and West Palm Beach’s Mobility Plan. These two issues are separate, yet connected. During the past 18 years, communities and businesses that abut the South Dixie Corridor have been united toward a common purpose. This loose coalition of citizens has given its time, talent and financial resources to improve...
Commentary: Plastic bans won’t solve ocean plastic problem

Commentary: Plastic bans won’t solve ocean plastic problem

Proposed “solutions” to mounting plastic waste in the ocean continue to border on the absurd — suggesting that banning straws, bags and other consumer products offers an answer. While these policies might make good political sound bites, they are unlikely to solve anything and they divert attention away from real solutions. Plastics that are washed out to sea have accumulated in...
Commentary: Want less ocean plastic pollution? Make less plastic

Commentary: Want less ocean plastic pollution? Make less plastic

Plastic garbage is steadily accumulating in our oceans. It’s killing marine life and threatening the health of people who eat seafood. This massive and growing problem demands real solutions. Legislation restricting single-use plastic bags or water bottles is good, but doesn’t go far enough. Ocean cleanup efforts are admirable, yet not up to the enormity of this problem. What society really...
Letters: Strict guidelines needed on phosphorus discharge

Letters: Strict guidelines needed on phosphorus discharge

Strict guidelines needed on phosphorus discharge My main concern is the lack of rules for all types of farmers in Florida. There need to be stricter guidelines for the amount of phosphorus that is being drained into Lake Okeechobee and then discharged into the ocean. This can pollute the beaches with huge algae blooms that cause the beaches to be shut down. Not only do locals suffer from the contaminated...
Editorial: FAU must do better job explaining false Title IX numbers

Editorial: FAU must do better job explaining false Title IX numbers

“We believe the cause was simply a clerical error.” That was the gist of the explanation given by Florida Atlantic University officials when confronted with an embarrassing discovery by The Palm Beach Post that the school reported false numbers greatly exaggerating how many women played for its sports teams — numbers that instantly brought the school into compliance with Title IX...

Opinion: From Russia with love

Robert Mueller’s investigation into whether President Donald Trump and the Russians colluded to rig the 2016 presidential election so far has borne little fruit. The Democrats and their media allies would love to find some Russian collusion and interference. I can help them discover some, but I doubt that they will show much interest. Here it goes. For years, Russia has been the world&rsquo...

Opinion: The Trump era is a renaissance of half-witted intolerance

In West Virginia, Republican Senate candidate Don Blankenship accused Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell of creating jobs for “China people” and getting donations from his “China family” (McConnell’s wife, Elaine Chao, was born in Taiwan). In Georgia, Republican gubernatorial candidate Michael Williams drives around in a bus he promises to fill with “illegals&rdquo...

Opinion: A Scarlet Letter in the Emerald Isle

DUBLIN — My parents chose my middle name, Brigid, as an homage to a beloved Irish saint. According to legend, St. Brigid of Kildare had some cool miracles in ancient times. She was a brewer who turned water into beer. She was a virginal abbess who conjured a comely maiden for her disappointed suitor to marry. But surely my parents didn’t realize that one of her miracles was reputed to...

POINT OF VIEW: Science teachers sacrifice to provide lab materials

Whatever salary the science teacher at your local public school makes per year, subtract $450. That’s how much money the typical middle and high school science teacher spends out of pocket each year on science lab materials. The $450 figure is based on a study we recently conducted to determine whether science teachers have adequate funding to teach laboratories and science investigations. In...

Letters Apartment complex needs a ‘no’ vote

Apartment complex needs a ‘no’ vote Pleasant Ridge and nearby residents are still angered by the Palm Beach County Commission’s decision to approve a density change for the North Beach Plaza’s plan to cram 250 apartments onto 11 acres. Credit where due, Commissioner Mary Lou Berger stated that she would not want a three-story building peering over the backyard of her single-story...

Opinion: One family’s hell at the hands of an abusive justice system

The words that Rosie McIntyre chooses to describe what occurred in the police detective’s office are as searing as the allegation. “I felt like I was a n——r slave,” she said through tears. For a black woman, there’s hardly anything more degrading, she went on, explaining through wavering emotions. The feeling was that she was a nobody — owned, expected to...

