Schools Can Reopen With A Plan

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I was one of the biggest advocates for remote learning until my 15-year-old shut down due to the lack of social interaction. In the beginning, things were going well.

I was posting videos of how great things were going, and then after six weeks, my daughter shut down. She would no longer do her work, and after pressing her too hard, she ran away for half of the day.

It was an eye-opener. We had two children learning from home due to remote learning. Both girls are in high school, and both had different reactions to remote learning. I printed the work out in their learning room and handed it to them while explaining everything they needed to know. The one that graduates this year did a great job. Her teachers were surprised when she arrived back at school because she was one of their best remote learners.

However, the 15-year-old was a different story. No matter how hard I tried, I couldn’t get her to work. Her grades were declining, and she was in danger of getting kicked out of her advanced classes. After being grounded for not turning in her assignments one day, she just said she no longer cared. She told me she was trying very hard not to start back self-mutilating.

Even though she had prior asthma issues, I had to make a decision. I had to figure out which situation was the immediate threat, and that answer was her mental health. After she was in school for about five weeks, one of her friends caught COVID. We had to quarantine her because she was around the child. After taking her to the doctor and getting her a test, she was fine.

She didn’t take her mask off around the child who had COVID, and she was only around her in the hallways. This is perhaps what stopped her from getting sick, or it could have been that kids do not spread it like adults. Today her grades are better , and she can reconnect with her classmates. It has made all the difference in her mental health. Was it scary, Yes. However, I wasn’t about to watch her commit suicide or go back to cutting due to my reluctance to move forward.

At the end of the day, this is a struggle that all parents will have to embrace. However, parents will not have to deal with the ramifications of missing out on needed instruction or social interaction. Talk to your schools and find out if they plan to deal with protecting your child from COVID. If you feel like they aren’t doing enough, bring it up with the school board, but don’t just wait it out. Waiting could come with a price.

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Ubereats Alcohol Delivery Could Very Well Be Unsafe

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Uber has revolutionized travel and food delivery for years now. With the pandemic creating fewer indoor dining opportunities, restaurants have stayed afloat by using food delivery services. Not only have companies like Ubereats and Waitr helped the restaurant industry stay afloat they have also helped to create jobs.

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For some people, Ubereats has become a lifeline. I remember when my husband was a PFC in the Army, he wanted to get a delivery job on the side. He filled out applications to Pizza Hut, Dominoes, and other pizza delivery services. After a few months of no replies, he finally gave up.

So, fast forward to 2021, anyone without a criminal record can work as a delivery driver. You have principals, social workers like my husband, military people, lawyers, college students, and other people now, using Ubereats as a source of income.

It’s a great gig! You need extra Christmas money, Ubereat it, you need extra money for your favorite comic book, Ubereat it, or if you need a little extra for that expensive electric bill, once again, you can earn it by driving. It is a blessing to many, so what happens when alcohol delivery comes into play?

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Alcohol delivery is something that each driver will need to think about before they agree. The Uber app sometimes messes up which, causes delays in some trips. If this happens, people might not verify the age of the person ordering the alcohol, which is against the law. Many orders are Leave at Door, which means the person doesn’t want any person to person communication. All alcohol transactions need to be face to face, which puts delivery drivers at risk of getting COVID-19.

If I were a driver, I would not agree to deliver alcohol because of the likelihood of getting a combative person if they cannot produce ID or the chance of getting COVID. Right now, there have been at least two murders involving Ubereats in the media. Both delivery drivers were killed while they were delivering food. Alcohol will add a new mixture of deliveries, which means more danger for drivers.

Quarantine Is Costly For Many

We are still in quarantine, and I must admit something to you. Being in quarantine isn’t cheap. Perhaps it would be easier for people who have family around them, but for us, we are it. Our nearest family lives two hours away.

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By now, I do not think we have anything. We are all doing fine without any signs. My daughter had contact with the student who tested positive for COVID was on Friday. Today is Thursday, so maybe we will all be in the clear. She will be able to go back to school in 6 days if all is well.

