Re: States' rights


Nobody cares about states' rights. Counties', cities', and school districts', even less so.

Posted by: Minivet | Link to this comment | 08-26-21 8:02 AM
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Ah, I had not put together that Alachua was Gainesville. It is a relatively well-vaccinated island in N. Florida (along with a few others including Sumter--The Villages) and had relatively lower case rate (more noticeable a few weeks ago),. I t would be good to see hospitalizations and deaths as presumably there would be lower ratio to cases, but not seeing those by county. On NYT they do hospitalizations by region and the Gainesville region (multiple counties) is as high as other around. And not sure if they are doing it by hospital (probably so) and that might be inflated when measured per capita for a place with university-associated hospitals.

Posted by: JP Stormcrow | Link to this comment | 08-26-21 8:21 AM
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"Conservatism consists of exactly one proposition, to wit:

"There must be in-groups whom the law protects but does not bind, alongside out-groups whom the law binds but does not protect."

(Second time today I've put this one to use.)

Posted by: Doug | Link to this comment | 08-26-21 8:34 AM
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1: I know. It's all a farce. But this is an extreme case of meddling.

Posted by: heebie-geebie | Link to this comment | 08-26-21 9:40 AM
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Yep, the flunky just got announced last week and appointed today, I think. I don't know if that will affect the board's recent excellent work standing up to DeSantis's ban of school mask mandates, but it's certainly gross. My kid is in kindergarten and we reluctantly kept him out of the public schools this year for fear that the political and public health wrangling would foul up actual schooling.

Posted by: Kymyz Mustache | Link to this comment | 08-26-21 9:59 AM
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I think one of the reasons that Republicans are so enthusiastic about spreading COVID-19 is that it gives them an opportunity to undermine the institution of public schools. "If you want your kids to be safe from COVID you can have a voucher for a private schools that require masks" is part of that.

Posted by: Spike | Link to this comment | 08-26-21 1:17 PM
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6: Absolutely, Spike, and I hate that we're not pushing back in our own enrollment decision. On her first day on the school board, the flunky voted against the board's pursuit of legal recourse against DeSantis's mask anti-mandate, but she was the only one. So I think she won't affect local policy for now.

2: Apparently half the COVID patients in UF hospitals are from outside Alachua County. Thanks, unvaccinated outlying counties!

Posted by: Kymyz Mustache | Link to this comment | 08-27-21 3:23 AM
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Via tweet from FL state house rep:

Alachua has been told to report on the enforcement of their "unlawful" mask requirement to Commissioner of Education.

Their response?

"Given that the School Board of Alachua County does not have an unlawful face covering mandate policy, we do not have anything to report."

Posted by: JP Stormcrow | Link to this comment | 08-27-21 5:09 AM
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