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posticon Editorial - Don't Open the Schools

Opinions | Friday, August 07, 2020 | By Dan Veaner Print
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As Governor Cuomo is about to announce how or whether schools will reopen in New York, I say don't do it.  Do kids want to see eachother?  Yes.  Do Kids learn better in social envorionments?  Yes.  Do parents need a place for children to go so they can go to work?  Yes.  Shouldn't we open our schools as soon as we can?

This week I'm saying don't read what I have to say.  Instead click here for a school superintendent's view of reopening in this COVID crisis.
No.  COVID-19 is being contained in New York State as compared to other states, that's true.  So far there have been 32,413 of them in New York, The question is, do you want your kid to be one of them?  Or their teacher?  Or you?  Do we act on wishful thinking or deal with some discomfort and inconvenience until there is an actual vaccine or cure for this thing?

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posticon Thoughts - Postponing the Election, Suspicion and Fear

Opinions | Friday, August 07, 2020 | By Casey Stevens Print
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Caseythoughts This observer would rather move his thoughts to more pleasant summer-like climes, but the conjunction of several headlines this past week barges in upon my August reveries.

As I write, New York's 12th Congressional district still has no winner of the Democratic primary held on June 23rd. It's not that it was disputed or too close to call. It's the incredible fact that there were forty-thousand voting machine votes and sixty-five thousand absentee ballots, and each must be individually certified. There is speculation that the ballot rejection rate for this district's election will be nineteen percent in Queens and Manhattan, and twenty-eight percent in Brooklyn. The Progressive challenger to incumbent Carolyn Maloney is Suraj Patel, and he stated his belief that "an election law snafu may disenfranchise a massive number of voters". Even the incumbent fired back that those words were a "cynical abuse of voter confidence… right out of Donald Trump's playbook".

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