Post readers’ letters on various local, state and national topics.
Once again, Lake Worth Beach is trying to negotiate with a developer to do something worthwhile with the empty Gulfstream Hotel. In years past, attempts have failed to produce a workable agreement.
Why not convert this facility into housing for the homeless? It would provide safe, secure spaces ‒ complete with bathrooms, lockable doors and protection from the elements.
Rather than being housed some miles from any possible employment opportunities, they would be in the midst of possible entry-level jobs and public transportation virtually at their doorstep. There might be employment on the very grounds: landscaping, housekeeping, etc.
It would seem like a win-win for all, having the old hotel once again as a vital part of the community, not spending millions to rehab the stockade to make it livable for needy people and letting them feel like worthy members of society, not untouchables banned to out-of-sight places.
Roger J. McCord, Boynton Beach
Lopsided scale gives too much to billionaires
In the early 1970s, J. Paul Getty was the richest man in the world. When his grandson was kidnapped, and he would not pay the ransom (even after the kidnappers chopped off an ear), Getty was worth an inflation-adjusted $6 billion. Today that number would barely make the Forbes Billionaire List.
Presently the world's richest man, after a post-divorce 25% wealth reduction, is worth $130 billion. And it's not always hard work and dedication that make these billionaires; it can be as simple as making a sex tape and having Instagram followers.
There is just something wrong, in today's world, where 2% of the 350 million people who live in the USA hold the wealth of 90% of this country, and a million people sleep on the street while 80 million do not have health insurance.
Dan Feldman, Boca Raton
It’s the people, not states, whose votes should count
I must take issue with the letter writer who made the case for the Electoral College. He is saying that actual people don’t count; what counts is the state you live in.
If less than one million people live in Wyoming why should those peoples’ votes count more than the people who live in New York or California? Our votes are supposed to count equally wherever you live. One person, one vote.
Regardless of the letter writer’s reasoning, Hillary Clinton did win the popular vote and that should count more than the state you live in .
Miriam Stone, Boynton Beach
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