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w s C THE PALM BEACH POST WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 3, 1997 19A uss- i . , , ; Q 1 Jl (J T Children's Services Council wise to support Compass I was dismayed to read the obviously ill-informed letter "Now that Compass is 'out,' cut off cash," regarding the Palm Beach County Children's Services Council's donations to Compass. Compass was established in 1992 to promote physical, mental, emotional and spiritual health in the gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgendered community. Many different programs accomplish this, including HIV health services and a variety of support and social services. The teen program, HOPE, which the writer seems to be concerned with, is supported in part Agency. Concert Hall At Mizner Park, or CHAMP, is a leasing agentmanagement company, not a cultural entity. You feel there "is a big question as to whether this campaign could be used to block the CHAMP deal at this late date." When, exactly, was an early date? The CRA entered into lease negotiations virtually overnight with no public hearing. Sally Stewart Boca Raton Trump's greed will destroy good habitat My wife, while reading a recent Metro Report item, exclaimed, "He's done it again!" The reference was to our new-found neighbor, Donald China's abuse of its people can't be excused , : QSJuSIS gsgiB gboosb by the CSC because HOPE provides free counseling and education services to teens and their families who are struggling with sexual orientation issues. Forty percent of the teens at HOPE attempt suicide before they China today still is in the dark dawn of civilization, creating within its Great Wall only chaos and fury among the Chinese people. 4 The fault is not just in the stars but within the Great Wall. China is a nation divorced from the value of human life. Lloyd E. Punster Lake Worth The writer of the letter "China not worst human rights violator" does not think the United States should pick on China only for the suppression of human rights. But all peoples are deserving of the dignity of life. Jiang Zemin is repeating history with a convoluted mentality and a cultural insanity. '! i n IZL'T'S i i Trump, who was just granted permits that will allow him to "damage 22 acres of wetlands and draw 480,000 gallons of water a day for a $40 million golf course he plans south of Palm Beach International Airport." I'm sure he has the best interests of residents, their children and future occupants of Palm Beach County in mind when he plans his schemes to further increase his net worth. Mr. Trump and large, is tasteless and prone to titillation. ' If the columnist has another salvo in mind, its earliest publication would be greatly appreciated, ti since I'm afraid once will never be enough. i J John L Sline: West Palm Beach Write us residents in Indian Spring Gate 1 and Brookside will no longer be part of Indian Spring, which is in the unincorporated county. How residents east of the E-3 Canal will face the future, since they now get water from the Village of Golf, which maintains that it has a perpetual contract, is unanswerable. The village has everything to lose. It is inconceivable, that any resident west of Boynton Beach would vote to approve annexation. For years, I have unsuccessfully tried to convince groups that the time is ripe for incorporation of a village of Indian Spring or a city of West Boynton Beach. More than 30 years ago, Golf was incorporated for the benefit of its owner and residents. It is not too late to incorporate before the "monster" city of Boynton Beach overreaches. Warren Freedman Boynton Beach Bravo for salvo at tasteless media I have silently agreed and disagreed with The Palm Beach Post's editorials over the years. But I must laud the Nov. 15 column of Stebbins Jefferson ("Kitty, Seymour bowl gutter balls") and compliment her uncompromising abandon in criticizing the news Establishment's use of vulgar, profane and salacious news and its pointedly pandering, intrusive practices to attract a public that, by Will environmentalists and other concerned people stand by and allow the arrogant Mr. Trump to destroy natural land on which we and wildlife depend for survival, and trade it for short-term profit? I hope not! Lou Walton Juno Beach We demonize Iraq but not Libya, Syria Proverb: Those whom God wishes to destroy, he first makes mad." This explains the singular de-monization of Saddam Hussein even though his counterparts in Iran, Libya and Syria are also in the weapons of mass destruction business. The irony is that the United States wears the mantle of the United Nations in spite of the fact that it has not paid dues to the U.N. for several years. Apparently, Egypt, France and Russia, among others, do not feel their security deeply threatened, given that severe sanctions on the sale of oil have diminished Iraq's ability to provide for the basic needs of its people, let alone for the kind of arsenal imagined by our Pentagon experts. America, we are being had, as we were in 1991, by greedy oil interests and a frustrated president. Irving Gold reach Compass. HOPE is designed to prevent teens, through guidance by psychotherapists, from choosing drugs or death. The idea that teens come to Compass against their parents' wishes is also erroneous. More than 75 percent of the teens come to HOPE with parental permission. HOPE is audited regularly by CSC to ensure that it is providing appropriate services. CSC has wisely determined that this program fills a void in social services for teens. Finally, the writer alleges that Compass and HOPE inculcate teens with some "homosexual agenda." Nothing could be further from the truth. Teens are encouraged to be honest and self-loving. They are also guided to make healthy choices. Compass has had detractors since it began to provide services to gay youth. But none of