One of The Florida League of Cities main platforms fit under the ideological umbrella of Home Rule, the idea that local governments — more than 400 of which are represented by the League — should have considerable discretion in governing themselves The Florida legislature keeps chipping away at “Home Rule,” as HB1 would authorize elected officials … Continue reading Florida HB 1 and Defunding the Police.
Donald Trump has offended every foreign country he's about to visit. International Business Times. May 21, 2017 By Bill Britton As a humanist and progressive, I am an outlier in the social and political reality that exists in America today. You might well call me the antithesis of Trump and his minions. I don’t consider … Continue reading Op-ed: Doublethink Redux?
SUBJECT: Of bees, humans, and satellites Dear Elon Musk, Kimbal Musk and all SpaceX Board Members, Officers, and Lead Investors, In 1962, when Rachel Carson published Silent Spring, insects were so thick upon this Earth that you could not drive a car very far, anywhere in the world, without its windshield becoming splattered with their … Continue reading Open Letter to Elon Musk & SpaceX
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.’
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.
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?
There is growing scientific evidence for masks to fight Covid-19. There is growing scientific evidence that wearing a mask (and social distancing) is one the most important measures we can take to fight coronavirus. Yet large numbers of people don’t see the need to wear one, leading to recent surges of the virus in most U.S. states. … Continue reading Why Some People Don’t Wear Masks.
Ajit Pai, Chairman Federal Communications Commissions. FCC to approve Spectrum Plan the Pentagon says will harm GPS. Senior Pentagon leaders warn that such a move will lead to “unacceptable” harm to the GPS system by creating new interference that could disrupt satellites critical to national security. For Release: Thursday, August 6, 2020 Contact: Zoe Berg (516) 883-0887 … Continue reading 700-plus Medical and Scientific Professionals Urge the FCC to Hold Off Approving Spectrum for 5G.
On June 25, 2020 a record number of 5,511 new positive cases of COVID-19 were reported in the State of Florida. In Indian River County (IRC), 35 new cases were reported and four hospitalizations. There are only 11 ICU beds available in IRC. To date, 109K cases have been reported in Florida with 3,281 deaths. … Continue reading Who is Monitoring COVID-19 Short-Term Rental Health Hazards in Indian River County, FL.?