Letters Memories of Irma? People’s kindness

Memories of Irma?

People’s kindness

A big part of my Hurricane Irma experience is the kindness of people.

I got to the JFK Medical Center cafeteria on Monday after it had just closed. A stranger opened up his bag and shared a meal; best beef, pasta, and squash I ever tasted. One neighbor shared enough gas to power my chainsaw to address my downed trees. Another neighbor is buying a generator and is going to run a line to my refrigerator. My handyman showed up within minutes after my call and worked all day with me to get my yard in shape.

I read a novel to my friends during the storm. We played Rummikub. Storms force you to cut out the electronics and enjoy the people in your life more fully; the simple things like sharing a glass of wine with a friend and enjoying the breeze under the stars last night. After the outage, we will really enjoy our air conditioning and be grateful that our home is still standing.


Scott deserves

kudos for Irma prep

I have never been a fan of Gov. Rick Scott. As a matter of fact, I cannot remember ever saying anything positive about him.

But credit should go where credit is due: Scott did, in my opinion, an outstanding job of preparing Florida and Floridians for Hurricane Irma.

Thank you, governor, and all the staff responsible for such careful and thorough preparation. And special thanks to the first responders who put duty first.


End of times? Look

to another hurricane

Most all of humanity believes that there is an “almighty being” that overlooks all of us from above.

Many of those religions and their devoted followers believe the religious proclamation that there will be an “end of times” when all who inhabit the earth will cease to exist.

There is even more debate as to how the “end of the earth” will take place. Possibly heavenly fire, nuclear warfare, disease or famine, and a host of other terrifying methods.

We are all witnessing what I believe is the most likely method to bring about the “end of times” — massive hurricanes.

This is by no means a stretch of the imagination. Enhanced versions of Hurricane Hugo and Hurricane Irma that we have just witnessed are clear examples.

So with all due respect to the Weather Channel, the “end of times” weather disaster will be called “Hurricane Eternity.”


Denial irresponsible;

limit fossil fuels

Hurricane Irma comes on the heels of the devastation and loss of life caused by Hurricane Harvey in Texas. It is incomprehensible to me that there are still people who do not attribute at least a portion of this increase to climate change.

Yes, there have been hurricanes — even severe ones — for a long time. However, the increased strength and frequency of these storms can be directly attributed to higher water temperatures. As a society, we have an obligation to do what we can to reverse this trend.

A key thing we can do is encourage our legislators to limit our dependence on fossil fuels, a major contributor to global warming.

Our elected officials must stand up against climate change denial. We have to build a world that will keep our families safe.


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