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

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)

Letter: Why do the rest of us have to deal with your dog?

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Via Dogster

When did the dog become our new king? 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.

And amazingly, most owners don’t see that Fido is being a nuisance. They just smile and beam at how their dog is just so friendly. But just because you think your animal is some kind of wonder pet doesn’t mean it’s true. Most dogs are just plain, well, stupid. They don’t care about you; they just want to be a dog.

And I’m not talking about legitimate service dogs. They really do earn their pay. But even that’s becoming a joke. How many times have you seen somebody with a “service dog” that is clearly only there as a prop and not for any real service? It’s not just restaurants, either. Now it’s grocery stores, the mall, the green market, etc.

No place is “sacred” anymore.

Whenever I see places that allow dogs, I steer clear. I don’t go out to be annoyed, and there are still places where you can dine and not be mauled by “man’s best friend.” But who knows how long that will last? And now, the dog lovers are after the beaches. I’m sure it’s only a matter of time before they go to the dogs, too.

Please save us from the dogs, but mostly, save us from their owners. If your dog is so important to you, great. Stay home and chase cars together.

JACK BENNETT, BOYNTON BEACH

Letter: Why are tips based on the price of the meal?

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Via Wikimedia Commons

No, I am not a pathetic tipper. I leave a 20 percent tip based upon the charge before coupon discounts (“Hey, discount diner! Are you a pathetic tipper?” May 21).

You have stated that a tip is the diner’s acknowledgement of the server’s effort, while suggesting that the tip should be determined by the price of the meal.

How do you reconcile the difference in the amount of the gratuity when I have been provided with similar service for an egg-salad sandwich as the person at the next table who dined on an expensive sirloin steak?

DAVID A. JACOBS, DELRAY BEACH

Letter: Obama isn’t to blame for Obamacare failings

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Re: the May 18 letter, “Friend has suffered under Obamacare,” infuriates me. I’m tired of people criticizing Obamacare (the Affordable Care Act) from hearsay experience. Yes, maybe your doctor doesn’t accept your selected plan. Blame doctors who refuse to participate in the ACA because of low payouts for services; I believe it’s greed.

Although the number of participating doctors is low, I’ve had no trouble finding decent physicians, labs and medical facilities that accept my ACA insurance plan. Granted, there is too much bureaucracy, but President Barack Obama isn’t to blame.

You need to know what your co-pay is before submitting to ordered tests. It’s written in your policy. Read it. Recently, I had tests for which Jupiter Medical Center told me in advance what my co-pay would be.

Don’t blame Obamacare because you did not read or understand the requirements needed, in advance, for ordered medical tests. I’ve had health insurance policies prior to the ACA and paid huge premiums with huge deductibles out of pocket.

I endured many denials of payout due to the “pre-existing condition” baloney. I know that my out-of-pocket limits will protect me from catastrophe should I need extended medical care.

Blame insurance companies’ greed, and exorbitant billings, not Obama.

JANA CENTEIO, JUPITER

Letter: Thank you to the gentlemen who paid for our dinner

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Nice people do exist. We would like to acknowledge a pleasant experience at a recent dinner at a restaurant. We sat next to a table occupied by two men.

We exchanged a few pleasantries with them and had an enjoyable meal. The two men left, and when we asked for our bill, we were informed that it had been taken care of by the two. We never had an opportunity to thank them, and obviously, they didn’t expect to be thanked. We hope they read this letter. Thank you.

FLORA AND ARNOLD LURIE, WEST PALM BEACH