“No politician in history, and I say this with great surety, has been treated worse or more unfairly,” President Trump said in a Coast Guard commencement address this week. He was, of course, referring to himself, and he was just a few words off from the truth. No politician in recent history has treated our country worse or more unfairly. A majority of Americans — 58%, according to the latest polling — disapprove of his actions. Though for many of us, “disapprove” is too light a word.
Since taking over Dining Notes early last month, I’ve been inundated with announcements of new restaurant openings across Jacksonville. Though it’s been demanding to keep up with all of them, it’s also been thrilling to talk to new business owners who are turning their passions into a reality. I can feel the excitement in their voices as I chat with them about their vision, menus and hopes for their new establishments.
This is the longest Alia Shawkat has been home in a while. It’s a perfectly sunny Los Angeles afternoon when she welcomes me into her Spanish-style house, nestled in the hills east of Hollywood. “I’m single and young, and I crave travel and new adventures all the time,” she says.