these critics has ever come to Compass to speak with the counselors or staff. Keith Allen Piatt West Palm Beach Editor's note: Keith Allen Piatt, a licensed clinical social worker at Compass, is founder of the HOPE program. Boca must obey law on land giveaway Anyone in Boca Raton who dares to express an opinion contrary to the 4-1 city council voting bloc is accustomed to being called a naysayer, an obstructionist, uninformed and, now by The Post, a "do-nothing." Yes, as The Post said in the editorial "End Mizner obsession," I have fought Mizner Park for a decade. When the bait-and-switch was pulled less than two weeks after the original referendum, my level of trust diminished significantly. Bigger is not better unless, however, you feel that going from an $11 million surplus to more than $200 million in debt is better for Boca Raton. The Posts incorrect description of the petition we are circulating is quite misleading. The land in question at Mizner Park is owned by residents of Boca Raton, not the Community Redevelopment The Palm Beach Post welcomes letters , from readers. All letters are subject to edit-; -ing for brevity and clarity. Even e-mail and faxed letters must include the writer's name, address and daytime telephone num-, ber. You may receive a phone call for verifi- . cation. 'Open letters' or letters addressed . , to a third party will not be published. Our ad-, dresses: 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 Jupiter Beat Boynton at its game: Incorporate! The ignoble efforts of Boynton Beach officials to annex lands to the west in order to raise revenue to pay the city's enormous bills must be resisted not only by residents in those areas but also by local businesses that will suffer from an enormous tax burden that will be imposed on all residents. Setting the line at the E-3 Canal means that all Students speak out More room for learning ness and wiping sweat from my forehead and neck. Get a sneak preview of this week's values. t such an overpopulated Becca Morse, 15 i school as Wellington, some classes have as many as 40 What's it like to go to class in a portable? Students from Wellington High School respond. students. It is hard to concen -"- " " i ' t '1" I trate because of this overload. Teachers are not able to assist students on a one-on-one basis. For this reason, portables are a great way to expand the and have a good purpose. If classes are packed, we need more space. Portables seem to be very private, and some students like going to them. Others hate that they are separated from the other classrooms. But there is no reason not to have them. Keisha Haslam, 17 Conditions not so bad I haven't been in a portable since sixth grade, but it wasn't , Leznoff Ms. Portables' pluses add up For three consecutive years here, I have had a class in a portable. There are many pros and cons, but I agree with having portables. They are a lot warmer than regular classrooms, which are so cold and uncomfortable that your concentration becomes focused on the temperature. Another plus is that since the rooms are outside, it draws kids out of the building hallways, making them less crowded. Mark Rosenthal, 16 No effect on education Last year, I spent a few hours each day inside portables. My experience was OK. Other than the freezing temperatures I sat through, I was satisfied with the education I received. Inevitably, there are negative aspects to portables. There isn't any overhang between them, so on rainy days, you could be forced to sit for two hours in damp clothes. Also, if by chance a tornado hit our school, a portable could easily be torn down. Meredith Faulkner, 15 w if) 3 a fubfell lAyOeGct0l Jt that bad. I had two classes with about 25 students, and unlike the stereotypes of portables, they were OK It wasn't too cramped, they didn't i Mr. Tanen school. They allow for an increase in the number of classes so students are more spread out, reducing the numbers in each class. Amy Leznoff, 17 Just close public schools I am not against the proliferation of portables. The alternatives, such as crowded classrooms and lack of adequate space, are worse. The solution could be privatization of all the public schools. A competitive market for education would lead to a better quality of schools for all. This would lift the heavy tax burden off American taxpayers. M. Stuart Marston, 18 No shelter from rain I've only been in one portable classroom in the past three years. I consider myself lucky, because portables are the worst classrooms. They are smelly, and some have no air conditioning. But the worst part is that when it's raining, there is no cover when you are trying to get to the portable. Jacl Farina, 16 portables are private Portables are a good idea .v- I' .1 1 I xamme aa onty Prices shown alxwe are not valid. Starting December 3, 1997, look for your Publix weekly advertising circular in Wednesday's paper instead of Thursday's. Enjoy the same great values effective Thursday through Wednesday, with an extra day to preview them. have a distinctive smell, and the teaching style wasn't disrupted. Robert Tanen, 17 Full of smells and noises No more portables! All portables should be removed. Recently, I saw a report on television that said many portables have had dangerous chemicals seeping through the air-conditioning system, making kids drastically sick. Besides that, portables are disgusting. They smell. The air conditioning is loud, and the heat still can become awful. I spent a year in a portable classroom, shutting out the loud- Speak out Middle school and high school teachers interested in having their classes participate may call Sharon Horine at (561) 820-4741 (fax 820-4728). Students may mail letters to: Students Speak Out The Palm Beach Post P.O. Box 24700 West Palm Beach, FL 416-4700 I Publix. Where shopping is a pleasure.

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