Limits to political contributions are long overdue

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An FPL SolarNow project at Oceanfront Park on Tuesday in Boynton Beach. Supported by voluntary contributions, special solar power installations like this one convert sunshine into clean, emissions-free electricity and deliver it to Florida Power & Light's energy grid.
An FPL SolarNow project at Oceanfront Park on Tuesday in Boynton Beach. Supported by voluntary contributions, special solar power installations like this one convert sunshine into clean, emissions-free electricity and deliver it to Florida Power & Light's energy grid.

Why is it that almost every time we hear Florida Power & Light and Tallahassee in the news, you can be sure that FPL has bought and will continue to buy every politician in sight to guarantee its electrical power monopoly. To stop this fleecing of consumers, we need a Florida constitutional amendment that limits political contributions to $100 per person per candidate, period. Enough is enough. It's obvious this is now "Florida, Inc." and political seats and favors go out to the highest (campaign contribution) bidder.

Bret A. Bennett, Royal Palm Beach

Gun control saved democracy

The arrest of 11 “Oath Keepers” on sedition charges reminds me that there is a glaring fact that no one has mentioned with respect to the attempted coup on Jan. 6. The insurrectionists did not use guns in their attempt to take control of the Capitol to stop the certification of Joe Biden as President. Why?

They had a stash of weapons in Virginia, but did not bring those weapons to D.C. for one reason, D.C. has strict gun controls. Think of it, this is most significant back story of the insurrection, gun control saved our democracy. If the insurrectionists had used guns, they surely would have overwhelmed the unprepared Capitol Police, perhaps killing Speaker Pelosi and Vice President Pence, thus preventing certification of the election. How ironic that the Second Amendment has been contorted to equate with the preservation of democracy, when right before our eyes, it was saved by the Capitol Police and gun control.

Randy Johnson, Boynton Beach

Stand up to hate and injustice

Once again, a Jewish house of worship is vandalized – this time in Royal Palm Beach. The Nazi-like person who did this is just one of many in the western communities, the state of Florida, and the entire country who are haters of anyone who doesn’t look or believe as they do.

Frank Sinatra once starred in a 10-minute movie short, “The House I Live In.” That was 1945 but it applies to us now. I challenge you to “Google” it and draw your own conclusions about the house we live in. Perhaps it is time for the rest of us to do a better job of standing up to injustice and hate. Hate never has, never will defeat education. If people can’t learn about common decency toward their fellow man at home, in church, or school, then perhaps they can learn from those of us who do not hate. Sitting in silence dooms all of us to an unthinkable, horrible future.

Fred Eisinger, Royal Palm Beach

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