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The Palm Beach Post from West Palm Beach, Florida · Page 15

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VV O I I 1 1 inUlVI ULHVI I I wvJ I I -i-U'n ir ",w" ' ' Too many are judging Clinton too soon J ,4, , 2M Accept only district's tests in placing 'gifted' students I, like so many others who watched Kathleen Willey answer Ed Bradley's questions on 60 Minutes, was inclined to believe her. The next day, however, I put away my emotional side and allowed my analytical side, coupled with my life experiences, to take over. I first wanted to know why I was so ready to believe. The answer was quite simple: She was poised, charming, good-looking, charismatic, didn't "look" like a liar, was a Democrat and didn't appear to have a reason to tell a lie. Maybe something did happen in the office that day. We will never know, because it is a he-said, she-said scenario. Why, then, should I, or anyone else, believe Ms. Willey and destroy the president? Is this fair? When all the facts are in, the American public will judge Mr. Clinton, and his popularity will fall if he is guilty. I will reserve my judgment till then and hope that those who are hell-bent on destroying the president will do the same. George F. Duffy North Palm Beach Iiversity is one of America's greatest strengths. Public schools are expected to bring young 'citizens of diverse cultures together to build i artinclusive and tolerant society. Yet African- mentalists want to propose a similar amendment ? Joseph G. Saide Wellington Masilotti still good (Republican) mayor I have been a registered Democrat for all of my voting life. But sometimes I had to switch my vote because I could not support certain candidates. Could it be that the Florida Democratic Party could not fit in the "long-range agenda" of Royal Palm Beach Mayor Tony Masilotti? He must certainly have goals he would like Arhericans, Hispanics and non-Hispanic white students who come from the lower end of the socioeconomic scale are significantly underrepresented in the Palm Beach County schools' gifted programs. r " Perhaps well-heeled parents who want more for their tax dollars like to find "liberal" private psychologists who prove their children to be "gifted" (for a price) in order to place them in smaller, and Ms. Moffitt have a "new" attitude. Q111I23 'A IJUJL3 to achieve in his political career, and maybe to achieve his goals, he had to switch parties. This bit about being "loyal" to any particular party just to remain a "party man" may be contrary to his true intentions of what he may want to see for bet- jf HOtBS lit V- A ) pom, 1 more challenging classes, safely segregated from the mainstream student population. This is the equivalent of a private-school education at taxpayer expense, and it comes at the expense of less affluent families who can't af- Their attitude has not changed they have alp. ways wanted a qualified city manager and honest government. Despite The Post's unrelenting negative press, Riviera Beach voters, east and west, reaffirmed f their confidence and trust in Ms. Confrey and Ms. Moffitt by returning them to office on March 10. In this country, we are innocent until proved guilty, ; . and that applies to all who are accused. It is the re-!" sponsibility of The Post to adhere to this principle. ' Maxine A. Wyatt , Riviera Beach ; LA, A. ter government in Florida. LJk k Wl I may disagree with many Mr. Masilotb' things that the Republican Party supports, but I know that Tony fJrd to "buy" their children's way into programs '. f()the gifted via outside independent tests. ! If Superintendent Joan Kowal and the school board want to be serious about ensuring that all ra-: cial, ethnic and economic groups are equitably represented in the district's gifted programs, they niust stop accepting the results of private IQ tests. They should require that all testing for gifted programs be conducted by the Palm Beach County Write us But maybe they all think alike: Rep. Barry Silver, D-Boca Raton, in a radio interview proclaimed turtle eggs have more of a right to life than aan unborn baby. Don't worry, kids, if you make it to delivery, we'll give you health insurance. Frank Barba Lake Worth Prostitution openly plied on corridor Is prostitution legal in suburban Lake Worth? I drive the Lake Worth Road corridor (in unincorporated Palm Beach County) to Second Avenue every day to reach my job. It never fails that I see at least one prostitute hying to flag down cars. We live in the very scary time of the AIDS virus. I hate to see the moral decline of Lake Worth. If we accept illegal activity, it will continue. Why don't we all get together and clean up our streets? Amanda R. Bassingthwaite Lake Worth Where's Confrey, Moffitt outrage? The March 11 editorial "Say no to settlement," which opposed settling a lawsuit against the Palm Beach County School District, stated there were "outrageous claims" against former Superintendent Monica Uhlhorn and that none of them was proved to be true. Claims made against Riviera Beach council members Marge Confrey and Marilyn Moffitt were just as outrageous and untrue. But never once did The Post suggest that the claims made against them were outrageous. The Post commented in the Feb. 27 editorial "No choice in Riviera" that perhaps Ms. Confrey School District s own psychologists. Scott Gurmankin Boca Raton No need for penny-per-pound tax Masilotti is a "people politician." His work as mayor proves that. Let me ask: Would President Truman have been a different president had he been a Republican? Would Richard Nixon have been more honest had he been a Democrat? Mayor Masilotti would still be the same "people politician" no matter his party affiliation. Turncoat does not apply here. Charles Giglio Royal Palm Beach Want to help kids? Ban late abortions On the front page recently was a picture of Gov. Chiles leading a group of children to the floor of the Florida Legislature, where he proceeded to give a speech on the state of the state. In his speech, he explained how some of the money taken from the tobacco companies should be spent on health insurance for the children. If he and others in Tallahassee are so worried about children's health, why did he veto the bill that bans partial-birth abortion? Seems to me, children's health and abortion are at odds. The Palm Beach Post welcomes letters ; from readers. All letters are subject to editing for brevity and clarity. Even e-mail and faxed letters must include the writer's name, address and daytime telephone number. You may receive a phone call for verification. 'Open letters' or letters addressed to a third party will not be published. Our addresses: Letters to the Editor The Palm Beach Post P.O. Box 24700 West Palm Beach, FL 33416-4700 Fax: (561) 820-4728 Internet: letterspbpost.com I was appalled to read that the environmentalists are again considering campaigning for a constitutional amendment to levy a penny-per-pound tax on Florida sugar. It was only two years ago that the people of our s: ate defeated this proposal, and it is my understanding that, according to the South Florida Wa-tcjr Management District, the amount of phosphorus draining from the farms into the Everglades has dropped an average of 51 percent in each of the past three years. So why, just one year later, would the environ- ffiL$Aj tkt benefits of tkt HearAll Network r It h. v ... .VV - From Anyone Else. 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