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A Big Thank You

I am a 92 year old WWII Veteran. I am bald and often wear a cap(even inside). While recently dining at an Outback a total stranger stopped at our table (my daughter, my son and his wife). He noticed my cap with a WWII emblem and told me his father had served in WWII and that he also served in the military. We had a nice conversation. We shook hands and thanked each other for our service. The manager brought the check and informed us that the total stranger had paid $50 torwards our check. I don't know his name, but I hope he reads this and gets our thank you. It must have been in respect for his dad and all the other Vets who have served in WWII. What a wonderful man. Thanks again and God bless you and your family.

Coronavirus Awareness

Like everyone else, I’ve read items about the coronavirus. And we must be more careful now than usual. This does include coving ones mouth when coughing or sneezing. It’s only good common sense. March 1, 2020, I was in my neighborhood Publix shopping. I came upon a man who was shopping with his son who looked to be about 16. The son was constantly coughing very loudly and sneezing. He did not cover his mouth with his hand or sleeve, didn’t even attempt to. The first thing that came to mind was, of course, the coronavirus. Needless to say, I immediately turned around and went to the other side of the store. This young man was coughing so loudly I could actually hear him on the opposite side of the store. A word to the wise (or otherwise): if you’re ill and have someone else to shop for you, please stay at home. If you absolutely must go out in the public, at least cover your mouth when you cough or sneeze. Please.

Global Warming Worries

I read and hear from young adults often complaining about global warming and wasting plastic, paper and other toss out stuff. Recently I read that the tubes that are in each toilet paper roll in just one year could fill two Empire State buildings. That got me to thinking about disposable diapers. Can you imagine how many of these are in each landfill in the world. Just them fermenting is probably worse than a volcano or a coal fired plant for global warming. To say nothing of the cost. People over fifty years old actually used recycled diapers. Soft cotton that could be cleaned by a diaper service or in many cases right at home in a clothes washer in hot water and soap. Some of the old ideas were better for the environment than what we are doing today. Have you checked the cost of disposable diapers lately? We had two children and had about twenty diapers for the two of them. They are three years apart. Same diapers for both kids. They didn't cost as much as one box of disposables. Just so you know I hate plastic bags from the grocery stores. I always ask for paper, only if I forget to bring in my own canvas bags. I also hate plastic bottles. We used to reuse returnable bottles, after they were washed. There are some real positives to doing things the old fashioned way.

Marijuana Vs. Nicotine

FL Speaker of the House Oliva is concerned about high healthcare costs, and the dangers of legalizing Marijuana. Yet he's the scion of a family that sells cigars. One cigar has as much nicotine as a whole pack of cigarettes. The healthcare costs from smokers and chewers of that long legalized drug, have been, and still are, tremendous. Now the Centers for Disease Control has reported even 2nd hand smoke from burning cigars, cigarettes and pipes also is dangerous and costly. Secondhand smoke includes smoke that has been exhaled, or breathed out, by the person smoking. Separating smokers from nonsmokers, opening windows, or using air filters does not prevent other people from breathing secondhand smoke, which can also infiltrate into other units through hallways and stairwells, and linger in cars, restaurants, etc. In children, secondhand smoke causes ear infections, more frequent and severe asthma attacks, coughing, sneezing, and shortness of breath, and respiratory infections such as bronchitis and pneumonia, and a greater risk for sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS). Breathing secondhand smoke causes harm to nonsmoking adults too, and can result in higher rates of heart disease, stroke, and lung damage. Now "vaping", which is really inhaling who knows what along with nicotine, is getting children hooked on that very dangerous legal drug. As our Republican leaders still rant and rave about Marijuana. To distract us from their failure to improve everyone's health, by expanding Medicaid, using money from the taxes we have all already paid to the Federal Government? Over 800,000 Floridians would then be able to see a healthcare provider regularly, rather than being rushed to the Emergency room in a crisis.

Re: "Fire Hydrants"

My husband and I have lived in Lakewood Park for 18 years and like it just fine without city water and sewer. City water is very costly, smells and taste bad. If you want city water and sewer move back to Hialeah. Leave the Lakewood Park residents alone.

Re: Young Lady

As a Young Lady in my early twenties, I had a boss who called me Young Lady. We are both retired but still keep in touch. When I answer the phone or I call him and he answers the phone, his Hello Young Lady brings back a lot of good memories. I don’t care to be called Honey but sometimes Young Lady is definitely called for.

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