Opinion: The fall of the German empire

The first modern German empire was announced by Otto von Bismarck at Versailles in 1871; it died on the Western Front in 1918. The second German empire was forged in a swift march of annexations and blitzkriegs; it lasted seven terrible years, from the Anschluss to the bunker, and died with Hitler and his cult. The third German empire is a different animal altogether. Repudiating both militarism and...

POINT OF VIEW: We need to bridge the flood insurance ‘coverage gap’

“Coverage gaps” are a topic discussed by many but understood by few. With the approach of hurricane season, this is an ideal “teachable moment.” A coverage gap is what happens when there’s a disparity between insured losses (damages that are covered under an insurance policy), and uninsured losses, which are paid for out-of-pocket by individuals affected by a catastrophe...

Letters: School needs grow along with population

In the past week or so there have been several letters published castigating the Palm Beach County School Board’s request for an additional $135 million in the upcoming budget. As a parent who still has one child left in the school system, I would like to respond. While the School Board did receive extra funding due to the sales tax increase, from what I’ve read extra money is needed now...

Opinion: Just saying yes to drug companies

Last week we learned that Novartis, the Swiss drug company, had paid Michael Cohen — Donald Trump’s personal lawyer — $1.2 million for what ended up being a single meeting. Then, on Friday, Trump announced a “plan” to reduce drug prices. Why the scare quotes? Because the “plan” was mostly free of substance, controlled or otherwise. During the 2016 campaign...

Opinion: Trump breaks bread, glasses and party at lunch

POTUS coming to Tuesday lunch. Translated, the president of the United States is joining 50 Republican senators in the Capitol to crash their private Tuesday lunch. Nobody is glad to hear this on the Senate side. We love the constitutional separation of powers. The Senate is the last citadel of democracy, they say. We in the press are free as birds here on the Hill, compared to the cramped Dickensian...
Editorial: Wake up, South Florida! Speak up on sea-level rise

Editorial: Wake up, South Florida! Speak up on sea-level rise

You know the boiling frog story. A frog is put in a pot of water that is slowly brought to a boil. By the time the frog senses danger, it’s too late. Froggie’s a goner. Well, wake up, folks. South Florida is Ground Zero for sea-level rise and unless we address the insidious rise of water around us, much of our region, our culture and our legacy is going to disappear. RELATED: Editorial...

POINT OF VIEW: For Iran deal, most important is what comes next

The Iran deal is no more. Many diplomacy and intelligence experts have weighed in on whether the deal — also known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) — was ultimately making America and the world safer. While there is merit on both sides of this debate, what cannot be argued is that the agreement was willfully wrapped in a false narrative and sold to Congress, the press...
LETTERS Downtown Mobility Plan needs changes

LETTERS Downtown Mobility Plan needs changes

Downtown Mobility Plan needs changes As a big fan of and a resident of West Palm Beach, I urge the city council to vote no on the half-baked idea of the Downtown Mobility Plan. Any such concept or plan that would so change our city — and one that seems to include the ill-conceived Flagler Shore Project (which was already deemed a failure) should at least deserve a citywide referendum. We the...
Editorial: Publix polarizes with political contributions to Putnam

Editorial: Publix polarizes with political contributions to Putnam

Publix, the supermarket giant that ranks high among things that residents love most about Florida, is learning the perils of political participation in our polarizing age. Last week, it was reported that the beloved grocery chain has given more money to Adam Putnam’s gubernatorial campaign than to any candidate since 1995, and probably in its entire history. Publix, the heirs to the company&rsquo...

Opinion: A grisly tale that should never be forgotten

Fair warning: this story will disgust you. But this week — Saturday, to be exact — marks 100 years since a singular act of barbarism in tiny Valdosta, Ga. And the tale of what happened there demands to be recalled. It began when somebody killed Hampton Smith, a white plantation owner. Suspicion fell on Sidney Johnson, an African-American worker said to have had a wage dispute with Smith...

