First up is about driving hazards:
LAKE PLACID [Florida] — A 98-year-old man was transported to Lee Memorial Hospital in serious condition after his 2008 Chevrolet HHR was struck while crossing U.S. 27 at Lake Mirror Drive. Highway Patrol Trooper Larry H. McClellan Jr.’s report showed that John G. Gill’s vehicle was crossing the southbound highway lane at 4:05 p.m. Friday when a southbound 1996 Ford F-250 swerved left, but struck the HHR. Jean Gill, 85, a passenger in the HHR, reported minor injuries, as did the pickup driver, John G. Thomason, 66, and his passenger, Tvonne Campbell, 51. All four are from Lake Placid.
These things happen... moreso in our "snowbird" months because there is an increase in traffic and courtesy seems to be harder to find. Though, clearly, the HHR driver might be a bit old to be behind the wheel and was likely at fault. Here's the problem for us: there is no public transportation system in this area... so, if you cannot drive, you are trapped at home.
The next thing on my agenda is a rant about racism. Much in the news these days, it is a major problem for our society.
Let's start with the definition:
I had a black man once tell me, "scratch a white person, find a bigot." How is that different from saying a black man is lazy?
Personally, I believe we are all biased in some way, that this trait is deeply embedded in our DNA; that all we can do is acknowledge it and try to control it. And that we must.