Weather: Partly cloudy. Highs in the upper 80s. Northeast winds 5 to 10 mph. Tuesday Night: Partly cloudy. Lows in the upper 60s. Southeast winds 5 to 10 mph, becoming south after midnight.
Today at the Editor’s Glance:
In Court: Trial week continues in felony court.
The Palm Coast City Council meets at 9 a.m. at City Hall. The council will consider approving leases for two new cell towers, one of them more controversial than the other. See: “Another Cell Tower Plan Near Palm Harbor Golf Has Palm Coast Council Fearful of Public Reaction.” The council will also consider approving an amendment to the Town Center master-planned development agreement, changing some tracts from business to residential development, reserving just 5 percent of housing stock for workhouse housing, and other changes. The council is expected to hear and likely approve a rezoning that would clear the way for 243 apartments on Old Kings Road. See: “Rezoning Would Clear the Way for 243 Apartments on Old Kings Road, Against Public Opposition.” For agendas, minutes, and audio access to the meetings, go here. For meeting agendas, audio and video, go here.
Flagler Health+ hosts a mobile clinic from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Hammock Community Church, 5299 North Oceanshore Boulevard (A1A). It’s free, and no appointment is necessary.
The Flagler County School Board meets at 1 p.m. in an information workshop. The board meets in the training room on the third floor of the Government Services Building, 1769 East Moody Boulevard, Bunnell. The board is expected to discuss a salary schedule update, talk about the renewal of its half-cent sales tax supplement, and discuss a communications survey. The board meets again at 6 p.m. in the first floor chambers for its regular business meeting. The board appears in a position to reverse itself and award insurance premium rebates to employees, after the rebates were initially denied. See: “Damaging Trust with Unions, Flagler School Board Rejects a Rebate to Employees that Its Own Teams Had Agreed To.” Board meeting documents are available here.
Food Truck Tuesdays at Central Park in Town Center, visitors can enjoy gourmet food served out of trucks from 5 to 8 p.m.–mobile kitchens, canteens and catering trucks that offer up appetizers, main dishes, side dishes and desserts. Foods to be featured change monthly but have included lobster rolls, Portuguese cuisine, fish and chips, regional American, Latin food, ice cream, barbecue and much more. Many menus are kid-friendly. Proceeds from each Food Truck Tuesday event benefits a local charity.
Keep in Mind the Summer BreakSpot: Free Meals for Kids and Teens, Monday through Friday: Flagler Schools and Café EDU is providing free meals to all kids 18 and under this summer. It started on May 31, it’s running through July 29. Meals Must be Consumed Onsite. No Identification Needed. No Application Necessary. The Summer BreakSpot Program, also known as the Summer Food Service Program, is federally funded under the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) and, in Florida, administered by the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services. Sites are locally operated by nonprofit organizations (sponsors) that provide the meals and receive a reimbursement from USDA. For additional information, please reach out to Café EDU at 386-437-7526 x1159, or email [email protected] The free meal locations are:
Flagler-Palm Coast High School
5500 E. Highway 100, Palm Coast, FL 32164
Dates: May 31–July 29, Monday through Friday, except July 4.
502 S. Bacher St., Bunnell, FL 32110
Dates: June 6–July 29, Monday through Friday, except July 4.
Notably: The acerbic and tortuously Catholic novelist and essayist Mary McCarthy was born on this day (1912). In her 1962 Paris Review Interview she had this curious response to a question about how World War II’s outbreak had affected her and the Partisan Review group she was a part of: “At the beginning of the war we were all isolationists, the whole group. Then I think the summer after the fall of France–certainly before Pearl Harbor-~Philip Rahv wrote an article in which he said in a measured sentence, “In a certain sense, this is our war.” The rest of us were deeply shocked by this, because we regarded it as a useless imperialist war. You couldn’t beat Fascism that way: “Fight the enemy at home,” and so on. In other words, we reacted to the war rather in the manner as if it had been World War I. This was after Munich, after the so-called “phony war.” There was some reason for having certain doubts about the war, at least about the efficacy of the war. So when Philip wrote this article, a long controversy began on Partisan Review. It split between those who supported the war, and those who didn’t. I was among those who didn’t–Edmund Wilson also, though for slightly different reasons. Dwight Macdonald and Clement Greenberg split off, and Dwight founded his own magazine, Politics, which started out as a Trotskyite magazine, and then became a libertarian, semi-anarchist one. Meyer Schapiro was in this group, and I forget who else. Edmund was really an unreconstructed isolationist. The others were either Marxist or libertarian. Of course there was a split in the Trotskyite movement at that period. Toward the end of the war, I began to realize that there was something hypocritical about my position-~that I was really supporting the war.”
The day’s more interesting birthday belongs not to Jean-Paul Sartre (1905) or Meredith Baxter (1947) or Prince William, born just as his imperial majesty Margaret Thatcher was clobbering the Malvinas in her little war, but to Reinhold Niebuhr (1892), who happened to be Jimmy Carter’s favorite theologian, and who historian Rick Perlstein described as “an anti-utopian who despised simple answers and cheap grace, let alone conservatives who believed that all the answers for living could be easily and painlessly extracted from the plain text of the Bible. Niebuhr believed that a too-simple division of the world into lightness and dark led to calamity. Carter’s favorite quote from him was “The sad duty of politics is to establish justice in a sinful world”—not exactly a Disney sort of message. The president’s taste for Niebuhrian moral complexity was one of the things that made him so ideologically ambiguous—not an easy thing to be in a culture clamoring more and more for easy solutions in confusing times.” Finally, it is also the United Nations’ International day of Yoga–a very Niebuhrian occasion.
Now this: The Mike Wallace Interview: Reinhold Niebuhr:
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Palm Coast Farmers’ Market at European Village
Grace Community Food Pantry on Education Way
Al-Anon Family Groups
Nar-Anon Family Group
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Inasfar as it represents the illusions and deceptions of middle-class people, who never conform their own group conduct to their individual ideals, it deserves the cynical reaction of the proletarian. The illusory element must be admitted to be very large. The middle classes believe in freedom, but deny freedom when its exercise imperils their position in society; they profess a morality of love and unselfishness but do not achieve an unselfish group attitude toward a less privileged group; they claim to abhor violence and yet use it both in international conflict and in the social crises in which their interests are imperiled; they want mutuality of interest between classes rather than a class struggle but the mutuality must not be so complete as to destroy all their special privileges.
—-Reinhold Niebuhr, from Moral Man and Immoral Society (1932).
Ray W. says
Thank you, Mr. Tristam, for the Niebuhr quote, and for so much more.
As is so often the case, your “Notably” is a thing of value. Thank you for literally sharing your mind.
The Mike Wallace Interview: Reinhold Niebuhr, and the several videos about Niebuhr adjacent it (on YouTube) condense a college
semester to a few hours. I wonder how many who binge on game shows, gossip, and so-called reality, will invest even 30 minutes…
Again, thank you.