Opinion: Prohibition has been lifted at last on sports wagering

Repeal of Prohibition in 1933 instantly reduced crime by reducing the number of criminalized activities, including some that millions of Americans considered victimless activities and none of the government’s business. Now, America is going to become more law abiding, the Supreme Court having said that the federal government cannot prohibit states from legalizing what Americans have been doing...

Letters More towers built, more traffic gridlock

Here we go again with another 25-story tower. Why do we the citizens of Palm Beach County have to abide by building codes when the commissions and mayor do not? We have rules, laws, and regulations. Why is everything an exception? The traffic gridlock will make New York City and Los Angeles traffic look like a breeze. No planning ahead. Similar to building yet more exceptions on U.S. 1 in Juno and...

Nation’s separation of powers remains relevant 230 years later

James Madison knew a bad thing when he saw it: It is dangerous, he warned, to give any one person or institution too much power. But in these turbulent times, the separation of powers — a foundation of American democracy — is a concept this country is perilously close to forgetting. In one of his most famous Federalist papers, Madison warned in 1788 that the structure of the new U.S. government...

Opinion: Women win; men take a powder

As a public service, today we are going to discuss the latest primary elections. And I promise there will be some sex scandals. But first — wow, women are on the move. The big election story on Tuesday was in Pennsylvania, whose 18-member delegation to the U.S. House of Representatives is currently composed of 18 men. (Well, OK, 16 men and two vacancies due to men who abruptly left town. As...

Opinion: To understand why Trump won, look at Democratic hysteria

WASHINGTON — If you want to understand why Donald Trump is president today (and why he could very well win a second term), look to the Democrats’ hysterical response to two of Trump’s major foreign policy achievements over the past week. Last Thursday, the president traveled to Joint Base Andrews to greet three American hostages whose release he had secured from North Korea. Unlike...

POINT OF VIEW: FDOC cuts to substance abuse treatment programs unwise

The Florida Department of Corrections is dismantling successful substance abuse and re-entry treatment programs to fix a $28 million shortfall. The shortsighted action will adversely affect communities, offenders and businesses: an action that is totally unacceptable. Sign up for The Palm Beach Post weekly Opinion newsletter: Pbpo.st/opinionsignup DOC Secretary Julie Jones announced last week that...

Letters: The annual ballgame underway: Teams extort county

The annual ballgame: Teams extort county “They’re heeeere!” Just as in the 1982 movie “Poltergeist,” the pestilent Major League Baseball teams Marlins and Cardinals have reappeared to extort a substantial part of a $100 million subsidy from Palm Beach County to “upgrade” Roger Dean Stadium, notwithstanding an existing county contract. Palm Beach County is...

Opinion: The American Renaissance is underway

People who read this column know my political ideology: I’m a Whig. If progressives generally believe in expanding government to enhance equality, and libertarians try to reduce government to expand freedom, Whigs seek to use limited but energetic government to enhance social mobility. Back in the 19th century, Whigs promoted infrastructure projects, public education, public-private investments...

Opinion: Thinking about America after Trump

PITTSBURGH — In the imaginations of his hopeful defenders, Donald Trump was supposed to transcend left and right. He’d break the Republican Party from the shibboleths of the Reagan Era and create a new ideology mindful of the interests of the party’s working-class supporters. Trump signaled this regularly. He touted a big infrastructure program. He insisted he would never cut Medicare...

Opinion: Israel at 70 — Bibi’s Troubled Hour of Power

For Bibi Netanyahu, Israel’s longest-serving prime minister save only founding father David Ben-Gurion, it has been a week of triumph. Last Tuesday, President Donald Trump pulled the United States out of the Iran nuclear deal as Bibi had demanded. On Thursday, after Iran launched 20 missiles at the Golan Heights, Bibi answered with a 70-missile attack on Iran in Syria. “If it rains on...

POINT OF VIEW: Rely on own understanding of amendments before voting

The May 6 Point of View op-ed written by Brecht Heuchan, chairman of the Florida Constitution Revision Commission’s Style and Drafting Committee, is a disingenuous crock of spin. Heuchan states that “omitting facts that are contrary to the desired effect is disingenuous” as he omits salient facts. He then goes on to list ideas that he describes as “wildly popular.” The...

