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PBA: Police officers make mistakes, just as anyone does . . .... 1 i kpsidpnts of Palm Beach Countv are fortunate lll.JJ -! Ill, 'that the editors of The Palm Beach Post and hpriff Rnh Neumann are not chareed with - mX r lV . -. V Ll 1 legislating the punishment for traffic infractions, misdemeanors and felonies. The March 18 editorial "Good policy no lie" stated that police officers who lie, whether to a fellow officer or anyone else, should lose their capacity to be part of any police force. If one compared the various punishments of these incidents with the sheriffs outlandish position on lying, we would have perpetrators of infrac- 1 1r , - L 1LJ UT-' s r n "1 r " 1,' 1 - - Jt, , ' s UUI1S dliu u3uliiiu"vi crimes receiving the death penalty. Is this what the public wants? The position of the sheriff regarding lying has no room for mitigating circumstances. In his eyes, everything is black and white, this public schools education quality level is so iuw u these are the types of people school officials have hired to teach our children. . Michael Clark West Palm Beach Take stand to protect water supply Recent articles about the proposed construction alongside the West Palm Beach Water Catchment Area have been getting my attention. Our . fresh water is precious to all who live in West , Palm Beach. . . - I urge The Post and our county commissioners to take a closer look at this one. Possible harm to 1 our water supply is not worth any gain we might ' receive from the construction. I urge all Palm Beach County residents to op- ; pose any further destruction of our environment. . . We must save it for our children to enjoy as we do;; now. 1 Norman Keller West Palm Beach All drivers should have to know English Spanish-speaking truck drivers are suing the : : state of Florida because they haven't bothered to ' learn the language? I believe every U.S. citizen or anyone applying for citizenship should be required to know "sufficient" English. I wonder whether Cuba or Mexico offers an English version of their .-driver tests? What happens when a Spanish-speaking driver, is involved in an accident, and a discussion with ' the police is necessary? Do they call in an inter- , ,;. prefer? I thought a lot of drivers were selfish jerks,-but maybe they just don't know the rules of the y road. The Florida driver exam should be offered ui English only. Those stopped who can't speak and read "sufficient" English should be fined and their licenses suspended until they can comply. ' Profits from this would pay for free English ;-classes for anyone interested. But I'll bet the class:. es would be empty. Harry Wood house Palm Beach Gardens - Si. : DAVID LANE1998 STAFF FILE PHOTO Roughly 3 million gallons of water per minute churn through the St. Lucie locks on March 2. Water managers increased the flow last week as Lake Okeechobee's level remained high. No time to study overwhelmed plumbing sheriff does not consider an employee's work performance, importance of the lie or the employee's responsibility to provide for his or her family. .; The Police Benevolent Association does not support any officer who would perjure himself in court, falsify a police record to arrest a person or give false testimony under oath. An officer who .commits such a violation deserves termination. .,. ; The Post and Sheriff Neumann must realize that police officers are human. They make mistakes, just like anyone. That is why we have juries to decide on the criminal cases brought by the state attorney. That is why legislators developed various degrees of crimes and mandated punishments for each degree. Deputies must have an independent review panel that will consider the seriousness of the offense and advise on a just punishment. Ernest W. George, president Palm Beach County Police Benevolent Association West Palm Beach Accusers' conduct unbecoming, too ' ' ' The travesty of the court-martial of former Sgt. Maj. Gene McKinney is that those who have not served in the military and the neophyte press failed to look beyond the public spectacle and view the five Army accusers as they is high. Extinction is a terrible word, but it has been happening for millions of years. The original Master Planner said the water should go south. Who are we to question Him? This problem has been going on for more than 30 years. Solutions include restoring the Kissimmee River, western retention ponds and some kind of filtration for the water. A few years from now, the Cape Sable sparrow may or may not still be with us. But remember, El Nino will return, and the devastating cycle will begin again. We have had plenty of studies and re-studies. The time for action is now. Bruce Burr Hobe Sound The March 12 article "High-water crisis pits birds against people" reported that fresh water released from swollen Lake Okeechobee has been creating havoc in our coastal estuaries and on our beaches. Who is to blame? Years ago, planners decided they had a better idea as to where the water should go. They drained, diked and diverted the water away from its natural southerly flow. Now the Everglades is dying, Florida Bay is being starved of fresh water, and we have a mess on both coasts resulting from these actions. There also is the matter of about 200 Cape Sable sparrows. These tiny birds are extremely endangered and cannot nest when the water really are. All are highly trained, experienced noncommissioned officers, including two sergeant majors and three sergeants. These well-trained, highly ranked non-coms each knew, or should have known, exactly what the procedures were, according to Army regulations. For obvious personal reasons, none did what any well-trained