As I See It

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Nothing new!

The War-Of-Words rages on – It’s surprising and disappointing that there is still no ‘truth’ that we can all accept.

Ask any one, the dumb, the smart, the ignorant, the educated, the rich, the poor – each has their own version of the ‘facts’.

What is ‘education’ and what is ‘propaganda’? Do we know?

Here are a few recent quotes:-

“Anyone who has had COVID cannot get or give the disease”. True or false?

Seems to me that, by definition, ‘antibodies’ will only form if there is an ‘infection’ for them to fight!

If that’s true, then you must be infected, so is it reasonable to anticipate that an infected, immune, inoculated person can infect others?

“An immunized person can’t be a carrier, so we don’t need to wear a mask.” True or false? Continue reading

COVID19 – so many unanswered questions!

Does the ‘truth’ really matter?

Why do guilty people go free, while innocent people do not?

Many times a juror has said, “Yes, there was a lot of evidence, but I don’t think he did it?”

or, “He looked guilty from the first minute I saw him in court!”

Sounds to me like their decisions are based, not on what they think, (the ‘facts’) but, instead, on what they feel!

Does that apply to COVID?

After almost a year of worldwide death and suffering, can anyone still believe that this pandemic is fake news and a hoax? Continue reading

“Looking back and, looking forward”.

Here we are; “The Year Of Our Lord 2021”. . .

Based on recent elections, half of the American Population laments that 2020 marked the end of (former) President Donald Trump’s time in the ‘White House’.

The other half is celebrating his departure from Washington and hoping for ‘better things’ from, ‘eventual’ President Kamala Harris.

‘Temporary’ President-Elect Joe Biden, is calling for ‘unity’ between Democrats and Republicans.

So, I looked up ‘naïve’, ‘ingenuous’ and ‘oblivious’.

Perhaps they all apply, does Biden think there is any chance at all of ‘reconciliation’ between our current warring factions?

Seems like the right of ‘Free Speech’ means that each of us has the ‘right’ to say anything we want to, about anything we want to!

Unfortunately, the is no ‘constitutional’ obligation, for anyone to ‘listen’!

As I See It, it’s a waste of time talking with people who agree. Who learns what?

For example, we all agree that the earth is flat.

But would listening to some ‘crackpot’ explain why they think the earth is ’round’ enlighten us? Continue reading

What is the ‘ELECTORAL COLLEGE’ ? – Apparently USA elections are not 1-person=1 vote “as advertised”.

Donald Trump lost to Hilary Clinton by over 3 million votes, but the so-called ‘electors’ quickly fixed it.

This time, Joe Biden won by over 6 million votes and they are trying to ‘fix’ that too.

Contrary to what we are told, these ‘electors’ are appointed by state politicians and are not legally bound by the recent election.

Some States (Maine and Nebraska) split their Electoral votes regardless of their voters choice. Others choose their Electors based on the NATIONAL popular vote regardless of their State’s vote.

Fact is that the Republicans can put President Trump back in office. It’s perfectly legal. If/when it happens no-one, not the Senate, the military or anyone else has any legal right or authority to stop it. What might be worse is that future Presidents will know that it can be done.

Win enough State Governorships and you can ‘stack’ the Electors any way you want. As mentioned above, the ‘Popular Vote’ already means nothing, does it?

What is ‘RANKED CHOICE VOTING’? In most elections the candidate with the most votes wins as in Florida and most other states. Continue reading

(Apparently some readers can’t find our email at the end of the column, so here is it at the beginning

I noticed a recent report about a ‘Pit-Bull’ which killed a neighbors pet.

Of course everyone blames the dog! Labeling them “dangerous and bad-tempered.”

One so-called ‘dog-lover’ even said ‘any dog will misbehave sometimes’.

As I see it, the many ‘Animal Shelters’ in our area should require potential ‘dog-owners’ to attend a class on “Good Owners & Good Dogs”.

What I see are ‘uneducated’ buyers trying to ‘control’ their new dogs ‘bad behavior’. Mostly by yelling!

