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POINT OF VIEW: No comparison between Materio, Lambert campaigns

POINT OF VIEW: No comparison between Materio, Lambert campaigns

I strongly disagree with the two implied conclusions in Editorial Page Editor Rick Christie’s recent “Opinion Zone” blog post and column, “Christie: Follow the money in heated West Palm Beach commission race.” First, I completely disagree that there is a comparison to be made between the alleged illegal activity of political consultant Rick Asnani and his Cornerstone...

Opinion: Return of the blood libel

The speed of America’s moral descent under Donald Trump is breathtaking. In a matter of months we’ve gone from a nation that stood for life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness to a nation that tears children from their parents and puts them in cages. What’s almost equally remarkable about this plunge into barbarism is that it’s not a response to any actual problem. The mass...

Opinion: On being decent

Not too long ago, I returned to my parked car and found a sheet of paper on the windshield bearing an expletive-laden message. The anonymous poster had obviously gone to some effort to make these flyers on his home computer — complete with color cartoon figures and such. It let me know what an (obscenity) I was. My sin was having parked my car a tiny bit over the white line. I confess. I&rsquo...

Letters Charters, public schools should play by same rules

Charters, public schools should play by same rules I have no problem with sharing tax money for students. However, I have a huge problem with charter schools cherry-picking their students; and, yes, it happens. Traditional public schools cannot do this. I have a problem with different rules for charter schools. All should work from the same rules. Lastly, I have an even bigger problem and vociferously...

Opinion: Can Bill Weld restore conservatism?

“This,” exclaimed Margaret Thatcher, thumping Friedrich Hayek’s 500-page tome “The Constitution of Liberty” on a table in front of some Conservative Party colleagues, “is what we believe.” It also is what Bill Weld believes, which is why he aspires to be the Libertarian Party’s 2020 presidential candidate. The former twice-elected Republican governor...

Opinion: Immigrant children are real children

“Illegals” have faces. This is what Republicans are learning to their chagrin amid mounting international outrage over the new policy of separating immigrant children from their families at our southern border. For years, the party has pretended otherwise. It has denied undocumented immigrants their personhood, casting them instead as an abstract threat — rape! gangs! murder! &mdash...

POINT OF VIEW: Bring county teacher pay into the 21st century

Conditions have changed rapidly in the teaching profession over the past two decades. Once a desirable profession that came with a healthy dose of autonomy and creativity, some financial stability, and basic safety is now a radically different occupation. Sign up for The Palm Beach Post FREE weekly Opinion newsletter: Text Opinion to 444999 Florida’s legislative mandates, drafted oftentimes...

Letters: False political advertising should be called out

False advertising should be called out Political advertising is important but false advertising is terrible. When people put out false narratives about people, like Gov. Rick Scott has done about Sen. Bill Nelson, it should be checked. Nelson has not been elected to office for 45 years. In the years from 1990 to 2000 he did not get elected. And all those people on the commercial are actors. We have...

Opinion: But her emails? You’re dang right her emails.

When the Justice Department inspector general’s report revealed that former FBI director James B. Comey had used a personal email account to conduct official business, Hillary Clinton claimed vindication. “But my emails,” she tweeted. Yes, Madam Secretary, your emails. In fact, the overlooked bombshell of the report is the inspector general’s confirmation that classified information...

Opinion: The king and queen of cruelty

You just can’t construct prisons for babies. You can’t rip children from mothers and fathers. You can’t use the power of the U.S. government to institute and oversee a program of state-sponsored child abuse. You can’t have a system where the process and possibility of reunification is murky and maybe futile. You can’t do any of that and assume that decent people won&rsquo...

Letters School district should focus on education

School district should focus on education Enough with the back-and-forth, find a solution. In reference to the article, “School police should continue campus-safety efforts, report says” (June 7), our school district and our Sheriff’s Office are at odds. Two reports, two different ideas, and the clock is ticking. Our kids go back to school in 60 days and yet there’s no solution...

POINT OF VIEW: Combat societal vileness with ‘kindergarten rules’

Children today can hear or read horrifying reports about despicable things. They want to know what those unfamiliar words mean. Our society is trading in childhood innocence, a time of guilelessness and purity of emotion, in order for so-called adults to behave badly and licentiously in public. Some historians say Victorians invented childhood by coddling their children. Of course, that would refer...

Opinion: Immigration arrests go against conservative ideals

Ripping children away from their parents is the most cinematically cruel part of the Trump immigration policy, but it is not the most telling part. The most telling part is what happened to Ludvin Franco. Franco was an unauthorized immigrant who had been working in this country for over a decade. His wife, Anne, is from a Pennsylvania Dutch family that has been in this country for generations. They...

