South Florida Sun-Sentinel Palm Beach (Sunday) - - OPINION -

In face of ris­ing seas, re­treat to what?

We hear a lot dis­cussed about sea level rise and how we could adapt. Some go on fur­ther to say we can never adapt be­cause of our low el­e­va­tions. We see artists like Xavier Cor­tada ask­ing us to even post our el­e­va­tions with signs in front of our homes.

We see and hear cities and coun­ties work­ing to mod­ify codes around the height of sea walls. What is this all for? Why should we care? There are those amongst us who say re­treat is our only op­tion, but re­treat to what?

We will leave be­hind a muddy mess, a pool of toxic ma­te­ri­als that will cre­ate a new type of brown field and su­per fund sites. We need to think through so­lu­tions that al­low us to de­cline grace­fully.

We can limit the de­cline to pop­u­la­tion de­crease, in­fra­struc­ture loss, and loss of cur­rent land­scapes. De­cline can still in­clude a new econ­omy.

Jef­frey Hu­ber, Wil­ton Manors

Democrats are in fa­vor of cap­i­tal­ism too

Your re­cent let­ter writer from Hol­ly­wood praised the pres­i­dent and cap­i­tal­ism but does he re­al­ize that we, Repub­li­cans and Democrats, also be­lieve in cap­i­tal­ism as long as it is not abused?

We, the mid­dle classes are pay­ing for mar­shal pro­tec­tion for Betsy DeVos be- cause she was heck­led her sec­ond week in of­fice at a mid­dle school. Did Scott Pruitt ever pay back all that money spent on his bul­let­proof phone booth for his of­fice, per­son­al­ized pens, ex­ces­sive air­fare etc? Now the Sec­re­tary of the In­te­rior is be­ing in­ves­ti­gated for ex­ces­sive deal­ings as is the new act­ing At­tor­ney Gen­eral Matthew Whit­taker.

Cap­i­tal­ism is good for all classes of peo­ple, but why should this pres­i­dent and his fam­ily sup­pos­edly reap so many re­wards while he is serv­ing this won­der­ful coun­try. He was sup­posed to drain the swamp but not be part of it!!

Su­san Feig, Boca Ra­ton

‘Free ride’ let­ter high­lights ig­no­rance

Thank you, Mr. Wal­ter, for your let­ter to the ed­i­tor. You have very con­cisely por­trayed the ig­no­rance and lack of knowl­edge of many Trump sup­port­ers re­gard­ing our coun­try, the world, and our so­ci­ety as a whole.

You ended "If you want to live in So­cial­ism, go live in the USSR." The USSR ended in 1991, at the same time Trump was a Demo­crat, fa­vored birth con­trol and abor­tions, and op­posed the con­ser­va­tive Re­pub­li­can party.

Trump is a po­lit­i­cal op­por­tunist, and you all have bought into his self-pro­mo­tion, and self-en­rich­ment. Con­grat­u­la­tions!

Thomas Biniak, Park­land

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