Christie: Planned statue for former Marlins pitcher irks Post readers

MIAMI – Former Marlins ace Jose Fernandez died last September after crashing his boat while allegedly intoxicated. Two other men also died. (Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images)

Bronze statues are very often lightning rods for controversy.

It really doesn’t matter whether its a long-dead historical figure, cultural icon or game-changing athlete. There will often be some folks who don’t believe immortalizing a certain individual in bronze is a good idea.

How else, maybe, to explain why it took 70 years for the Los Angeles (formerly Brooklyn) Dodgers to erect a statue of the great Jackie Robinson at Dodger Stadium.

But sometimes they’re right. As is the case with the Miami marlins team owner Jeffrey Loria’s current plan to put a statue of former pitching ace Jose Fernandez at Marlins Park.

Do you agree with Loria’s plan?

Fernandez was a young, charismatic (and dominating) pitcher that added a hometown charm as a Cuban-American. But his death at 24 in a boat crash was caused by unlawful behavior that also cost the lives of two other men. Two other men whose families would have added to their grief, a reminder that the man responsible for their loss is celebrated every day of the Major League Baseball season.

Florida Marlins owner Jeffrey Loria puts on a new hat as he jokes with pitchers and catchers during the first day of spring training. (Richard Graulich / The Palm Beach Post)

For many Post readers, that’s just too much. We published this letter from Jim Anderson of West Palm Beach on Wednesday:

The possibility that a statue may be erected in honor of Jose Fernandez, the Marlin’s late pitcher – who died at a young age – is absurd.

It has been determined that at the time of his death, he had drugs in his system, which may have caused a lack of judgment, resulting in a boating accident, resulting in his own death as well as that of two passengers.

Why would a person be honored for such an action?

Anderson was far from alone in raising that question. Roy Martinez of Jupiter wrote:

I think the idea of erecting a 9-foot statue of Jose Fernandez outside Marlins Park is a terrible idea. Does the fact that Fernandez had a 100-mph fastball overshadow his reckless behavior on the night he and his two friends died? How will those family members feel each time they see that statue?

Playing the game after he died, that was fine. The “16” patch on the Marlins uniforms, also fine. Turning his locker into a “mini-shrine”? Not 100 percent behind that idea.

Public relations being what it is, the statue will probably get built, a big ceremony will mark its unveiling and miniature versions will be available in the Marlins gift shop for a nominal cost.

And Rona Einhorn wrote to Post sports columnist Hal Habib:

I totally  agree  with  your  article  today . I  loved  José . My husband  and  I  attended  the  last  game  he pitched , the  tickets  to the  game  were  a birthday  present  to me . We  sat right  over  the  Marlins  dugout . What  a  game! He even  said  it  was  the  best  game  he pitched.  Then to wake  up  on Sunday  morning  and  hear the  news  I just  couldn’t  believe  it. I  just  don’t  think  that  a large  statue  is the  right  way  to  honor  him.

Thanks  for the article.

After such sentiment is being espoused (maybe more so outside of Miami-Dade County) it will be interesting to see whether Loria shelves his planned monument — at least for now.

Letter: Anyone surprised by Bondi and Trump revelations?

Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi
Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi

Was anyone surprised to read about the quid pro quo arrangement between Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi and Trump University?

Apparently, Bondi solicited a substantial campaign contribution from the Donald J. Trump Foundation and subsequently her pending participation in a consortium of other state’s AGs complaints against Trump University never materialized. Go figure.

I truly believe that if Gov. Rick Scott found out about this, he very well might have given her a raise. I love Florida. Don’t you?

BILL MOSSO, PALM BEACH GARDENS

Letter: Conservative columnist lineup has strong left tilt

columnistIt seems there is some confusion when The Post tries to present opposing views between right and left. The left point of view is articulated very well, by strong proponents of the liberal view. However, when it comes to the conservative point of view, not so much so: Michael Gerson, Kathleen Parker and David Brooks.

In the May 27 issue, “Clinton may be disliked because she is hard to know,” Brooks goes on to tell us how wonderful Hillary Clinton is; we just don’t understand her. He cannot understand why her unfavorable rating is so high.

