With Fleetwood Mac in the background, here are a few miscellaneous musings for an early Monday morning.
Having seen the “60 Minutes” segment last night about climate scientists researching the sediment beneath ice sheets in Greenland, it heightens my already significant concern. This episode follows one on PBS Newshour earlier in the week which discusses relocating a Native American population from an island off Louisiana that is being consumed. I have strong advice to anyone who lives on the coast. Sell your property now, while you can gain value and move inland. And, if you don’t believe me research how Bangladesh had to relocate about 750,000 people from fishing villages inland.
On a different subject, after insulting (and then doubling down on the insult) a Muslim American father and mother who lost their son after he saved the lives of his fellow troops, Donald Trump reacted in a horribly insensitive manner. He has received deserved backlash from all sides for his insensitivity. After that criticism, he asked, “Don’t I have the right to talk?” Yes, he does and so do we. This man has the judgment of a mean-spirited middle schooler who ostracizes other middle schoolers. Republican leaders need to further distance themselves from this toxic man who does not deserve to represent America. If you don’t, he will drag you down with him.
On the good news front, more communities are holding community meetings to create better dialogue around racial issues and community policing. There are so many fine, hardworking police officers, that reaching out more is a hugely positive move. And, the African saying that Hillary Clinton took grief over in the 1990s, which she referenced again Thursday night, it does take a village to raise a child. We must solve our problems together as we all want to live in a safe, peaceful environment where opportunities exist to grow.
Finally, I saw Senator Bernie Sanders on “Real Time with Bill Maher,” Friday night. He encouraged young folks to stay involved after the election. Run for office or be involved somehow in helping the community. He rightly noted that so many decisions are made at the local and state level, where your involvement can make a difference. Hear, hear.