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The Post’s Nov. 2018 election endorsements

The Post’s Nov. 2018 election endorsements

Nov. 6 is the big day for Florida’s general election.  Polls are open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. See all of the Post editorial board’s endorsements below. Click here to find out where you vote on Nov. 6: Palm Beach County Supervisor of Elections site. Florida Attorney General: Sean Shaw Florida Chief Financial Officer: Jeremy Ring Florida Commissioner of Agriculture: ...
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Opinion: The electoral college debate

Democratic socialist Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, seeking to represent New York’s 14th Congressional District, has called for the abolition of the Electoral College. Her argument came on the heels of the Senate’s confirming Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court. She was lamenting the fact that Chief Justice John Roberts and Justice Samuel Alito, nominated by George W. Bush, and Justices Neil...

Opinion: Democrats should resist the urge to fight fire with fire

One measure of the effectiveness of a political movement is how it changes its opposition. And Donald Trump is in the process of driving portions of his Democratic opposition insane. Hillary Clinton — whose warmth, integrity and down-to-earth style were the largest reasons for Trump’s election — has now publicly turned against civility. “You cannot be civil,” she explains...
POINT OF VIEW: Disparity in county government contracts clearly exists

POINT OF VIEW: Disparity in county government contracts clearly exists

When I ran for the Palm Beach County Commission, part of my campaign platform was to increase contracting with small, women and minority businesses (SMWBEs). As the only minority commissioner, I take seriously my role in making sure that all county businesses have fair and equal access to county contracts. For years (decades really), minority- and women-owned businesses have complained of discrimination...

Letters: Schoolrooms lacking, butsports facilities dandy

Paper carriers do a bang-up job I’ve lived long enough to have had four sons who were “paper boys,” and now live in a time where the paper is delivered by automobile. These folks do a superb job. For me, the newspaper is always delivered here by 6 a.m., double-wrapped (when needed) and easy to find. Thank you all for a job well done. PATRICIA BYRNES, WEST PALM BEACH Schoolrooms lacking...

Opinion: The GOP is writing off young women, and will suffer for it

One deftly worded tweet. That’s all it took for a 19-year-old college student to school GOP pooh-bah Mike Huckabee about voter demographics. Huckabee, a former Arkansas governor, likes to let loose his stilted wit on Twitter, and the other day he chose to mock pop star Taylor Swift’s appeal to her bazillions of followers on Instagram to register and vote in the upcoming midterm elections...

Opinion: The different ends of NeverTrump

Earlier this month Jennifer Rubin, the prolific #NeverTrump pundit who writes for The Washington Post, got something that every columnist craves: a petition against her. The signatories, a collection of conservatives assembled by the American Principles Project, demanded that The Post cease identifying Rubin, whose blog used to be called “Right Turn,” as conservative or “center right&rdquo...
POINT OF VIEW: Post article too broad, sullies county judiciary

POINT OF VIEW: Post article too broad, sullies county judiciary

The Sept. 9 front-page article published in The Palm Beach Post regarding former Palm Beach County Circuit Court Judge Martin Colin and his wife Betsy Savitt, a professional guardian — Report: Savitt involved with ‘corruption, collusion of judges’ — references several current and retired judges and through innuendo insinuates that they have acted improperly. In doing so, the...
Commentary: The ‘angry mob’ a useful myth in today’s political climate

Commentary: The ‘angry mob’ a useful myth in today’s political climate

“You don’t hand matches to an arsonist,” President Donald Trump declared at a rally in Topeka, Kansas, on Saturday. “And you don’t give power to an angry left-wing mob.” Trump was making what appears to be Republicans’ closing argument for the midterm elections: that the Democratic “resistance” to Trump’s presidency — particularly the...
Letters: Time for taking ‘sides’ is over

Letters: Time for taking ‘sides’ is over

Time for taking ‘sides’ is over How awful that we all have become “teams” in red or blue. We have become so defensive for “our side” that we have forgotten to listen. We just defend our sides. Comedians, social media and viral emails have taken full advantage with jokes and such that mock the other “side.” As clever as those are and however much we laugh...
Editorial: Time to restore voting rights to 1.5 million Floridians

Editorial: Time to restore voting rights to 1.5 million Floridians

Voters have a chance on the November ballot to correct a fundamental injustice and erase a stain on the state of Florida. To do something that’s not only healthy for our democracy, but morally right. That is, to vote Yes on Amendment 4. By far the most consequential of the initiatives on the ballot, this very welcome addition to the state constitution would automatically restore the voting rights...

