Local merchants are tempting me with irresistible spring flower/ gardening displays. It’s like stores that place toys, gum, and candy at checkout counters---merchandising’s one, great, last ditch effort to propel toddlers into screaming fits just before their exasperated parents surrender and pay up. The same ploy works well with me. I want those flowers! And I want them now!
Columns & Opinions
“Was the late secretary of war removed in consequence of his attempt fraudulently to give to Gov. Houston the contract for the Indian rations?” an Ohio congressman asked on the floor of the U.S. House of Representatives on Mar. 24, 1832.
AUSTIN — Gov. Greg Abbott on March 13 declared a state of disaster in all Texas counties and listed actions agencies are taking to contain and minimize the spread of COVID-19 novel coronavirus, a highly contagious flulike respiratory disease. Abbott said agency actions would include: — Provide immediate ability to move resources around the state, including resources obtained through the Strategic National Stockpile, an emergency supply of pharmaceuticals and medical supplies; — Restrict visitations at nursing homes, state-supported living centers, hospitals, daycare facilities, prisons, jails and juvenile justice facilities while allowing limited exceptions for situations such as end-of-life visitations; — Direct state agencies to take any action necessary to facilitate telemedicine and to provide flexible work and tele-work policies; and — Empower the Texas Attorney General to pursue cases of price-gouging and ensure that offenders are prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law. Cost waiving requested
It’s the stuff of scary movies. A few weeks ago, Italy--- with the largest elderly per capita population in Europe---confirmed 322 cases of COVID-19. Each victim received the best comprehensive attention. When the number rose to 2,502, doctors lost the ability to attend meticulously to lifesaving functions and an equal care level for all---things like artificial ventilation. Realization dawned that shortages of medical equipment would become as bad as or worse than the disease.
Rival bootleggers turned downtown Galveston into their own private shooting gallery on Mar. 13, 1931 sending innocent bystanders diving for cover and two wounded gangsters to the hospital.