Letters: Delray project is a win-win; let’s go

Delray project is a win-win; let’s go The most admired cities in the world share two characteristics. They keep historic structures and they promote pedestrian circulation. Midtown Delray scores an “A” in both. Hudson Properties will preserve and adapt historic homes to 21st-century use. They plan a grand pedestrian entrance at the corner of Swinton and Atlantic avenues, welcoming...

Opinion: Trump’s dream come true

My wife is building a language museum in Washington (I’m its vice chairman), so people often send her funny examples of word play, including a list of mixed-up idioms from oxforddictionaries.com. Among my favorites: “It’s not rocket surgery.” “You can’t teach a leopard new spots.” And one that perfectly describes President Donald Trump’s approach to...

Opinion: #MeToo goes global

She was an 8-year-old girl with thick brown hair, large brown eyes, a purple dress and a fondness for running through the fields in northern India where she tended horses. Then a man called her into the nearby forest, grabbed her by the neck and forced her to take sleeping pills, according to police accounts. The man dragged the girl, Asifa Bano, to a Hindu temple, where he and other men raped her...

Opinion: Of agents and hostages

There he was, the president of the United States, greeting the three American hostages who had just stepped back on U.S. soil after being released by North Korea, and Donald Trump couldn’t help himself. “It’s very early in the morning,” he noted to reporters. “I think you probably broke the all-time-in-history television rating for 3 o’clock in the morning.&rdquo...
Editorial: Weigh property tax hike for teacher salaries carefully

Editorial: Weigh property tax hike for teacher salaries carefully

We suppose it was inevitable. The Palm Beach County School Board is considering whether to ask voters this fall to raise their property taxes as much as $153 million a year to pay for, among other things, better salaries for teachers. RELATED: PBC public schools test the waters for another tax hike campaign To be sure, if voters approved a ballot initiative, some of the extra money would be used for...
McKinlay: Palm Beach County, on front line, is taking action

McKinlay: Palm Beach County, on front line, is taking action

This week, the city of West Palm Beach is hosting the 32nd Annual Governor’s Hurricane Conference, which focuses on hurricane planning, preparedness, response, recovery and mitigation. On Sunday, there was an editorial in The Palm Beach Post (“Editorial: The missing threat on the gov’s hurricane conference agenda,” May 13) indicating the conference program does not mention...
Commentary: Urge graduates to create a culture of kindness and respect

Commentary: Urge graduates to create a culture of kindness and respect

Graduates will enter a country offering boundless opportunity. More than ever before, they will have the ability to define and pursue their own versions of happiness. But they know that already. They’ve been hearing calls to lean in and dream big throughout their lives. American society today does not lack for people eager to make a difference. What we lack today is a culture of kindness. We&rsquo...
Commentary: Twenty-somethings enter the workforce

Commentary: Twenty-somethings enter the workforce

We are at that time of year when we salute our newly minted college graduates and breathe a sigh of relief for having crossed the finish line. This is, after all, the culmination of hard work and big dreams. Yet after the dust has settled — after the commencement speakers have packed up and the bubbly toasts have been drunk — what can we expect of our newbie grads? If they enter the workforce...
Letters Stop making excuses and help Boynton theater

Letters Stop making excuses and help Boynton theater

Stop making excuses and help Boynton theater A big mistake is being made in not assisting or supporting the Boynton Beach Playhouse to find a new space after the revised downtown is built. (“Boynton Beach’s redevelopment plans put nonprofit theater in limbo,” April 14) Saying the time needed to rehearse and perform “doesn’t fit in the high school with the space they need...

Opinion: Kanye and Democrats

In the aftermath of the Kanye West dust-up, my heart goes out to the white people who control the Democratic Party. My pity stems from the hip-hop megastar’s November announcement to his packed concert audience that he did not vote in the presidential election but if he had, he would have voted for Donald Trump. Then, on April 21, West took to his Twitter account, which has 28 million followers...

