Giving back

There are so many people and families out there who truly need this money to bridge the gap until they can go back to work. We are retired and fortunate not to require it. Our first thought was to return the money. But who knows if it would end up helping where needed, or be wasted again. So, understanding that our local small businesses may or may not receive the assistance they need to survive, we decided to have our trees trimmed; have our sprinkler system overhauled; have our house pressure washed; have scheduled maintenance on our car done early; and we have contracted to have a paver sidewalk installed around the side of our garage we have been talking about for years. So that is five small local businesses we have given work to in the last few weeks.

Yes, we would have probably had all of these things done over the next few months or years, and all of them were done outside where distancing could be observed, but it helped these small local businesses stay afloat now until things get better. We also set aside some money for when the restaurants open again.

Some of our favorite servers are going to get some great tips.

Thank you, Hometown News!

I am wanted to rave about your newspaper! I really look forward to every week and really appreciate all the people it takes to get it published and even my conciencious delivery person.

Everything is terrific, keep up the good work. I really appreciate it. Stay safe!

Here comes the love (bugs)

I was working out in the yard today and saw number of lovebugs – singles and joined.

With the decrease in traffic in these pandemic times, how are they going to be “controlled” if they aren’t being smashed on the front of 18-wheelers and other vehicles?

About mandatory masks

With Florida beginning Phase I, a response is required to the writer wanting masks mandatory in stores. Unfortunately he/she does not understand the effectiveness of masks. Masks do not replace the need for social distancing, and hand washing. At Publix yesterday at checkout the attendant came very close and asked if I wanted help unloading my cart, No! Her mask provided high protection for neither of us. The danger of masks is giving a false sense of confidence.

Coronavirus particles are 0.06 to 0.14 microns, that is very small. As a Ph.D. scientist the best mask protection is provided by N95 masks (now only for health care workers), 95% effective. Surgical masks don’t have the tight fit but still provide a good level of protection. Other masks commercial or handmade are less effective (10 to 60%). Effectiveness is determined by material, design, and fit. Such masks are not designed to block tiny particles. At Publix I saw masks not fully covering the nose or bulged out on the sides..

Nonmedical face coverings are only helpful against spreading the virus if we continue to take social distancing and hygiene seriously. If you have: fever, coughing, sneezing, please stay home.

RE: "Mask should be mandatory"

This is on the topic of people wearing masks in public. I hope this is just temporary, because it's not very attractive or bright to do that. I hope it doesn't last long and shouldn't be the new normal. I will never accept it as that.

Also, I was in Walmart and all the materials were gone. People are homemaking these masks and they're only 2% effective which they need to know.

The doctors haven't thought about deaf people that can't hear and can't tell what people are saying because they have their mouths covered. They need to stop this. It's gotta stop. The black masks need to be omitted, too, they look intimidating.

Dog beaches an unpleasant surprise

Our family spent a week, prior to COVID-19, at Melbourne Beach; a very nice area we have not been to in several years.

To our suprise, and disgust, every beach location we visted was subject to dogs and their owners allowing them to deficate whereever.

We were informed by many residents that complaints have been made. Why are the beaches becoming (are) dog privledged areas? It's not very pleasant.

RE: "Who’s to blame for shooting”

Thank you for identifying that person, the article that I referred to stated that he had resigned but they failed to mention anything else.

I am really responding to the individual that submitted the article for week of April 17th. I did not respond to his attacks on my rebuttal to the original article as I thought it would just take me down to his/her/its level.

The first statement that was wrong is when he/she/it referred to the Obama Era as either a mistake or that I was simply attacking an innocent President.

The standard method of "social engineering" is to start in the schools and this has been happening before the “Obama Era” actually one of the contributors was G.W. Bush with the “no child left behind” program.

But the author of this topic the week of April 17 is correct when he/she/it stated that the teachers were one of the victims of the “Promise Program, the other victims are the children and that program left the vicious/mentally unbalanced to assault/harass/bully them on a daily basis.

Do I blame the Teachers Union, you bet. The donations that the union contributes to politicians aids them in their re-elections. At the core of every problem that we have to live and deal with are politicians of all parties, Democrats, Republicans and Independents, there are no innocents here.

Who's in charge?

Let's not forget that hurrican season in coming. I hate to be the bearer of bad news. I am startled at how Brevard County has handled the COVID-19 crisis. Our elected officials have not communicated very clearly to the public, they have sent sent very mixed messages to the tax-paying public as well as the surrounding areas of the county.

I don't like the fact that some of our elected officials, including the Sheriff think some news is the enemy of the people.

It worries me that NASA has publically stated for their upcoming launch that they want people to stay home and watch the launch. Don't come to Florida and watch the launch because of the virus, but our Sheriff wants everyone to come.

This is a real virus, hurricanes are real situations. I do think some of our elected officials do really hard work, and I thank them, but some of them need to be voted out. I do thank the Sheriff for all his hard work, but he has some work to do on his messages to the press and public.

What's up with beach parking?

I don't understand why they are making everyone park at Cherie Down Park in Cape Canaveral and they have all the other parking blocked off.

It makes no sense to cram everyone into one parking area and one area of the beach when if you left the parking open all along the beach people would naturally be separated and breathing clean air and getting sun! You could even put a cone between each parking lot.

Are you purposely setting us up to fail or are you really that dumb?

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