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Opinion: Reasoning about race

So much of our reasoning about race is both emotional and faulty. In ordinary, as well as professional, conversation, we use terms such as discrimination, prejudice, racial preferences and racism interchangeably, as if they referred to the same behavior. We can avoid many pitfalls of misguided thinking about race by establishing operational definitions so as to not confuse one behavior with another...

Opinion: Kavanaugh is better than his senatorial accusers

A surefire ideological Kool-Aid test? Those who think Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh was wounded during his hearings have heavily imbibed. Democratic senators on the Judiciary Committee set out to prove that Kavanaugh is a mendacious political hack with the strategy of acting like mendacious political hacks. Sen. Cory Booker, D-N.J., offered to sacrifice his political career in a move obviously...

Opinion: Trump finally makes a friend

CANBERRA, Australia — President Donald Trump has admitted he feels “amazingly alone” in the midst of all his scraps with allies and snarls with undermining advisers. But he can’t follow the usual advice for presidents suffering the vertigo of isolation: If you want a friend in politics, get a dog. As his first wife, Ivana, wrote in her recent memoir, “Donald was not a...

POINT OF VIEW: House gets bipartisan; should have had a food fight

So much for gridlock. On Sept. 12, the U.S. House of Representatives proved that its members can, in fact, reach across the aisle to find common ground. On taxes? Spending? Foreign policy? Well, no. They agreed, on a voice vote, that they should get to decide what you can or cannot have for lunch. The Dog and Cat Meat Trade Prohibition Act of 2018 is exactly what it sounds like: A bill “to prohibit...

Letters: Feds worse than Scott on environment

Feds worse than Scott on environment Re your editorial, “Scott’s policies disastrous for environment” (Sunday): While Gov. Rick Scott maybe should have done a better job, Sen. Bill Nelson has done nothing at all. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, the EPA as well as other federal agencies are the prime regulators of many of the canals and lakes that are causing algae bloom. Nelson...

Opinion: Trump’s detention policy fiscally exorbitant

President Trump’s callous disregard for his fellow citizens is well known to people of a certain hue, shall we say. It was in full display this week in his insistence that only a few dozen Puerto Ricans died as a result of Hurricane Maria, whereas nearly 3,000 who actually did. He made this claim while congratulating himself on the federal response to the catastrophe. That was bad enough. As...

Opinion: Conservatism after Christianity

One of the many paradoxes of the Trump era is that our unusual president couldn’t have been elected, and couldn’t survive politically today, without the support of religious conservatives … but at the same time his ascent was intimately connected to the secularization of conservatism, and his style gives us a taste of what to expect from a post-religious right. The second point...
POINT OF VIEW: Be proactive about your voter registration status

POINT OF VIEW: Be proactive about your voter registration status

Millions of Floridians are energized and eager to vote in the November election. But the possibility of errors could prevent any of us from successfully casting votes. For that reason, I have four pieces of time-sensitive advice: If registering to vote for the first time, do it at least a couple weeks before Oct. 9, and go through your county Election Supervisor’s office. ...
Commentary: Mideast peace ‘deal of century’ eludes Trump

Commentary: Mideast peace ‘deal of century’ eludes Trump

Twenty-five years ago last week I stood on the White House lawn and watched the famous handshake between Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin and Palestinian leader Yasir Arafat, as President Bill Clinton nudged them toward each other. The occasion was the signing of the 1993 Oslo Accords, mapping a path to a two-state solution with Israel and Palestine living peacefully side-by-side. The Oslo process...
Editorial: Scott must answer for environmental malpractice

Editorial: Scott must answer for environmental malpractice

With a horrific red tide killing marine life and tourism on Florida’s southwest coast, and with toxic green algae bringing misery to the Treasure Coast and Fort Myers area on a now-annual basis, it’s understandable that Gov. Rick Scott would want to run away from his environmental record. Voters shouldn’t let him. RELATED: Christie: 2018 election: Florida’s environment don&rsquo...
Letters: Upping millage will help fund our schools

Letters: Upping millage will help fund our schools

Upping millage will help fund our schools Violence can erupt anywhere at any time — the recent gun violence incident at a Palm Beach Central High football game is evidence of that. As concerned parents, we should want the Palm Beach County School District to be well-prepared, well-equipped, well-organized and well-trained to handle these events. Our school district needs funds to keep our children...

