The Nation’s Health Care Crisis: “This Country cannot continue to tolerate the severe disparities we have – based on neighborhood, education or skin color – in life expectancy, medical debt, access to mental-health or dental care, the ability to fill prescriptions, having a regular doctor, or simply having enough to eat.” Our inequalities are “visible … Continue reading America is at a Tipping Point…
white house building icon in Washington DC Some of the task force’s recommendations weaken even as its reports show the pandemic is worsening. Published by Liz Essley White of the Center for Public Integrity on October 8, 2020. Twenty-four states are in the “red zone” for new coronavirus cases, according to documents the White House Coronavirus Task … Continue reading White House Says 24 States are in Coronavirus ‘Red Zone.’
People who have lived in Indian River County for many years understand the importance of mosquito control, particularly after Hurricane David in 1979. Director Doug Carlson seems to operate his District “under the radar.” Residents never attend public meetings, there appear to be no political issues, except for a few years ago when a few … Continue reading Mosquito District Flies Over the Salt Marshes But Operates Under the Radar. Indian River County, FL.
Cornell University Moving to COVID Alert Level Green Sept. 16, 2020 "Dear Cornell community, As the fall semester progresses, it is heartening to see the collective efforts of students, faculty and staff to act safely and responsibly as we go about classes, research and other activities. Your choices are making a crucial difference as we … Continue reading Cornell University Has Gotten Its Covid-19 Protocols Right.
The Heart of the Hope for Families Center is Their Shelter. Safe and secure, warm and stable, the Hope for Families Center (HFC) provides the refuge and consistency homeless families need to get back on their feet. Their risk-free living environment removes any uncertainty of safety – parents and children alike know where their next … Continue reading New Babies at Hope for Families Center, Vero Beach, FL.
New Program Offers Space for Veterans and First Responders With the help of a grant from Gold Star Mothers, the Mental Health Association of Indian River County (MHA) is pleased to announce the successful implementation of a new program for veterans and first responders. The program, which starts on September 23rd, opens up the Vero … Continue reading Mental Health Association of IRC Offer Two New Programs to Address Our Unsettling Times.
Dr. Steve Flaherty, pictured right. Dr. Steve Faherty, above right, who has been recognized for his community service by the Taxpayers Association of Indian River County, recently sent out an email to many of its members, in a general post to the public, as a service, with information on the forthcoming election process. [Mr. Faherty … Continue reading Mark Mucher, Indian River County, Fl Taxpayer Assoc. Board Member Incites Societal Division.
On June 11 2020 Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis unveiled a plan that expected K-12 schools to reopen in August at "full capacity.” On July 7 President Trump said: "So we're very much going to put pressure on Governors and everybody else to open the schools, to get them open...We're going to be putting aloe of pressure … Continue reading It Would Have be Helpful if Our Government Released School Re-Opening Guidelines Like Indian River County, FL?
David Brooks "Thirty-five percent of Americans over forty-five are chronically lonely. Only eight percent of Americans report having important conversations with their neighbors in a given year. In 1950, less than 10 percent of households were single-person households; now nearly 30 percent are. The majority of children born to women under thirty are born into … Continue reading David Brooks: “The Loneliness Crisis.”
During Reconstruction the federal government passed a series of constitutional amendments aimed to extend rights and citizenship to emancipated slaves—the 13th Amendment (1865) outlawed slavery, the 14th Amendment (1868) extended citizenship to all persons born in the United States and reaffirmed equal protection of the laws to all citizens, and the 15th Amendment (1870) protected the suffrage of … Continue reading “Black People are Arrested at Disproportionate Rates for Felonies…” and in Florida Most Won’t Likely Vote in November 2020.