Letting the World In

As the tears fell down my cheeks this morning, I realized how much I’ve gotten used to being hard to the world. Tracking Florida’s COVID-19 numbers helps me know how the Coronavirus pandemic is going on in the world just outside our door. I was trained for this new project of mine during my nearly…

Cruising? No, thanks, not yet.

The global cruise industry expected to carry 32 million passengers and taken $71 billion in revenue this year. This will fall by at least 50% this year. Euromonitor International According to a recent article in USA Today, cruising has been postponed until September 15, but there are a lot of us former fans who won’t…

Civic Duty

Ask not what your country can do for you, ask what you can do for your country.John F. Kennedy’s Inaugural Address, January 20, 1961 President Kennedy’s words nearly 60 years ago inspired a generation of Americans, who themselves were standing on the shoulders of the Greatest Generation, who came of age during the Great Depression…

The Long, Unseen Recovery

In an article distributed by USA Today, Stephanie Innes of the Arizona Republic writes about the remarkably long recovery period for COVID-19 survivors. Recovery times for people that have been seriously sick are lengthy — in general, at least three times as long as people were hospitalized, if not longer. Stephanie Innes, Arizona Republic Innes…

Doing the Right Thing

The governor of my state of Florida, Ron DeSantis, is “counting on people to do the right thing” about social distancing and wearing masks to reduce the transmission of the coronavirus. In the next breath, he shrugs off the young crowds at the bars, saying “people are going to do what they’re going to do.”…

Spinning

There are no problems, only opportunities.Old budget analyst adage I spent my working years as an analyst in the New York State Division of the Budget. Making a solid case for a position was highly valued. When I spoke about our work with other State government managers, I’d say that if you could argue successfully…

Going Down Inflamed

Friday evenings we go to church for ten minutes. That’s when the duo of Mark Shields and David Brooks speak with PBS NewsHour anchor Judy Woodruff about the events of the prior week. Almost every week we are buoyed by the thoughtful analysis. Last night, on the topic of national leadership, Shields commented that a…

This is Governing

Governor Andrew Cuomo’s daily briefing, usually set in the State Capitol in Albany, took place today in Brooklyn, where his message was to encourage New Yorkers to wear a mask and to get tested at one of the 700 sites now available throughout New York State. But, he said, he could not get this message…