Today at the Editor’s glance: A Dangerous heat advisory is still in effect today in Flagler-Palm Coast, with the heat index expected to range between 105 and 109 in Palm Coast, higher in other portions of Northeast Florida. Do not take chances outside. “A heat warning means that some people can be seriously affected by heat if precautions are not taken. Studies in Canada, Europe, and the U.S. have indicated that mortality begins to increase exponentially as the heat increases or stays above a heat index of 104°F,” NWS says. Seventy-seven years ago today Ann Frank wrote her last entry in her diary, before Nazis shipped her and her family to a death camp: ““As I’ve told you many times, I’m split in two. One side contains my exuberant cheerfulness, my flippancy, my joy in life and, above all, my ability to appreciate the lighter side of things. By that I mean not finding anything wrong with flirtations, a kiss, an embrace, an off-color joke. This side of me is usually lying in wait to ambush the other one, which is much purer, deeper and finer. ….” She was 15. “The happy-go-lucky Anne laughs, gives a flippant reply, shrugs her shoulders and pretends she doesn’t give a darn. The quiet Anne reacts in just the opposite way. If I’m being completely honest, I’ll have to admit that it does matter to me, that I’m trying very hard to change myself, but that I’m always up against a more powerful enemy.”In medias res: The Observer’s Brian McMillan interviews City Repertory Theatre’s Beau Wade and John Sbordone ahead of next weekend’s opening of “Twisted,” a parody of “Aladdin.” ” Humanizing a villain is the history of modern literature,” says Sbordone. “Despite my reluctance to like “Twisted,” having been at rehearsal night after night, I’m growing to appreciate it. It’s a lot of fun. I don’t think you do parodies for knowledge. You’re entertaining the audience. See the full interview here:
Vaccinations and Covid testing: Given the unprecedented volume of positive Covid-19 cases in our community, the Flagler County Health Department has modified its testing and vaccination schedules for the first and second weeks of August. All testing and vaccination will take place Monday, Aug. 2, and Tuesday, Aug. 3 from 4:00 to 6:30PM at the Flagler County Health Department, 301 Dr. Carter Blvd, Bunnell.
Snyder also shared that the department is prioritizing testing for individuals with COVID symptoms and that testing is by appointment only. Reservations can be made by calling 386-437-7350 ext. 0, weekdays between 8AM and 4:30PM. Since the health department has stopped offering COVID testing for travel, residents requiring this verification will need to coordinate with a Flagler County pharmacy.
The department is prioritizing testing for individuals with Covid symptoms and that testing is by appointment only. Reservations can be made by calling 386-437-7350 ext. 0, weekdays between 8AM and 4:30PM. Since the health department has stopped offering Covid testing for travel, residents requiring this verification will need to coordinate with a Flagler County pharmacy.
The health department will transition to offer testing and vaccinations five afternoons a week starting Monday, August 9, with the potential to add a second location (120 Airport Road, 2nd floor) in the coming weeks. No appointments are necessary for vaccinations. The health department currently offers the Pfizer vaccine, which is approved for adults and children over age 12.
Snyder added, “On July 28, the CDC updated its guidance that even vaccinated people in high risk communities like Flagler County should wear masks indoors. The Delta Variant is highly contagious, which helps to explain why we had 665 positive cases this week compared with 400 a week ago. Please get vaccinated, wear a mask, wash your hands and social distance whenever possible. If you need to get tested and don’t have symptoms, reach out to any pharmacy in the area. This is our shot, Flagler. Stay safe.” For more information about COVID-19 vaccination and testing efforts, please visit https://flhealthcovid19.gov/.
The Live Calendar is a compendium of local and regional political, civic and cultural events. You can input your own calendar events directly onto the site as you wish them to appear (pending approval of course). To include your event in the Live Calendar, please fill out this form.
Palm Coast Code Enforcement Board Meeting
Separation Chat: Open Discussion
The Circle of Light A Course in Miracles Study Group
Weekly Chess Club for Teens, Ages 9-18, at the Flagler County Public Library
Flagler County Republican Club Meeting
Flagler County Drug Court Convenes
Flagler Beach City Commission Meeting
Palm Coast Democratic Club Meeting
Evenings at Whitney Lecture Series
Uncouth: Open Mic Night
For the full calendar, go here.
“Secondly, when a particular people become the majority in a country, they do not become more tolerant, they become paradoxically less so. I say “paradoxically” because, in theory, people choose to be among their “own kind” so that they do not have to fear intrusions by a rival group; by this logic, those in the majority should feel more secure, and hence more magnanimous. Sadly, that is not what happens in practice. In fact, the reverse is true: it is only when minorities have a significant influence and their opinions are reflected in public debate that political regimes seek to structure their society in a way that that is tolerant and just. When minorities lose this influence, when only the opinion of the majority can be heard, countries descend into populism and political parties vie to outdo each other.”
–From “Adrift: How Our World Lost Its Way,” by Amin Maalouf (2019).
Ray W. says
And to think that populism, as a political movement, began in the 1880’s by farmers in the heartland banding together in an effort to secure price minimums for their crops. How far we have come from that basic need for security. Yet, since Trump has amassed a political cash cow of some $100 million with few restraints on how it is to be spent, I suppose the basic premise of populism remains: How can populism best secure a steady flow of money for its leaders!
@A good point
Care to compare trump to William Jennings Bryan?
Imagine what might come to pass if all the holy books became museum specimens — and were replaced by dictionaries.
From the aforementioned era:
A man always has two reasons for doing anything: a good reason and the real reason.
— J. P. Morgan