My Family, My Hometown And My State

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It’s thought-provoking how everything is interconnected when you look back on it historically. My family, my hometown, and my State can be viewed like a Venn diagram with logical connections between them. Taking a snapshot of 1998 was interesting. I never considered where my family was or what they were doing the year I was born. The city and state where I grew up were dealing with some exciting and some difficult problems such as corruption, an archeological find, severe weather, and historic space flights. My family experienced many new beginnings in 1998.
I was born and raised in Miami. Like many large cities, Miami is a melting pot of cultures and very few people are originally from Miami. My mother’s family moved to Miami in the early
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political events of 1998 and the Clinton Presidency. President Bill Clinton supposedly had several sexual extramarital affairs while he was both Governor of Arkansas and President of the United States. My mother was appalled that the Office of the President was disgraced with scandal. My grandmother, on the other hand, loved Bill Clinton and his southern charm. Although she too, remembered the scandals, it did not affect her opinion of President Clinton as much. My father just didn’t like President Clinton’s policies and felt he couldn’t be trusted. My family all agreed that the extramarital affair with former White House Intern Monica Lewinsky and the initiation process of Impeachment of President Bill Clinton dominated the political news of …show more content…
Wildfires in Florida are not normal and were partially caused by a weather condition known as “El Niño”. The “El Niño is a periodic warming of ocean water in the tropical equatorial Pacific Ocean” which brought drought conditions to all of Florida (Dolce, Erdman “El Niño: The Facts Behind the Impacts”). Very hot, dry conditions created the perfect scenario for the destructive wild fires that began in mid-May and continued through the early July burning almost 500,000 acres. (Routley, “Wildland Fires”) The 2,200 fires that scorched Florida were so severe that the Florida Governor asked the President of the United States to declare Florida a major disaster area authorizing Federal assistance and aid in fighting the fires. Five hundred National Guard troops and thousands of firefighters from around the State of Florida; one of whom was my dad; were even reassigned to help combat the fires. By the end of July 1998, the fires were not over, but they were under control and manageable per U.S. Forest

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