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  1. #1 This piece of shit letter to the editor was posted in our daily newspaper today. 
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    Nevilledog (6,807 posts)

    This piece of shit letter to the editor was posted in our daily newspaper today.

    This letter was not written by a resident, but from someone named Christine Flowers who is an attorney and a columnist for the Delaware County Daily Times, and can be reached at cflowers1961@gmail.com. Our paper publishing this is a huge slap in the face to our school district.




    I can't link to the paper because it's paywalled, but we're in AZ and there is no Delaware County.
    Be on the lookout for this abomination coming to your daily paper.



    Teachers are now complaining about having to go back and do what they profess to love: Teach in a classroom.

    While I have had some unfortunate experience with teachers unions in the past (as an observer, not a member) I was always convinced that the grievance from the professionals was based upon their desire to better the lives of and conditions for students. It really never occurred to me that someone who would enter one of the “service professions” would be hyper focused on their own needs to the exclusion of their kids.

    Sadly, that’s what I see happening these days as some school districts announce they will reopen in the fall.

    It is reasonable that some of these adults are wary of being exposed to a virus that has not yet been tamed by science, and which is still wreaking havoc in some parts of the country. I know that the uncertainties attached to this disease give one pause, and provide significant challenges to reopening the schools. And yes, I am fully aware that there is not enough money, time or even initiative at the local level to guarantee a fool-proof, completely sanitized, thoroughly germ-free environment.

    But by the same token, the only ones I see engaging in finger pointing and “end-times” sort of rhetoric are teachers who do not want to return to the classroom, and their supporters. I have seen on social media that virtually anyone who wants their child to return to the classroom in September is not only considered tantamount to a child abuser, but also wants teachers to die. I do not need to reproduce the posts here, because they are legion and you can do your own research, but there is no question that those of us who think it is imperative that children get back to the business of normalcy, or at least near-normalcy, are considered anathema. Worse than that, we are selfish, dare I say it? Trump supporters.

    And that is what angers me the most. When I was a french teacher, politics were irrelevant. That is likely because I taught in private schools, and my specialty wasn’t all that controversial. But now, everything must be squeezed into the “pro-Trump” or “never-Trump” categories, with those of us who simply want to recapture the evanescent beauty of childhood for our kids turned into beastly creatures with a death wish.

    I understand that politicians would engage in that sort of gamesmanship. I even get that some parents would do the same, having had my own battles with the sort of person who says, “I am paying your salary, dammit, I get to tell you what and how to teach.”

    But I would have never expected that from members of a profession I always loved, admired, cherished and held in the highest esteem. These men and women who are comparing a premature return to classrooms to a “death sentence” should speak to soldiers who have taken incoming fire on a foreign battlefield, EMT workers, emergency room doctors or the police officers who are on the front lines every day, including those when we are not dealing with a pandemic.

    I don’t mean to dismiss the real concerns of teachers who might feel particularly vulnerable to infection, including those who are older, have pre-existing conditions or don’t want to expose vulnerable family members to what they perceive as a risk.

    But that is not what we have been doing, because some people see this as just another opportunity to attack a president they despise, or advance some agenda that has absolutely nothing to do with their own health, or the welfare of children. The nuns who taught me would have told these fainthearted professionals to act like adults, study the facts and charts, and dispense with the hysterics. The children are watching.

    Months ago I wrote about the toll being taken on high school seniors who were losing out on all of the important rites of passage, markers like graduation, parties, senior weeks and final farewells. Many of the emails I received in response were sympathetic, but also suggested that it was necessary to do everything possible to stop the spread of COVID.

    Back then, I grudgingly agreed. Now, as I see teachers in particular (not all, but far too many) moving the chains and pushing back the goalposts, I am beginning to wonder if we even want to see the light at the end of this tunnel, or if it is in the best interest of some people to freeze us in a holding pattern indefinitely.

    This cannot continue. Again, the children are watching us. Let’s be worthy of the trust they place in us, and bring them back into a world they recognize, and deserve, before they become used to sitting in their bedrooms with absolutely no human contact.

    Christa McAuliffe once said, “I touch the future, I teach.” It’s time some of these educators stopped living, scared and anchored in the past.



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    You can tell the teaching profession is rife with leftist jack*sses. Whine, bitch and complain. They expect to be catered to by service employees, including the stores and medical profession, but THEY are entitled to sit at home and do nothing.

    If they keep it up they just might find that enough parents give them the middle finger and make other arrangements taking the federal money with them.

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    1. Fuck these people! I hope they're shamed into hiding. nt
    Right. How DARE someone have an opinion the jack*sses don't agree with.

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    10. I'm not so sure this was written by some ignorant right winger. I think a lot of

    teachers feel this way, at least I hope so.

    This stuff has become too politicized, although I blame most of that on trumpsters. I think kids need some interaction, if it’s only two half days a week with reduced class sizes, or something similar.

    I was surprised reading a special ed teacher saying she wasn’t going back, no matter what. If there are children that needs some attention/interaction, it’s these kids.

    I do expect school boards to be reasonable and heavily consider public health experts. I expect them to adopt everything possible to reduce risks to students, teachers, families, and everyone else. But once they do that, it’s time to focus on education.
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    12. Crazy wingnut got fired by the Philadelphia Inquirer







    Christine Flowers


    @flowerlady61




    Sad day. Was let go (I guess "fired") is the word, by @PhillyInquirer. I will miss angering progressives on a more official platform, but at least I can be more open about my feelings in this delightfully respectful and polite venue for politics and opinion . Please follow ;)


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    These jack*sses are playing with fire, arrogantly believing they aren't going to get burned, much less incinerated.
    OBAMA'S H1N1 VIRUS: From April 12, 2009 to April 10, 2010, CDC estimated there were 60.8 million cases (range: 43.3-89.3 million), 274,304 hospitalizations (range: 195,086-402,719), and 12,469 deaths (range: 8868-18,306) in the United States due to the (H1N1)pdm09 virus.

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    Teachers like Pam say they should not be forced to choose between their "safety" and their job. Yet, Part 1, they insist on being paid, full salary and bennies, for not working or doing much less work. Yet, Part 2, they insist on grocery store clerks and stockers accepting and being satisfied with simply masking up, something teachers could also do. Yet, Part 3, teacher's unions are making all sorts of demands that have nothing to do with educating children as a pre-conditions to returning to work.
    Timeline of US Coronavirus Events & Actions: http://www.gopbriefingroom.com/index...tml#msg2169385

    Timeline of China Coronavirus Events & Actions: http://www.gopbriefingroom.com/index...tml#msg2184146

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    At the end of the day, the message always the same.

    Moonbats, SJWs, and other assorted Left-Wing assholes want the entire world to be nothing but a very large mirror.

    They don't want to talk to, listen to, speak to anyone who doesn't believe as they do.

    They don't to read, listen to or watch anything that does not express their beliefs.

    They cut off family and friends because they dared to disagree.

    Intersectionalism tells them not speak with anyone who disagrees with you; thou shall not discuss, debate, banter, or even argue.

    You're only allowed to scream, name call and keep chanting the same word over and over again.
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