POINT OF VIEW: I worry about those poor rich kids

From what I have learned about boarding school and college life during the recent Brett M. Kavanaugh background investigation I am suddenly, and perhaps for the first time, thankful I grew up in the heartland of America where I attended a small college instead of a big school that had fraternities attended by wealthy oilmen’s kids. Sign up for The Palm Beach Post FREE weekly Opinion newsletter...
Editorial: Amendment 1 benefits too few, shifts taxes to others

Editorial: Amendment 1 benefits too few, shifts taxes to others

The constitutional amendments on the November ballot include three proposed by the Florida Legislature. All involve taxation, and — if 60 percent of voters approve them — all would make it harder for state and local governments to raise the money needed for vital services. Sign up for The Palm Beach Post FREE weekly Opinion newsletter: Text Opinion to 444999 Despite that, Amendment 1 will...

Letters: Precious marine life stripped from park

Precious marine life stripped from park This month an incident occurred at Phil Foster Park that has devastated many in the local scuba and snorkel diving community. Operating under a permit issued to them by the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission Agency (FWC), several tropical fish collectors sent here by the Moody Aquarium and Gardens in Galveston, Texas, and Texas A&M University...

Opinion: Goodbye, political spin, hello lies

Do you remember political spin? Politicians used to deceive voters by describing their policies in misleading ways. For example, the Bush administration was prone to things like claiming that tax breaks for the wealthy were really all about helping seniors — because extremely rich Americans tend to be quite old. But Republicans no longer bother with deceptive presentations of facts. Instead...

Opinion: Why do we care About Jamal Khashoggi?

He had an appointment at the Saudi consulate in Istanbul to collect some documents he needed to marry his Turkish fiancee — a certificate showing that he was divorced from his first wife. He entered the consulate on Oct. 2 at 1:14 p.m., asking his fiancee to wait outside for him. She did. Until 2 a.m. He never emerged. A number of news outlets, citing Turkish sources, are reporting that Jamal...

Opinion: Trump’s trolling vs. the ‘constitution of knowledge’

On the road again, and full of indignation about, or perhaps admiration for, what he called “made-up” and “fabricated” Democratic accusations during the recent judicial confirmation turmoil, America’s feral president swerved into a denunciation of a nonexistent bill — “It’s called ‘the open borders bill’” — that, he thundered...

Opinion: Progressives need more than size

Here’s what gets me about progressives. They never seem to realize that they are the majority. Yet on issue after issue, the polling consistently shows that they are. Abortion? Sixty-four percent of Americans support Roe v. Wade. Guns? Sixty-seven percent want stricter laws. Taxes? Sixty-one percent say the rich need to pay more. Health care? Fifty-six percent want government to ensure coverage...

Opinion: Trump could be most honest president in modern history

WASHINGTON — Donald Trump may be remembered as the most honest president in modern American history. Don’t get me wrong, Trump lies all the time. He said that he “enacted the biggest tax cuts and reforms in American history” (actually they are the eighth largest) and that “our economy is the strongest it’s ever been in the history of our country” (which may...

Opinion: Of Trump, Taylor Swift and the cat

So, it appears the Republican Senate candidate in Ohio flew to a meeting of “faith leaders” in a plane owned by a Cleveland strip club owner. I am telling you this just to cheer you up. The world of politics has been pretty fraught lately, and today we’re going to try to be cheery and just talk about good old-fashioned weirdness and stupidity. Such as Rep. Jim Renacci’s decision...

POINT OF VIEW: Residents must make their voices heard on PBSO contract

Loxahatchee Groves residents should take a moment to consider what is/may be happening with the police protection that they have had since the time they incorporated in 2006 under the Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office. The PBSO has said that they will not be amending their contract to continue with Loxahatchee Groves effective October 1, 2019. I have heard several reasons why this is happening...
Editorial: Reject ‘bundled’ amendments 6, 7 and 10 offered by CRC

Editorial: Reject ‘bundled’ amendments 6, 7 and 10 offered by CRC

The November ballot confronts voters with 12 proposed amendments to the Florida Constitution (there were 13 but the state Supreme Court yanked Amendment 8 for being sneaky about its intentions). Seven are the product of the Constitution Revision Commission (CRC), which convened this year, as it does once every 20 years, to update the state’s governing charter. Three others were placed on the...