service person should -V i ii dMti Write us 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 McKinney sure the defendant in this case was guilty. The third-grade teacher said she did not understand why a person is presumed innocent until proven guilty in the U.S. court system or why the defendant was not responsible for proving his innocence. She also said she did not want to serve on the jury since the case might last beyond 5 p.m., and she did not want to bother her husband with having to pick up their child from day care. As a former high school and college educator, I was embarrassed at the lack of civic concern for serving on a jury and was even more appalled at the attitude of these teachers. It is no wonder the do in similar circumstances. lected for an alleged driving under the influence of alcohol case. One of the prospective jurors was a retired Palm Beach County schoolteacher; another was a third-grade teacher. The defense lawyer asked would-be jurors whether they could keep an open mind as to the guilt or innocence of his client, even though he had been arrested and charged with the crime. The retired teacher said he would not be able to have an open mind. He said it was his experience, after teaching school for many years, that if a student was accused of doing something wrong, that usually meant the student was guilty. So he was Louis P. Sigel Jr. Palm City This jury pool truly an uninformed one I recently was called to serve jury duty in Palm Beach County. Twelve prospective jurors were se- n i'Wii ii'nmiiMi Date: April 25, 1998 K-12 Grades $10 Cost: iff riTrA ml 1Mb Ull ROLLER SKATING ROLLFR HOCKEY SOCCER STREET HOCKEY SWIMMING TAEKWONDO TENNIS TRACK & FIELD VOLLEYBALL WINDSURFING WRESTLING BASEBALL BASKETBALL BEACH HANDBALL CANOEKAYAK FIELD HOCKEY FENCING FOOTBALL GOLF GYMNASTICS LACROSSE RACQUETBALL ... . Si r1 ISi V Palm Beach County's Newspaper For, About, and By Kids V KIDS! Deadline: April 10,T998 location: Dwyer High p School - i f ' 13601 N. Military Trail Palm Beach Gardens, FL (2 miles north of PCA Blvd on Military frail) REGISTRATION INFORMATION Entries received after APRIL 10 will be accepted on space available basis only. Each registrant should list 10 sport choices (label from 1 to 10) and will be assigned first 6 available sessions. Sports sessions are assigned on a first come first served basis. Sessions with an are two hours long and equal two sessions. A confirmation and schedule' of the sports you have selected will be mailed to all participants who register by the April 10th deadline. All children should wear tennis shoes, shorts, sunscreen and t-shirt. Additional clothingequipment needed, noted by sport in BOLD on the registration form below. Please refer any registration questions to Nancy Salomonsky, at 561233-1019. Festival Schedule 7:30-9:00 am Packet Pick-Up Dwycr High School 9:00 - 9:43m Opening Ceremonie Blum SUdiunVDHS 9:55-1 2:05pm Sports Session! All venues 1 1KK) -2:00pm Carnival Midway Opened Dwyer HS Courtyard .... , 12:05 -1:05pm Lunch Break Concessions Available . ' 1.-05-5:35pm Sport Sessions . All Venues Carnival of Sports Midway ' The Coca-Cola "Midway" will be open for the entire family to en joy variety of activities. Meet the mascots from your favorite professional team; play uiterac-tive games and get autographs1' from celebrity guests. Concessions wilt be available a' a charge. - Festival Format 22 sports have been selected for this year's Festival. The majority of the sports will have an introductory clinic and skills review prior to the competitive aspect. Each athlete vyilf havean opportunity to participate in different sports sessions. The Unified Youth Sports Festival is open to ah Palm Beach County students, K-12. Age divisions, level of skills and equipment. vary with each sport. ' Opening Ceremonies Participants are encouraged to arrive early and participate in the Opening Ceremonies. The Olympic-style Celebration will consist of The Palm Beach Post Parade of Athletes ( all registered Festival participants), torch lighting, musical entertainment and special slips is. Hey Sports kids, "I NEED A NAME! I m the Official Mascot ot me falm Ueacn Lounty Sports Institute. I light the fire of sports and carry a flame for sportsmanship and fitness for the ' youth of Palm Beach County! Send in my All sportt will Ufre pace jt Dwyer High School, except CanoeKyk an Windsurfing which will be held at lake Catherine and Swimming which will take place at the North County Aqtlatk Center. Transportation will be provided from Dwyer High School for these activities. name with your festival Registration Form below. The winner will win a 19' color TV and be announced at this year's Festival The MaHint Foundation at Ofening Ceremonies! Kidzette newspaper wants to hear from you! Kidzette is written by elementary and middle school students, guided by a Kids Board of Directors and published in partnership with The Palm Beach Post. Each month, during the school year, Kidzette is read by more than 30,000 students. Our reporters have interviewed professional athletes, popular TV and movie stars, and favorite authors! They've been backstage at the Kravis Center, in the dugout at Marlins games, and at press conferences with names you wouldn't believe! If you would like to be a part of Kidzette, plan to join us for our monthly meeting of the Kids Board of Directors for the 97-95 school year. Wednesday. April 1. 1995 3:30 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. In the Auditorium at The Palm Beach Post If you would like to write for Kidzette, please send your completed articles to the address below - or call us for story Ideas. 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