As we approach the end of our time at our condo in Naples, I'm struck with a realization. About the only good things about this state are the weather, the beaches and the interesting flora, fauna and geographical features. In other words nature. As for the rest of the state which seems to have a very high tolerance for over-building, its government and unfortunately many of its people have a ways to go.
For example as I sit here listening to the local news (a bad idea I've learned) I heard three particularly troubling reports (actually more but these are the standouts).
First, famed stand-your-ground killer George Zimmerman was arrested yet again for assault. This time against his girlfriend. I guess his wife got sick of him. Anyway, this is the guy the State of
Florida saw fit to grant a pistol carry permit. Go figure.
Second and along the same lines, a young mother was recently arrested for giving her 2-year-old child a hand gun, unloaded at least, and taking pictures of the child putting the gun in her mouth. She thought it was funny and taught her child to say "pow, pow".
Third, it was reported that public school teachers in Florida have a starting salary of $35,000 a year and NO, repeat, NO health coverage or any other benefits. Some parents think this might be the reason why the state has been having trouble attracting a better quality of teacher. YA THINK????!
By the way, this last item is compliments of former governor Jeb Bush who thinks maybe he'd like to be president in 2016.
There's more, much more, but I'll spare you. Besides, I'm headed to the beach and then in a few days home which is looking better and better all the time. Later