Letters: Science could help minimize storms

Science could help minimize storms If we can put a man on the moon, surely we can seed these hurricanes so the winds are only 50 to 60 miles per hour and won’t destroy people and properties. All insurance companies could get together to pay for calming the dangerous storms to save lives and property. JOSEPH SHARONE, NORTH PALM BEACH Haley as VP candidate with Trump in 2020? U.N. Ambassador Nikki...

Letters: Be informed, be ready and go vote Nov. 6

Be informed, be ready and go vote Nov. 6 The Nov. 6 election will feature a very long three-page ballot that includes voting for county judges and 12 constitutional amendments. The amendments are long, confusing and, in some instances, purposely misleading. This, combined with a very good chance of heavy voter turnout, will likely lead to long lines and more time than necessary in the voting booth...
Editorial: Experience makes Harrell clear choice in Senate Dist. 25

Editorial: Experience makes Harrell clear choice in Senate Dist. 25

When looking over the field of candidates vying for local district seats in the Florida Legislature this November, it’s difficult to find anyone more experienced at getting things done than Gayle Harrell. Argue as we might with Harrell’s position on specific issues such as K-12 education funding and Medicaid expansion, her success at navigating the oftentimes turbulent lawmaking process...

Opinion: Casualty lists from the Kavanaugh battle

After a 50-year siege, the great strategic fortress of liberalism has fallen. With the elevation of Judge Brett Kavanaugh, the Supreme Court seems secure for constitutionalism — perhaps for decades. The Democratic Party has sustained a historic defeat. And the triumph is President Trump’s. To unite the party whose nomination he had won, Donald Trump pledged to select his high court nominees...
POINT OF VIEW: Republicans deserve their midterms troubles

POINT OF VIEW: Republicans deserve their midterms troubles

The Republican Party is running against history: Since World War II, presidents’ parties have lost an average of 26 House seats and three to four Senate seats in midterm elections. This year’s devastation may be worse owing to President Donald Trump’s rough style, poor messaging on the economy and disappointing delivery on other issues. By any reasonable measure — growth, unemployment...

Opinion: Will Democrats out-populist Trump in Ohio?

COLUMBUS, Ohio — “I think it’s all about the dignity of work,” says Democratic Sen. Sherrod Brown in an interview in the backseat of his Chevy Suburban. “I talk about how we value work. People who get up every day and work hard and do what we expect of them should be able to get ahead. I don’t think they hear that enough from Republicans or national Democrats.&rdquo...

Opinion: A really good thing happening in America

Not long ago, in Spartanburg, South Carolina, I visited the offices of something called the Spartanburg Academic Movement (SAM). The walls were lined with charts measuring things like kindergarten readiness, third-grade reading scores and postsecondary enrollment. Around the table was just about anybody in town who might touch a child’s life. There were school superintendents and principals...

Letters: Change can only happen with voting

Change can only happen with voting As a very, very senior citizen, I have always been interested in politics. The first president I remember is Franklin D. Roosevelt and I have followed them all. I voted for the first time when I turned 21 and have missed very few elections since then. But now, for the first time that I can remember, I have such a feeling of hopelessness in the government of our country...
Editorial: For Florida House, choose Bonfiglio, Willhite, Silvers

Editorial: For Florida House, choose Bonfiglio, Willhite, Silvers

The Palm Beach County coast, from the bottom of Boca Raton to the top of Palm Beach Shores, is a single, beanpole-shaped district in the Florida House of Representatives. It’s a rare patch of the county’s political map tinged red. Bill Hager, Republican from Delray Beach, who has represented District 89 since 2010, didn’t even face a challenger in 2016. But the GOP’s streak...

POINT OF VIEW: Democrats look, shout and storm like a mob

The Washington Post’s Dan Balz nailed it in his recent analysis of the Democratic Party, which included the summary “They have no unifying leader and no clear message.” Balz wrote: “The best that congressional Democrats have recently come up with in terms of messaging was their ‘A Better Deal’ program — a package of old and new ideas that captured the imaginations...

