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The Palm Beach Post from West Palm Beach, Florida · Page 851

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THE PALM BEACH POST SUNDAY, MARCH 29, 1998 MSL 4E 'M PBA: Police officers make mistakes, just as anyone does .i i i.. ,,.,1lh7 Imrol is sn InwTf "j kesidents of Palm Beach County are fortunate that the editors of The Palm Beach Post and 'Sheriff Bob Neumann are not charged with ft- -. -J , .r- f ,.ir i- ( K 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 jl ii-MS,.. .....v.... ik. -- r " V tions and misdemeanor 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 GEDDEQ PUDIIC SCnOOlS CUUL4UU1I quauijr .v.. V these are the types of people school officials have . hired to teach our children. Michaeiclar West Palm Beach Take stand to protect water supply Recent articles about the proposed construc tion alongside the West Palm Beach Water Catchment Area have been getting my attention. Our ,v. ; fresh water is precious to all who live in West f c . Palm Beach. . . I urge The Post and our county commissioners to take a closer look at this one. Possible harm to; our water supply is not worth any gain we might receive from the construction. ! ; I urge all Palm Beach County residents to oppose any further destruction of our environment We must save it for our children to enjoy as we do ' nw- i ill. Norman Keller West Palm Beach All drivers should have to know English Spanish-speaking truck drivers are suing the ri' state of Florida because they haven't bothered to learn the language? I believe every U.S. citizen or, -r 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? V. 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-o' preter? I thought a lot of drivers were selfish jerks; but maybe they just don't know the rules of the road. The Florida driver exam should be offered in 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 J. r, classes for anyone interested. But I'll bet the classr es would be empty. ' . Harry Woodhouse Palm Beach Gardens 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 . 1 l A .. U ... . 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 --- '. -, tne live Army accusei s as mcy 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- . . ill Write us 7ie 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 verifh-, cation. 'Open letters' or letters addressed -to a third party will not be published. Our addresses: Letters to the Editor The Palm Beach Post . Martin County Bureau 2101 S. Kanner Highway Stuart, FL 34994 Fax: (561) 287-0241 Internet: letterspbpost.com McKinney trained service person snouia 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 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 do in similar circumstances. 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 i i ii 1 1 1 1 1 n ROLLER SKAFINC April 25, 1998 Date: K-12 Grades $10 Cost; BAStBAU BASKETBALL BEACH HANDBALL CANOEKAYAK FIELD HOCKEY FENCING FOOTBALL GOLF GYMNASTICS Deadline April T&v W?a ; location: Dwyer High p ROLLER HOCKEY SOCCER STREET HOCKEY SWIMMINC TAEKWONDO TENNIS TRACK & FIELD VOLLEYBALL WINDSURFING WRESTLING School LACROSSE RACOUETBALL . V Palm Beach County's Newspaper For, About, and By Kids V KIPS! 13601 N. Military Trail Palm Beach Gardens, FL (2 miles north of PGA Blvd on Military Trail) 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 a (-shirt. Additional clothing'equipment needed, noted by sport in BOLD on (he registration form below. Please refer any registration questions to Nancy Salomonsky, at 561233-1019. Festival Schedule 7:30- 9:00 am Packet Pick-Up Dwyer High School 9:00 - 9:45am Opening Ceremonies Blum StadiumDHS 9:55-1 2:05pm Sports Sessions All venues 11 KM) -2:00pm Carnival Midway Opened Dwyer HS Courtyard . . 12:05 -1:05pm Lunch Break Concessions Available 1K)5-5:35pn Sport Sessions' All Venues ' Carnival of Sports Midway The Coca-Cola "Midway? wilt be open for the entire family to enjoy a 'variety of activities. Meet the mascots from your favorite professional team; play interactive games and get autographs from celebrity guests. Concessions will 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 irWroductory .clinic and skills review prior to the competitive aspect. Each athlete wilt have an opportunity to participate 1h different sports sessions. The Unified Youth Sports Festival is open to aH PatJiYi 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 guests. Hey Sports kids, "I SEED A NAME!- I'm the Official Mascot of the Pklm Beach County Sports Institute. I light the firt of sports and carry All sports will Ute place! Dwyer High School, except CinoeKaynk in Windsurfing which will be held at Ltke Catherine ind Swimming which will take place at the North County Aquatic Center. Transportation will be provided from Dwyer High School for these activities. a flame for sportsmanship ana ntness tor tne youth of Palm Beach County! Send in my Kidzette newspaper wants to hear from you! KMzette 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 ZO.OOO 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. 199B 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. Kidzette P.O. 3ox 7523 West Palm Beach FL 33405 name with your Festival Kegistration rorm below. The winner wtll win a 19' color TV and be announced at this year's festival at Opening Ceremonies!' Th MaHirss Foundation BUDGET A yj5 ii ns J Ynu can ako look for bottle-toppers in local ttTW The Blum Foundation Coca-Cola retail outlets to send in a name! .- YOU MUST tt UNIX 18 TorAtTKrm Supported By The School District of Palm Beach County Mascot name Registration Form Participant Information last Hjme Firamr Address CUV Phone Slate AdukSies: Adull Sues: T-ShntSirt: CMdrensL M l A AiemoanOiy TV Newspaper lwillbeaWeopaftiriate(ptea9eche.ione): AH Dav MoiCH How dwu hear about tie festival (nleasedwdc oner. School Rta&Rec or call (561) 659-6334 Please list (he lirst 10 vcns you would lice to pamnpate in by numbering vour chotres mm 1 (highest) to 10 iloweso. Sessions will be assifpied on a first nome. fiml seme basis. BAMBll H H HANOBMl CANOtHVJl HUD HlXUV ft SONG tOOt&Alt- GXf CVMSAStlCS UV R'lSSl ccp.rtAU nTJUaSkAIMC auusiMucKnr StK UR sngtT mxTKPr SWIMMINC lSii.WOS(XJ TfNNU TRWJK I f HID VOtl(&4H S WtNTVSlWMG I X Published in partnership with L Are you tegisering wh a goup (Please lisu , . Please fat school you anend rtieol lh 'Jl?JZ Bh rr Ur.W W, Spo M. I . I wafve snr and ail cj"w Hlmv- TIZTZ Courtv Spons William 1. Dwver Hh Sthoot Cv o. fm Beach Cnfcr L Ucfed You Spom hi tor any and all trfTrt or he ariequalely in physical oomition turBoo r evn Sied jre a legal uaniian eqmmii fmi-fMrt Mt under I A scv bitty f $10 (.ndudes pa-fepaton m b session- and t-sh.rt, LVach entry form with payment to: Mm Bead, County Sports Inste, 1 555 Palm Be lak Wvd. Suite 1410, West Pah, Beady fl 33401 (checfa made payable to MCSD 5.1 733-1 OH. anrtidhdMiiTeanrtiiirr ft m M m m is 0 4Saa.ji a a a .4

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