Weather: Partly cloudy. A chance of showers and thunderstorms in the afternoon. Highs in the lower 90s. Southeast winds 5 to 10 mph. Chance of rain 50 percent. Tuesday Night: Clear. A slight chance of showers and thunderstorms in the evening. Lows in the mid 70s. Southeast winds 5 to 10 mph. Chance of rain 20 percent.
Today at the Editor’s Glance:
In Court: No hearings scheduled in felony court.
The Palm Coast City Council meets in workshop at 9 a.m. at city hall to go over its special budgetary funds–utility, stormwatre, waste management, and so on. The administration is proposing increasi8ng those departments’ employees from 153 full-time positions to 160. For agendas, minutes, and audio access to the meetings, go here. For meeting agendas, audio and video, go here.
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.
502 S. Bacher St., Bunnell, FL 32110
Dates: June 6–July 29, Monday through Friday.
Notably: Back when Congress could still pass legislation worth the name, the first President Bush on this day in 1990 signed the Americans with Disabilities Act. The Times editorialized about the landmark legislation, but not in its lead editorial. That was devoted to the B-2 bomber’s obscene costs, with 15 built by then. “The act does more than enlarge the independence of disabled Americans. It enlarges civil rights and humanity, for all Americans,” the Times wrote of the ADA, now the Miranda of disabilities: you have the right to be accommodated. But it was also, unfortunately, on this day that the witch hunt for Rep. Barney Frank’s homosexuality peaked with a House vote of 408-18 to reprimand him over what was really a pretext to go after him–ethics violations over a few parking tickets fixed for his friend, a male prostitute, who was still turning tricks from Frank’s home. It had been Frank who’d asked for the investigation to clear his name–which it was: he was found to have been unaware of his friend’s business. But the funniest and sharpest of Representatives went on to win re-election. Unlike Ed Koch, who never did, he’d come out as gay three years earlier, and of course paid the price. And it is a constellation of birthdays: Aldous Huxley’s (1894), George Bernard Shaw (1856) and Stanley Kubrick (1928), not to mention our favorite prime minister on the planet, New Zealand’s Jacinda Arden, who is just 42.
Flagler Beach Webcam:
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Flagler Beach Farmers Market
Grace Community Food Pantry on Education Way
Gamble Jam at Gamble Rogers Memorial State Recreation Area
Palm Coast Farmers’ Market at European Village
Grace Community Food Pantry on Education Way
Al-Anon Family Groups
For the full calendar, go here.
Even the vaccination categories used to distinguish risk have become muddier. In part because the most vulnerable are also the most well vaccinated, the outcomes for the two groups are not nearly as distinct as they once were. In April, for the first time, there were more deaths among the vaccinated than among the unvaccinated, according to the C.D.C.’s representative 30-jurisdiction sample. In May, 54 percent of Americans dying of Covid had completed at least their primary vaccination schedule.
This is not a black mark on vaccine efficacy, since the U.S. population — and especially the vulnerable population — is well vaccinated enough to distort these calculations. Though vaccines have proved considerably less effective at stopping transmission, vaccination remains a miraculously powerful tool against severe illness. (Protection against those outcomes does wane, but from a very strong baseline.) But it probably no longer makes sense to think about the population in two neat buckets or to attribute the spread of the disease primarily to easy-to-understand vaccine dynamics. The immunological makeup of the country is just much more complicated now, in part because just about everyone has been infected.
–From “Endemic Covid-19 Looks Pretty Brutal,” by David Wallace-Wells, New York Times, July 20, 2022.
Willy James says
How did you get Joe Mullins to pose for this picture?