Op-Ed: Is $32,200 a Living Wage?

By Bill Britton  President Biden’s American Recovery Plan totals $1.9 billion and included a minimum wage rise to $15 per hour, before the House of Representatives parliamentarian struck down the latter because of arcane procedural rules.  Let’s examine that $15 per hour minimum and put it in the context of today’s economic reality. At $15 … Continue reading Op-Ed: Is $32,200 a Living Wage?

Group Sues School Board Over Mask Mandate, Indian River County, FL.

Free Bing Image - School District of Indian River County A group called We The People Indian River County, led by Jennifer Pippin has filed a lawsuit against the SDIRC. Plaintiffs are parents Jennifer Pippin, Alexandra Nobregas, Nicole Campanelli and Sandy Campiglia. "We The People of Indian River County on behalf of the children and … Continue reading Group Sues School Board Over Mask Mandate, Indian River County, FL.

The Young Journalist Program Receives Third Consecutive Grant from the Joy Street Foundation.

The Young Journalist Organization of Indian River County, FL is pleased to announce its third generous “unrestricted” grant from the Joy Street Foundation, New Vernon, N.J. Warren “Kim” Kimber, Jr. and his wife Bobbie established the Joy Street Foundation to support education.  The foundation only makes contributions to preselected charitable organizations. In announcing their grant to … Continue reading The Young Journalist Program Receives Third Consecutive Grant from the Joy Street Foundation.

Veronica’s Brother Speaks Out.

Veronica Martinez Vorano My name is Alfredo Martínez Vorano, Veronica's only brother. My Sister was an excellent person, full of life and Loved by her family. Her death has left an immense pain in all of us, her parents, her son, her cousins ​​and uncles and her beloved nephew Valentín, a child to whom we … Continue reading Veronica’s Brother Speaks Out.

Indian River, FL Charter High School Junior Oboist Wins Dewey “Teacher of Inspiration” Essay for Orchestra Director.

In November, 2020 Indian River Charter High School (IRCHS) student Sarah Ward decided to enter the Dewey Awards Essay “Teacher of Inspiration” Competition on a whim.  The Dewey Awards are financed by Charter School Capital and are submitted on a voluntary basis.  The entries were written to recognize the contribution of a mentor teacher who has inspired … Continue reading Indian River, FL Charter High School Junior Oboist Wins Dewey “Teacher of Inspiration” Essay for Orchestra Director.

Mental Health Association of IRC Offer Two New Programs to Address Our Unsettling Times.

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.

Mark Mucher, Indian River County, Fl Taxpayer Assoc. Board Member Incites Societal Division.

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.

It Would Have be Helpful if Our Government Released School Re-Opening Guidelines Like Indian River County, FL?

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: “The Loneliness Crisis.”

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.”

“Black People are Arrested at Disproportionate Rates for Felonies…” and in Florida Most Won’t Likely Vote in November 2020.

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.