Opinion: Justice delayed, with a life on the line

Imagine being framed for a horrific crime: the fatal stabbing of a married couple and two children. You then spend 35 years in prison awaiting execution for that quadruple murder. Imagine that you’re a black man and that the trial was tainted by the ugliest racism. Meanwhile, federal judges and FBI investigators cite evidence that the real killer is a white convicted murderer who came home late...

Opinion: Nikki Haley’s comet has a long tale

Seated next to President Trump in the Oval Office on Tuesday, Nikki Haley did not look like a woman who had tortured herself over whether to resign as U.S. ambassador to the United Nations. On television at least, she looked like someone who has a much better deal coming her way early next year. She looked like someone who has enjoyed 14 solid years of successful public life, first as a South Carolina...

Opinion: Praying for Jamal Khashoggi

Last Nov. 7, I wrote a column about the new Saudi crown prince, Mohammed bin Salman. It ended this way: “As a veteran Saudi journalist remarked to me of MBS: ‘This guy saved Saudi Arabia from a slow death, but he needs to broaden his base. It is good that he is freeing the house of Saud of the influence of the clergy, but he is also not allowing any second opinion of his political and...
Commentary: A Supreme Court open to the people, not just elites

Commentary: A Supreme Court open to the people, not just elites

The first Monday of every October features a majestic ritual in our nation’s capital. Nine of the most powerful lawyers in America ascend the bench of the U.S. Supreme Court, led by the chief justice of the United States, where they hear the first oral arguments of the new term. As a member of the Supreme Court Bar, I get goosebumps every time I can sit in that courtroom of marble and red velvet...
Commentary: Let Americans watch their Supreme Court in action

Commentary: Let Americans watch their Supreme Court in action

On Oct. 1, the U.S. Supreme Court started a new term, with a docket packed with cases that could affect our personal lives, the environment and American democracy itself. But despite its predominant role, the court is the one branch of our federal government that does not allow itself to be video recorded. Public interest in the federal government has never been higher, yet opportunities to watch...
Letters: One story shows the good we can do

Letters: One story shows the good we can do

One story shows the good we can do The Sunday Post Local section allowed me to breathe. Thank you for “How Boynton community helped a homeless veteran, 74, land a job” . One victory for future and respect. It reminds us that we all can do something for someone that doesn’t involve a crime, tragedy or any of the doom and gloom of politics. There are more good stories to be told. Each...

POINT OF VIEW: Even the economy is partisan

There are two partisan temptations to avoid when thinking about a strong economy: One is to assume it’s all your party’s doing; the other is to pretend it isn’t strong. Both sides are currently having difficulty resisting these temptations. A number of Democratic members of Congress have touted the work of Robert Shapiro, an economist who worked in the Clinton administration. Shapiro...
Editorial: Bill Nelson works hard for Florida; keep him in U.S. Senate

Editorial: Bill Nelson works hard for Florida; keep him in U.S. Senate

The Palm Beach Post endorses Bill Nelson for re-election to the U.S. Senate in November. Not only because the 76-year-old Democrat has been good for the state, relentlessly pushing for those issues that matter most to all Floridians. And not only because of the way he has represented our state with honor and integrity. But because the alternative is Rick Scott. The 65-year-old Republican, having eked...

Opinion: Real Economics

A widely anticipated textbook, “Universal Economics,” has just been published by Liberty Fund. Its authors are two noted UCLA economists, the late Armen A. Alchian and William R. Allen. Editor Jerry L. Jordan was their student and later became a member of President Ronald Reagan’s Council of Economic Advisers, as well as the president and CEO of the Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland...

Evangelicals need a higher call than street fighting

Baptists tend to be teetotalers, but some obviously make an exception for the potent Kool-Aid they serve at the White House. It has produced (metaphorically) a different kind of belligerent intoxication. Consider a recent tweet by Jerry Falwell Jr.: “Conservatives & Christians need to stop electing ‘nice guys’. They might make great Christian leaders but the US needs street fighters...

Letters: How ‘bout discovering riches west of US 1?

