No ACs in the schools and an old man laying in a ditch
Public school started for many towns and cities here in Oklahoma today. There were already reports of AC failures or insufficient ACs for a number of classrooms and schools. Several had no ACs at all! How can they force children to start school and not provide adequate cooling for EVERY classroom? I wouldn't send my kids to school if they didn't provide ACs in this extreme heat! Good grief! I saw on the news tonight that funds may not be available for "some schools" to receive $$ for ACs. It would go to the areas where there were higher numbers of classrooms first. So, the smaller town schools and little country schools can just suffer, I suppose. Are they trying to kill our children??? Talk about child abuse or manslaughter. Makes me so angry. Such stupidity or indifference! Take your pick. Either fits!
I found an old man laying in the grader ditch today at 1:30 p.m. It was 106 degrees and climbing. He was fully clothed and laying on what looked like some coats. He was in the part-shade, but it was brutallu hot, even so. He was a very thin, white-haired old man. I couldn't tell if he was asleep or dead! I stopped at that town's local gas station-convenience store and told the lady inside that she needed to notify the police. She didn't seem to be alarmed about it all. Well, one of the cops was standing right beside me. They both hummed and hawed about it and who it might be and finally concluded that it was the local homeless man, "Old Ed". They must have asked me a dozen times where it was I saw him. Meanwhile, the old man may be dying for all we knew. "Oh, that must be old Ed", she remarked to me at last. "He's a homeless man". I told her I didn't care who he was. No one should have to be out in this heat! It was too hot for him to be sleeping in a ditch when it was that hot! They discussed it and I pressed it. Several people came in to the store and began asking me for the details out of curiosity more than alarm, but finally someone went to go see about him. He was followed by another guy in a truck and then two more people in the store went. One woman left her two little girls in the store and went to go see. :0
One man came in and said he just came by there and he didn't see "no man anywhere". How could he not see a man laying along side the road in broad daylight?
I asked the clerk if anyone took water to himz. No. No one took any water with them. I told the lady at the register that I would buy the water for him, but she said they would handle it. I told her to just add it to my total, but she dismissed it. I said someone needed to get him inside...somewhere and right now! I don't know what happened after that, but when I drove back by a few minutes later, he was gone and there weren't any cars or trucks there either. Poor old man.
I hope he was okay and that they will take care of him.
Sorry about going on and on about these things. It is just so upsetting.