Last year, the United States allocated $49 billion for foreign aid. Some countries receiving that aid loathe America. Corrupt politicians squander the money. Should we implore our elected officials to reallocate a tiny fraction of that money to help the unfortunate people suffering in the northern Bahamas?
Our neighbors’ lives have been decimated by Hurricane Dorian. Not only have their homes been destroyed, their jobs no longer exist. Tourism may take years to recover.
"But whoever has the world’s goods, and sees his brother in need and closes his heart against him, how does the love of God abide in him?" -- John 3:17
James Gardner, Ocean Ridge
National steps needed to curb gun violence
I know that no single law will stop all violence. But we need to slow it down. Every step is needed.
The shooting in Texas this past weekend again brings us face to face with the reality that now there have to be national regulations for both a mandatory background checking system and a ban denying military-style guns for anyone other than the military or police. This needs to be a federal standard rather than wait for it to come from the individual states, given their varying legislative postures and schedules.
These urgent issues do not warrant much more discussion. We know a "person" shoots the gun, and so we need to reduce the ability for such people to get these horrible guns. Yes, some of it is a mental health problem. But some of it is also the culture of violence in our county.
Let’s go step by step and start by stopping access by the non-military or non-police to these weapons. Then let’s be mature about what is pulling our country apart.
Abbey Strauss, Boca Raton
Holocaust studies are relevant to today
In response to a reader’s opinion that "Holocaust studies should be elective" in our public and charter schools, I would like to offer a different perspective for the writer to consider.
First, the writer stated that the Holocaust is not part of United States history, and that it is European history, therefore we should not include it in the curriculum. While it is true that the Holocaust did not occur on U.S. soil, it is still an important part of our history because our soldiers helped to liberate those German concentration camps throughout Europe during World War II. Many suffered from their memories of what they witnessed at those camps.
Now more than ever, Holocaust studies are needed and warranted in our schools as we are experiencing both a rise in antisemitism and a steady increase in hateful acts against immigrants coming into our country. Perhaps the knowledge that 11 million people were murdered due to the atrocities of the Nazi regime would deter some from putting on the Nazi uniform, raising their hands for a "heil Hitler" salute or adopting that party’s principles of hate.
Dawn Jones, Palm Beach Gardens
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