GUEST COLUMN: Growth win a battle, not the war

Evacuation … by the numbers


Editor: As with all species, mankind has been created with a “fight or flight” response, in the face of threat or danger. However, mankind has also been blessed with higher reasoning or rational thought. Math has always been a great path to rationality, honing perspective and eliminating irrational emotional responses. To wit: Two plus two always equals four, not five on a good day or three on a bad day — just four.

According to The National Safety Council statistics, chances from dying in one’s lifetime from a motor vehicle accident are, 1 in 114; from a motor vehicle crash, 1 in 645; as a car occupant, 1 in 9,821 from an air transport Incident, and 1 in 66,335 from a cataclysmic storm — just slightly longer odds than dying from contact with hornets wasps and bees, at 1 in 63,225.

Considering the above, it seems highly irrational and fraught with risk, to voluntarily join a hysterical, “hair-on-fire” mass evacuation by car or plane to some far distant location. Not sure I understand it to be honest. Discretion being the better part of valor, higher reasoning always wins out, regardless of the hysterical mainstream media and their on-air theatrics.

For those few that continue to think for themselves — the fighters— it has become clear that, going forward, a very useful data point for preparation and decision making, will be the tide tables for a day or two before the storm and a day or two after. Maybe that information can be provided by county emergency management officials in the future.

All in all, everyone in St. Johns County — at every level, both official and civilian — outperformed as usual.

It’s that strong, unbreakable spirit, we now need to focus on our family, friends and neighbors in need.

Ron Anselmo

St. Augustine

No, C02 didn’t bring Irma down on us

Editor: Columnist Leonard Pitts claims in his Sept. 18 column that the scientific response to the question whether or not our recent furious hurricanes are a result of human emitted CO2 “…is a bit more nuanced.”

Short and final answer, no, there’s no “nuanced” ambiguity. Albert Einstein said it best, “It only takes one failed test to kill a theory.”

The human-caused global warming hypothesis has failed one test after another.

Atmospheric CO2 concentration from 1897 to present has unambiguously increased continually, yet the incidence of every category of land falling hurricanes over the same 140 years (including Irma) has unambiguously declined.

Correlation does not prove causality. Lack of correlation absolutely disproves it.

Peter Spiller

St. Augustine

A pat on the back for FPL

Editor: On Friday I took three balloons and a thank you card to the St. Augustine location of the Florida Power &Light company. You would have thought I had just delivered to them a winning Powerball lottery ticket. You see, they have been inundated with complaints from people who are inconvenienced by their lack of power. And, of course, many customers and businesses in particular have truly been inconvenienced.

But I learned something when delivering my balloons to the elderly and very cordial security guard. FPL employees have been working 18 hour shifts, struggling with downed trees, downed power lines and flooded areas. If you look up as you drive around our city you will see a web of wires supported by a forest of poles, a complex network bringing power to us all. And we take for granted this engineering achievement until a catastrophe occurs, in this case Irma.

Do we have a God-given right to have air conditioning, refrigeration, television, the Internet, hair dryers, fans and all of what we now view as life’s necessities? Perhaps we feel that we do, until they are no longer there. Then we may see them as the privileges and luxuries they really are. And maybe it takes Irma for us to appreciate these “necessities” as the luxuries they are. And maybe it takes Irma for us to also appreciate the dedicated efforts of the FPL employees to bring them back to us.

Jackie Bowen

St. Augustine

Carolina creeping

Editor: Everything was moving along nicely along I-95 heading north, to avoid Irma. Through Florida, passed Jacksonville International Airport, crossing into Georgia. No problem. Then we hit South Carolina and the nightmare. Creeping, stopping, for hours on end. Why? Simple: I-95 in South Carolina is two lanes, not three as in Georgia and Florida. If South Carolina would get its act together and add a third lane both ways, the saving in otherwise wasted gas and endless frustrating hours behind the wheel would be worth many millions of dollars to evacuating Floridians.

Bob Feldheim

St. Augustine

Guest columnist, Hill, spot on

Editor: Thank you so much for printing the opinion piece, “Keep the Confederate statues standing,” by Mike Hill in the Sunday edition of The Record. The headline didn’t reflect his real message however.

Thankfully, I grew up in a household during the 1940s and 1950s that knew no prejudices … or at least to me they were never shown if, in fact, they did exist. I learned to treat everyone with respect and kindness, no matter what the situation or who was involved. Of course, I didn’t like everyone; nor did everyone like me. But it never had anything to do with skin color or religion or any of the other designations that divides us and that we hear about too often.

Mike Hill, an “American who happens to be black,” said so many of the things I’ve been thinking but was afraid to voice for fear of being called a racist. We have all witnessed the divisiveness that a handful of people foster — and politicians and the media promote. Isn’t it time to allow the pendulum to swing in the opposite direction? Isn’t it time to once again think of our neighbors, classmates and associates as Americans first, — and African, Asian, Gay, or any other moniker last? Or not at all?

I happily join Mike Hill in shouting his message about the unique, incredible opportunities that are available to anyone in our country who wants to put in the time and hard work. If we put more sweat and effort into positive goals and make less noise about the flaws of some people who lived a century or more ago, we would learn from both history and our own mistakes.

Mary Capo

World Golf Village



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