Opinion: Anything is possible in latest round of outrageous events

Once I would have rolled my eyes at a “Homeland” season in which the Russians deftly maneuvered to control whether a Democratic woman, an increasingly paranoid former junior senator from New York, would occupy the Oval Office. Last year, I shook my head at the “Billions” plotline showing a top New York law enforcement official fighting corruption by day and engaging in sadomasochism...

Letters: ‘Grouping’ a disservice; voters can discern different issues

Voters can discern different issues The recent Point of View op-ed by Brecht Heuchan, “Grouped amendments help voters” (Sunday), on the November 2018 ballot is misleading. Instead of each measure being judged by its individual merits, several will now be grouped into one proposal. Heuchan states that “grouping some ideas that share common elements is for the benefit of the voter...
POINT OF VIEW: Florida needs action on flood insurance reforms

POINT OF VIEW: Florida needs action on flood insurance reforms

The looming Atlantic hurricane season should serve as a strong warning that unless Congress reforms and renews the nation’s debt-ridden flood insurance program, more than 1.7 million Floridians may be unable to rebuild after storms strike. RELATED: Editorial: National disaster fund benefits Florida by spreading risk The National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP), which provides coverage to more...

Opinion: Mullahs or MAGA — pick a side, say GOP candidates

For what possible reason would a United States senator defend the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action? That was the agreement between Iran and the U.S., China, France, Russia, Britain and Germany that established this: “Iran reaffirms that under no circumstances will Iran ever seek, develop or acquire any nuclear weapons.” According to Sen. Claire McCaskill’s Republican opponent in...

Opinion: How Trump is winning

As Donald Trump entered his second year in office, he seemed determined to destabilize his administration’s fragile status quo. He pushed out a cluster of advisers, replacing them with people he liked watching on TV. He forged ahead on his long-promised policy of trade war. He decided to take the starring, summit-organizing role in his own North Korean brinkmanship. And he stepped up &mdash...

Letters: Ramp up school safety with retired public servants

Ramp up school safety with retirees With all the talk of not having enough money for school police/safety officers, why not offer these positions to retired armed services veterans or retired police officers, perhaps for some extra money or part-time work? Sign up for The Palm Beach Post weekly Opinion newsletter: Pbpo.st/opinionsignup Surely there are professionals who might welcome the opportunity...

Opinion: GOP gnawing away at health care

At the beginning of 2017, Republicans promised to release the kraken on Obamacare — to destroy the program with one devastating blow. But a funny thing happened: Voters realized that repealing the Affordable Care Act would mean taking health insurance away from tens of millions of Americans. They didn’t like that prospect — and enough Republicans balked at the backlash that Obamacare...

POINT OF VIEW: End mental health stigma by starting conversation

One in five people have a mental health condition — but only half get the treatment they need. Symptoms of chronic mental illness can begin as early as age 14, but it takes on average eight to 10 years before individuals get a proper diagnosis and treatment. Imagine a scenario in which that turnaround time is greatly reduced. It’s possible with the passage of Senate Bill 7026, which requires...

POINT OF VIEW: Student safety on campus remains a top priority

As our hearts still ache for the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School community, the Palm Beach County School District continues to study the details from the Parkland tragedy to identify opportunities to improve the safety of our campuses. Sign up for The Palm Beach Post weekly Opinion newsletter: Pbpo.st/opinionsignup As educators, we know the importance of safety and security in our schools. Students...
LETTERS A doctor doubts Jones trial doctor

LETTERS A doctor doubts Jones trial doctor

A doctor doubts Jones trial doctor Corey Jones, sitting in his broken-down SUV at 3 a.m., was accosted by a man who drove up the down ramp, parked an unmarked van right in front of him, and did not wear or say the word, “Police.” Jones removed his own gun from the SUV and ran for the bushes. He did not shoot or even remove the safety. The man, Nouman Raja, shot him dead. Jones was found...
Commentary: Trump axes the Iran deal and creates a new crisis

Commentary: Trump axes the Iran deal and creates a new crisis

The inevitable happened. On Tuesday, President Donald Trump announced his administration’s intent to exit the nuclear deal with Iran, following through on a key campaign promise while shrugging off the desperate entreaties of European allies. In his remarks, Trump panned the Obama-era deal as “one-sided” and suggested that Iran is “pursuing” nuclear weapons — something...

