Sunday, April 19, 2015
A NEW WEEK
What a gorgeous Saturday; Spring at its finest followed by an equally pretty Sunday marred only by a late drop in temperature. All at once the Forsythia are in bloom as well as some of the flowering trees. California is well into its fire season, marking its 5th draught year. They could use the rain we are promised for today.
Of course all is not perfect; NYC had an epidemic of shootings, stabbings, and just plain old murders over the week end. New Jersey had its share. Another unbelievably overcrowded ship carrying supposedly more than 700 trying to reach the safety of Italy, capsized of the coast of Libya. The last count of rescued seemed to be 24.
My weekend was uplifted by the news that my daughter had been moved from Hospital to a Rehab facility late Friday. However, it is too bad that such moves which are dictated by the formulas by which hospitals are paid by Medicare take place on a weekend when the new facility has no plans or staff for new patients, there are two lost days for the patient who may even be ignored.
I am trying to cope with feeling like an old man; manipulating as a cripple with limited painful motion in the left shoulder. Somehow, my creative output is suffering; but it will be here this week.
Once again I made a mistake of watching the broadcast of the Council meeting. I have not referred to Rivers’ action as Council President. However, this year it has become so blatantly prejudicial permitting some speakers extra time while cutting short others; allowing personal attacks on some of the Council members by public speakers and even other Councilors. That is intolerable and she has the power to stop it. Her constant defense of Robinson-Brigg’s administration and attacks on our Mayor suggest that there may be more than just politics. Last Monday she referred to Watson as “my friend” who should not be made to take the blame for North Ave! How many Councilor’s relatives, friends or even themselves owe their jobs to Sharon, Jerry, or Watson as head of PMUA? I have no idea, but if there is enough of a connection then Plainfield can expect no relief from corruption.