Monthly Archives: August 2015

I am sad over what we are leaving our kids, and here is my view from the Florida Sun Sentinel.

Palm Beach Post

Letters to the Editor

Monday, August 10, 2015

 

Past generations cheated millennials

I pity the so-called “millennials” and the yet unnamed future generations. They’ve been had.

It is well established that they will not have the high-quality lifestyle of their parents and grandparents — largely because we have consumed their future productivity. For generations to come, they will be paying off the lifestyle luxuries we crafted for ourselves but could not pay for.

So we borrowed their future earnings to cover our desires.

It is yet to be determined just how bad we have damaged their future and their present. For example, we already hurt them by providing student loans that will eat into their incomes for decades.

We have increased the cost of education while diminishing its value. It is fair to ask why the cost of college has risen so much faster than inflation. The answer is simple: Students are not the primary beneficiaries of the money.

It is the colleges’ administrations and faculties that gain the greatest benefit. Schools simply increased their tuitions and fees to grab as much money as possible. Students are the conduit to pass money from the public treasury to the schools.

It is time we start providing for the millennials’ future instead of consuming it.

LARRY HORIST, BOCA RATON

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Here is my take on the Iran deal as published in the Washington Times

The Washington Times

Letters to the Editor

Thursday, August 7, 2015

 Iran deal worse than deal with Hitler

In his recent speech defending the Iran deal, President Obama gave it his best but came up short (“Obama: Critics of Iran nuclear deal ‘selling a fantasy,'” Web, Aug. 5). Using speculation as fact, propping up straw-man arguments, engaging in highly partisan rhetoric and simply misrepresenting history, Mr. Obama failed to reach even the threshold of credibility.

His deal is a bad one because the very premise of negotiations was ill-conceived. In focusing only on a nuclear bomb, the president preemptively surrendered critical conditions for international harmony, including the return of the hostages, cessation of international terrorism and recognition of the right of Israel to exist.

In his desperation to get a legacy deal, Mr. Obama even retreated from his minimal stated requirements of ‘anywhere, anytime’ inspections, delayed sanction relief and the maintenance of the arms embargo.

The idea of making a deal only over acquisition of the atomic bomb was a huge mistake. Nuclear bombs are useless as first-strike weapons. The mullahs understand that a unilateral attack with an nuclear weapon would result in their annihilation.

Even if the deal is defeated, the Obama administration’s unconditional negotiations have done irreparable harm to the safety and stability of the world by upending the sanctions that were having an effect, dismantling the international anti-Iran coalition and further isolating Israel.

Though comparisons have been made, the Iran deal is far worse than British Prime Minister Neville Chamberlain’s accord with Hitler. That deal would have worked if Hitler had adhered to it. The deal with Iran is a disaster even if Iran does not violate it.

With this victory over the West, Iran has every incentive to double down on its jihad against those they consider infidels. ‘Death to Israel and America’ is still the war cry.

LARRY HORIST

Boca Raton, Fla.