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The Palm Beach Post from West Palm Beach, Florida · Page 13

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THE PALM BEACH POST WEDNESDAY, MARCH 25, 1998 13A Can't lawmakers fight insurance rate hike? w s c T in March lO.TfoW published the Op-Ed article ""Let killers appeal, but "''""''"''''v .1''. Zoo's only expansion is in serving community better not forever," by State Rep. Victor Crist, R-Temple Terrace, regarding House Bill 3175, which he claims will reduce delays in death-penalty cases. On the same day, you ran an article about an alarming increase in windstorm insurance rates ("Wind insurance rates to rise 35"). The rates will jump 27 percent to 35 percent in Palm Beach County this year, deductibles will go from 1 percent to 2 percent, and rates could rise again next year. State Insurance Commissioner Bill Nelson has fought these increases, but he seems to be getting little or no help from the Legislature. Unfortunately, some state representatives seem more interested in proposing legislation that will make them look good rather than passing laws that will protect the public. HB 3175, if passed, will probably never do much to expe- In response to the letter concerning Palm Beach Zoo (" 'Disney-izing' will ruin quiet zoo refuge," Feb. 24), we would like to set the record straight about the zoo's plans for redevelopment, f The board of directors of the Zoological Society of the Palm Beaches has been working diligently to plan the new zoo properly to ensure that it does not become "Disney-ized." ! ' A key finding in our feasibility study was the importance to the community of preserving the ' natural beauty and intimacy of this zoo's setting. ers already illegally erected and is actively keeping open the possibility of erecting more. Members of Families for Appropriate Cellular Tower Siting recently attended a school board meeting and were allowed five minutes each to speak. But a picture is worth 1,000 words: We showed the board a video of a tower collapsing onto a crushed and devastated school during Hurricane Hugo. We might as well have shown it to the family cat. The tornadoes that killed dozens of people recently in Florida reached 210 mph. These cellphone towers are simply not designed to withstand the weather to which Florida is notoriously prone. Would the school board willingly trade our kids' lives for dollars? The answer appears to be yes. Sylvia Wilson Boca Raton Support School of Americas protester The original concept for the School of the Americas might have been well- hit with unreasonable increases for windstorm coverage. Will any state representatives fight this, or are they too busy having lunch with insurance company lobbyists? Scott Bunkelmann North Palm Beach dite capital cases. This bill shows that we have politicians in Tallahassee who propose legislation solely for the purpose of pandering for votes. Meanwhile, nearly 44,000 homeowners in Palm Beach County alone are going to be Uur mission is also to serve more people with the unique experience that only a zoo can offer in teaching about animals and their place in the natural world. As to an expanded zoo, our plans include no enlargement of the physical size of the zoo within Dreher Park but only an expansion of its contributions to our com- , munity, including its education program offerings; I knew the snowbirds and tourists were here, , and I waited in a line with dozens and dozens of cars wasting gas and energy for the lines to inch forward. ; When, 45 minutes later, I g6t to the test area, I asked the person in charge how many 8-month-old cars or, for that matter, 2- or 3-year-old cars fail the test. Almost none, ever, he replied. Then why, I queried, do we have to go through this infernal examination for new or nearly new cars? Smiling, he picked up a fistful of $10 bills and waved them at me. Joseph W. Berlinger Boca Raton intentioned. Through the years, however, that concept has deteriorated. Such people as former Catholic nun Mary Earley of North Palm Beach, who willingly put themselves in the position of serving a prison term to bring if , its conservation work locally and internationally, contributing to scientific research in efforts to save . endangered species and their habitats; and its community partnerships with like-minded organizations to use, as wisely as possible, the donations it receives. ' , Being "big" can be measured in ways that have nothing to do with physical boundaries. Rolla D. Campbell Jr., president ' '' . and campaign chairman - Palm Beach Zoo at Dreher Park West Palm Beach Remember whom to call in emergency ; "When Daddies Die," by Emily J. Minor ; (March 15) wag a wonderful piece. But, after read-l ing the first paragraph, I knew I had to write to re-' mind all Post readers to call 911 first, not a friend the horrors perpetrated by graduates of the school to our atten- Ms. Earley tlon deserve our greatest re spect and support. It is frightening that Americans are put in pris on when they are fighting for what we hold so dear in this country justice. great track events that formerly took place at Lockhart? I'm sure that all of the high school athletes who looked forward to getting on the "fast track" at Lockhart are eagerly awaiting the announcement that a replacement is on the drawing board. I know that I'm hoping it will happen and soon, as the area desperately needs a quality track-and-field facility like Lockhart was! Roy Chernock Lake Worth Editor's note: Roy Chernock is a master runner and coach for the Wellington High School track team. Emissions tests have deterrent effect The Posts editorials favoring the cessation of car-emissions testing appear to be missing a salient point the deterrent effect. I remember, in the days before we had the tests, how people would drive for years with a defective exhaust system rather than spend the money to have it fixed. Now, most people will have their cars repaired before having them tested, knowing they might have to make a second trip to the testing lanes. For this reason, I feel that the low failure rate is not a fair indication of the usefulness of the emissions tests. v Sam Heiss Lake Park Tests are emitting lots of dollars In July of last year, I bought a new luxury automobile. Because I have a birthday in May, I was sent a registration