Here's what your neighbors are talking about today.
No ‘naughty list’ with me as mayor
I want to talk to the citizens of Palm Coast about the city’s secret naughty list —you know, the one where any city employee could just add your name to a list and claim you were a disgruntled resident and do it without your knowledge or any due process of law.
My fiancé escaped from the horrors of communism in East Germany where the secret police, the Stasi, practiced this exact type of tyranny.
Well, this isn’t East Germany. This is America. This is Palm Coast, and I promise this type of banana republic nonsense will never happen under my administration. I will not tolerate it as your mayor.
A new day is coming to Palm Coast, and I will put an end to this absurdity and all of the disgraceful policies left over from the Holland administration.
Visit vote4lowe.com to learn more. I am a conservative voice for conservative folks like you.
Editor’s Note: Alan Lowe is a candidate for mayor.
A respectful community
How blessed we are to live here in Flagler County.
On the evening of May 19, many residents attended the memorial service for law enforcement officers. It was an emotional, respectful ceremony for those who served law and order.
It was uplifting also to see how many attendees supported the men in blue. All in Flagler County should be thankful to Sheriff Rick Staly and all the officers who faithfully serve our community every day.
Thank you, Flagler County graduates, for looking so awesome in your yearbook photographs. You have set a standard for yearbook photos here in Flagler County and hopefully all high schools in Florida. Your families must be so proud of you all.
Congratulations, one and all, and good luck.
Aware of Alzheimer’s
This June, during Alzheimer’s and Brain Awareness Month, join the Alzheimer’s Association to help raise awareness of this devastating disease. You can start by learning and sharing the 10 warning signs of Alzheimer’s disease.
It may be hard to know the difference between age-related changes and the first signs of Alzheimer’s. To help identify problems early, the Alzheimer’s Association has created a list of warning signs for Alzheimer’s and other dementias. Individuals may experience one or more of these in different degrees:
1. Memory loss that disrupts daily life.
2. Challenges in planning or solving problems.
3. Difficulty completing familiar tasks at home, at work or at leisure.
4. Confusion with time or place.
5. Trouble understanding visual images and spatial relationships.
6. New problems with words in speaking or writing.
7. Misplacing things and losing the ability to retrace steps.
8. Decreased or poor judgment.
9. Withdrawal from work or social activities.
10. Changes in mood and personality.
If you or someone you care about is experiencing any of these signs, please see a doctor to find the cause. Early diagnosis gives you a chance to seek treatment and plan for your future. To learn more about warning signs, visit alz.org/10signs or call the Alzheimer’s Association free 24/7 Helpline at 800-272-3900.
Don’t ditch Waste Pro
We read that Waste Pro has been penalized and risk losing its contract with Palm Coast due to breach of contract. Waste Pro responded by saying: "Waste Pro has informed city staff that the issues with collection range from lack of employees to not having enough hours in the day."
These are unprecedented times. I see “help wanted” signs everywhere, as businesses struggle to find people to work. In all our years (and there are many!), we have never had such excellent garbage collection as we have since moving to Palm Coast; in fact, it was one of the first benefits we noticed after moving here in 2014. Our Waste Pro collectors have always been competent, friendly and hard working. I can't imagine another company doing a better job, especially in these trying times.
Firing them and hiring an unknown company doesn't seem to be the answer. I encourage Palm Coast to work with Waste Pro until our economy straightens itself out and stop penalizing them for conditions out of their control, which adds stress to an already stressful situation.
How can Palm Coast work with Waste Pro? Do we need to rearrange our collection schedule — maybe move recycling to once every two weeks? Go to an alternating schedule — twice a week for one week, then once a week for one week? Let's be reasonable.
For the record, we have no personal or professional relationship with anyone from Waste Pro. This email is simply because we don't want a company that has done an excellent job to be damaged because of issues beyond their control. I realize that you may have information that I don't have, but this is based upon the observation of Palm Coast resident/property owners.
Barbara and David Crossman
Think before you vote
I am in shock at the attitudes of some people in this community!
As one of those northern Democrats all Republicans are supposed to run for their lives from like the end is coming, I voted Republican four out or the last six presidential elections. The reason I did this is because I stopped and listened to what the other guys had to say — I didn’t just let some talking heads on TV tell me how I should view everything and everyone.
If people continue to barge straight ahead with their own agendas without any discussion of opposing views then that is not the democracy our forefathers planned for us. Instead of running away, why don’t we sit down and have a civil conversation about the differences in our beliefs and see where that leads? One thing I know is that if you try to run away from everyone that’s not exactly like you, you’ll run for the rest of your life.