I asked one such ‘well-meaning’ owner, “Do you think that your new, ‘vicious’ dog is smarter than your well-behaved, polite grandchildren?” Continue reading

by A.J.(Tony) Powell

Apparently last months column struck a nerve with many residents of ‘The Villages’.

I asked for feedback from any informed ‘Villager’ as to the exact contents of their home purchase agreement regarding the so-called ‘amenities’.

As mentioned, many residents of ‘The Villages’ are concerned about their community moving away from building single-family homes and going full-on commercial and multi-family.

Others questioned the recent closures of many resident-used facilities including, for example, Katie Belle’s Restaurant, The former ‘Church on the Square’, the original Indoor Pool and the very popular ‘Lifelong Learning Academy’.

Since ‘day-one’, the main appeal of ‘The Villages’ has been the (assumed) guarantee of “Free Golf For Life”. As well as promises of numerous other ‘amenities’, clubhouses, Town Squares, softball, tennis and much more, all for a nominal monthly ‘Amenity Fee’.

That has worked well for years, but now ‘management’ is closing down or even demolishing many of the most popular locations. Continue reading

Apparently, many residents of ‘The Villages’ in Florida are concerned about their community moving away from building single-family homes and going full-on commercial and multi-family instead.

Seems that increasingly apartments, medical facilities, assisted living homes, shops, stores and businesses are the new focus.

The original ‘Orange Blossom Gardens’ started out as gated, Mobile Home Subdivision within the Town Of Lady Lake, back in the 70’s.

But they soon changed, first to ‘hybrids’; Mobile Home Construction installed on a concrete slab, and then to larger conventional homes.

The main selling approach was to promise ‘Free Golf For Life’ with access to numerous other ‘amenities’, clubhouses, Town Squares, softball, tennis and much more, all for a nominal monthly fee.

At the time, ‘officials’ from the Town Of Lady Lake freely admitted that they were approving

tax-free bonds to the now-renamed “Villages”.

‘High Finance’ is way beyond my understanding, but it seems that the Founder, Harold Schwartz and his son Gary Morse’s team, would borrow the Bond Money to be used for land purchases, and construction improvements, water, sewer, streets, golf courses etc; Then that ‘infrastructure’ and those amenities would be sold to another company they owned/controlled, thereby making a multi-million dollar cash profit, without risking a dime of their own money. Continue reading

by A.J.(Tony) Powell

Questions Not Asked-Questions Not Answered!

Q-How many Villagers are infected with the COVID 19 virus?

-Some suggest that as many as 15,600 infectious residents are mixing with their neighbors, friends and family every day!

But, facts are few!

Q-From a reader, “I would like to see the ratio of positive tests to negative tests.”

-Local news sources report only 320 Covid infections in the 32162/32162 zip-code areas.

-But another said that there are 1,460 cases in and around The Villages.

(The total number of tests in The Villages is unknown)

The State of Florida shows:-

Total Number of Tests Administered – 3,200,000

Positive Tests about 380,000.

Deaths about 5,400.

Negatives are about 2,800,000. Continue reading

July 4th – 244 years! Now and Forever!

“Questions Not Asked & Questions Not Answered”.

Readers ask a lot of questions, but, often, I don’t have (informed) answers!

Q-Was the ‘Declaration of Independence’ signed by citizens of the United States of America?

AISI-The eight ‘signers’ were all Englishmen who were born in the ‘colonies’?

Q Who wrote the Declaration of Independence?

AISI-Apparently many of the most meaningful lines in the Declaration of Independence were written by George Mason from Virginia. One example is “all men are born equally free and independent.” Continue reading

by A.J.(Tony) Powell

Math is not my thing!

It’s interesting/unfortunate to see how ‘selective’ we are when watching/reading the ‘news’!

Our newspapers, television channels, magazines, radio stations are slanted towards the right or the left- Republican or Democrat.

At the same time, we, their reader/viewers, choose to get our news from a medium which agrees with our own biased Point-Of-View. So ‘facts’ are difficult to find.

COVID 19- Where are we now? Where are we going?

Some sources report about 1.5 million infections in the United States alone since January of this year. But, of course we need to know “Is that the whole truth?”

Don’t we need to know “How many people have been tested?” Continue reading

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