Opinion: If reality is altered, what can we believe in?

“If Reality Is Altered, What Can We Believe In?” In 1994, that was the headline of the first column I ever wrote about the manipulation of images and words — digital lies that made it difficult to know what was really real. Small wonder, I said, we were a nation “paralyzed by cynicism.” Twenty-four years later, the technology has improved while social media have made...

Opinion: Pence is a model of governing by groveling

Donald Trump, with his feral cunning, knew. Mike Pence, with his talent for toadyism and appetite for obsequiousness, could, Trump knew, become America’s most repulsive public figure. And Pence, who has reached this pinnacle by dethroning his benefactor, is augmenting the public stock of useful knowledge. Because his is the authentic voice of today’s Republican Party, he clarifies this...
Editorial: The missing threat on the gov’s hurricane conference agenda

Editorial: The missing threat on the gov’s hurricane conference agenda

Here’s one sure bet about the hundreds gathering for the annual Governor’s Hurricane Conference, which runs this week in West Palm Beach: They’ll all want to hear forecasters’ predictions on how active the 2018 hurricane season is going to be. And whenever a tropical storm forms in the Atlantic Ocean, they’ll keep a nervous eye on the computers’ predicted hurricane...

Opinion: Gina Haspel is too qualified to pass up

WASHINGTON — It was one of the Clinton administration’s biggest counterterrorism successes. Just weeks after al-Qaida terrorists trained by Iran blew up U.S. embassies in Kenya and Tanzania in 1998, Gina Haspel’s phone rang in the middle of the night. She was in her final weeks as station chief in what the CIA describes as an “exotic and tumultuous capital” in central...

Opinion: Trump and the mosquito wars

Our question for today is: What do Tuesday night’s primary results mean to you? A) Really going to miss that exploding-mine guy in West Virginia. B) Should be exciting matchups this fall! C) Primary what? Hey, I know you’re concerned citizens who are worried about who controls the House and Senate next year. Even so, it’s possible you did not feel compelled to follow every single...
Commentary: Sea-level rise presents opportunities for South Florida

Commentary: Sea-level rise presents opportunities for South Florida

As an expert on sea-level rise, I am very aware of the growing concern about increased flooding in South Florida. First, it’s important to establish some facts and dispel some myths: Sea level has been relatively stable for about 5,000 years, leading us to believe that the coastline would never change. But the geologic record shows that sea level moves up and down hundreds of...

Letters: No more money for local schools

No more money for local schools How dare the Palm Beach County School Board ask for more of our money. To the tune of $153 million? Before going begging again, they should better manage the funds they already collect, which are vast and burdensome to many homeowners already. Please, people, make your displeasure known to the board members: Barbara McQuinn, Chuck Shaw, Karen Brill, Erica Whitfield...

Democrats must get out of their own way in party primaries

With so many political advantages now favoring Democrats, there are still disturbing signs that the party might somehow blow it in 2018. The Democratic Party has yet to fully appreciate the new wave of black candidates seeking office, particularly in congressional races. Instead of fostering a sense of openness, the party’s “win-at-all costs” approach to party primaries is undermining...

POINT OF VIEW: When shepherds abdicate, sheep scatter

Religions with the most adherents in the United States originated in the Middle East. Abrahamic religions include Christians, Jews and Muslims. Adherents remaining in the Middle East generally still look like Middle Easterners, but around the world, there are many converts not physically descended from the earliest followers of these faiths. If the Grand Wizard went to church and experienced a reincarnation...

Letters: Lake Worth should explore public wealth

Lake Worth should explore public wealth We must start exploring and defining our natural capital in Lake Worth. We must change our outlook to value natural capital, i.e.: beach area and public pool area versus man-made/private capital water amusement park. Promoting public wealth over private wealth would create a better life experience in Lake Worth with less negative impact on the environment. The...