Opinion: Trump and the invasion of the West

“It is cruel. It is immoral. And it breaks my heart,” says former first lady Laura Bush of the Trump administration policy of “zero tolerance,” under which the children of illegal migrants are being detained apart from their parents. “We need to be … a country that governs with a heart,” says first lady Melania Trump. “No one likes this policy,&rdquo...

Opinion: GOP moderates fold to Trumpism

WASHINGTON — “Moderate Republicans are the people who are there when you don’t need them.” It was one of former Rep. Barney Frank’s many devastating zingers, and it certainly applies to the fiasco unfolding in the House of Representatives on immigration. A headline last week on Roll Call’s website might have been channeling Frank, the acerbic Massachusetts Democrat...

POINT OF VIEW Public key to success of county animal program

Imagine 50 dogs and cats dying every day. That was the reality at Palm Beach County Animal Care and Control 10 years ago. In 2008, the number of animals put down totaled 18,302. Most of these animals were abandoned by their owners and lost their lives prematurely and unnecessarily. Sign up for The Palm Beach Post FREE weekly Opinion newsletter: Text Opinion to 444999 Of all the dogs and cats abandoned...

Letters: Lawbreakers get separated from their kids; deal with it

Lawbreakers get separated; deal with it I am baffled when I read all the rhetoric coming from the liberal left concerning the separation of children from their parents who committed a crime by entering this country illegally. When citizens here legally commit a crime in this country and go to jail, they get separated from their children, same as these people who are committing a crime by illegally...

Opinion: Trump to dictators: Have a nice day

Watching President Donald Trump recently accuse Canada’s Prime Minister Justin Trudeau of stabbing him in the back prompted me to Google a simple question: How many Canadians were killed or wounded since April 2002 fighting alongside Americans in Afghanistan? The answer: 158 were killed and 635 wounded. Think about that: America, not Canada, was attacked on 9/11. Nevertheless, our ally to the...

Opinion: Inhumanity rules the border

Put yourself in the room with immigration officials and try to imagine exactly which argument would convince you that separating children from their migrating parents would be a good idea. Would it work for you because you’re a stickler for obedience to rules — no exceptions? Would it be OK because the U.S. must convey to others that illegal migration comes with severe consequences? How...

Commentary: A job market this tight should deliver bigger raises

With the economy strong and unemployment low, why is wage growth so sluggish? Lots of economists and pundits are debating this vexing question. When the labor market gets tight, wages are supposed to rise faster. Instead, median wage growth is slower than it was back in 2016. The most benign explanation is that there’s no mystery here — total compensation, which includes both wages and...
Commentary: Trump economy doing fine, to chagrin of the dismal science

Commentary: Trump economy doing fine, to chagrin of the dismal science

They don’t call it the dismal science for nothing. Remember Paul Krugman predicting the apocalypse in the wake of Donald Trump’s election. And now with the economy clipping along at nearly 3 percent, deregulation and lower taxes reviving manufacturing, and consumers confidently spending again, some two-thirds of private-sector prognosticators see a recession beginning as early 2020. The...
Editorial: Erecting early cyber-defenses key to protecting the vote

Editorial: Erecting early cyber-defenses key to protecting the vote

Thank goodness Palm Beach County elections officials haven’t waited for the state of Florida for help in hardening our voting system from cyberattacks. First, the Legislature failed to approve money for a cyber-security unit in the state elections office, so Gov. Rick Scott is resorting to a federal grant to contract for five consultants to assist elections officials. Then the Scott administration...
Letters Post readers express outrage over family separations at border

Letters Post readers express outrage over family separations at border

Judging by our letters to the editor, Palm Beach Post readers are outraged over the Trump administration’s “zero-tolerance” enforcement at the U.S. southern border resulting in migrant children being separated from their parents. We are receiving many letters denouncing the policy, and none defending it. Here is a sampling. More can be found online at mypalmbeachpost.com/opinion...
Opinion: Low-income residents face most risk from rising sea

Opinion: Low-income residents face most risk from rising sea

Sea-level rise is making Miami’s “high ground” mighty interesting to investors. Two recent studies found that property sales in Miami have begun to factor in elevation as savvy investors heed the new mantra “sell low, buy high.” As low-income neighborhoods at higher elevations evolve into hot properties, “climate equity” and “climate gentrification&rdquo...

Opinion: Psychos on the Potomac

WASHINGTON — A new study from Southern Methodist University says the nation’s capital has more psychopaths per person than anyplace else in the country. No surprise there. Psychopathy is defined in the study as a “Temperamental and Uninhibited Region.” Which is the perfect description of the Trump reality distortion field where we all now dwell. The study notes that &ldquo...

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

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...
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