They say that cooling shelters are being provided for elderly and others disabled. I am a bit of both, but I have three adult children to keep me going. But I fear that many may have lost a spouse, friends with family out of reach get them to a cool place which might require a wheelchair for them to travel. Public transportation is undependable and car services which we have used are not that cheap, if safer and more dependable than yellow cabs. We use New Family, a Latino co-op which gets us there and back safely and at a reasonable rate. Cars are owned by drivers, so are kept in good shape. They usually arrive in a very few minutes. You can reach them at 212-749-7777. Try to have street numbers cross streets where you are and where you want to go.

Also one can get locations of cooling centers and minimal travel expenses — same as public transportation ($2.25) — by calling the NYC info number — 311– and being insistent until you get the info you need.

Global warming is really murdering us and even with some good air conditioners, it is hard to keep our apartment cool. I can imagine what people are going through with the high heat and humidity. I am waiting to hear of deaths from dehydration etc.

Probably some religious and community organizations can help, too.

“A war is just if there is no alternative, and the resort to arms is legitimate if they represent your last hope.” (Livy cited by Machiavelli)

Ed Kent [blind copies]

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