Opinion: The unpardonable heresy of Tucker Carlson

Our diversity is our greatest strength. After playing clips of Democratic politicians reciting that truth of modern liberalism, Tucker Carlson asked, “How, precisely, is diversity our strength? Since you’ve made this our new national motto, please be specific.” Reaction to Carlson’s question, with some declaring him a racist for having raised it, suggests that what we are dealing...

POINT OF VIEW: Our biases lead to labels, which lead to dismissals

Albert Einstein once said: “The true value of a human being is determined primarily by the measure and the sense in which he has attained liberation from the self.” Easier said than done! Luckily, social science has pointed to a less steep path: liberation from political labels. Humans are by nature social learners. We know how to tap into the wisdom of the crowd, when, for example, we&rsquo...

Opinion: Democrats are credible on health care

Last week, Ted Cruz, the unexpectedly endangered Republican senator from Texas, warned that Beto O’Rourke, his Democratic opponent, would turn the state into California, with “tofu and silicone and dyed hair.” Does Cruz really think every blonde in Texas — and every middle-age man with remarkably little gray — is natural, and nobody has had work done? Meanwhile, Sen....

Letters: Who’s to blame for water stuck on Puerto Rican tarmac?

Who’s to blame for water stuck on tarmac? A recent news report showed 1 million bottles of fresh water sitting on an airplane runway in Puerto Rico. (“Water for Hurricane Maria victims left on hot tarmac at naval base,” Wednesday) They were delivered there by FEMA and the shipment is still in the same place. The reporter announced that the water is no longer safe to drink. My questions...

Opinion: Both-sideism not just a journalistic problem

A prediction. When the history of this era is written, when future generations wonder how a mostly educated and largely literate nation became mired in “truthiness,” when they ask how we became so mentally muddled that we lost the ability to identify facts and the capacity to care, they’ll find many culprits. They’ll blame Fox “News” for feeding the fearful a steady...

Opinion: The college campus’s cult of fragility

The beginning of another academic year brings the certainty of campus episodes illustrating what Daniel Patrick Moynihan, distinguished professor and venerated politician, called “the leakage of reality from American life.” Colleges and universities are increasingly susceptible to intellectual fads and political hysteria, partly because the institutions employ so many people whose talents...

Letters: Party-line voting is appalling

Party-line voting is appalling Blessed are they that demand that everyone vote either Republican or Democrat. They blissfully ignore candidates’ qualifications, integrity, balance, disposition, track record and agenda, requiring only one of two labels. How appalling that the segregation mentality still reigns here — except that, in this case, there is no “equal,” only separate...
Teacher: I’m not prepared to handle an active shooter

Teacher: I’m not prepared to handle an active shooter

It just got real. After leaving a high-school staff meeting, I am shocked at the paradigm shift regarding teachers’ responsibilities, but I am also shocked by what appears to be — “This is our new reality, so roll with it” — directed at me. Us. I just want to say: “Stop one moment, let me understand. Are you saying what I think you’re saying? Are you implying...

Letters: Court watchers see injustices regularly

Court watchers see injustices regularly There is something very wrong with the judicial system in Palm Beach County. So much so, that the National Organization for Women (NOW) had to form a special committee many years ago that does court watching in both family and probate/guardianship court. This committee is called Families Against Court Travesties (FACTS). For over 15 years we have been called...
POINT OF VIEW: Back-to-school vaccinations help protect all kids

POINT OF VIEW: Back-to-school vaccinations help protect all kids

In the midst of back-to-school season, there are still plenty of loose ends to tie up as you send your little ones, preteens, and teens back into the classroom. One of the most important checklist items to complete is to ensure all of your children’s immunizations and booster shots are up-to-date. Vaccinations are not only important for your child’s health but also for the entire community...

