Sep 17, 2017

National Debt Continues to Grow

Our National Debt continues to grow. Proposed additional spending with tax cuts will worsen the debt.

Deficit spending is appropriate in the depths of a major recession or to support a war. But when the economy is doing well we should ensure that our revenues match or exceed our expenditures.

Sep 16, 2017

Economic Growth

Sep 9, 2017

Hurricane Coming

Bummer!  Hurricane Irma is now projected to hit Fort Myers, Sarasota, and Tampa. It is a very major hurricane.  We have done everything we can to get ready and now we must ride it out. No fun.

I was in a Typhoon in 1970 in Vietnam. Actually it was downgraded but we were on Hill 327, about 1,000 feet above sea level, and it ripped our base apart. 

My hootch above after the big winds. From a letter I wrote home:

"A typhoon ripped apart our Hill in October 1970. Most of the buildings and much of our equipment was destroyed. We hid out in bunkers and metal vans during the typhoon. Most of the valley below was flooded. The NVA who had been able to hide in below ground tunnels had to come out to high ground and they were attacked by Korean Marines on the high ground."

We hid out in a radio van during the storm.  Of course we were young and invulnerable, so we kept the door partially open looking at out as the storm increased.  Then WHAM!!. the roof of the building blew off and away into the win. Pretty neat.

The winds destroyed every building. Of course they were simple sea huts, made out of plywood and 2 by 4s. Not for high winds.

We gave up on the Hill after that, and moved our unit down to flat ground below.  But we kept security and our air control radios on the Hill. It was a long commute up the Hill every day so I just moved into a ruined hootch and lived there.  Half of it was gone and it was laying on a steep angle, but it had a great view.

I will let you know how we do in the upcoming fun Hurricane.

My hootch - 1971.  They just don't build hootches the way they used to:

Hurricane Advice

Run from Water, Hide From Wind

When in Danger
When in Doubt
Run in Circles
Scream and Shout

We wore our helmets and flack jackets in Vietnam for the big storm.  We have helmets but no flack jackets for this one

We are ready, with our motorcycle helmets and air mattresses.

Sep 3, 2017

Flooding in Sarasota and Manatee Counties 26-27 August, 2017

The map above and below shows the

The aerial photo and map above illustrates the floodway and floodplain in and near the Carlyle Development in Palm Aire in Manatee County north of Whitfield and east of 45th Street East.  The area drains to the north and east via Rattlesnake Slough located on the west and north edge of the development, draining east across Honore Avenue to Ward Lake.  The violet shows the flood way along Rattlesnake Slough and the lighter colors depict the 100 year flood plain.

On August 26, 2017 Creekside Trail north and east of Whitfield was inundated with over two feet of water, destroying some cars and very nearly flooding many homes. This area is outside the 100 year flood plain, indicating that the flood exceeded the 100 year flood. 

The drainage of the development depends on a clear Rattlesnake Slough providing an unimpeded drain. The Slough has not been cleaned for many years and is blocked by numerous fallen trees, slowing and blocking drainage. This impeded drainage would have increased flooding last week, and will likely lead to flooding in the future, especially if we are hit by a hurricane. The Slough must be cleared, hopefully before the next major rain.

Sarasota-Bradenton International Airport set daily rainfall records BOTH Saturday and Sunday - with over a FOOT of rain in total! A Flood Watch will continue for Manatee and Sarasota counties until Monday evening. Rounds of heavy rainfall will continue across our area this evening and Monday before drier air filters in for the middle of the work week.

The disturbance that brought this very heavy rainfall to the Bay area this weekend will likely develop into Tropical Storm Irma off the coast of Georgia overnight. The storm will bring heavy rainfall and gusty winds to the Carolina coastline over the next couple of days.