Keeping retirement weird. God and man in Florida.

My friend Ken Previti’s Facebook post today.

I have friends in Florida. You probably do too. Maybe relatives.

Who among us isn’t worried or worried for folks this morning?

Ken and Mary Lou Previti are among those friends I am worried about.

With Ken and Mary Lou Previti (upper left) at Orlando NEA RA.

Both are progressive activists who moved from the Chicago area after they retired. I’m always a little jealous of them in the winter.

Not today.

Ken is one of my pension warrior comrades. If you have attended any progressive education conferences over the past few years then you may have run into Ken.

Or heard him.

Ken speaks his mind.

Do-nothing teacher union leaders are often the targets of his ire.

Today the target of his anger is Florida Governor Rick Scott and climate change deniers and who can blame him.

I mean, check out where that X is located.

Ken’s Facebook post yesterday:

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It inspired this cartoon by me:


Older and retired folks in Irma’s path have a lot to worry about this morning.

One out of every five people in southern Florida is over 65, the highest percentage of any state in the country.

The NY Times reports:

When Hurricane Andrew swept across the state in 1992, the health care system was overwhelmed by the evacuation of facilities and the relocation of elderly patients.

The legal requirements to take care of special needs individuals at home and in medical facilities have since been made more stringent, but there are also many people who live outside of official oversight.

Yolanda Schon, the administrator for a private care provider called Senior Oversight, said that most of their clients were planning on hunkering down — including three on Miami Beach.

Most older people are poor.

Most older people in South Florida are poor.

So are most people who live in Liberty City near Miami.

“We’re in the inner city here. People don’t want to help folk like us,” he said. “Nobody is leaving Liberty City because there’s nowhere for them to go.”

One mother of all hurricanes, two very different experiences. In Liberty City, the African American neighborhood that inspired the Oscar-winning movie Moonlight, the chances of escaping Irma’s devastating wrath are all but non-existent. When almost half the residents are below the federal poverty level, generators and storm windows are not an option, let alone a few boards of plywood and a tank of gas.

Most people are taking advantage of the lack of a mandatory evacuation order in their area and staying put. But local organisers fear they are woefully unprepared.

“People in Liberty City are not ready for what’s coming,” said Valencia Gunder, a community activist helping to set up an emergency response center for those in distress that will open on Monday morning, in the wake of Irma. “They don’t have enough money to pay the rent, and then this happens.”

Gunder said an additional problem facing low-income black, Hispanic and Haitian neighborhoods like Liberty City and Little Havana, the Cuban quarter, was that Miami authorities were so slow to reach them.

“Historically, the city and county and other large institutions do not respond to our communities, so we expect to be without help after Irma for at least three days.”


8 Replies to “Keeping retirement weird. God and man in Florida.”

  1. How much money is tRump planning to make this weekend? What a creep and he gets away with this type of activity all the time. Isn’t this the quality that Americans expect in a really good president…cheat everybody to make more for himself.
    Trump took $17 million in insurance for damage few remember | Political News | US News | US News

    PALM BEACH, Fla. (AP) — Donald Trump received a $17 million insurance payment in 2005 for hurricane damage to Mar-a-Lago, his private club in Palm Beach, but The Associated Press can find little evidence of such large-scale damage.

  2. “Standing” here in blue shirt sleeves, eh, Fred? What a sensitive guy you are. You are aware, I hope, that Racist Governor Scott is confined to a wheel chair?

    Of no consequence to you, I’m sure. As long as we get in the Racist Climate-Denier schtick.

  3. Quit jabbing at Rick Scott. He was probably inspired by some other great, heroic leaders of the past who knew how to roll up their sleeves and help where help is needed.

  4. Thanks, Fred.
    I refuse to be a willing victim in Illinois, Florida or any place else under the Corruption called Government in America.
    I offer the suggestion that people read Naomi Klein’s new book, No Is Not Enough. It describes how to go beyond resistance and suggests ways to do so.

  5. How are all the conservative politicians going to face their constituents? Are they still planning to have charity fix all the destruction because asking for a federal handout is only indulging the greedy, lazy people. Definitely isn’t for those with rugged individualism.

    The Constitution says the federal government exists to care for the general welfare. Hope that sinks in. What about the general welfare of people who need healthcare? That is just as important as fixing damaged infrastructure, businesses and homes. What is to happen to the poor who don’t have the means to help themselves? Are you still going to call them greedy?

    Shame on all the conservatism that only works to save on taxes. It is taxes that keep the common good available.

  6. Quote for the day from Don Miguel Ruiz, MD. [It is meant to be uplifting. Sounds like something tRump should read. It isn’t very long so his attention span should be able to handle it.]

    “When we believe in truth, we feel good, and our life is good. When believe in things that are not true, things that encourage fear and hatred in us, the result is fanaticism.”

  7. A friend of ours, Stacey Patel, who lives nearby posted this on Facebook about Gov. Rick Scott’s TV messages.
    “Rick Scott is making the most of his 29 months in the Navy with that cap he wears in every press conference regarding Irma.

    It’s ludicrous to me to watch our governor preside over a disaster of his own making. He literally won’t let people use the words “climate change” or “global warming” in government documents. He’s bilked the very people he’s now directing to shelters out of access to Medicaid. He led a company that paid $1.7billion in fines as a result of an FBI investigation into Medicare fraud. His Department of Environmental Protection is an unmitigated environmental disaster that expedited the construction of Sabal Trail, a fracked-gas pipeline whose construction through conservation areas and delicate karst geology threatens the Floridan aquifer. He’s presided over the failure of ecosystems and misdirected money we, the citizens, allocated to buy back the sugar land to prevent damaging Lake Okeechobee discharges and restore the flow of water into the Everglades. His ludicrous backward-thinking jobs program has made Florida the king of low-wage work, putting the working poor at the greatest risk in situations like this one. His 2010 & 2014 campaigns received more than $1.1M from two utility-funded PACs, which explains why the sunshine state continues to lag in conversion to renewables. He has underinvested in the state’s infrastructure under that age-old guise of so-called conservatism – which apparently now is about conserving rich folks’ cash rather than our state’s infrastructure, natural resources and quality of life.

    The irony of him playing savior during this statewide disaster that has been caused and exacerbated by his own dereliction of duty cannot possibly be lost on the citizens of Florida.

    And no NAVY hat is going to convince any of us that this is a man who understands service or duty at all.”

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