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Letter Writers In Bocaire Blast BocaNewsNow.com For Supporting Country Club, Golf Course Closures


BOCA RATON, FL (BocaNewsNow.com) — If you ever want to know what Palm Beach County officials are facing as they try to lock down the county to prevent the spread of Coronavirus, look no further than two people who emailed us from Bocaire Country Club.

We are not going to name names, as much as we want to. We are, however, going to share with you the incredible comments that a man and apparently his wife made to us, in writing, over the past day. We assume the two are related — their emails, with the same last name, arrived within five minutes of each other. The theme of both: the Palm Beach County order to shut Country Clubs, Community Pools and Golf Courses is anti-semitic — and anyone who who supports the rules is anti-semitic as well.

We’re not kidding.

First the backstory: we published an op-ed a few days ago supporting Palm Beach County Sheriff Ric Bradshaw when he said he would cite — and potentially arrest — country club managers who do not comply with a mandatory shut down of every golf course and pool in the county. We took it a step further and said that anyone who feels the need to violate the county order and play golf — or swim in a community pool — should also be jailed. We said the fact that Sheriff Bradshaw and other county officials had to specifically say that private clubs are not exempt from the order is telling. The fact that Sheriff Bradshaw had to say that private country clubs “can not opt out” is proof that there is an elitism in Palm Beach County that is palpable.

And that apparently makes BocaNewsNow.com, complete with our Bar Mitzvah certificate and Katuba, anti-semitic.

Here’s what one person wrote: “I disagree with the words and phrases used about country club people. It is language like this that led to the carnage that occurred in Europe eighty years ago. I regard this article as having antisemitic undertone.”

Added the letter writer:

“There is no place in this country for jealous bigots, especially those with a pen and keyboard.”

Here’s what what someone we are relatively certain is his wife wrote:

“Your article about the “elite” people living in Palm Beach country club communities is disgusting and shows an extreme hatred of others who have achieved financial success. It is those very people who support the hospitals in which the sick people will be nursed to health from this horrible virus affecting so many. It is those people who support our arts, colleges and whose taxes pay for the charities that help so many underprivileged, ill and needy citizens.”

Wait for it. Read it again. Yes, the person who wrote this — whose name we are not running but whose LinkedIn profile says she is a substitute teacher in the Palm Beach County School District, is actually suggesting these Bocaire residents should be thanked for being wealthy because the hospitals couldn’t save COVID-19 victims without them.

Nope. There’s no elitism in Boca.

Our country, and quite frankly much of the world, is in crisis. To call the support of Palm Beach County country club lockdowns “anti-semitic” is, quite simply, pathetic. Anti-semitism is a term used when there is outright hatred towards Jews. That’s not happening here. Your country club has been shut down for a few weeks in an effort to keep you alive. We fail to see similarities to “the carnage that occurred in Europe eighty years ago.”

While we are saddened that you live in a world where everything you don’t like is anti-semitism, we are quite happy to live in a world where the police, elected officials, and most of our community is on board with making smart choices in an effort to stop a deadly virus.




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