Opinion: Age before beauty, but not politics

And now, the politics of age. Hey, this is important. Grow up and pay attention. Young, left-leaning candidates are revolting against older, traditional Democrats in primary elections around the country. Meanwhile, the best-known, most talked-about potential presidential candidates are Bernie Sanders, 77; Joe Biden, 75; and Elizabeth Warren, 69. And in the House, where the top three Democratic leaders...

Opinion: Trump should protect Americans from Criminal Court

WASHINGTON — Should an unaccountable United Nations court, created by a treaty to which the United States is not a signatory, and that the Senate has not ratified, be allowed to investigate, try and imprison American citizens? Unfortunately, this is no longer a theoretical question. In November, the chief prosecutor of the International Criminal Court (ICC) at The Hague, Fatou Bensouda, announced...

Opinion: Is Trump going neocon in Syria?

Is President Donald Trump about to intervene militarily in the Syrian civil war? For that is what he and his advisers seem to be signaling. Last week, Trump said of Syrian President Bashar Assad’s campaign to recapture the last stronghold of the rebellion, Idlib province: “If it’s a slaughter, the world is going to get very, very angry. And the United States is going to get very...

Opinion: The grassroots revolt against Kavanaugh

PORTLAND, Maine — Exceptional dangers require exceptional and sometimes unusual responses. This was the spirit animating the volunteers at a phone bank Tuesday night in Portland. They were asking citizens to urge their state’s popular Republican senator, Susan Collins, to oppose the confirmation of Judge Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court. And if they found a sympathizer, they took an...
POINT OF VIEW: Resident safety top storm priority for nursing homes

POINT OF VIEW: Resident safety top storm priority for nursing homes

As we reflect on what we’ve learned since Hurricane Irma blasted Florida one year ago, Florida’s nursing centers are continuing their work of improving preparations, education, and training – to be ready for a storm of comparable power and impact. We cannot forget the lessons of the tragedy that struck a South Florida nursing center last year. Even though that center was not a member...

Letters: Political ads need vetting for truth

Political ads need vetting for truth As we approach a November election, all of us will be bombarded with mailers on office-seekers, many if not all of which will be filled with lies and vilifications about their opposing candidates. I strongly recommend a council composed of independent voters, religious leaders and members of our communities who are known for their independent views to vet these...

Opinion: ‘Anonymous’ is hiding in plain sight

More and more, I wonder if the disgruntled senior Trump administration official who wrote the anonymous Op-Ed in The New York Times was actually representing a group — like a “Murder on the Orient Express” plotline where every senior Trump adviser was in on it. Why? Because the article so perfectly captured the devil’s bargain they’ve all struck with this president: Donald...

Things left behind

PAWLEYS ISLAND, S.C. — Tuesday morning, I did what millions of people have done in hundreds of places for centuries. I picked the few favorite items that I could take with me before abandoning my home to the fates of an impending disaster. They’re only things, I told myself. Which, intellectually, we know to be true. But emotionally, we become attached to our things, and I confess to this...
Editorial: The write-in loophole is unfair to voters. Let’s end it.

Editorial: The write-in loophole is unfair to voters. Let’s end it.

A recent series of ethics complaints against write-in candidates brought by Palm Beach County State Attorney Dave Aronberg, a Democrat, along with Florida Constitution Revision Commission member Sherry Plymale, a Republican, has rightly brought attention to the deceptive, but increasingly common, political strategy of using write-in candidates to limit who can vote in primaries. We applaud the filing...
Letters: Why the primary shock? It’s been law since 1913

Letters: Why the primary shock? It’s been law since 1913

Why the primary shock? It’s been law since 1913 Responding to the letter “NPA voters shut out of primaries” (Sept. 4), about those who register to vote as independents: Clearly, the writer is a “Johnny-come-lately” to Florida. Why can’t you vote for governor, senator, etc., in a primary? Because it is the law. It’s been this way in Florida since I registered...
POINT OF VIEW: Don’t take health coverage from struggling residents

