Thursday, August 27, 2020
Tuesday, August 18, 2020
This just in from our friends at the DFW Hospital Council:
The Dallas-Fort Worth Hospital Council wants to remind you of public health considerations as we approach the fall and have three viruses ( COVID-19, West Nile and Influenza ) in North Texas.
Please pass this information to your friends, family and business associates, especially on social media. These three diseases display many of the same symptoms, so prevention is key in reducing the spread.
Wear a mask
Wash your hands
Watch Your distance
Get your flu shot early
Remove standing water on your property
Wear long sleeve shirts
Utilize insect repellent
We need to be prepared for the triple threat and we can help tap down the community spread of these viruses if we all work together to protect each other.
Thanks for your cooperation and support.
Sunday, August 16, 2020
Reliable postal service in urban neighborhoods anchors vital communications, business enterprise and community organizing. Of course, the same remains true for suburban and rural settings. The local post office serves as an essential gathering place, a crossroads of sorts for residents and business owners and operators.
Economically and historically, the postal service has opened a pathway into the middle class for millions of workers of color. The postal service must not be regarded as just another business. In fact, it is much, much more. The ongoing subsidy required to keep the mail moving is a vital investment in the nation's life and well-being.
But now we notice a marked change in postal service quality. At least we do here in inner-city East Dallas.
Our experience with the postal service over the past 3 years or so presents a marked change in quality, reliability and scheduling. Our bills must be mailed much earlier to assure they make the payment deadline in many cases, both for local delivery and for out of city and state obligations.
We've noted that much more often than ever before days with no mail delivered to our home.
It reached the point for us that we asked one of our letter carriers what was up. She described exactly what recent news reports indicate. The Trump administration's management combines the removal of automated sorting machines with a new policy of no overtime pay for postal workers. Our carrier reported to us that, thanks to this policy, mail backing up for several days is not uncommon.
Frankly, this erosion of service and reliability aggravates me. It is downright annoying.
It also concerns me more and at a deeper level as we consider the potential impact of this new policy on mail in ballots for the coming general election in November 2020.
It may be past time to get on the phone, fire off an email or, yes, write letters. If you decide on a letter, just factor in a couple of weeks for delayed delivery!
Friday, August 07, 2020
So simple. Yet, so obvious.
Problem is, I seldom think correctly about the urban "poor."
I don't see clearly.
I rush to "help," to "fix," to "solve."
I don't hear clearly.
I've known for years that I'm not always the sharpest knife in the drawer. However, I've also noticed over the last 50 years that when I get to know a person, really know them behind authentic effort, and hard work on my part, I begin to get the picture--often a very different picture.
Usually, growth in understanding follows time spent together. In the connection of simple, but genuine friendship, I come to realize important lessons.
Recently, a friend who is homeless, brought me to parade rest with this comment:
"Larry, I just want to live like you. You know, a house, a job, options, family, friends, good health, safety. I don't want to be out here asking people for money every day. I just want my life to be like yours."
It's not rocket science.
Everyone wants a life like mine and most of my friends.
He doesn't want my service.
His understanding, and willingness to tell me, ought to cause me to think very differently about extreme poverty in my community.