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s c THE PALM BEACH POST TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 14, 1999 15A Let aged parents leave the driving to you T W! f hen I read the Sept 5 article "Checking older drivers proves to V - eterans-only health care is redundant and wasteful vvi fir V be testy issue," it brought back the memory of when my grandmother was still alive. One day, my father got a call that she was out around the 20-Mile Bend, disoriented and lost Luckily, she had pulled into someone's yard and was sitting there with the engine running. Our family knew before this incident that it was time to not allow her to drive. This incident only confirmed that fact. Thank God she did not injure anyone. In the article, a family member says that her father's passing the driving test "put my family back together." I cannot understand that statement. Allowing my grandmother to drive would have ultimately torn our family apart: An accident would have been devastating. If the family in the article would drive their father where he needs to go, it would ease the loss of independence. When the time comes for my parents to sur- The Sept 5 guest editorial by Veterans Affairs Medical Center Director Edward H. Seiler, "DVA health care inefficient? Just ask the veterans we serve," was interesting and impassioned but full of obvious flaws in logic. ,,,1 have utmost respect for our veterans and their sacrifices. While I also respect the intentions of the VA medical system, Mr. Seiler appears to - ,) have no respect for the rest of the health care-available in this country. The VA system is redundant, wasteful and unnecessary. Having done some of my training at a VA hospital, I was amazed at the vast the least I can do! Steve Giddens North Palm Beach render their licenses, you'd better believe I will be more than happy to drive them. It's ,1 up for sewers and paving. This venture will close the street for at least nine months. This is what happens when the mayor and commissioners (including the previous administration) defy the wishes of the voting public. After more than a decade of trying to get a marina built, somebody should realize that it is not going to happen. Have they forgotten Tradewinds"? Edward T. Currier Boynton Beach Redevelopment is Riviera's Achilles heel The government of Riviera Beach has, time and again, demonstrated irresponsibility to the people it is supposed to serve. It has racked up millions of dollars in lawsuits and pay-outs as a result of those lawsuits. Its biggest failure is in the area of redevelopment. It endlessly hires and fires staff and development experts who end up suing over their contracts when projects fail to materialize. The most recent failure is the Spanish Courts fiasco. Now, Riviera Beach is looking at selling the access to its last and most precious attraction, its beautiful beach on Singer Island, to a developer. Such short-sightedness is unbelievable, and one has to wonder whether the developer of this property will fare any better than have other efforts in that town. C. Farrington Jupiter Riviera manager doing the best he can Keep William Hunter as Riviera Beach city manager. City Council Chairman Edward Rodgers is right. Seven former managers could not survive the city council and its department heads, who have undermined all the former managers. The council should fire all department heads; then the manager could deliver true city services. Cedric B. Davis Riviera Beach Smokers want to get paid for bad habit The class-action suit against the tobacco industry has been one of the most wasteful legal pursuits in U.S. history. This country was founded upon the premise that we are free to make choices and also responsi- vorcing parents in Florida. Our children would be ' . the beneficiaries. . ' Robin Roshkind West Palm Beach Editor's note: Ms. Roshkind is a divorce lawyer. Write us number of unneeded admissions and diagnostic studies performed, some of which the VA paid for at outside facilities. When I questioned why, the answer was always th same: If they did not spend all of that year's budget and beyond, they would get fewer taxpayer dollars the following year. -.Does a blind veteran need different care than a blind non-veteran? Is a policeman with a prosthetic limb in need of different rehabilitation than a similar veteran? The simplest solution would be for our government to consolidate health care into one system, with one administration, that would include coverage for veterans in a preferential fashion. Jeffrey B. Brown, M.D. Palm Beach Gardens Marina project will spark more suits Boynton Beach is being sued by Two Georges restaurant over violations of the city code regarding parking at the proposed marina project. The city code requires 360 public parking spaces, and thi.commission voted to allow a developer to provide only 208. The suit also asks a judge to stop developer Bruce Jarvis from reconstructing Casa Loma Boulevard, as this would limit the access to Two Georges and also the Dive Shop. The city can anticipate many more lawsuits from businesses in the downtown area. In addition to the ones arising from the proposed marina project, there will be those from the business owners on Ocean Boulevard when their street is torn ble for them. The 500,000 individuals seeking money for their