POINT OF VIEW: Don’t take health coverage from struggling residents

The recent Point of View, “Medicaid recipients who can work, should work,” is driven by an ideology intended to take invaluable health care coverage away from families who need it the most. The author cites a flawed Council of Economic Advisers (CEA) study, which concludes that many Medicaid beneficiaries “can work but choose not to.” This conclusion flies in the face of multiple...
Commentary: Is college worth the expense? Read On

Commentary: Is college worth the expense? Read On

College is generally seen as a joyful rite of passage — a bridge between adolescence and adulthood that opens all sorts of doors to young people. The educational decisions that young people make influence the options they will face over the rest of their lives. And young people, being young, often make terrible decisions. Consider what follows to be friendly advice from two college professors...
Commentary: The ‘Big Man on Campus’ soon to be a mere shadow

Commentary: The ‘Big Man on Campus’ soon to be a mere shadow

Almost 18 million undergraduate students will roll back to our college campuses and, naturally, there will be news reports about enduring issues such as rising tuition, enrollment success or challenges, and the hot majors, as well as contemporary issues such as campus security, student safe spaces and where people go to the bathroom. What you will not likely read about is the under-enrollment by males...

Letters: Golf course failure typical West Palm

Golf course failure typical West Palm I wholeheartedly agree with the letter writer as to the tragedy of the West Palm Beach Golf Course closing down at the end of the month. I agree that at one time this great facility was the perfect place to golf and socialize, with a vibrant clubhouse and a top-rated course. There is more than enough blame to toss around besides the inaction and delinquency of...

POINT OF VIEW: As literacy plummets, discernment fades

When I was an elementary school student in the 1950s, we all learned to read well. Classes were larger than I remembered. I count 36 in my fourth-grade class photo. Because we could read, all my classmates went on to get life-sustaining jobs with the exception of two who had syndromes that were not understood or treated in those days. So why is literacy plummeting today? Some point to crowded classrooms...

Opinion: We are a superpower run by a simpleton

One of the major problems with President Trump’s impulsivity is its utter predictability. A recent op-ed in The New York Times by an anonymous administration official accused the president of impetuous, reckless rants, and Trump responded with impetuous, reckless rants (“Treason?”). Bob Woodward’s new book “Fear” recounts a private “nervous breakdown&rdquo...

Opinion: It’s Our Constitution — Not Kavanaugh

One of the best statements of how the Framers saw the role of the federal government is found in Federalist Paper 45, written by James Madison, who is known as the “Father of the Constitution:” “The powers delegated by the proposed Constitution to the federal government are few and defined. Those which are to remain in the State governments are numerous and indefinite. The former...

Opinion: Lady of the Rings: Jacinda Ardern rules

When she took office last October at 37, Jacinda Ardern was celebrated with sunny abandon as New Zealand’s youngest prime minister in 150 years and only the second world leader (after Benazir Bhutto in 1990) to give birth and the first to take maternity leave. (Six weeks.) She is part of the club of young, progressive leaders, along with Justin Trudeau and Emmanuel Macron, trying to counter...

Opinion: The impotent executive

Amid the Resistance-y funeral rites of John McCain, the president’s latest Twitter rants against his attorney general and the wild White House stories being circulated by Bob Woodward’s latest book, it’s a good time to revisit a familiar and crucial subject. To what extent is Donald Trump an extraordinarily dangerous president whose authoritarian style is constantly enabled by his...

