Major League Baseball needs a settlement to keep fans interested
The inability of baseball owners and players to agree for the 2022 season will decrease fan interest in our national pastime. Instead of focusing on tightening the game, they are once again focusing on the money, while also offering the biggest contracts ever to talented free agents. There seems to be a discord here – isn’t there?
Ignore that batters can step out of the box repeatedly to try to psych a pitcher, but timing the pitcher between pitches seems like a fake “ringing around the pink.” Once the batter is in the box, it should be considered the same as when a pitcher has begun his wind-up. That alone could shorten the game by 20-30 minutes. There is no doubt that the owners make money and most players are well paid. Lower level players should have their salaries adjusted. That shouldn’t preclude getting a fair settlement so fans can enjoy the full 162-game season they deserve in 2022.
Leon Tirsch, Palm Beach Gardens
DeSantis sullies the office with Jan. 6 comments
Re: DeSantis in West Palm Beach: January 6 events and coverage are “nauseating”, “politicized”. When Governor DeSantis said Floridians cared less about the insurrection than “gas prices, inflation and education,” he wasn’t speaking for me or millions of other Floridians. who value their freedoms. Downplaying the significance of an attempt to overthrow our government is a de facto insurgent buy-in that has temporarily prevented Congress from fulfilling its constitutional duty to confirm President-elect Joe Biden’s victory.
DeSantis, Trump’s quintessential sidekick, has once again sullied the office he holds with his mistaken allegiance to a person, not the rule of law. He was sworn “to protect and defend the Constitution and the government of the United States and the State of Florida”. How can you defend the Constitution when you turn a blind eye to an attack on its fundamental principles? With one eye on the Oval Office in 2024, DeSantis is seeking re-election in 2022. Voters would be wise to remember his decision not to recognize the greatest threat to our democracy since the Civil War.
Jim Paladino, Tampa
Worth Avenue robbery raises questions
We sympathize with any business owner who is the victim of crime, especially the almost $1 million worth of handbags stolen on Worth Avenue. But in a world with a huge and growing wealth disparity between rich and poor, the real crime may be that one can even buy a handbag that costs up to $100,000 or more. Not to mention that many of these handbags are made from animals. So who are the real victims here?
Kirk Szmon, Lake Worth
DeSantis needs intensive care training on COVID
Our governor should have a weekly conference with the critical care nurses and doctors from all the hospitals here. They are overworked and exhausted. He should listen to what they have to say and what they are going through before “minimises vaccines”. My husband and I are fully vaccinated, caught the virus, stayed home and felt like we had a little cold. Thank God for being vaccinated. The unvaccinated clog the health system. Governor DeSantis should be ashamed of the constant maneuvers to politicize this pandemic.
Marie Forbes, Boynton Beach,