We have still been taking our medication, and I have zinc arriving today just in case something happens. The nurse informed us that she thinks we will be fine, but we still have to wait out the quarantine days. She also told us to take multivitamins and zinc. I am so glad I stockpiled meds last week. When I buy chicken, I buy large bags of chicken that can be broken up and used for soup.

This is a mind-opening situation. It shows that if you do not buy groceries the right way or have medication on hand, you could be in trouble. We always hear about having three months’ worth of rent saved up, but right now, people have to have money for food and medicine in case a quarantine happens.

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You have to have either enough food to last you the quarantine or money to get takeout. You also have to enough money for medication or have medication on hand. If you do not have those things, you could be in trouble. This is why these stimulus payments would be a big help right now. There are too many people who do not have enough food to last through three days, so ten would be a no-go.

I am not one to tell you how to live your life. Yet, if I were you, I would stock up on food and meds if you get another round of stimulus. Being in quarantine isn’t cheap. For many of the people who have gotten really sick or died from the virus, I wonder if they were able to afford simple things like soup, or vitamins. Many people never thought they would have to add a pandemic survival stash as a doomsday prep fund.

Did Trump And The Republicans Count On Voter Suppression As a Way To Win 2020?

There are so many questions tied to this election. Perhaps one of the most perplexing questions is why COVID-19 was allowed to spread without containment by the top people in US government? As I write this article our states are seeing alarming rates of COVID-19 pop up from state to state. What I find repulsive is how some leaders are saying it was too easy for people to vote during a pandemic.

So, just what did they want the states to do? Did they want Trump’s voters being the only voters, voting during the pandemic? Did they really think the rest of the country was going to stay silent about how they felt about Trump and his handling of the country? What about the voters who wanted to vote, but they wished to remain safe while doing so? Here in Texas, Republicans tried to take away early voting days. The results would have resulted in fewer people being able to vote. Mail-in ballots weren’t on the table for all Texans, and some of these voters feared for their safety due to the spread of COVID.

Trump declared himself the winner on the 3rd of last month as if he knew something the rest of America didn’t know. He had already slowed the postal service; a few states had embedded complications in place to hinder mail-in ballots. Texas made sure we had one dropbox per county, and some of our counties have hundreds of thousands of people, if not more.

https://www.nbcnews.com/politics/2020-election/10-states-still-counting-millions-votes-trump-falsely-claims-he-n1246336

So, while some Republicans were doing a fantastic job to suppress voters in their red states, blue states were trying to make sure ALL of their voters would be able to vote. Pennsylvania, which is one of the four states targeted by Paxton, agreed to let their citizens vote by mail due to the pandemic. This move would allow the state to collect ballots from any eligible voter. However, there was a hiccup that prevented the ballots from being counted until the night of the election.

With most of the mail-in ballots being for Biden, the result turned out to be in Biden’s favor. Now, we are seeing Pennsylvania, Wisconsin, Michigan, and GA being contested by some states that pretty much did what they could to suppress the votes of those who feared for their lives. Georgia election officials informed the public that Trump lost GA because he scared people out of voting with his lies. https://www.businessinsider.com/georgia-top-election-official-says-trump-depressed-his-own-base-2020-11

Georgia wasn’t the only red state that suppressed votes during this election, but it was perhaps one of the only ones that got caught up in the quagmire of tampering with elections. Did Trump and his base willingly spread COVID-19 so they could make sure Biden’s voters would stay at home and away from the polls? Who knows!

However, what we do know is the following, the Republicans are doing what they have been doing for years. This time they are doing it on a larger scale. They are trying to silence millions of votes. They are risking the sheading of our constitution due to their allegiance to Trump.

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It is kind of surprising to see a group that hates to see people taking a knee to The Pledge of Allegiance, rip the Pledge of Allegiance into shreds over their allegiance to Trump. We have lost our way.