Post readers’ letters on various local, state and national topics.

The article about providing luxury accommodations for families of well-to-do patients illustrates quite clearly how our healthcare system is out of balance in regards to the “haves” and the “have-nots.” (“Women’s cancer unit, resort-style luxury wing opening soon at Jupiter Medical Center,” Feb. 25)


I do not begrudge anyone the opportunity to be with a loved one during this very difficult time in their lives but it saddens me that not all patients can participate in this program. Eight hundred dollars or $1,000 a night is out of the reach of the majority of people in our country.


I am very blessed to have been a very healthy person and rarely had any reason to see a doctor except for a few minor issues. However, I have never had decent health insurance due to the fact that I have been self-employed the majority of my life.


As of March 1, I am able to participate in Medicare. I am thankful that we have a program like this in this country and I wish all citizens of every age would be able to participate. God forbid, if I ever had to have surgery for breast cancer, I would hope that such an opportunity would be available to me.


Christie Campbell, Delray Beach


Columnist takes feelings to extremes


Is it possible that newspaper columnist in this country is filled with more hatred in his heart and mind than Leonard Pitts of the Miami Herald? His views are published regularly in the Post Opinion pages and repeatedly express extreme venom directed at one specific individual – our president.


This is not journalism at its best – it represents pure personal hatred.


Gerald Farmer, Ocean Ridge


They’re children, not criminals


I am writing regarding the recent Orlando police arrest of a 6-year-old girl at a charter school. This has drawn widespread protests of arrest against our youth.


It was troubling to watch this young, helpless child be escorted as a hardened criminal. It’s appalling to read that this young girl's infraction led to a harsh charge of misdemeanor battery.


What ever happened to the era of detention? Today's concept is to criminalize behaviors with the severe punishment of jail time, a misdemeanor charge and handcuffs. Schools should be a safe place for children.


Police officers should view their applied authority with sensitivity and not just follow the law. They should also empathize with the accuser, reduce trauma and not inflict fear in law enforcement.


Carla Pazmino, Royal Palm Beach


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