Letters to the Editor

Letters for February 8, 2001

Used car dealers arenot OK:I've just finished reading the fairy tale by Bob Norman that appeared in the January 18 issue, entitled: "Road Worriers."It described the poor, misunderstood used-car dealers along State Road 7 (a.k.a. U.S. Highway 441). I know a man ain't supposed to cry; however, when I read about the plight of these pure-as-the-driven-snow used-car dealers, I just cannot control my emotions. Horrors!

The used-car dealers will have to follow the same rules as all the other businesses along State Road 7! Firewalls will be required! Good G-d, the City of Plantation is demanding 15th-century technology. (Sorry, perhaps it's 16th-century.) Businesses are struggling to survive in central Broward in general and on State Road 7 in particular. Why should used-car dealers be treated differently than other businesses?

Taking the longer view, for many years State Road 7 has been a junk house, a source of embarrassment to the good folks in Plantation as well as neighboring Lauderhill, Sunrise, Lauderdale Lakes, and Fort Lauderdale. Yes, the road in its heyday was the then­end of the world, beyond which were gators, snakes, and more gators (and even more snakes). Then Mr. Peters came along and began the development of Plantation WEST of State Road 7. (It might as well have been on the Klingon Home Planet.) But then another space cadet, a hero of mine, the late John Lomelo, had the grand vision to expand little Sunrise into the "wilds" of "nowheresville," so today we have the modern city of Sunrise.

Unfortunately the builders of our western Broward paradise could not envision the effects that all this western momentum would have on State Road 7. As everyone ran west, State Road 7 (in the middle of the county) quickly became obsolete and passé. What to do? What to do?

Mayor Armstrong, as well as her predecessor, Mayor Frank Veltri, are two fine individuals. I know them personally and have had the pleasure of working for both; moreover I know that they are giving and have given (respectively) State Road 7 their best efforts. If there were problems with the used-car dealerships in Plantation, I'd suspect that the problems emanate from the used-car dealers themselves, rather than the mayor's office.

Fred Bluestone
City Planner for Plantation, 1978­1982
Lauderhill

With a spirited defense of Gypsy:
What gloriously impossible letters to the editor (January 4)!

One writer "realized" why Bob Whitby writes for New Timesand not for The New York Times. The answer is simple: If he lived in New York, he'd write for The New York Times.The writer questions Dr. Petuch spending "only a few days a year" actually working with the museum. Well, less brilliant people could spend a lifetime and not come up with the ideas of Tesla, Salk, Einstein, Beethoven, Michelangelo, or Dalí. Dr. Petuch is obviously not on their level, but achievement is not calculated in time alone.

This same letter writer complains Gypsy Graves "lived in an expensive home." What does that have to do with the story? She doesn't anymore. Could it be because she spent all that money on the museum?! She may have paid her staff barely minimum wage, but she took nothing for herself.

The museum started with Gypsy at the helm. It flourished. It received invaluable artifacts and archaeological treasures. It had volunteers who were professionals. It had employees who worked extra hours because of the inspired and inspiring leadership of Gypsy, the guiding spirit of the museum, who made them part of a dedicated team, a family willing to learn, teach, and enjoy the fruit of their work: the Graves Museum of Archaeology and Natural History.

Lya Korda
Plantation

Freiss was pushed!
I remember reading many Sun-Sentinel articles after the election, though I live in Chicago. The Sun-Sentinel reported early on that the three big Democratic counties (Palm Beach, Broward, and Miami-Dade) didn't count their ballots at the precincts but instead took them to a large central counting location. The Sun-Sentinel reported this as suspicious and reported a much larger incidence of error with these ballots than elsewhere in the state. I was surprised at the open, honest reporting, but learning that Steve Freiss was apparently forced out of the paper adds a little more perspective (Undercurrents, December 21).

What concerns me the most about the vote is that it appears blatant fraud was involved with the counting of the ballots. We know that bad voting equipment caused dimples instead of clean punches on 30,000 ballots. That's OK, you can still easily determine the voter's intent by looking at the dimple. (At least it seemed that way until the Supreme Court stepped in and just declared Bush the winner.)

The Palm Beach butterfly ballot supposedly cost Gore about 2000 votes because of the confusing layout. (Buchanan ended up with a total 3400 votes there.) But how did 40,000 ballots end up with a second vote for President? Remember election night, when Florida was called for Gore, and then something changed and Bush won?

Isn't anybody going to look into the possibility that, while the ballots were behind closed doors, the Republicans disqualified a good portion of them by punching another hole in the ballot? If Gore's hole is punched on almost every ballot, it would look very suspicious. Realistically the FBI would probably need to get involved to see if the non-Gore punches were different from the rest of the punches on the ballot.

The recount is still going on. There is still time to find out the truth.

Malachite
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