How ‘bout discovering riches west of US 1? Discover the Palm Beaches has done a wonderful job marketing Palm Beach County, however, they often forget to mention the many attractions “beyond the beaches.” My hope is that Discover the Palm Beaches will highlight more of the enticements that exist west of U.S. 1 for the benefit of the entire community. SANDY SMITH, SINGER ISLAND Served...
Editorial: For Florida House, choose O’Connor in 82nd, Roth in 85th

Editorial: For Florida House, choose O’Connor in 82nd, Roth in 85th

Six years ago, attorney Edward O’Connor returned to his longtime Jupiter home after several years in California, and was shocked by the changes to Florida during his absence. “I looked around and I didn’t like it,” he says — meaning everything from lawmakers’ refusal to ban assault-style rifles after the Parkland mass shooting to their lax policing of pollution...
Editorial: Baer best choice to fight algae crisis, protect health care

Editorial: Baer best choice to fight algae crisis, protect health care

In a year of intense interest in swing-district U.S. House elections, the contest for Florida’s 18th Congressional district is one of the country’s most closely watched. The Democratic and Republican parties both have targeted the Palm Beach County-Treasure Coast district for millions of dollars in spending in November’s midterm elections. The Republican-held seat is key to the Dems&rsquo...
Weinroth offers municipal experience for PBC Commission

Weinroth offers municipal experience for PBC Commission

In the south part of Palm Beach County, voters will be selecting a county commissioner to replace Steve Abrams, who is stepping down because of term limits after eight years of conscientious service. They can do no better than to follow Abrams’ advice. The Republican, breaking tradition in a district that has been held by his party since 1990, is endorsing the Democrat in the race, Robert Weinroth...

Opinion: The pope and the accusers

Let me ask you to do the impossible, tear your mind away from the Kavanaugh affair for a moment, and cast your eyes from the new Rome to the old one — from the American Empire’s judicial wars to the similar mix of scandal, polarization and intrigue in the Roman Catholic Church. The pontificate of Francis and the presidency of Donald Trump have been odd mirrors of one another for a while...

Opinion: Here’s wishing Kander speedy return to public life

When Barack Obama was asked about the future of the Democratic party in a final White House interview, without hesitation he said one name: Missouri’s Jason Kander. Obama likely recognized that Kander had the zest and charisma to enthrall voters, and that he could do so even across party lines, not unlike Obama in his own early years. And then there were Kander’s accomplishments: first...

Opinion: A word on behalf of religion

These have been hard times for American institutions. Over the past four to five decades, confidence in nearly every institution of American life has declined. A 2018 Gallup survey found, for example, that trust in Congress stood at 42 percent in 1973 and dropped to 11 percent this year. Only 29 percent of Americans gave high ratings to public schools in 2018, compared with 58 percent in 1973. Newspapers...

Opinion: Trump and the aristocracy of fraud

It turns out that I may have done President Donald Trump an injustice. You see, I’ve always been skeptical of his claims to be a great dealmaker. But what we’ve just learned is that his negotiating prowess began early. Indeed, it was so amazing that he was already making $200,000 a year in today’s dollars at a very young age. Specifically, that’s what he was making when he...
Editorial: Protect the Everglades because it protects South Florida

Editorial: Protect the Everglades because it protects South Florida

Saving the Everglades from sea-level rise means much more to South Florida than just protecting panthers, alligators and those pesky pythons. Without the Everglades as a buffer to hurricanes and as a source of drinking water, it’s people living in South Florida who risk becoming the endangered species. The Everglades guards our western flank during hurricanes, absorbing storm surge and the drenching...
Letters: Candidates: Stop the negative ads!

Letters: Candidates: Stop the negative ads!

Candidates: Stop the negative ads! I find it disgraceful that almost every ad for any politician running for office contains nothing but lies, innuendo, character assassination and angry hateful speech. I believe that it should be mandatory that every political ad should contain the message of what and how the one running for office will serve his constituency better, instead of negative ads that...
POINT OF VIEW: Probate court system shortchanges clients, families

POINT OF VIEW: Probate court system shortchanges clients, families

The Palm Beach Post has exposed serious systemic problems in probate guardianships in Palm Beach County courts. Professional guardianship can be very dangerous. RELATED: Guardianships: A Broken Trust One particular aspect of the system is especially unfair to victims and families. Judges in probate cases are required to insist that guardians, particularly professional guardians, obtain a performance...
Editorial: As gov, Gillum will move state forward for all Floridians

Editorial: As gov, Gillum will move state forward for all Floridians

With the nearing November election, Florida has the chance to change course for the first time in a generation. Voters seeking fairness and compromise can begin to loosen Republicans’ 20-year control of state government. And by rejecting one of President Donald J. Trump‘s favorites, they can repudiate the divisive policies and rhetoric threatening to hurtle our state backwards. The Post...

