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Subject:  Are we in this together? 

Should your data come with an asterisk given that Rebekah Jones, the architect of Florida’s COVID-19 dashboard claims that was removed from her position because she was ordered to censor some data, but refused to “manually change data to drum up support for the plan to reopen.” 

Ian MacDougall
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Subject:  Are we in this together? 

Excellent to read professionally-tabulated statistics without an agenda or bias attached. Too often, articles on this emotionally-charged subject are written from the point of view of “Here’s the conclusion, get me some “facts” and “experts” to back it up. We are also confronted daily with false dilemmas, such as “do you want to open the economy or save lives?” As a long-time political observer, sadly I have to say that we are not all in this together. We should be. I believe there will be numbers in November that support my thesis.

JOHN GORE
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Subject:  The Sweet Sound of Silence 

I’ve been reading about some area neighborhoods painting rocks and putting positive messages on them and leaving them around so people will smile and realize they are not alone. I’ve been a morning walker for a long time and go the same route. East on Palmetto, south on A1A and west on Camino Real. On my walk this morning I saw 3 painted rocks and it really did make me smile. Thank you to the person who did this. I think I will paint a few rocks and put them out as well. 

Catherine Wallace
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Subject:  The Sweet Sound of Silence 

In times of uncertainty and misinformation we should remember that anecdotes are not data. Good data is carefully measured and collected information based on a range of subject-dependent factors including, among others, controlled variables, meta-analysis and randomization. 

Ian MacDougall
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Subject:  The Sweet Sound of Silence 

Take care you don’t shoot yourselves in the foot with this bright idea. This gentry loves its creature comforts. Moreover, the downtown attracts patrons from the 4 points of the compass and at hours which extend well into the late evening. It’s not like the city sports a high end mass transportation system or an equally fine Uber livery behind the three-pointed star. In Manhattan, there’s a segment of ‘fine diners’ who never see the inside of the subway. It’s not their gig. Much like L.A., this region was built on an infrastructure of roads and private vehicles. You can turn your roadways into walkways, but the public will still need to drive to them, and store their vehicle somewhere. There’s an open parking field in Mizner on which a six story garage might stand. Give that a thought.

Arne Rossel
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Subject:  The Sweet Sound of Silence 

Traffic will rebound ASAP as soon as the pandemic abates. There is no incentive and we’ve seen no past history from our city leaders, where they have any interest in attacking the traffic problems in Boca Raton. The addition of 5000 condos in downtown makes parking difficult and no attempt has been made to tackle the east/west rush-hour traffic issue. 

Some say Brightline is a step in the right direction but A $50 round-trip ticket to Miami is not going to reduce traffic it’s not affordable for commuters. When Mayor Singer cites the flawed/dangerous traffic crossing signs on Palmetto Park Avenue as progress for our infrastructure you know it’s not going to get any better. 

Scott Shabot
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Subject:  Boca Town Center Mall Safety 

Despite the unsolved crimes at Boca Town Center attention doesn’t seem to be paid to how dark the parking lots are. While there is valet parking available, I don’t think shoppers should be forced to use the valet as the only safe alternative to parking in a parking lot. Around Macy’s there are so many dark areas that simply are places perfect for crimes to take place. Retail complains about the lack of shoppers but making parking lots safer should be a first step. 

Janis Ehlers 
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