After all, she was a wonderful secretary of state. I did not see anything about her dishonesty factor, her emails, the Benghazi allegations — or the drama that has followed the Clintons their whole political life.

Brooks should not represent people on the right. I am sure there are other writers on the right who can articulate the conservative view better.

DAVID NOVEMBER, BOYNTON BEACH

Letter: Get some perspective on real dog lovers

 

dogHere’s a reply to “Dogs are nuisance in many public spaces,” May 29: Sure they are, but with all the animal mistreatment and abuse, maybe we can understand a little of the problem.

Some people have only a dog or cat as their companion, and they really love these animals. Instead of writing a letter, may I suggest you read “So God Made a Dog.” It’s not really religious, just explains how we dog lovers feel. It might make you smile.

I do agree that you also have rights as a non-pet owner, and those rights should be respected by pet owners. People should control their animals and pick up after them, and not bring them into places where they don’t belong.

PATRICIA GUSTAINUS, BOCA RATON

>>READ MORE: Readers React: Do dogs have a place in our restaurants and stores?

Letter: Jack Nicklaus’ support for Donald Trump is a shock

 

Jack Nicklaus PGA National Bear
With hole number 14 to his back, Jack Nicklaus at PGA National. (Damon Higgins / The Palm Beach Post)

It’s probably the year’s ultimate irony that the PGA Tour has moved the World Golf Championships to Mexico from Donald Trump’s course in Doral — given Trump’s remarks about Mexican citizens when he announced his run for the presidency (“PGA Tour says goodbye to Doral,” Thursday).

Various reports have stated that organizers have not been able to find a title sponsor for the event, which is not surprising. It would be difficult to imagine a major sponsor supporting an event that would tie itself to the Trump name and image.

What did surprise me, however, was the mention in The Post that Jack Nicklaus supported and would vote for Trump. Support for Trump from a worldwide, iconic figure like Nicklaus sends a signal that he (Nicklaus) stands behind a man who has demonstrated with his comments, numerous times, that he is a racist and a hater of women.

MICHAEL BAZ, TEQUESTA

Readers React: Do dogs have a place in our restaurants and stores?

dogs-1160399_960_720Over the holiday weekend, I strolled into a moderate to high-end women’s clothing store wondering if there were any Memorial Day deals to be had in this store I could normally never afford. Browsing through the racks, there was a woman ahead of me pushing a large covered baby carriage decorated with pink flowers, with cubby space to hold her Starbucks coffee (who drinks coffee when it was that hot outside?!) and under storage for her purse and bags filled with shopping treasures.

The baby was whimpering a little. Was it about to cry, let out a shrill scream that would cause other shoppers to recoil just a little? Maybe it was playing with a toy that was causing it to “ooh” and “ahh.” As I made my way passed the woman and her baby in the expensive carriage, I realized it wasn’t a baby at all.

It was a Cocker Spaniel. A Cocker Spaniel wearing a flower collar and a red, white and blue ribbon on her head. A Cocker Spaniel was what I heard whimpering.

I shouldn’t have seen a baby carriage and assumed there was a baby inside. My bad.

I stopped at Publix recently and as I was searching the aisles, a woman passed me with a beautiful white Maltese sitting in the front part of her cart.

A Maltese in the meat section of Publix.

It was the clearly the Dog Days of Summer.

Still not the weirdest thing I’ve seen since moving to Florida, where bringing your dog with you everywhere seems perfectly normal. I was in a local mall recently where a couple was shopping with their capuchin service monkey (the kind like Marcel on ‘Friends’ or the ‘Outbreak’ monkey, which might have actually been the same monkey). I’ve never encountered a service monkey before so I stopped to talk with the couple to learn about the work the monkey does. They explained they were socially training the monkey and she would eventually go to help someone with limited mobility with every day tasks like drinking water, turning on lights, picking up objects, etc.F9EE86CF-DE99-407E-B0E9-8FC7082840AC75521984-6905-42A7-A1C4-8F2A69DEAD80

But back to the dogs.

