Hurricane Harvey has unleashed a hell upon the Texas gulf coast. Nature at its worst! A howling storm that cannot be blamed on anything other than weather. Global warming not involved.
Harvey does not want to leave. Hanging around a few days. Bringing with it rain in a volume not common.
How much damage? How many dead? How many injured? Are survivors getting sufficient assistance? Enough drinking water for example?
The answers will not come till Harvey has gone. Then the impact will be known.
Front page this morning’s Key West Citizen the current state of affairs re remedial work to North Roosevelt Boulevard.
North Roosevelt Boulevard is a State highway. A few years ago, Florida spent 4 years renovating the Boulevard big time. The final job has a couple of minuses. Big time minuses. Properly described as major screw ups.
One has to do cross-walks. There are 5. Their purpose to make it safe for pedestrians to cross the major busy thoroughfare.
The cross-walks a disaster. Invite accidents, death and injuries. So far, only one death. Injuries more.
The cross-walks are poorly designed. Need a red light as part of them so traffic will recognize the need to stop and will stop. Without red lights, the cross walks create more danger than when the road was without any.
After constant badgering by City and County officials, the State has come up with the remedial plan. Merely a suggestion at this point. It will redo the cross-walks with red lights. The time frame includes design to be done in 2019 and construction to begin in 2021.
If the City so desires, it can do the corrective work itself and then seek reimbursement from the State.
Typical bureaucratic delay. The State is making a mountain out of a mole hill. Put the red lights in and be done with it. Boulevard users should not have to wait 4-5 years to get the job done.
How many people will die or be injured during those years because of the State’s obstinacy?
Another government mess in the making. Key West’s amphitheater. The mess plentiful. One at the moment is naming rights. A bidding process to be used. He who bids the most will get to name the amphitheater.
So far five names suggested. Not all of whom have the dollars to successfully bid. At least one dead.
One person openly expressing his desire to have the amphitheater named after him is Jimmy Buffett. He has the money to successfully bid.
I am shocked at the number who do not want Jimmy Buffett’s name on the amphitheater. For all kinds of reasons that do not seem to have validity.
Typical Key West, however. A place where some have their heads up their asses. They make a lot of noise. The squeaky wheel gets the attention.
Sheriff Arpaio’s Presidential pardon a disgrace. Most believe Trump has the power. I am not sure.
The Constitution extends the power. In few words. An old Supreme Court decision decided in 1866 interpreted the power broadly. I question whether the decision would be followed today were the issue brought before the Supreme Court.
The Justice Department has a Pardons section. Application must be made by the person seeking the pardon. Five years must have elapsed from the time of conviction. The person seeking the pardon must admit responsibility for the crime. The applicant must show remorse for having committed the crime.
None of these factors have been complied with in the Arpaio situation. An example of Trump not respecting the law, believing he is the law, etc.
I doubt Arpaio will get to the Supreme Court. I cannot conceive of the Session’s Department of Justice doing so. Meaning Trump will get away with what appears to be wrongdoing once again.
Enjoy your Sunday!