Opinion: Attention, Republican ‘resisters’: Talk is cheap

For a presidential administration that redefines bonkers on a weekly basis, an anonymous op-ed published by the New York Times on Wednesday somehow managed to be truly out of left field. The essay, written (according to a Times editorial note) by “a senior official in the Trump administration,” claimed that a handful of top aides in the White House are “working diligently from within...
Letters: Loss of golf club a tragedy for city

Letters: Loss of golf club a tragedy for city

Loss of golf club a tragedy for city Well, another West Palm Beach historic landmark is about to bite the dust. I guess we can chalk this up to progress as our beloved city marches on to who knows where. The West Palm Beach Golf Club is slated to shut down at the end of this month. Dick Wilson, a prominent golf course architect, designed this once-vibrant course with a unique, highly undulating, waterless...
Commentary: Key to quality reporting: Relationships, trust

Commentary: Key to quality reporting: Relationships, trust

Award-winning photojournalist Allen Eyestone started covering high school football games when he was a teenager, and he has spent 34 of his 57 years covering them for The Palm Beach Post. He was making pictures on one end of the Palm Beach Central High football field on Aug. 17 when he heard screams and saw fans stampede toward him in a panic. As they rushed his way, Eyestone rushed the other way...

POINT OF VIEW: Our generation should unite to advocate for all kids

Today is Grandparent’s Day celebration is my first as Pop Pop Jack, my newest identity. Our nine-month-old granddaughter Julianne’s birth last Thanksgiving morning was, to say the least, a truly glorious gift to our whole family. Her health and happiness are sources of joy without limit. For 40 years, I have served as an advocate for family policies and innovate programs that are created...
Editorial: We must do more to address coastline’s distressed beaches

Editorial: We must do more to address coastline’s distressed beaches

Beach replenishment is kind of dumb. You pump many tons of sand onto a stretch of shoreline, and in a few years you do it all over again. It disrupts the environment. Surfers hate it. It’s expensive, and getting more so. And with sea level rise, this cycle of erosion and replenishment spins faster and faster. But what’s the alternative? Until someone develops a better answer, replenishment...

POINT OF VIEW: Time for Floridians to get prepared for a hurricane

Nearly two-thirds of Florida residents say they have taken precautions in advance of the 2018 hurricane season, according to a poll by SurveyMonkey on behalf of the Property Casualty Insurers Association of America (PCI). A year ago, Hurricane Irma made landfall in the Florida Keys, inflicting major damage and leaving more than 15 million residents without power. And, with more than $50 billion in...

Opinion: Get sick, go bankrupt and die

Let’s be honest: Despite his reputation as a maverick, John McCain spent most of his last decade being a very orthodox Republican, toeing the party line no matter how irresponsible it became. Think of the way he abandoned his onetime advocacy of action to limit climate change. But he redeemed much of that record with one action: He cast the crucial vote against GOP attempts to repeal the Affordable...

Opinion: Memo to Dems — Upholding norms Is a two-way street

Many of the current president’s critics on the left insist that they are standing up for norms of democratic conduct and for democracy itself. Some are sincere. Neal Katyal, for example, who served as principal deputy solicitor general in the Obama administration, endorsed Neil Gorsuch for the Supreme Court. Liberal feminist lawyer Lisa Blatt penned an op-ed in Politico praising Brett Kavanaugh...

Letters: It’s just a waste to restore beaches

It’s just a waste to restore beaches The state is being asked to fund sand restorations in Palm Beach County. It’s a waste of money. Sand is sand. It washes away. If the ultra-wealthy people in Palm Beach County want sand, they can go to any big box retailer and buy it. My tax money from two counties away shouldn’t be spent on such luxury. Gov. Scott should realize this and better...

Opinion: Mississippi election tells an American story

OXFORD, Miss. — Time was, there was no other American place quite like it. Fifty-six years ago — a long time in adaptable America’s adjustment of its behavior to its creed — this university town was a few weeks from the U.S. Army’s arrival to assist the matriculation of James Meredith. Today, at a restaurant on Courthouse Square, Democrat Mike Espy is tucking into one...

Congress should step in to protect DACA

President Donald Trump recently confirmed that Attorney General Jeff Sessions will stay in his post as head of the U.S. Department of Justice at least until after the November election. That means the attorney general will continue to oversee the Trump administration’s challenges to the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program. That’s not good news, and it further underscores...

