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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.”

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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More Breathing Space Tips for January

Time flies, but you can stay in control

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A week of the new year and of the new month has passed. What other Breathing Space tips will help give you a sense of control?

[ ] On each trip to the supermarket, shop for at least two food items that are new to you or your family.

[ ] Eat in-season fruits that are high in citrus and bioflavonoids, such as oranges, grapefruit, and tangerines. You need your Vitamin C in the winter! Also, take a multivitamin.

[ ] Tackle all household repair jobs before spring. Handle one project per week.

[ ] If the roads are clear, take one new route from work each week.

[ ] Enroll in a course at your local college, and take advantage of mid-afternoon or evening time slots. Most evening classes are smaller, allowing for more class discussion and individual attention.

[ ] Take advantage of all the post-holiday bargains. Buy in bulk and buy off-season items when the price is right.

[ ] Go ahead and schedule that spa treatment you’ve been wanting to take.

[ ] Give your body a treat, go to sleep early at least one night per week.

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Three Cheers for Christian America

Thank you for safeguarding the public and private expressions of others

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Considering all the nations in the world and the dominating religions within those nations, Christianity is the most beneficial. When Christians are in the majority, it is good for everyone who resides there.

Christians during the Dark Ages, the Renaissance, and up to the mid-20th century contributed to much of the world’s turmoil. In recent decades, however, they have been the most accommodating, accepting, and peaceful group. I’m glad I live in a Christian nation and, given the options globally, would not have it any other way.

Best of the Best

Particularly in America, Christians today are tolerant, acknowledging the rights of others. They recognize the right of Israel to exist. They fully embrace Israel’s strategic role in the Middle East.

Too many people on the left who regard themselves as the arbiters of what is right and true, in minor and major ways have been persecuting Christians for decades. They do not want public displays of Christianity anywhere in America. Their agenda is to remove all vestiges of religion in America. They contend that America would be a better, more egalitarian nation.

Just the opposite is true. Those who want to stamp out religion in America don’t understand that our origins and 250-year history is based on Judeo-Christian principles. The cancel culture left seek to reject the U.S. Constitution out-of-hand.

We have encountered leftist groups who shatter statues and historic symbols they deem to be oppressive and part of an old regime that was illegitimate from the outset. Many of these perpetrators hide behind ski masks while regarding themselves as heroes. In reality, they are fascists, seeking to control us.

Leftist enforcers have no idea how intolerant they are and that they are no better than those they seek to diminish. In the U.S., people of all faiths are free to celebrate their faith. If one particular faith, Christianity, was predominant from inception, to today, that does not preclude other religious groups from celebrating.

Congress: Hands Off

Leftists make erroneous statements about the “separation of church and state.” The phrase simply is not contained in the Constitution or any founding document. It appeared in a letter that President Thomas Jefferson sent to a Baptist congregation in Danbury, Connecticut. His note to them was designed to reaffirm that the government would not make dictates related to the church.

The First Amendment to the Constitution states, “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.” So, when it comes to religion, Congress must keep its hand off.

As a nonreligious person, I have nothing against seeing a religious display on public or private property. Indeed, America shorn of religious symbology would be a dismal place. The Ten Commandments on a public plaque? Fine. Christmas trees in the town square? Flip on the lights! A mosque being built in America? Why not?

As long as everyone is tolerant of other religions, such developments represent no threat to anyone. It is those who operate in secret who represent a threat, as are those who wish to vanquish the rights of others to publicly exhibit symbology.

The Option to Sing Along

When I attended grammar school, I was exposed to the annual Christmas pageant. I had the choice to skip the assembly. In each case, however, I chose to enjoy the merriment of the festivities, but not sing along. My young classmates did not require me to capitulate. Nor did I expect them to modify their festival to accommodate me. Would any aware American who moved to another country expect that country to diminish their celebrations to accommodate the newbie?

I’ve had the opportunity to visit 46 of the 50 states, and 73 countries. I have walked through hallowed halls of shrines, mosques, churches, and ashrams. While Christians are being persecuted in many countries around the world, I don’t know of a single instance today where people feel unsafe in a Christian majority country.

So, I say to you, if you are a Christian, in America, please know that large numbers of us support your right to practice your religion.

For All You Do

Thank you for safeguarding the public and private expressions of others. Thank you for helping to establish a climate where non-Christians and others can feel welcome. Thank you for becoming a peaceful, tolerant religion that rightfully serves as a model for others around the globe.

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