renewal in March, and I went to Delray Beach to go through the usual hell of emissions testing on a car less than 8 months old. Write us I or relative, when an emergency presents itself. The response to a 911 call by an emergency medical team, who can use lights and sirens to get ; to you, is much faster than calling anyone else. ; When the team arrives, usually within minutes, it Joan Gannon Stuart Editor's note: Ms. Earley was scheduled to begin serving a six-month prison sentence Monday after being arrested with 600 other protesters in November outside the U.S. Army's controversial School of the Americas at Fort Benning, Ga. Switching to soccer leaves runners out I read with renewed dismay of the "grand" opening of the Lockhart Soccer Stadium in Fort , Lauderdale. That facility used to house the best and only championship track-and-field facility in South Florida, and now there is none! Will Jon Stoll and Ken Horowitz, the city of Fort Lauderdale and the Broward County School Board combine their efforts to find the money to develop a similar facility to again host all of the 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 can immediately start lifesaving medical care, j Please teach your children how and why to call 911 in case you are unable to do so. A retired para-! medic thanks you. I Joan E. Polesak I Boynton Beach ; Schools no place for cell towers I Despite growing evidence that schools are no i place to put cellular towers, the Palm Beach Coun-5 ty School Board is stubbornly trying to retain tow Students speak out more skilled they will be for future jobs. Students need to be taught ,fl K WHDOHir W how to use them. Many teachers Kids need motivation to aim toward graduation III hen I was in eighth If if grade, I had an edge on ! most students because I ! knew which college I wanted to I attend the University of Mich- igan and which field I wanted Students from the Engineering & Technology magnet at Forest Hill High School in West Palm Beach discuss school issues. CALL OUR NEW LOCATIONS TODAY II w - don t know how to use them, either. Students with experience using computers often have to explain them to the teacher. Teachers need to integrate computers into the curriculum. James Larson, 16 ; to go into engineering. ' Other stu- ! dents really didn't know the impor- School lacks the basics Hard to learn in a crowd f t -4 ' I think people have begun to accept school crowding as the norm and should be reminded of t?f AMERICA l tance of high ; school or ; what they ; wanted. ; Students who are not 3 successful Ms. Remmerden what a problem it is. Students are packed into classes and into the cafeteria during lunch. Some students become just another faceless number, destined to drift through school without becoming prepared for life. With over 5G stores nationwide, we offer the all-natural and safe way to lose weight and keep it off Y ) Our school is wonderful, but we could use a few things to make it a better place. First, the school needs a paint job. Carpets in the classrooms are smelly and dirty, and many ceiling tiles have water stains. Also, we need a track. When we have physical education, we have to run under the bleachers and on little sidewalks covered with grass. Students who try out for track should have an opportunity to run on a real track. Albert Pavon, 16 Magnet needs computers Our school has a great library but a very small cafeteria W I . . f I . - i Ryan Wolf, 16 x v. s - i h-r ) r Lunch hour so uncivilized School lunch periods need to J have not had the importance of ; high school stressed by teachers ; while they are in middle school. I feel so strongly about this ', that I am starting an organiza-3 tion of volunteer students who 3 will go to middle schools to 3 speak about the importance of '. graduating from high school. ; This organization will prepare . students to approach high . school in a positive way. Michelle Remmerden, 16 : Staying in school crucial Fewer than 60 percent of kids in the United States end up ; getting a high school diploma. 3 Of those who drop out, only 6 ; percent get a general equivalen-3 cy diploma. Most of these kids will never reach their goals. Jimmy Barkley, 16 be longer. When the lunch Den rings, there are hundreds of people in the line. People from the farthest buildings are the last in line and will spend more than a half-hour waiting. We need a longer lunch period or five lines serving the food. Mi Jin Jeon, 16 Auditorium would be nice I don't see any improvement in anyone's education at my FIT AMKRICA's unique, 100 NATURAL NO DIET SYSTEM is, by far, the most sensible w eight loss program ever! Combined with our unlimited, onc-on-onc counseling, Fit America is the perfect plan for weight loss throughout the . country. FIT AMERICA was developed by a doctor and contains no drugs or chemicals. Consisting ofl4 all-natural herbs and minerals, it is contained in capsule form and is taken before meals. With FIT AMERICA, there is no dieting - you lose weight eating your ow n favorite foods and you only pay for the all -natural capsules. Whether your weight loss goal is 10, 20, 50 pounds or more, this is the program for vou. Consultatioas are FREE and new customers are alwavs welcome to walk-in WITHOUT AN AITOINTMENT. 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Computers have been put in classes, but not a sufficient number. The earlier kids get started on computers, the ft i t Speak out Middle school and high school teachers interested in having their classes participate may call Sharon Honne at (561) 8204741 (fax 82CM728). Students may mail letters to: Students Speak Out The Palm Beach Post P.O. Box 24700 West Palm Beach, FL 33416-4700 J Kendal) I " I SO? 271 8110 The dictionaries in the Engineering & Technology Academy are beaten up, don't have covers and have pages missing. Isn't lottery money supposed to help us out? Also, we don't have an auditorium. We have to use our gym as an auditorium, which is sad. Natasha Seneca, 16 Hollywood iV54i Vol 5033 Siinris iV54 74V OW5 Fort Lauderdale iV54 771 OMK l.HiyTompno 'V54, 7S3 (KKI2 Boca Rjton i56l i 4S7 5515 Dclrav Beach 5M -';5 V Lake Worth (561 s6V 2221 West Palm Beach (561 4"8 1446 Tort St. Lucie 561 335 4V1V H.ilcah (5o5 i 557-4W3 Avcnrur .505 V52 ' Dcbi Davis. Founder I T

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