Opinion: By not being a team player, Flake served the nation

Preferring verbal felicity to practical wisdom, a character in a Benjamin Disraeli novel quipped, “A majority is always the best repartee.” Not really. Open societies that want to remain so should prefer persuasion to raw power, even the power of majorities. Which is why Republican Sen. Jeff Flake served the nation, its highest tribunal, constitutional morality and even his ungrateful...

Opinion: Where there’s doubt, men get the benefit thereof

Let’s get something straight: Men are not the victims here. It is a foolish and offensive line of reasoning, so naturally it has caught traction on the political right. Indeed, for some, it is an article of faith as the confirmation of would-be Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh becomes ever more deeply mired in accusations that, as a high school boy, he committed attempted rape. For them...
Pulitzer Prize-winning sports columnist Dave Anderson dead at 89

Pulitzer Prize-winning sports columnist Dave Anderson dead at 89

Dave Anderson, a Pulitzer Prize-winning columnist for The New York Times, died Thursday in Cresskill, New Jersey. He was 89. >> Read more trending news  Anderson, who joined the Times in 1966 as a general assignment reporter, took over the newspaper’s “Sports of the Times” column in 1971, The New York Times reported. Anderson won the Pulitzer in commentary...

Opinion: Oh no, Trump is buzzing!

On Wednesday, we had a Presidential Alert test. Did you hear it? Your cellphone probably started beeping madly. It was just a run-through to make sure you’d get the warning if some terrible disaster were headed your way. You mean like Donald Trump? No, no, no. We’re talking about hurricanes. Or maybe missiles. The Presidential Alert means he’s warning you, not shooting at you. Are...

Letters: No respect for Bradshaw after Stephens appeal

No respect for Bradshaw after Stephens appeal I read the letter regarding Dontrell Stephens losing his appeal (“Shame on PBSO in Stephens case,” Sunday). I can’t imagine anyone not being in agreement with the writer’s comments. Sign up for The Palm Beach Post weekly Opinion newsletter: Text Opinion to 444999 I watched the video numerous times on the news (and interviews), and...

POINT OF VIEW: We need to remember that our vote is our voice

We are entering the home stretch of toward Election Day. Candidates at every level of office are vying for our attention and support. The deadline for voter registration is Tuesday. Unless eligible citizens over age 18 are registered by that date, they cannot vote on November 6 or take advantage of mail in and early voting options. Sign up for The Palm Beach Post FREE weekly Opinion newsletter: Text...

Opinion: Ford’s case continues to erode

WASHINGTON — At a rally in Mississippi on Tuesday, President Trump ridiculed Christine Blasey Ford’s testimony last week to the Senate Judiciary Committee. “‘I had one beer,’” Trump said. “‘How did you get home?’ ‘I don’t remember.’ ‘How’d you get there?’ ‘I don’t remember.’ ‘Where is...

Letters: Non-responsive candidates troubling

Non-responsive candidates troubling How odd that all the Democrats responded but only four of the 13 Republicans in the League of Women Voters of Palm Beach County Nonpartisan Voters’ Guide. In this partisan climate, not responding makes no sense. I think I will just check out the candidates on my own. LOIS HENRION, JUPITER Bear Club issue could be resolved I will say that forever is like &ldquo...
Editorial: Deutch, Hastings key voices in Democratic U.S. House

Editorial: Deutch, Hastings key voices in Democratic U.S. House

If one believes the polls and the political winds, Democrats are poised to retake control of the U.S. House of Representatives in November. And in that case, voters would want to make sure their congressman or congresswoman is on the right side of the aisle when the partisan dust clears on Nov. 7. Fortunately, residents of Florida’s U.S. House Districts 20 and 22 have two veteran representatives...

