FBI role is investigatory,
In response to the letter-writer who wondered why there was no uproar when Attorney General Loretta Lynch met on the tarmac with Bill Clinton (as compared with the furor over Sen. Jeff Sessions’ meeting with a Russian emissary), The Post’s editor’s note noted that Lynch recused herself from the DOJ investigation of Hillary Clinton and that her recusal left the matter to FBI Director James Comey. Both of the note’s assertions are false.
First, the matter could not be left to the FBI, since the FBI’s role is an investigatory one, not a prosecutorial one. Lynch said that she “fully expected” to accept the FBI’s recommendations, but as a matter of law, the FBI had no obligation to make recommendations, and no authority to make decisions.
Lynch explicitly did not recuse herself from the decision-making; she reserved the right to overrule the FBI’s recommendations, if indeed there were any.
If she had wanted to recuse herself, she could easily have done so, in which case the DOJ’s decision on whether to prosecute would have fallen to the deputy AG — at that time, Sally Yates.
ROBERT J. SARTORIUS, PALM BEACH GARDENS
Where was outcry
over Sugar Hill?
I find it interesting that U.S. Sugar, the Sugar Cane Growers Cooperative, the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers, District 166, and representatives from various small communities are all claiming that Sen. Joe Negron’s plan to buy land in the Everglades Agricultural Area would destroy agriculture in the various Glades communities. They claim that agricultural land can’t be lost.
However, I heard no such arguments when U.S. Sugar wanted to cover 43,000 acres in Hendry County, near Clewiston, with concrete, a shopping center and homes.
This proposed, but defeated, Sugar Hill development would have been in an area that is the focus of state efforts to move more Lake Okeechobee water south to the Everglades. This defeated development “sits squarely within the Everglades ecosystem, an internationally recognized environmental treasure,” according to the Department of Environmental Protection. (“Sugar Hill plan rejected,” Nov. 16, 2014)
JIM WEIX, PALM CITY
Put some teeth
behind new laws
People who got elected as the lesser of evils do not have a mandate. They need to stop pretending they do, forget about ideology and start working with one another to solve the very real problems facing our country.
I am proposing a new rule for Congress: Any law adopted by a margin of less than 25 percent automatically expires in five years; less than 10 percent, two years; less than 2 percent, one year. This should give a little more weight to consensus and a lot less to temporary brute force and blind party loyalty.
If your representative is unwilling to adopt this rule it is probably time for a new representative.
DAVE SULLIVAN, PALM BEACH SHORES
For better education,
start with curriculum
Everyone complains about education and usually suggests more money, better teachers, better work conditions, etc. While those aspects need to be considered, I think it would also be prudent to look at curriculum as well.
I think the following courses should be considered as entities unto themselves — they should be taught in upper elementary grades and middle school:
Citizenship, including ways to treat and respect others, ways to have a productive life, ways to handle stress involving interpersonal problems and relationships.
Geography should be taught as a separate subject as was done in my generation. It provides a strong foundation teaching natural resources, political boundaries, the location of countries, rivers, mountain ranges. The current generation appears to have little clue as to all this information. It offers an intelligent perspective of the world we live in.
History of religion, hopefully, to aid in more understanding of other points of view and tolerance of those who are different from us.
Africa. As the cradle of civilization, it seems like a logical piece of history and perhaps would serve as a unification in ways we cannot at this time anticipate.
Presidents. This would be a way to better understand our history and the personalities that shaped it, and also to help make sound judgments in the future.
Constitution. To understand the laws of our country seems an obvious mandatory learning.
ELLEN MOSES, WEST PALM BEACH
War is on terror,
not individual nations
I am responding after reading the letter in the Opinion section, “U.S. not at war with Yemen, until now” (Monday), with a writer stating that we are not at war with Yemen but Saudi Arabia is.
We, the United States, are not at war with Yemen but we are with terrorism. Must he be reminded that this was an al-Qaida stronghold? Must he be reminded of the U.S.S. Cole?
Without knowing any of the details or the information intercepted no one can say it was a botched raid.
Yes, unfortunately, a brave serviceman lost his life in the line of duty to our country, and God bless him for his bravery and duty to country, along with some civilians. If you want to be politically correct, then sit on your hands as we fall further back on the war on terror.
The war is on terror, not countries!
KEVIN MACKEY, BOYNTON BEACH
Tweet strikes are
benign; but missiles?
So far, we’ve been lucky.
When our president sees a fake report about illegal wiretapping, he doesn’t consult any government or intelligence sources to verify its truth. He reacts with angry words, lashing out at perceived enemies.
What happens the day he sees a fake report about a military strike on the U.S.? Does he tweet a reply or launch the missiles?
ELLEN ROSENBERG, ROYAL PALM BEACH
Why have we not
evolved past ideology?
Stop the fighting over ideology.
On an individual level, humans are so beautiful and unique. We are all capable of great compassion, love, and inventiveness. We all dream, feel and experience the joy of life.
It is when we humans merge into larger tribes that we become less than understanding. We should have evolved beyond the primitive necessities of tribes, but the ignorance of primitive ideology and bigotry still linger.
I’m tired of this polarization. I refuse to participate in this human folly any longer. I do not consider myself a conservative, liberal, Christian, Jew, Muslim, Republican, Democrat, communist, socialist, American, anarchist or free. I am simply one of the billions of human beings.
The very idea that humankind should be segmented by class, flag, race or ideology is a sign of evolutionary mediocrity.
John Lennon’s lyrics mean so much more to me now. “Imagine.”
GLENN ADKINS, STUART