Opinion: Memo to Trump — Defy Mueller

If Donald Trump does not wish to collaborate in the destruction of his presidency, he will refuse to be questioned by the FBI, or by a grand jury, or by Special Counsel Robert Mueller and his malevolent minions. Should Mueller subpoena him, as he has threatened to do, Trump should ignore the subpoena, and frame it for viewing in Trump Tower. If Mueller goes to the Supreme Court and wins an order for...

Opinion: Jesuitgate, Trumpian hypocrisy and the flight from religion

WASHINGTON — Do you wonder why the proportion of Americans declaring themselves unaffiliated with organized religion has skyrocketed in recent decades? This trend is especially pronounced among adults under 30, roughly 40 percent of whom claim no connection to a religious congregation or tradition and have joined the ranks of those the pollsters call the “nones.” To understand how...

Opinion: The man who changed the world, twice

This column is about a man who changed the world, at least twice. I want to focus less on the impact of his work, which is all around us, and more on how he did it, because he’s a model of how you do social change. Stewart Brand was born in Rockford, Illinois, in 1938, the son of an advertising executive. By the early 1960s, he felt alienated from boring, bourgeois suburbia and concluded that...

Letters Reallocating funds to schools could help

Reallocating funds to schools could help Your recent headline “PBC schools considering tax increase” (May 3) brought to mind Charles Dickens’ classic “Oliver Twist” and the scene where poor Oliver asks, “Please, sir, I want some more.” It is quite evident that our Palm Beach County public school leaders have an insatiable appetite...

POINT OF VIEW: Free speech rights; smarter to be friendly than funny

It’s time to get serious about humor. I support Americans’ freedom of speech as much as the next person, maybe even more, since law was my first career. When it comes to public figures, I agree with the courts that they are in a better position than we mere mortals to use the media in their defense and that they know fame brings with it the risk of becoming a target. And, of course, there...

Opinion: The U.S. and China: More alike than we’d like?

It is impossible to visit China these days and not compare and contrast the drama playing out in Beijing politics with the drama playing out in Washington politics. While the differences are many, I am sorry to report that some of the parallels are getting too close for comfort. Let’s start with the fact that the anti-corruption crackdown by President Xi Jinping has created a climate of fear...
Editorial: Florida should restore arts funding for local groups

Editorial: Florida should restore arts funding for local groups

We’ve known for several years now that Florida state government’s relationship with its arts community has been a bit complicated. The two don’t talk much. And when they do, it’s usually about money. Still, they have tolerated one another because they seemed to need one another. That relationship dynamic seems to have changed. And not for the better. Sign up for The Palm Beach...

Opinion: Our addiction to Trump

We in the commentariat complain about President Donald Trump, but we’re locked in a symbiotic relationship with him. News organizations, especially cable television channels, feed off Trump — like oxpeckers on a rhino’s back — for he is part of our business model in 2018. As long as our focus is on Trump, audiences follow. It’s not optimal to have as president an authoritarian...

Opinion: Paul Ryan’s failed exorcism

Given the cornucopia of issues Americans have to select from each day, the recent firing and rehiring of the House of Representatives’ chaplain may not have bestirred many to form an opinion. But these days, the Hill is alive with buzz as people absorb the odd goings-on between House Speaker Paul Ryan, who pushed the chaplain to resign, and the Rev. Patrick Conroy himself, who later withdrew...
Letters: ‘Muellerism’ is the new McCarthyism

Letters: ‘Muellerism’ is the new McCarthyism

‘Muellerism’ is the new McCarthyism In the 1950s, the term “McCarthyism” was cited as an unwarranted accusation against an innocent person. The left still uses that term today, lovingly. Well, I propose that it be replaced with “Muellerism.” U.S. Senate and House committees have not found one bit of evidence that President Donald Trump colluded with the Russians...

POINT OF VIEW: Ban drug companies’ ‘kickback’ activities with physicians

The Palm Beach Post recent series, “Pay to Prescribe? The Fentanyl Scandal,” (April 4) sheds a welcome light on one of the major contributing factors to the opioid crisis, pharmaceutical company manipulation of physicians. The heinous activities of the Insys Corp. were made public in the national media last year. The Post has now revealed the significant role of major players with local...
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