Letters: Free parking boon for Green Market

Free parking boon for Green Market Say it ain’t so. In a recent Tony Doris piece, “City’s Green Market gets greener” (Sept. 21), it was pointed out that parking in the Banyan Boulevard/Olive Street garage would no longer be free on Saturdays. Who are the knuckleheads who made that decision? Sign up for The Palm Beach Post weekly Opinion newsletter: Text Opinion to 444999 West...
Editorial: Ring has right resume for chief financial officer

Editorial: Ring has right resume for chief financial officer

If you were choosing the business manager for the state of Florida, you’d want someone with experience in finance and investing. That’s obvious. It would be even better if he or she were experienced in running a large corporate enterprise. Better still if they’d started businesses and had a feel for technology. That being the checklist, the choice for Florida chief financial officer...

Opinion: Are Republicans Born Wimps?

Republican leaders are “a bunch of wimps,” said Jerry Falwell Jr. Conservatives and Christians need to stop electing “nice guys.” “The US needs street fighters like Donald Trump at every level of government because the liberal fascists Dems are playing for keeps.” So tweeted the son and namesake of the founder of the Moral Majority, and he has here a self-evident...

POINT OF VIEW: All abilities want to work, especially with

The Florida Cabinet has declared October as Disability Employment Awareness Month in Florida. This is when our state and the nation focus on job opportunities for people with disabilities. Florida’s theme is “Abilities Work.” At the Florida Agency for Persons with Disabilities (APD), we have many people with developmental disabilities who are earning a living and contributing to...

Opinion: Trump’s despicable (but instructive) smear

When a leader can hold power only by dividing his country, stoking its anxieties and hostilities, ridiculing his opponents, and disrespecting every norm of decency, the result is a broken democracy and a demoralized nation. The fight over Brett Kavanaugh’s confirmation to a seat on the Supreme Court has caused predictable handwringing about partisan division, tribalism and incivility. We hear...

Opinion: The American Civil War — Part II

I began my journalism career covering a civil war in Lebanon. I never thought I would end my career covering a civil war in America. We may not be there yet, but if we do not turn around now, we will surely get where we are going — which was best described by Sen. Jeff Flake on Monday: “Tribalism is ruining us. It is tearing our country apart. It is no way for sane adults to act.&rdquo...
Fung, Willis, Cheesman, St. Juste offer diverse experience on bench

Fung, Willis, Cheesman, St. Juste offer diverse experience on bench

Four local judicial runoff races are on the November ballot: one Palm Beach County Court seat and three Circuit Court seats. Voters haven’t heard much about them since the Aug. 28 primary election because TV ads and media coverage are focused on higher-profile contests. But that’s no excuse for voters not giving proper scrutiny to judicial candidates and what’s at stake. In addition...
Letters: Voters’ guide timely and enlightening

Letters: Voters’ guide timely and enlightening

Voters’ guide timely and enlightening Thank you for including the League of Women Voters of Palm Beach County Nonpartisan Voters Guide in Sunday’s edition of the Palm Beach Post. The timing of this excellent reference document coincided with numerous questions my husband and I had about the candidates for national, state and local offices who will be on the November ballot; laying out...
Commentary: Banks push policies skirting Constitution, federal laws

Commentary: Banks push policies skirting Constitution, federal laws

The Greek philosopher Aristotle warned of the dangers of oligarchy: the rule of the few. In America today a new oligarchy, independent of any democratic control, has arisen. It seeks to install its ideology through economic coercion, outside of any legal process. Some of the world’s most powerful banks have set themselves up as an unelected legislature. They impose their decrees with no relation...
Commentary: Private banks must push gun industry on consumer safety

Commentary: Private banks must push gun industry on consumer safety

Private businesses in America can play a critical role in encouraging, supporting and enacting social change. Taking positions on important, socially responsible causes can influence the marketplace for goods and services, maintain consumer focus around an issue and build customer support and loyalty by allowing customers to align their spending with their values. The issue of gun violence is one...

POINT OF VIEW: How to maintain a healthy economy

As the owner of a small business making delicious sugar-free cookies and pancake syrup, I know how sweet tax reform can be — for business owners, employees, and consumers alike. Last December, our lawmakers cut taxes for millions of hard-working Americans and since then we have experienced great results. The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act was a catalyst for the American economy—energizing job creation...

