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THE PALM BEACH POST MONDAY, MARCH 30, 1998 15A w s c T Start vehicle tests that do some good: Inspect for safety 1' alm Beach Post staff writer Matt Reed's article "Is emissions testing really just hot air?" (March 1) was very good. I feel that PBIA isn't going to go away, so compromise on the noise " I t- J! i '' ' " iuring the past month, The Post has printed several letters from people supporting airport n those tests are a waste of time and money. Trucks and buses, which are exempt from the tests, emit much more pollution than automobiles. I would suggest returning to safety inspections, which were being done when I moved to this area in 1978. Then, one didn't see vehicles with tailpipes dragging, broken headlights, broken taillights with red cellophane taped over them and cardboard tags in rear windows. Safe vehicles are much more important than making sure pollution controls are working, I believe. William T. White Riviera Beach 'growth. These letters have said that home for killing his dog with a baseball bat, but if you really would like to help and adopt a no-longer-appreciated dog (or cat), try the local animal shelter. Maybe you can save one of the 200 to 300 animals put to death every week. Lynda Black Loxahatchee owners near Palm Beach International Airport knew full well that noise would be a problem before they purchased their properties. Unfortunately Jhe issue is not so simple. We all knew the airport was close by. In fact, PBIA regularly places ads in The Palm Beach Post Outlining the areas most affected by airplane noise. Strict guidelines were set up years ago to protect ineighborhoods and allow homeowners and real-festate agents to make reasonable assumptions 1 about the areas affected. Reagan didn't build Japan's economy I was puzzled after reading the Feb. 28 letter "Industry may extol Reagan, but I don't," which compared President Clinton's faults to President Reagan's immorality. Jay Leno might say, "Pardon me whose immorality?" If the writer really wants to credit someone for having made Japan a world leader, then thank Gary Rogers takes the driver's $10 fee after doing an emissions inspection. Florida legislators are considering proposals to scale back or end the program. HEATHER SELWITZ1997 STAFF FILE PHOTO The airport, however, often deviates from its own protocols. Since January, the number of airplanes off the prescribed flight path has significantly increased. The number of complaints has increased so QHD33 i ,.: ... i President Truman, who, at the request of Gen. Douglas Mac-Arthur, sent W. Edwards Dem-ing, one of the world's best experts on quality production, to Japan in the 1940s and '50s. Actually, that wasn't so bad, because much of our quality today resulted from competition. Ronald Reagan is criticized because he once applied a federal law to a strike. Isn't that what he's supposed to do? Mr. Tru park for dogs as long as there is ample space for the dogs to run around and swim. After all, that's the reason most of them are there. In the meantime, I suggest that if some people are really disturbed by the dogs, they should head , north to Carlin Park or south of Jupiter, where canines are forbidden. John O'Shaughnessy Jupiter m mm Mr. Reagan man did. Ike did. Give Mr. Reagan some credit. He defeated communism without a single shot. Not bad when you compare him with LBJ, who took our men and women to slaughter in a war he knew we could not win. Now, there's no more Cold War, no more nuclear threat and no more Soviet Union. Joe Niamtu Jr. West Palm Beach The school district is constantly crying over money. It boggled my mind when I learned that the board hired an out-of-county law firm to appeal for a simple height variance for this tower. Wouldn't it be cheaper in fact, cost nothing for the school board to apply for a city height variance? Private attorneys charge exorbitant hourly rates plus lodging and travel expenses. Again, school board members are playing politics with taxpayers' money. Can't they put their egos aside and go through the zoning process? Boca Raton has granted height variances to the schools before. The school board is not above the law. Spend the money that would be wasted on legal fees where it will benefit the children most on books. Rosita Brown Boca Raton Humans' messes are worse than dogs' I have read with interest all the letters about the problems people are having with dogs on the beach at Jupiter. In most cases, the arguments are about the messes these animals are leaving behind. My question to these unhappy people is, "How much 'people trash' do they have to step over before they get to these dog messes?" You know, the beer and soda cans, plastic bags and used condoms that are left at every entrance and on the beach by all the humans who mindlessly pollute our area every day and night. I have no problem with a designated area or i much that the noise Abatement office The Post touted in the editorial .'More noise than facts" is unable to keep up. PBIA will not be moved in the near future, but neither will the people living around it. Palm 5each County's commissioners should reject parochial interests and consider the needs of all parties hi this dispute. That's what good leadership is about. PBIA should follow its own rules regarding Jlight paths, study other airports' efforts to reduce poise and abandon overly ambitious expansion flans, including cargo and long-distance charter ights.'This increase in air traffic would be of marginal benefit to the local economy, i It would be best if all sides could forge a compromise that accepts the necessity for a regional jirport dedicated to serve the community, decreases its impact on its neighbors and lets PBIA grow tn a limited fashion. 5 Samuel Lederman, president I El Cid Neighborhood Association West Palm Beach ffelp save dogs from the ultimate abuse I address this letter to all those who feel the same way as the writer of the letter "Heartless cruelty to dog was avoidable" (March 8). I agree that Timothy Allen Kraft should be jailed a long time 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 Schools wasting money on tower appeal I attended the code enforcement hearing at Boca Raton City Hall when the Palm Beach County School District was found in violation of the city's height restrictions for the ITV tower at Omni Middle School. Boca Raton gave the district four choices to correct the violation: pay daily fines; remove the tower; apply for a zoning height variance; or reduce the height of the towers to 65 feet. So why did school board attorney Cynthia Pretty-man present to board members only the first two? I i I I Hlk. 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