Readers’ letters

With all due respect to the writer of “Gas stations should have prepared early” (Letters, Monday), the gas stations are not entirely at fault for the hurricane gas lines.


People panic. Folks with multiple gas cans hoard gasoline and hold up the lines, as do gas-guzzling cars. We don’t know the capacity of the gas tanks at the stations nor do we know the delivery schedule of gas distributors.


What should be imposed by the state, is an odd-even day schedule for getting gas, and a designated lane for those needing fuel for their generators.


There is plenty of fuel to go around, but we need to be considerate of others and mindful of our need to stay calm during these stressful times.


What stations could do is have a better plan to direct traffic flow within the station by hiring extra attendants, as they do at Costco.


Sara Klompus, Lake Worth


Opioid maker must


be held to accounts


Nothing better illustrates the irrationality of the Citizens United ruling -- that corporations are people -- than the plan for Purdue Pharma to declare bankruptcy and vanish, leaving tens of billions of dollars in the coffers of its Sackler family owners, and hundreds of billions of dollars in healthcare costs and hundreds of thousands of deaths from opioid overdose to be dealt with by real people and taxpayers.


Until there is a way to hold corporations permanently responsible for the damage they inflict on ordinary citizens, they should not be allowed to use their vast wealth and power to manipulate elections, laws and rules in their favor, then disappear into bankruptcy, while their puppet-masters create a new, irresponsible entity to continue their pursuit of unconstrained greed.


Dave Sullivan, Palm Beach Shores


Trump voters rely


on wishful thinking


With Trump voters, wishful thinking rules and the past is distorted. They ignored his frequent factually inaccurate statements because they wanted to believe that one autocratic person who has spent his life focused primarily on his personal bottom line could help them recover a glorified past that never was.


In my lifetime, the past has included the terror of the Cold War, the tragedy of Vietnam, the struggles of minorities for equal rights and great harm done to the natural environment. This is the greatness they want to return to?


Many of Trump’s ideas, like trickle-down economics and America first, are outdated. We all live in a global economy and share the destructive effects of climate change. The white working class voters who put Trump in office need to stop looking for a savior and take steps to obtain the skills needed in today’s economy.


Both parties need to support programs that will help all workers prepare for the jobs of the future instead of focusing on those that are not coming back.


Robert Rega, Greenacres


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