Palm Beach Post reader Jack Bennett of Boynton Beach said he’s had enough with people bringing their dogs in public.

“It seems that you can’t go anywhere without having to be confronted with somebody’s ‘baby,’ i.e., their dog. I can’t tell you how many times I go to restaurants and bars where I have to put up with some dog sniffing me, licking me, begging or just plain invading my space,” Bennett wrote.

The social media response was strongly divided.

But it was Bill Brown Meyers who probably had the right assessment of the situation:

So what do you think? Do you take Fido with you everywhere, or leave him at home? Take the poll and join the conversation in the comments below or here on Facebook:

Letter: PBSO’s ‘(Sheriff Ric Bradshaw) has to go, and go now’

Sheriff Ric Bradshaw in February 2015.(Lannis Waters / The Palm Beach Post)
Sheriff Ric Bradshaw in February 2015.(Lannis Waters / The Palm Beach Post)

Seth Adams was murdered on his own property by an undercover deputy four years ago (“PBSO agrees to pay $15,000 for not providing data in Seth Adams case,” May 19). This was tragic. The withholding and destruction of evidence is nothing new under Sheriff Ric Bradshaw. I feel for the Adams family and the Corey Jones family and the many other families whose lives have been so damaged because of questionable deputy shootings.

I am a retired Palm Beach County firefighter/medic, and I have worked with many great deputies. But, seeing how Bradshaw runs the show disgusts me. He has to go, and go now.

JOE AVERSANO, WELLINGTON

Letter: Understand Obamacare before complaining about Obamacare

doctor_stockI am tired of reading letters from people who have not educated themselves on Obamacare. Have we come to the point that all we do is complain instead of educating ourselves on the issue (“Friend has suffered under Obamacare,” May 18)? If the woman lost her primary-care doctor, she should have called the Healthcare Exchange immediately, and they would have switched her to another plan.

It happened to us last year and to a friend recently. The friend switched doctors (because hers dropped off of the plan) on the phone in less than 30 minutes. We switched last year because my husband’s cardiologist dropped off of our plan.

Does the law need work? Yes. Can some things be fixed? Yes. But we need to educate ourselves before we mouth off continually about the Affordable Care Act. Knowledge is power, and perhaps we need more of that.

PAMELA D. TAPLIN, ROYAL PALM BEACH

Letter: Donald Trump’s bragging an insult to his wife, Melania

 

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Donald and Melania Trump at Mar-A-Lago in Palm Beach. (Lee Hershfield/Palm Beach Daily News file photo)

I have been reading and hearing about presidential candidate Donald Trump’s questionable escapades, especially regarding the women who have come and gone in his career and personal life.

The man is so distasteful that I, as a politics and news freak, turn off the TV every time his image appears. However, the latest episode of this Trump telenovela has touched me in an unexpected manner. Imagine the humiliation that Trump’s wife, Melania, must feel as reports and testimonials appear in the press about his sexual trysts.

The disrespect that he has demonstrated towards his female employees and his “dates,” bragging about his sexual prowess, must certainly create a sense of shame and self-doubt for his wife.

I don’t know much about Melania Trump, but she is a woman, a wife and a mother, and I imagine that she must feel embarrassed and wounded by her husband’s philandering behavior. Money and social position can never make up for such inexcusable comportment.

SANDRA SCAVAZZON, WEST PALM BEACH

Letter: Military hand salute is OK at all events

saluteTo All American veterans: A grateful Congress has extended a special privilege to you and all 20 million American veterans: the right to render your military hand salute at the flag and national-anthem ceremony of every graduation/football/basketball/public event.

Beginning Monday, Memorial Day, stand tall and render your military salute as you did when you wore your nation’s uniform. Do it for all of those vets who are no longer with us; do it for all serving our nation today; and for our future vets. Your salute is an act of patriotism that will enrich our national flag traditions for generations to come.

ROBERT E. GRIFFITH, ARLINGTON HEIGHTS, ILL.; USNR (retired commander)