Speak Up

Stoneman Douglas teacher

Katherine Posada, a teacher at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, who wrote the Nov. 28 online op-ed, “I teach at Marjory Stoneman Douglas and I have a message: We’re still broken,” is absolutely correct in blasting the temporary re-assignment of several administrators from the school in response to the shooting rampage on Feb. 14. It is scapegoating, trying to divert attention from those in power who should have had more safeguards in place.

The school board is to blame for having its head in the sand and failing to lockeach campus. Why was MSD so porous that anyone could walk onto campus and enter a building unsupervised during the class day? That is the prevailing question that needs to be answered and those who failed in that regard are the ones at fault.

The school board had the power to provide a safe campus and didn’t. In the district where I raised my children (in California), every school was secured once the first bell rang, and entry, after that, was through a controlled system.

Even now, the Broward school board has not taken the steps to make every campus safe from intruders. What are they waiting for?

Patricia Burnett,

Plantation

Trump’s psyche

By canceling his anticipated meeting with Putin, the president is demonstrating once again that he doesn’t have the courage to tell anyone face to face what he says about them in his rallies. Trump is simply afraid of Putin.

It is not hard to figure out why Paul Manafort isn’t afraid of a long prison sentence. Trump and his attorney, Rudy Giuliani, have been sending him reassuring messages that a pardon is not off the president’s table. If such messages aren’t intended to impede justice, what are they?

Hugo Zamorano,

Coral Gables

Gloves off

Letter writer Robert Panoff thinks we need to help the Saudi’s with a cover-up story for their Crown Prince’s involvement in the Khashoggi murder that is even more preposterous than those they have already discarded.

In his Nov. 23 letter, “There is more to the story of murdered Saudi reporter,” Panoff suggests the murder might have been a covert operation carried out by opponents of the Prince. President Trump would probably like this fantasy. Turkey’s intelligence community and the CJIA harbor no such illusions.

Panoff is correct that there is more we need to consider. We should consider returning to nation-to-nation diplomacy instead of one based on personal relationships alone. We should consider whether we can rely on a so-called ally who arrogantly and recklessly perpetrates a murder on foreign soil that mirrors the acts of Putin carried-out in the UK.

We should consider that Khashoggi’s murder is not the only reckless conduct of this Crown Prince. There is the misguided and deadly war in Yemen; the over-the-top purge of leading Saudi citizens; and, the harsh treatment of Saudi female protestors. We hushed-up and overlooked the involvement of Saudis in the 9/11 attacks.

It’s time we took the kid gloves off our dealings with Saudi Arabia and let them know there are minimum standards of conduct we expect all nations to abide. And, that legal residents of the U.S. have the protection of our laws and are not fair game for vicious illegal acts of reprisal.

Robert S. Steinberg,

Palmetto Bay

Mars bound

Landing on Mars. What a splendidly positive achievement!

After the months of negativity and despair that have enveloped so much of the country, it is so wonderful for us to have accomplished something all Americans can cheer about.

The scientific discoveries and knowledge we shall gain will benefit people throughout the world. We’re broadening our horizons rather than walling them in.

Jim Richards,

Coral Gables

For all concerned

President Trump apparently likes the idea of imposing tariffs because it brings in “billion and billions of dollars.” But those taxes do not evaporate; they are paid by someone.

For those who accept his economic worldview, do not ask for whom the taxes are paid. In all likelihood, they are paid by thee in the form of higher prices.

Sid Kaskey,

South Miami

Efforts appreciated

In March of this year, our son retired after a career as a Hollywood Police officer.

Shortly after his retirement, he was diagnosed with cancer, which resulted in a major operation and six weeks in the hospital.

During that time, the Hollywood Police Benevolent Association (PBA) organized a group that came to to his residence and did a major clean-up of his property, which included tree and hedge trimming.

After his release from the hospital, the PBA sent him a T-shirt and a check to help cover some of the hospital expenses.

Often, these things go unnoticed, but I want to express a public appreciation to the PBA for their thoughtful and efforts.

John R. Schuller,

Fort Lauderdale

Dirty tricks

Recently, Donald Trump accused Special Counsel Robert Mueller of being the new Joseph McCarthy.

How absurd!

Senator Joe McCarthy accused everyone of being a Communist in a strictly self-serving attempt at a national spotlight. One of his chief advisers was Roy Cohn, who is admired by Donald Trump.

McCarthy was on the verge of criminal and libelous, just as his other henchman, Richard Nixon, capitalized upon the “Red Scare” to vault himself into the vice presidency. Using Cohn-style dirty tricks, Nixon parlayed his near-treasonous sabotage of the Paris Peace Talks and vaulted to the presidency in 1968.

Almost 50 years later, Cohn-style dirty tricks were used by Trump in a near-treasonous act of accepting emails from a foreign power that were filtered through a Russian-asset flim-flam man — all for his own benefit.

None of Trump’s wives have ever owned a common cloth coat, but Trump may have a more checkered future than Nixon had a past. And they both learned at the feet of the McCarthy-era architect!

When will the doubling-down stop?

Wesley Glassgow,

Hollywood

It’s a clue

Although it’s very difficult to make early-in-the-week crossword puzzles too easy, success was beautifully achieved on a recent Tuesday.

The clue for 27 Across was “Trumped-up.” For any American over the age of 5, the obvious answer was “false.”

Anna Harris,

Miami

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