Opinion: Probes of destruction

As we continue examining Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh’s high school and college life, it has been easy to forget what this was originally all about. In a word: abortion. Until a few weeks ago, opposition to Kavanaugh’s confirmation had been driven by fear among Democrats that he, as a Catholic (ergo pro-life) swing vote on the divided Supreme Court, would single-handedly overturn...

POINT OF VIEW: Challenge for millennials is to turn out and vote

There’s one thing all of us are certain to hear during every election cycle: “It’s the most important of our lifetime.” In fact, we hear it so often that many of us have become immune to what it’s implying; except for the fact that this year, it might actually be true. Of course, while every prior election has been significant in its own way, the results of the 2016 election...

Opinion: In the midst of dehumanization, we saw two humans laid bare

In the end, everything — every blasted thing — gets sucked into the polarization black hole, never to emerge again. That now includes the Supreme Court. It is not, of course, that this process has never been political before. But it has never been more clearly a function of contending culture war narratives. Progressives saw the #MeToo movement come to dramatic life: a highly credible...

Capitol Hill Ralph Club

WASHINGTON — I never thought it could be as brutal. The same Republican gargoyles who once tore Anita Hill limb from limb knew they had to tread gingerly, with women at the barricades. They outsourced the estrogen to “a female assistant,” as Mitch McConnell called Maricopa County sex-crimes prosecutor Rachel Mitchell. And race, which scorched the Hill-Thomas hearings, was not a part...

Letters: Cut the cord on businesses that spoof

Cut the cord on businesses that spoof Why is phone spoofing legal? According to the Post article, “FCC fines telemarketer $82 million” (Friday), the Federal Communications Commission imposed an $82 million fine against a telemarketer that made 21 million robocalls in just three months. This telemarketer used spoofing to get more people to answer their calls. Sign up for The Palm Beach...
Editorial: Fried offers fresh direction as Agriculture Commissioner

Editorial: Fried offers fresh direction as Agriculture Commissioner

Nicole “Nikki” Fried isn’t from an Old Florida agriculture family. Wasn’t born and raised in a rural part of the state. Doesn’t campaign in cowboy boots or flaunt a love of guns. She’s not sweet on Big Sugar. Despite all that — no, because of all that — she’s the best pick for Florida agriculture commissioner in November. The 40-year-old Fort Lauderdale-based...
POINT OF VIEW: Rural Americans need broadband, and government can help

POINT OF VIEW: Rural Americans need broadband, and government can help

Twenty-four million Americans — many of whom live in rural areas — don’t have access to high-speed, broadband internet in their homes. But a new study says that next generation wireless broadband, 5G, may be within reach for many rural Americans, if only state and local governments reduce fees that discourage private-sector investment. While there’s little doubt that a multi-pronged...

Opinion: The Senate Judiciary Committee sets a new low

Hell hath no fury like an entitled man scorned. America met that man on Thursday, in all his caustic glory. He’s federal Judge Brett M. Kavanaugh, now well on his way to becoming the next U.S. Supreme Court justice. What a performance! The belligerent demeanor and the partisan fireballs that Kavanaugh unleashed on the Senate Judiciary Committee alone should disqualify him for the bench. His...

Opinion: An age divided by sex

The Year of Our Lord 1982, upon whose disputed summertime events a Supreme Court nomination now hinges, was part of the Reagan era but not a particularly conservative year. The ‘70s were officially over, but their spirit still lived on. The American divorce rate had peaked the previous year, after a steep climb across the previous two decades. The abortion rate was near its post-Roe v. Wade...
POINT OF VIEW: Contractors group does not have clean hands

POINT OF VIEW: Contractors group does not have clean hands

The Associated General Contractors’ (AGC) assertion that more transparency is needed for Palm Beach County’s race- and gender-conscious programs is a smoke screen. Since 1973, AGC has been suing local governments to dismantle their Minority/Women Business Enterprise (M/WBE) programs. Associated General Contractors of Massachusetts, Inc. v. Alan Altshuler, filed in 1973, was the first of...
Commentary: Don’t blame business for stagnant U.S. wages

Commentary: Don’t blame business for stagnant U.S. wages

Are wages determined by market forces, or do businesses get to decide what pay they offer to workers? This question gets at the heart of a lot of the debate about the economy. Why has wage growth been so sluggish for so many years? If you’re on the market-forces side of the wage question, you might answer that productivity growth has been weak. If you’re on the side of the debate that...
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