Friday, April 13, 2018

“We’re fine, now quit complaining” was the blaring headline in The Palm Beach Post last month.

Note that on the very same day, on the editorial page, was this complaint that got published in the Post:
I grew up in Lake Worth and downtown was a thriving, lovely area with a diverse business community. Now it’s like one huge cheap biker bar. [emphasis added]

See the entire ridiculously stupid complaint below.

So. “We’re fine, now quit complaining”?

Many of you will find this hard to believe, but it’s true. On March 11th in The Palm Beach Post, the Sunday edition mind you — just two days before the municipal elections in Palm Beach County — there was a feature article with the headline, “We’re fine, now quit complaining”.

The article was about Steven Pinker from Harvard University and his new book titled, Enlightenment Now: The Case for Reason, Science, Humanism, and Progress.

In the book review published in the Post that was originally written by Jennifer Szalal at The New York Times she writes,
“Enlightenment Now,” is a spirited and exasperated rebuke to anyone who refuses to concede that the world is becoming a better place.

Now. The very same editor at the Post who published that feature story about scientist Steven Pinker also published this stupid letter the very same day in the editorial section from a resident of Greenacres:

I grew up in Lake Worth and downtown was a thriving, lovely area with a diverse business community. Now it’s like one huge cheap biker bar.
     Other than Paradiso, I drive right through on the way to the bridge. And the city parking lot adjacent to the restaurant looks like a block in Syria. [emphasis added]

Looks like “a block in Syria”? Huh?

If you are a resident in the City of Lake Worth, and you’re concerned about all the ‘complaining’, below is a way you can help to solve that problem: By writing a Letter to the Editor (LTE) to the editor at The Palm Beach Post. Below are the instructions, everything you need to know about writing a LTE.

As stated many times on this blog, there are many excellent reporters and staff writers at the Post and there are also editors and reporters at the Post who are hard-wired to focus on just all the bad things going on and are, according to a famous essay published in New York Magazine, “[E]asily bored . . . especially by good news.”

Now here is your task if you’re up to it.

Write a Letter to the Editor about the great things going on in this little City of Lake Worth!

Having your LTE published in tomorrow’s Sunday paper is very possible if your letter is received by the editor early enough today and verified by the editor (your name and address) before being sent off to the printer in Broward County.

The instructions:

How to get your LTE published in the Post.

  • Keep your LTE to 150–200 words in length. The “shorter the better” is a good rule.
  • An LTE submitted by email (see below) is the best method and remember to include your phone number and complete address.
  • Listing your credentials will help greatly.

Then always follow-up!

  • Follow up your LTE with an email or fax as quickly as possible.
  • Then later, if you have the time, call the editorial department and explain why your letter is important.
  • Don’t be timid talking to the editor but always remember to be polite.
  • If you get to speak with the editor just ask outright, “Are you planning to publish my letter?”

Who knows, maybe your LTE WILL GET PUBLISHED in the Sunday paper!

  • Email:
  • Fax: 561-820-4728
  • Phone: 561-820-4441

Snail mail:
Palm Beach Post
ATTN: Letter to Editor (LTE)
2751 S. Dixie Highway
West Palm Beach, FL 33405

Good Luck everyone!

And hoping to see your letter published in Sunday’s print edition this weekend!