Stevie Nicks isn’t willing to give up her career

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Stevie Nicks says not being able to sing and perform would “kill” her.

Stevie Nicks wearing a costume

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Stevie Nicks

The 72-year-old Fleetwood Mac frontwoman had double pneumonia last year, and the ‘Dreams’ hitmaker worries that if she ever contracted COVID-19, she might lose her voice and not be able to perform again, and she’s “not willing to give up” her career.

In an interview with Britain’s The Guardian newspaper, Nicks said of her late mother Barbara Nicks, who died in 2012 following a battle with pneumonia, that: “My mom was on a ventilator for three weeks when she had open-heart surgery and she was hoarse for the rest of her life.”

Asked how she would feel if she could no longer take to the stage and sing, she said: “It would kill me. It isn’t just singing; it’s that I would never perform again, that I would never dance across the stages of the world again

“I’m not, at 72 years old, willing to give up my career.”

The spiritual singer might fear her career ending, but when it comes to the end of life, Nicks isn’t afraid of dying.

She insisted that “some people are really afraid of dying, but I’m not.”

The ‘Go Your Own Way’ singer went on to recall a visit she had from her late parent in her kitchen when she was suffering from

“really bad acid reflux”.

She continued: “I’ve always believed in spiritual forces. I absolutely know that my mom is around all the time.

And I felt something almost tap my shoulder and this voice go: ‘It’s that Gatorade you’re drinking.’

“I’d been sick and chugging down the Hawaiian Punch. Now, that’s not some romantic, gothic story of your mother coming back to you. It’s your real mother, walking into your kitchen and


The Atlantic hurricane season isn’t over yet

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But it’s 2020, and the Atlantic may have other ideas. A weather pattern that encourages air masses to rise, leading to increased showers and thunderstorms, looks likely to overspread the Gulf of Mexico and Caribbean by late in the month into early November. This pattern change could once again raise the odds of tropical development, provided other air and ocean ingredients are present as well.

In a typical storm season, the Atlantic averages one named storm after Oct. 19, which would suggest that even in an average year we wouldn’t be quite done yet. However, this season is anything but typical, considering we are pacing more than a month ahead of the busiest season on record, which occurred in 2005, and have dipped into the Greek alphabet for only the second time.

It’s plausible that the Atlantic basin may cap off its hyperactive season with a robust final act.

Near-term tropical activity

While there are no named systems in the Atlantic right now, the week has kicked off with an area to watch about 700 miles east of the Lesser Antilles. The National Hurricane Center gave it a 30 percent chance of developing into a tropical storm during the next five days.

While the system is unlikely to become intense, it did have some of the looks of a tropical depression or tropical storm on Monday.

Visible satellite imagery shows the presence of a low-level center of circulation, with cloudiness pinwheeling around a spiral vortex. To the east, showers and thunderstorms are blossoming, but whether or not those manage to position themselves over that low-level center remains a wild card in the prospects of development.

The system is struggling due to the presence of dry air and harsh upper level winds that are choking some of its thunderstorms, which can


Tear gas isn’t banned; Jersey City seniors deserve better housing; Education Matters team should win | Letters

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Get the facts on tear gas

I’m surprised to see that law enforcement was awarded the cash for riot gear (“Three and a half months after first request, Hudson County law enforcement agencies will get tear gas”). But more surprised to see a member of the public being quoted as saying “tear gas is banned under the Geneva Convention.”

It is not.

And he is mistaken in his assumption that it pertains to protests of the nature we have been experiencing.  He might want to review the document in its entirety starting with “Basic Rules of International Humanitarian law in Armed Conflicts,” which this is not classified, and “Protection of Civilian Persons and Populations in Time of War,” which we are not.

Kenneth Keane, Eatontown, formerly of Jersey City

Seniors need more and better housing options

Jersey City needs better senior housing. We need more senior housing and better buildings equipped with more amenities such as indoor pools.

The city has permitted the building of condos , condos and more condos. But affordable housing and proper senior housing are scarce and or not available.

Waiting lists for senior housing are backed up for four years. This is ridiculous and seems just another effort to force out anyone who cannot pay the new exorbitant rents.

So far, the administration has not paid any attention to seniors or citizens seeking good affordable housing. They have had more than four years of a building spree that should have included new housing for everyone. Maybe it’s time for a change.

Joan Scerbo, Jersey City

Vote for Education Matters Team

On Nov. 3, vote for the Education Matters Team.

The team consists of Lorenzo Richardson 1-i, Gina Verdibello, 2-i, Lekendrick Shaw 3-i. This team is not beholden to billionaire developers and politicians. The team is