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

Dr. Michael Den­nis, chair, FAU Sch­midt

Col­lege of Medicine

If NASA has the tech­nol­ogy to guide the In­sight space craft through 300 mil­lion miles and land in­tact on Mars at ex­actly the re­quired 12 de­gree an­gle, why can­not we pro­vide state-of-the-art, fraud-re­sis­tant vot­ing mech­a­nisms and prac­tices es­pe­cially in em­bar­rassed Palm Beach and Broward coun­ties? We can no longer tol­er­ate prob­lems with mail-in bal­lots, vot­ers not be­ing counted, pos­si­ble dead peo­ple vot­ing, fail­ure to dis­close bal­lots un­counted, and the “dis­cov­ery” of more bal­lots af­ter elec­tion re­sults are re­ported. Ex­plor­ing the in­ner struc­ture of Mars is in­ter­est­ing, but not nearly as im­por­tant as cor­rectly record­ing the hon­est opin­ions of our elec­torate.

Ran­dall Vi­tale, pres­i­dent, Hoff­man’s Choco


Hamil­ton makes its Florida de­but on Dec. 18 and it is hap­pen­ing right here in Fort Laud­erdale at the Broward Cen­ter for the Per­form­ing Arts. The show runs through Jan. 20, and it is ex­pected to be the tough­est ticket to come to our area in a long time.

Arts and cul­ture are a huge eco­nomic driver for our com­mu­nity, and op­por­tu­ni­ties like Hamil­ton high­light the role they play in ben­e­fit­ing ho­tels, restau­rants, and re­tail­ers in a mean­ing­ful way. Let this be a re­minder to all of us that we must con­tinue to in­vest in the arts – for all.

Peter Moore, pres­i­dent, Chen Moore and


On Dec. 11, aca­demics, fi­nan­cial man­agers and bankers will as­sem­ble from all parts of the World in Palm Beach County to par­tic­i­pate in the in­au­gu­ral Global Re­silience Sum­mit. The sum­mit will bring to­gether a wide va­ri­ety of stake­hold­ers to share ways in which col­lab­o­ra­tion and part­ner­ship can be fos­tered around re­silience themes. What will make this sum­mit dif­fer­ent from other pre­vi­ous dis­cus­sions is the fo­cus on case study suc­cesses and the in­te­gra­tion of bank­ing and the in­sur­ance in­dus­try as part of the so­lu­tion to sea level rise and the larger pic­ture of re­silience as a whole. www.flori­daearth.org

Bar­bara Sharief, mem­ber, Broward County


Nov. 15 be­gan mana­tee season which runs through March 31, 2019. Boaters should be on the look­out for greater num­bers of man­a­tees through­out the County’s water­ways (in­clud­ing In­tra­coastal, canals and nat­u­ral water­ways) dur­ing the cooler months. Ves­sel op­er­a­tors should obey all posted speed lim­its, wear po­lar­ized sun­glasses and watch for the large, tell-tale cir­cu­lar slicks on the sur­face of the wa­ter caused by the tail that in­di­cate the pres­ence of man­a­tees. Vi­o­la­tors may be fined. If you see a mana­tee in trou­ble, call Florida Fish and Wildlife Alert Num­ber (888) 404-3922, text *FWC or # FWC on a cell phone.

Lori Ber­man, Florida state se­na­tor

In re­sponse to the rev­e­la­tion of nu­mer­ous prob­lems in the li­cens­ing of con­cealed weapons by the Depart­ment of Agri­cul­ture, Com­mis­sioner-elect Nikki Fried has pro­posed mov­ing the han­dling of li­censes to FDLE, putting law en­force­ment in charge of the li­censes since they are re­spon­si­ble for do­ing the back­ground checks. The NRA lob­by­ist, Mar­ion Ham­mer, has at­tempted to politi­cize this func­tion and wants to move the li­cens­ing to the Repub­li­can chief fi­nan­cial of­fi­cer. Fried’s position that there should be non-par­ti­san over­sight of con­cealed weapons per­mits tak­ing the pol­i­tics out of pub­lic safety makes sense and is the right way to pro­ceed.

Chris­tine Hun­schof­sky, mayor, Park­land

In Novem­ber’s elec­tion, the Con­sti­tu­tion Re­vi­sion Com­mis­sion pro­posed a num­ber of “bun­dled” Florida con­sti­tu­tional amend­ments on the bal­lot. Th­ese amend­ments com­bined com­pletely un­re­lated is­sues such as off­shore drilling and “va­p­ing” in­doors on the same bal­lot ques­tion. This prac­tice cre­ates con­fu­sion with vot­ers and also re­sults in vot­ers mak­ing de­ci­sions based on one part of an amend­ment they like even if they dis­like an­other part of it. Sen. Rob Bradley is propos­ing a bill to keep all con­sti­tu­tional amend­ments as “sin­gle is­sue” to avoid this prob­lem. This is a bill that I hope will gar­ner bi­par­ti­san sup­port this leg­isla­tive ses­sion.

Tracey Gross­man, chair­per­son, Anti-Defa

ma­tion League

As we once again turn our fo­cus to the com­plex­i­ties of com­pre­hen­sive im­mi­gra­tion re­form, con­spir­acy the­o­ries are seep­ing into pol­icy dis­cus­sions. A cur­rent myth says that ter­ror­ists in­fil­trate the U.S. through Mex­ico. Ac­cord­ing to a 2015 State Depart­ment re­port, “there are no known in­ter­na­tional ter­ror­ist or­ga­ni­za­tions op­er­at­ing in Mex­ico, de­spite sev­eral er­ro­neous re­ports to the con­trary dur­ing 2014.” In fact, the vast ma­jor­ity of U.S. res­i­dents linked to ter­ror since 2002 are Amer­i­can cit­i­zens. In­stead of for­ward­ing false­hoods, first reach for facts. The stakes are too great – for those seek­ing U.S. cit­i­zen­ship, and for the so­ci­ety they seek to join.

Jen­nifer O’Flan­nery Anderson, vice pres­i­dent, com­mu­nity re­la­tions, Nova South­east­ern Univer­sity

Win­terfest 2018 is here! The fam­ily fest took place on Nov. 25, the Boat Pa­rade is Satur­day, Dec. 15. Ex­pect great dec­o­ra­tions and en­ter­tain­ment, fire­works, mu­sic and a few more sur­prises. View­ing op­por­tu­ni­ties can be found down­town as well as Birch State Park. This is an­other event that re­in­forces how lucky we are to live here and what a vi­brant and dy­namic place this is. It cer­tainly is, “the great­est show on H2O.”

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