A community the importance of Key West needs a daily newspaper. I repeat what I said a few days ago. I miss the Citizen! I miss reading it every day!
I am glad the Citizen has changed its mind and will return to daily publication October 7.
This weekend edition’s front page an excellent representation of problems confronting the lower Keys post Irma.
One involves the sad story of the Venture Out RV and Mobile Home Park. Horrific damage. Six hundred fifty nine units. Many ripped in two or with roofs completely blown off. All units suffering some damage. Seventy uninhabitable.
The Park is still without power. Electric wires down all over the place. Many units will have to be moved in order for work to the power structure to be done.
Day laborers unavailable to help.
Another article indicates that tempers are becoming frayed in some instances.
At the Wednesday meeting of the Monroe County Commission, debris was the major issue. Apparently Governor Scott and the FDOT decided to enter into lucrative contracts with major companies to remove debris. Many who have no experience with debris removal.
A local contractor who has a yearly contract with the County for debris removal is upset. The outside concerns are being paid more. Per his contract with the County, he cannot raise his prices.
He cannot compete with the bigger companies coming in. They pay more so additional workers are unavailable to him. He also cannot acquire additional trucks and other equipment because of cost. The bigger guys are buying/renting them up.
The article notes that debris hauling has become a statewide and national crisis.
Displaced boats a problem. Boats that have sunk totally or to some degree.
Satellite imagery indicates 1,300 displaced boats. They need to be removed. A danger to navigation and pollutants from leaking fuel tanks.
Three hundred sixty-four have been assessed for removal so far. Only 3 removed.
I wish to compliment the Citizen also on its pictures reflecting damage caused by Irma. Right on. Rob O’Neal responsible for most. Excellent, as usual. His photos clearly and accurately show the damage and destruction.
My day yesterday was spent working on Irma and Me and watching the Syracuse/North Carolina State game. Syracuse lost 33-25.
Syracuse a come back team. They will win one of these close ones soon. Stupid errors were responsible for at least one touchdown and one three point kick. Not the first game the mistakes have occurred. Get rid of the slip ups and Syracuse will begin winning.
First the NFL, now the NBA re the National Anthem.
The NBA has a rule that requires players to stand during the playing of the National Anthem. What will the basketball players do? Interesting.
The issue has affected the NFL’s favorability rating. It was 30 percent 9/21. Seventeen percent 9/28.
Trump has crystallized the situation and made it into a problem. It should not have been one. The issue is freedom of speech/freedom of expression. Nothing else.
Many American banks and bankers are guilty of corrupt practices. They are like a teflon pan. Their wrongdoings slide off them.
My position since 2008 has been we should prosecute some bank CEO’s. Such would correct the problem.
Nguyen Xuan Son was the head of a major Vietnamese bank. He was charged with major mishandling of funds. Embezzlement, abuse of power, and economic mismanagement.
His bank lost 1.5 trillion Dong. $65 million American money.
Tried and convicted. He has been sentenced to death.
Enjoy your Sunday!