Letters: ‘Glades ‘solution’ will cause more problems

‘Glades ‘solution’ will cause more problems The color of pollution is due to the extensive use of chemicals in agribusiness (sugar) and to the improper waste disposal of by-products from farming and ranching. These activities are killing Lake Okeechobee and surrounding natural water systems on a massive scale. The solution, according to politicians and the Army Corps of Engineers...

Opinion: Come home, little senator

Jon Kyl has just been sworn in to take John McCain’s empty seat in the Senate. Two ways of looking at this. The normal way is to shrug and move on. That’s certainly understandable. You’ve got a lot on your plate right now. Back-to-school wardrobes. Fall to-do projects. The fact that our president is a raving lunatic. Quite the platter, really. The McCain family likes Kyl. He served...

Opinion: If you can’t serve honorably, don’t serve at all

WASHINGTON — The “deep state” exists after all. But it turns out that deep state is not made up of the permanent bureaucracy, shadowy intelligence officials, or even Obama administration holdovers; rather it is made up of President Trump’s own senior appointees. In a New York Times op-ed, an unnamed “senior official in the Trump administration” admits that he and...

Letters: Don’t rationalize DeSantis comment

Don’t rationalize DeSantis comment This is in response to a letter from one of your readers claiming that the Post reporter, by not quoting Ron DeSantis’ full statement, misunderstood and misrepresented his meaning of “monkey it up.” She goes on to say that the word “this” refers to the “prosperity brought to the state of Florida by the Trump administration&rsquo...

POINT OF VIEW: Preparation imperative for natural disasters

The natural disasters that devastated many communities across the United States and its territories in 2017 won’t be forgotten any time soon. An estimated $306 billion in losses from 10 hurricanes, tornadoes that swept across the South, the Western wildfires and other events made 2017 the most expensive year ever for natural disasters. Hurricane Irma, the fifth costliest hurricane in U.S. history...

Opinion: In Boston change couldn’t wait

BOSTON — The day before Ayanna Pressley rattled national Democrats by overwhelming Rep. Mike Capuano, a popular 20-year incumbent, in Tuesday’s primary, she brought her youthful canvassers to the campaign’s Jamaica Plain headquarters to fire them up for the offensive to come. Pressley always delivers fire in public speeches, but the 44-year old Boston city councilor is careful and...
POINT OF VIEW: Don’t blame the invading sea

POINT OF VIEW: Don’t blame the invading sea

Kudos to The Palm Beach Post for bringing awareness to the vital matter of sea-level rise. The title and the premise of an “Invading Sea” seem to place the blame on the sea, which is invading the land. Much airtime has been given to trying to address the symptoms of sea-level rise, and how and who should pay for possible remedies of the myriads of problems. Should taxpayers fund the projects?...

Letters: If guilty, judge should serve time

If guilty, judge should serve time How despicable that a judge had appearances of conspiring with his wife to take funds from the elderly, the incapacitated, and disabled seniors. This is not “taking,” this was stealing. (“Judge Martin Colin had a hand in his wife’s guardianship cases, state says,” Sunday) The judge should be removed from the bench, and he and his wife...

Crazy Poor Middle Easterners

I greatly enjoyed the movie “Crazy Rich Asians” because, beyond the many laugh lines, it reminded me of an important point: Rich Asia has gotten really rich — not because it doesn’t have political, tribal, ethnic and religious differences like other regions, but because in more places on more days it learned to set those differences aside and focus on building the real foundations...

Opinion: Onward, Christian soldiers, marching as to — midterm elections?

As the late Sen. John McCain’s departing call to national unity reverberated across America this past week, Donald Trump’s prediction of violence should Democrats prevail in November’s midterm elections seemed both discordant and, well, weird. The president issued his dire warning — two days after McCain’s death — to a gathering of evangelical pastors at the White...

