Just the other day, I saw a group of special needs students with their teachers out in the park on a field trip. They were feeding the geese, and enjoying the sunshine and each other. In these COVID times, it could be argued that the students, many with underlying health conditions, are at higher risk … Continue reading Sending Kids Back to School: Science, Data & Health Pros Say Yes – Politics Say No
Either Follow the COVID Data or Don’t: But Stop the Political Cherry-Picking
I find it ironic that the same people advocating to make decisions about COVID-19 based on the data are the same ones now unwilling to follow that same data. What happened? Did the data stop supporting what you want to believe and do? The data was the measuring stick by which we closed America, yet … Continue reading Either Follow the COVID Data or Don’t: But Stop the Political Cherry-Picking
Why Are People Still Dying From COVID-19? And Why Can’t We Go Back To Work? Perception, Perception, Perception
Perception can steal the show from even the most reasonable fact-based issue. Oftentimes what people think shades reality. How they feel supersedes proven facts. Is this the case with the current Coronavirus pandemic? Wait. Before you take this the wrong way - or worse, before you get emotionally charged - hear me out. According to … Continue reading Why Are People Still Dying From COVID-19? And Why Can’t We Go Back To Work? Perception, Perception, Perception
But First … Massive Testing. Is This an Excuse to “Make America Scared Again”?
What is this unreasonable push for extreme testing before people can go back to their lives? To what end? What would be the point of testing over 300 million Americans, many of which did not and will not contract COVID-19, and many more of which already had it - knowingly or unknowingly? And what about … Continue reading But First … Massive Testing. Is This an Excuse to “Make America Scared Again”?
HOPE In Times of Trouble Can Go A Long Way: COVID Doesn’t Win!
(Listen to this on Gems With Emm Podcast) In the midst of this surreal pandemic, unbelievable number of shutdowns, and increasing numbers of cases and deaths from COVID-19, I’m here to give you some good news. ... How dare they not report the amazing generosity of everyday Americans to help their fellow man; the private sector’s willing leap into action; ...
Let’s Have Some Responsible Reporting on COVID-19 Coronavirus: Less Hype, More Facts
In America, we have had some really bad flu seasons: deadly flu seasons. Although it’s more nuanced and scientific, for the average layperson, COVID-19 can be likened to a different strain of the flu; only, your flu shot won’t work on it. ... With over 50,000 flu deaths every year, have we had our schools closed down, towns cordoned off ... what’s really going on here? Is the media purposely trying to cause a panic over this latest coronavirus?
Students With Cell Phones: Teachers Aren’t Paid Enough to Deal With That!
instructional time, kids are watching movie streaming sites, playing video games, scrolling social media feeds, and video conferencing with other students sitting in other classes in the school! ... As if the teacher is the one who’s out of line, students have the audacity to get an attitude when asked to do schoolwork ... in school. ... You would think the school could lay down the rules as to what is acceptable behavior during class. So why are teachers throwing their hands in the air in frustration and defeat? Are we to believe as a society we cannot contain our kids’ addictive cellphone habits? ... These classroom leaders are already underpaid for what they are being required to do, nevermind adding the burden of fighting smartphones for the attention of their students.
Death By Vaping: Still Too Many Unknowns
How does vaping - the thing that was supposed to help smokers kick the habit - turn out to be a killer itself? ... it should be fairly obvious that if we choose to regularly inhale something other than oxygen into our respiratory systems, it probably won’t go well. At the very least, we should know exactly what it is and what it does to our bodies in both the short and long term... It begs the question: why are our young people so desperate to get high? Are they so bored, unhappy, devalued, indifferent, pressured, thrill-seeking or addicted that they feel compelled to find an outlet? Why didn’t preteens, teens and young adults fall prey to these types of addictions fifty years ago? What is so different now?
What Should Be Done About “Women” in Women’s Athletics?
When my rights have to be taken away in order for you to have those very same rights, there is a problem. Is this what’s happening here? Are birth-sex women having their right to fair competition being taken away by transgender women who want the right to fair competition? This does not have to be a win-lose situation.
Political Bias Has No Place in Emergencies
Does it seem that those opposed to so many common sense, helpful initiatives put forth by the Administration are only opposing it because they personally don’t like the President? Initiatives many had previously supported when proposed by people from their own political party. Does that seem childish, vindictive, and petty? These are adults, - many of which have been in politics for decades - compromising, being diplomatic, making concessions, making trade-offs. It's time for them to grow up and put us first. We, the people; not, me the politician.