bad habits made an irresponsible choice that they want to be paid for. I am a former smoker and knew the consequences before I made the choice to quit many years ago. The legal line has to be drawn about individual responsibility. Jack Kennedy Hodgkin Palm Beach Shores Joint pet custody sets good example Re: the joint pet custody article "Attaboy! Atta-master!": At first I thought I would get a chuckle from reading this article. But the more I read, the more I realized that these couples are taking responsibility, jointly and individually, for their actions when a breakup occurs in the familial relationship. The responsibility centers around their pets as surrogate children. If divorcing parents had as much sensibility about them as the couples mentioned here, children caught in the middle would not be used as pawns in a matter that affects them so profoundly and often detrimentally. If pets are people, too, then Michael Cecchi and Jennifer McConnell should embrace a new career by teaching the required parenting class to di The Palm Beach Post welcomes letters from readers. All letters are subject to edit- ; ing for brevity and clarity. Even e-mail and 1 faxed letters must include the writer's ' ' name, address and daytime telephone num- -ber. You may receive a phone call for verification. 'Open letters' or letters addressed --to a third party will not be published. Our ad- dresses: '' Letters to the Editor The Palm Beach Post P.O. Box 24700 West Palm Beach, FL 1 33416-4700 ( Fax: (561) 820-4728 Internet: letterspbpost.com $FR& PASSES 2.21 WITH aUSMffU CJkHD shows cenr 1 a 10 mi ami beach IN ONE dCr I I O" I O CONVENTION CENTER uu IfMIAMI GONSIRUCTION SWOW I 'Miami MiNiNoSNOWiMiAMi waste environmental SHOW NO. 606414 V NOTICE OF ESTABLISHMENT OR CHANGE OF A . REGULATION AFFECTING THE USE OF LAND THE BOARD OF COUNTY COMMISSIONERS OF PALM BEACH COUNTY, FLORIDA, PROPOSES TO ADOPT OR CHANGE REGUIA-1 TIONS AFFECTING THE USE OF LAND FOR THE AREA SHOWN IN THE MAP IN THIS ADVERTISEMENT FOR UNINCORPORATED PALM BEACH COUNTY. ' A PUBLIC HEARING ON THE REGULATIONS AFFECTING THE USE OF LAND WILL BE HELD ON SEPTEMBER 28, 1 999 AT 9:30 A.M. IN THE JANE M. THOMPSON MEMORIAL CHAMBERS, SIXTH FLOOR, GOVERNMENTAL CENTER, 301 NORTH OUVE AVENUE, WEST . PALM BEACH, FLORIDA. THE PROPOSED REGULATIONS ARE AS FOLLOWS: AN ORDINANCE OF THE BOARD OF COUNTY COMMISSIONERS OF PALM BEACH COUNTY, FLORIDA, AMENDING ORDINANCE 92-20, KNOWN AS THE UNIFIED LAND DEVELOPMENT CODE OF PALM BEACH COUNTY, FLORIDA AS FOLLOWS: ARTICLE 1 (GENERAL PROVISIONS); ARTICLE 3 (DEFINITIONS); ARTICLE 4 (DECISIONMAKING AND ADMINISTRA- : TIVE BODIES); ARTICLE 5 (DEVELOPMENT REVIEW PROCEDURES); ARTICLE 6 (ZONING DISTRICTS); ARTICLE 7 (SITE DEVELOP- . MENT STANDARDS): ARTICLE 8 (SUBDIVISION, PLATTING, AND REQUIRED IMPROVEMENTS); ARTICLE 9 (ENVIRONMENTAL ' STANDARDS); ARTICLE 11 (ADEQUATE PUBLIC FACILITY STANDARDS); ARTICLE 14 (ENFORCEMENT PROCEEDINGS AND PENALTIES); ARTICLE 1 5 (TRAFFIC PERFORMANCE STANDARDS); ARTICLE 16 (HEALTH DEPARTMENT REGULATIONS); PRO- , . ' VIDING FOR INTERPRETATION OF CAPTIONS; PROVIDING FOR REPEAL OF LAWS IN CONFLICT; PROVIDING FOR SEVER- , ABILITY; PROVIDING FOR INCLUSION IN THE UNIFIED LAND DEVELOPMENT CODE; AND PROVIDING FOR AN EFFECTIVE -DATE. A COPY OF THE ABOVE REFERENCED PROPOSED ORDINANCES IS AVAILABLE FOR INSPECTION IN THE ZONING DIVISION, AT THE PLANNING, ZONING AND BUILDING DEPARTMENT, LOCATED AT 100 AUSTRALIAN AVENUE, 4TH FLOOR, WEST PALM BEACH, FLORIDA 33406, WEEKDAYS BETWEEN THE HOURS OF 8:30 A.M. AND 5:00 P.M. INTERESTED PARTIES MAY APPEAR AT THE HEARING AND BE HEARD WITH RESPECT TO THE PROPOSED ORDINANCE. j IF A PERSON DECIDES TO APPEAL ANY DECISION MADE BY THE BOARD, AGENCY, OR COMMISSION WITH RESPECT TO ANY MATTER CONSIDERED AT SUCH A MEETING OR HEARING, HE WILL NEED A RECORD OF THE PROCEEDINGS, AND FOR SUCH PURPOSE, HE MAY NEED TO INSURE THAT A VERBATIM RECORD OF THE PROCEEDINGS IS MADE, WHICH RECORD INCLUDES THE , TESTIMONY AND EVIDENCE UPON WHICH THE APPEAL IS TO BE BASED. ALL APPEALS MUST BE FILED IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE APPLICABLE PROVISIONS OF THE PALM BEACH COUNTY UNIFIED LAND DEVELOPMENT CODE. IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE PROVISIONS OF THE ADA, THIS DOCUMENT MAY BE REQUESTED IN AN ALTERNATIVE FORMAT. AUXILIARY AIDS OR SERVICES WILL BE PROVIDED UPON REQUEST WITH AT LEAST THREE DAYS NOTICE. PLEASE CONTACT MAUREEN BARBER AT 561 -233-5204. V& ifTl ffk il HOMES. BURDINGS. PROJECTS. DESIGNS, STRUC7WJf5, WIKKX EXTERIOR, ""Sfl tfl ' W? v'Lp Jr rowtttew machinery, tools, mmi mamiais, technology, etc WVWJ nn m,: m g Kegisrer rKtt online: www.miacon.com cvuiritadc Rea j T"T .TT - .30 -2863 Fax: 305-529-92 1 7 ..m BECh CQWTv J Hospice of Palm Beach County invKes the community to come together for 6 time of sharing and healing in the celebration of the memory of loved ones. Participate in a candlelight song and Contribute to a Memory Wall with your thoughts, notes, poems or pictures. A community event in the Meyer Amphitheatre m hosted by Hospice of Palm Beach County and featuring renown Florida band, FLIGHT. lH'l M 1 A 'xW-rj: srf MMHM B,- -Ai rjr Wt lis a C Sponsored by: WPBF Channel 35 Love 94 The Palm Beach Post X, MUZAK, Sound by Bose Jones, Foster, Johnston & Stubbs, P.A. 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