Opinion: Six years, four feet, 2,650 miles

Six years ago my daughter and I set off on a hike. She was 14 when we took our first 200-mile backpacking trip on the Pacific Crest Trail, the great ribbon running through mountains and deserts from Mexico to Canada. It was just the two of us and a few million mosquitoes. She was an old hand at outdoor masochism, for we had been going on family backpacking trips since before she turned 2. First, she...
Commentary: Labor rules are rigged against workers

Commentary: Labor rules are rigged against workers

The U.S. workforce comprises 156 million workers ― men and women, young and old, of every race and ethnicity. This workforce is the source of our economy’s strength; it is America’s workers who work hard, day in and day out, to generate the goods and services that move our country forward. But even though these workers devote a huge part of their waking hours to the labor market...
Commentary: Thanks to labor law reform, our strong economy is strong

Commentary: Thanks to labor law reform, our strong economy is strong

As Labor Day sets, the American economy is in good health. Unemployment remains under 4 percent, more than 2.4 million jobs have been created since Labor Day last year, and GDP has expanded briskly. While there are many factors responsible for our current state of affairs, regulatory reform must be included on the list. This has been particularly true in the area of labor law. Take, for example, the...
Editorial: PBC commissioners let sideshows distract from real issue

Editorial: PBC commissioners let sideshows distract from real issue

The Palm Beach County government, despite its best efforts, has a problem with fair treatment when it comes to awarding contracts to minority- and women-owned businesses. It is a problem that has been documented, analyzed and, yes, confirmed. RELATED: Editorial: Race, gender remedies in contracting won’t hurt taxpayers County commissioners know this from looking at the available data. They know...

POINT OF VIEW: Community collaboration recipe for educational success

Students are back in school, teachers are eager to teach … but are kids ready to learn? Two studies released over the summer suggest that for kids in high-poverty, high-crime neighborhoods – and for the kids sharing their classrooms – the answer is no. John Hopkins University sociology professor Julia Burdick-Will found that exposure to neighborhood violence negatively affects students&rsquo...
Letters: Affordable housing a critical issue in governor’s race

Letters: Affordable housing a critical issue in governor’s race

Affordable housing a critical issue in governor’s race I was glad to see that the editorial on Sunday, “Florida’s much-watched governor’s race hinges on state issues,” included affordable housing among the critical issues that the candidates for governor must address. Too frequently, the crises of gun safety and sea-level rise tend to push this issue off the front page...
Opinion: The South Africa question

Opinion: The South Africa question

South Africa has been thrown into the news because of President Donald Trump’s recent tweet that he instructed his secretary of state to “closely study” alleged land seizures from white farmers in South Africa. Earlier this year, a land confiscation motion was brought by radical Marxist opposition leader Julius Malema, and it passed South Africa’s Parliament by a 241-83 vote...

Opinion: The Trump vibe spreads Down Under

SYDNEY — Scheming white men, once allies in the conservative cause, knifing one another in the back. Complaints about pervasive — and sexist — bullying at the top. Galloping paranoia on the right. Wrenching battles over whether refugee policies are racist and cruel, and whether climate change fears are overwrought. A juicy government scandal involving illicit favors for a pair of...

Opinion: Republicans must pick their point of principled resistance

One of the unpleasant surprises of your 50s (among many) is seeing the heroes and mentors of your 20s pass away. I worked for the late Chuck Colson, of Watergate fame, who became, through his work with prisoners, one of the most important social reformers of the 20th century. I worked for the late Jack Kemp, who inspired generations of conservatives with his passion for inclusion. I worked against...

Letters: Provide fair, balanced coverage of ‘monkey’ remark

DeSantis’ comment reported without bias I am going to miss Palm Beach Post staff writer George Bennett’s political reporting when he retires. His story in Friday’s edition proves the important point that he is a fair and balanced journalist who covers a story without bias. When presenting the news that quickly broke on television news channels last Wednesday that Republican U.S....

