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Left-wing Brookings Institution Admits ‘School Reopening Plans Linked to Politics not Public Health’

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Parents are becoming increasingly concerned watching the psychological toll that online schooling is having on their children. Suddenly isolated from most human contact, children are taking it pretty hard. In Clark County, Nevada, 18 students committed suicide during the nine months of the lockdown, double the nine that did the entire previous year. One child was only nine years old. The school board was so alarmed that its members began taking steps to return children to classrooms soon. 

The Democrats have generally favored extending remote learning. They argue how dangerous it is to spread COVID-19, even though herd immunity is necessary to eventually overcome it and the curve of new infections has been declining. They claim to make their decisions based on “science,” but they selectively pick and choose what “science” to take into consideration. The mental health of children isn’t given the same weight as other factors.  

So it was a surprise to see Jon Valant of the left-wing Brookings Institution admit school opening policies correlate to how much an area supported Donald Trump, not to factors such as the rate of COVID-19 cases. While school districts in heavily Trump areas are gradually opening up, many in Biden areas are stubbornly remaining closed. Valant observes, “There is no relationship — visually or statistically — between school districts’ reopening decisions and their county’s new COVID-19 cases per capita.” Instead, “On average, districts that have announced plans to reopen in person are located in counties in which 55% voted for Trump in 2016, compared to 35% in districts that have announced plans for remote learning only.”

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Valant complains that Congress’s COVID-19 relief package threatens to withhold funds from school districts that do not open back up for in-person learning. The threat is odd, since the Democrats now control Congress and the presidency — the way they’ve been talking about COVID-19, you would think the schools would be stuck with online learning for a long time. But if Biden is signaling it’s OK to open the schools back up, then shouldn’t the districts in heavily Biden areas open up? Valant doesn’t think so. 

Let’s get this straight: When Biden was against opening the schools, Valant was fine with it being a political decision. But now that Biden appears to be backing down on that position, Valant is calling it out for being a political decision and essentially trying to persuade the schools not to listen to Biden.  

The problem with Valant’s position is that linking the seriousness of COVID-19 to the rate of new cases is flawed science, that’s why even Democrats in Congress are no longer adhering to it. The number of new cases reported now involve mostly young, healthy adults, which is helping achieve herd immunity. Some of the newer hard hit areas were ones that locked down so drastically early on that their spikes in cases peaked much later. And the transmission of COVID-19 between students and teachers at schools that are open in-person is low. The CDC reported late last month that COVID-19 transmission in schools is nearly 40% lower than spread in surrounding communities.

Unfortunately, the teachers’ unions have been able to stop many schools from reopening. This is strange considering so many other types of businesses and establishments have been allowed to open where physical contact is much closer, such as strip clubs and Hollywood movie sets. Large Democrat controlled corporations like grocery stores remained open for months. What’s finally being clearly revealed is that the Democrats kept the schools closed for months due to politics, and now they can’t even pretend it’s due to science. 

 

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Rachel Alexander is a conservative political writer and pundit. She is the editor of Intellectual Conservative and a recovering attorney. She was ranked by Right Wing News as one of the 50 Best Conservative Columnists from 2011-2019.



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Rainy Day People: Be An Encourager to Others

A little encouragement can move you from despair to exultation.

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After I received an MBA from the University of Connecticut, I was immediately hired by Burroughs Business Systems, which ultimately became Unisys. I ended up leaving in a little less than one year because I was not enthusiastic about what the company provided, my current role, and my long-term prospects with them.

When I departed Burroughs, in the late spring I had no job prospects but I felt confident that I could find something easily. After all, I got hired right out of graduate school. At that time, I didn’t understand that it’s unwise to leave one salaried position for another unless you already have that other one lined up.

From Desperation to Despair

After six interminable months, and more than 300 resumes mailed, I was in despair. Long before the availability of the Internet it was costly to job seek. For sure, I had gone on a few interviews here and there, but had no real prospects, during all those months. Then, one emerged – a small consulting firm of six people. It was perfect for me.

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Miraculously, the company, in the Vernon CT was one mile from my rented house. I had an interview with the company president, the interview went exceedingly well, and by all indications I felt certain that he would call me back within the week to make a job offer.

When that first week passed, I felt a bit disheartened, but still confident because of how well the interview had gone. Then, somehow, another week passed. Meanwhile, I was running low on funds. With no other prospects emerging, things were getting bleak, and I was nearly out of options.

Shut Out and Shivering

Friday afternoon, as the third week was about to pass, I was lying on my bed staring up at the ceiling. This December day was shivering cold, completely gray, with a constant down pour. My father, who was the vice principal at a junior high school in Hartford, gave me a call after he got out of school at 3:30 as he was eager as well for news about the job.

“No word,” I said, “and it’s been three weeks, so I think this is a lost cause.” He told me, in his characteristic way, that if I haven’t heard “no” the possibility is still open. He said they might have not called me back yet for any number of reasons. Then, ever the encourager, my father suggested that I get dressed and visit the company this afternoon.

I thought this was going way too far, but what else did I have brewing…

Full Speed Ahead

Fortified by my father’s words, I took a shower, put on my best suit, and drove the one mile. It was now 4:30 with the downpour continuing, on this shivering day.

I took the elevator to the third floor where the company was located, opened the door, and saw the receptionist. To my surprise, she remembered me. I asked to see the company president. She said, “Do you have an appointment?”

“No.”

“Is he expecting you?”

“No.”

She said, “Let me page him and see if maybe he has a few minutes.” She was on the phone briefly and then said to me, “Have a seat, he’ll be out in a few minutes.” So, in this tiny reception room, I sat in the only visitor’s chair. Time passed, and I’m wondering if he’s going to regard me as a fruitcake for appearing unannounced on a day like this.

Finally, he appeared. He greeted me and bade me come into his office. We spoke for quite a while and the conversation went as well as it had the first time. He told me he had been on the fence for two reasons: first, he was waiting to land a large contract and second, he had never hired someone as young as me, but my demonstrated tenacity, by returning to the office was admirable.

By now, despite the downpour, you could tell that everyone else in the firm had gone home for the weekend. The place was completely silent, but I left the office aglow: I was hired that afternoon.

Encouragement is Priceless

May 13th is the birthday of my father, now long departed, who resides in my heart for evermore.

The people in our lives do make a difference and can help mitigate our self-doubt. I went from personal, professional, and financial despair, six months in the making, to landing my ideal long-term career position only 90 minutes later, because of my father’s encouragement.

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Five Principles for Political Christians to Live By

The Bible is very clear in regard to the advice it gives Christians!

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There is a lot of debate about whether or not Christians should be involved in politics. I know there are some Christians who don’t think that they shouldn’t be involved at all, and then there are other Christians who are as involved as anybody else. The question, in my mind, is not whether or not we should be involved but how we should be involved and how we should live and act while we are involved. I believe that the Bible is very clear in regard to the advice it gives Christians in how they live their lives, and this includes includes how they engage with others politically. Check out the video below to see the five principles that every Christian should live by when they engage in politics. The points from the video are listed below the video.

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1. We are Citizens and Stewards

2. We are called to love.

3. Our battle is not against flesh and blood but against Satanic forces.

4. We must speak the truth in love.

5. Trust God

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