POINT OF VIEW: Public must ask tough questions to protect environment

The current water crisis has illustrated in a painful manner the inextricable connection between the health of our environment to our economic viability as a region and to the health of our families and our community. With a risk of stating the obvious, the upcoming election is pivotal to our future well-being. Voters should be prepared to ask candidates tough questions about which policies will be...
Letters: Paul Taylor was thrilling to watch

Letters: Paul Taylor was thrilling to watch

Paul Taylor was thrilling to watch I first saw Paul Taylor (1930-2018) dance in Chicago over 50 years ago. His choreography was infectiously rhythmic, graceful and sometimes extravagantly comedic. I last saw him dance In New York shortly before he retired from performance. Since retiring to Florida I’ve twice had the privilege of seeing Taylor’s troupe, for which he continued to choreograph...

Opinion: Statutes of limitation stymie victims of clerical pedophilia

The excruciating pain of Michael Foreman has never been widely shared, certainly not with his name attached. Now in his mid-50s, the Kansas City area man began pursuing a legal claim about five years ago that he is a victim of a deceased pedophile priest who had been assigned to a number of Kansas parishes. A professional evaluation concurred, finding him “traumatically affected in his life...

Opinion: What did Pope Francis know?

During the Catholic Church’s synod on the family in Rome in 2015, a rough-and-tumble affair in which Pope Francis pushed the assembled bishops to liberalize Catholic teaching on remarriage and divorce, one of the attendees, by the pope’s own invitation, was the retired Belgian Cardinal Godfried Danneels. Danneels was a natural pick in one sense: One of the church’s prominent liberals...
Editorial: Florida’s much-watched governor’s race hinges on state issues

Editorial: Florida’s much-watched governor’s race hinges on state issues

Once again all eyes turn to Florida. November’s elections are vital for the control of Congress and the destiny of the Trump administration. But the nation also will be transfixed by the governor’s contest between the hard-right Republican worshiper of President Donald Trump and the unabashedly progressive Democrat who would be Florida’s first African-American chief executive. It&rsquo...

POINT OF VIEW: Congress must overhaul its harassment policies

It has been nearly a year since allegations of rampant sexual harassment and assault by powerful individuals overwhelmed social media and drove the media’s spotlight to the #MeToo movement. The women who are leading this movement continue to have a transformative effect on our culture and our elections nationwide. In the last year, survivors have felt empowered to share their stories in the...
Christie commentary: Teachers look to state leaders to boost education

Christie commentary: Teachers look to state leaders to boost education

It should surprise no one that this election season, public school education has emerged as the top issue for many of Florida’s political candidates — including governor. Indeed, how billions in education dollars are spent is a perennial issue for Florida lawmakers. But this year is different, as a number of education-related issues seem to have come to a head. For example, embarrassingly...

Let’s not forgetthe true meaningof today’s holiday

There is a common misconception is that since Labor Day is a national holiday, everyone gets the day off. Nothing could be further from the truth. While the first Labor Day was created by striking, the idea of a special holiday for workers was easy for politicians to support. It was easy because proclaiming a holiday, like Mother’s Day, costs legislators nothing and benefits them by currying...

Opinion: Why it can happen here

Soon after the fall of the Berlin Wall, a friend of mine — an expert on international relations — made a joke: “Now that Eastern Europe is free from the alien ideology of communism, it can return to its true historical path — fascism.” Even at the time, his quip had a real edge. And as of 2018 it hardly seems like a joke at all. What Freedom House calls illiberalism is...

Opinion: The GOP is monkeyed up

There comes a point when even the most indulgent listener must doubt whether political figures deserve the benefit of the doubt. Ron DeSantis, that means you. In what should have been a celebratory interview after his victory in the Republican primary for governor of Florida, DeSantis seemed spooked by the upset win of Democrat Andrew Gillum, the black mayor of Tallahassee. DeSantis called Gillum...

Letters: DeSantis comment will get out the vote

DeSantis comment will get out the vote Please keep it up. Republican gubernatorial candidate Ron DeSantis just made our job of getting the vote out a lot easier. Communities of color, progressives, and millennials simply will not put up with appeals to racism. And if he was half as clever as he thinks he is, he’d realize that his base doesn’t need dog whistles to motivate them to vote...
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