Today’s highly interesting read (03/31/20): Thanks to the coronavirus, my daughter now has America’s worst teacher

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Today’s read is from Raakhee Mirchandani who describes herself as “a writer, editor and hairspray enthusiast… also a proud Jersey girl, celebrity ghost writer, speech writer and mom to a fierce toddler who beat cancer before she could walk.”

She’s a big-time feminist, but like the blog title says, I found this interesting.

Here’s an excerpt:

In addition to experiencing the anxiety and uncertainty of the global pandemic, parents and caregivers have been tasked with the impossible role of educator, forced to squeeze more out of already overwhelming days. While learning to do their own jobs remotely, or still going to work at grocery stores, banks, hospitals and restaurants, they are also learning middle-school math and high-school English, navigating Google Classroom the first time and sorting through assigned work from teachers.

For Supriya Kelkar, a Michigan author and mother of three — a second grader, a kindergartner and a Montessori preschooler — navigating telelearning has been a challenge.

“My kids are fighting and losing their minds right now. I write this detailed schedule out every morning, they follow it for two hours, and then it’s a free-for-all where they are fighting with each other and I’m hiding in the pantry shoving cookies in my face,” laughed Kelkar, whose new book, “American as Paneer Pie,” comes out May 12. “I have gone through five boxes of Thin Mints myself, and I’m out of Thin Mints now and I’m very upset about it. That’s been my quarantine.”

There’s more. Please read the entire column here.

Today’s highly interesting read (03/30/20): Trump Is Right: We Need to Get Our $20 Trillion Economy Back Up and Running

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“No society can safeguard public health for long at the cost of its overall economic health.”
The Wall Street Journal Editorial Board

Today’s read comes from Ed Feulner, the former president and founder of the Heritage Foundation and Stephen Moore, a senior fellow at Heritage. He is the co-author of Trumponomics: Inside the America First Plan to Revive the American Economy.

Here is a brief excerpt:

The victims (of the pandemic) are not wealthy hedge fund managers losing a fraction of their portfolio; we’re talking about real Americans losing their life savings and their 401(k) plans they’ll depend on in retirement. We’re talking about the small business owners having to tell their employees not to come back to the office and the single mother who’s held down a job and worked hard her whole life having to hitch a ride to the unemployment office.

We have a $20 trillion highly tuned economic engine — the envy of the world. That engine can’t be shut down for months and then with the switch of an ignition switch powered back up.

Read their entire column here.

Conceding to Trump; WI needs to work; Doctors writing own wills; Virus and inmates; and those poor high school seniors

Here are this week’s highly interesting reads:

Today’s highly interesting read (03/27/20): Democrats Might Find It Better To Concede 2020 To Trump

Today’s highly interesting read (03/26/20): Doctors Are Writing Their Wills

Today’s highly interesting read (03/25/20): Wisconsin can cancel the apocalypse

Today’s highly interesting read (03/24/20): FORGET SOCIAL DISTANCING, WHAT’S HAPPENING IS CRIMINAL

Today’s highly interesting read (03/23/20): Your Kid Is Missing Something. Get Over It.

Today’s highly interesting read (03/27/20): Democrats Might Find It Better To Concede 2020 To Trump

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Today’s read is from the Editorial Board of Issues and Insights. The obligatory tease:

(Biden is) a politician who can’t handle what Trump has been saddled with. The 77-year-old prospective Democratic nominee Joe Biden, speaking in a live stream from his home in Wilmington, Delaware, on Monday, fumbled all over his words. After calling for more medical personnel to deal with “this crush of cases,” Biden added, “And, uh, in addition to that, in addition to that, we have to make sure that, we are …” Then he motioned to staff to roll the teleprompter before exasperatedly saying, “Well, let me go to the second thing …”

Democrats and the media apparently don’t yet realize it, but it is so bad that – barring a brokered nomination that raises New York’s Cuomo to the podium in the summer – the party may even find itself conceding that you cannot win against an incumbent president during a global crisis that he is handling effectively. And according to Gallup, 60% approve of Trump’s handling of this emergency.

You can read the entire editorial here.

Today’s highly interesting read (03/26/20): Doctors Are Writing Their Wills

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Today’s read is from the NY Times. Here’s a brief excerpt:

And so every day before she leaves the hospital, Dr. Au takes a shower, washes her hair and changes clothes. Then she does the same thing at home, her old clothes now contaminated because she wore them in her car. Last, she takes a diluted bleach solution and wipes down every surface she has touched: doorknobs, car handle, phone and so on.

Not long ago she would have thought these precautions were crazy. “Now,” she said, “it seems completely reasonable.”

For two weeks she has slept in the basement, while her husband, a surgeon, sleeps in their bedroom, because, “One of us has to stay healthy.”

Dr. Au’s situation is not the exception, but the rule…

You can read the entire article here.

Today’s highly interesting read (03/25/20): Wisconsin can cancel the apocalypse

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Today’s read is from…

Not the strongest conservative. Too anti-Trump for my blood. But his column fits the above headline description. Highly interesting. The obligatory tease:

The simple fact is: Wisconsin must work. We should look at this short-lived shutdown as a time to prepare ourselves and ready our tools to kill the virus with growing confidence. Instead of watching Netflix until the federal government saves us, we need to save ourselves. We are rapidly learning how dangerous it is to shut our doors and grind the economy to a halt. If we keep them shut much longer, we will open them only to find a fundamentally weakened state and country.

Read the entire column here.


Today’s highly interesting read (03/24/20): FORGET SOCIAL DISTANCING, WHAT’S HAPPENING IS CRIMINAL

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Last week the ACLU of Wisconsin wrote a letter to Gov. Evers and said on its website, “Wisconsin officials should heed public health experts’ advice and immediately release individuals in detention who are at high risk of severe illness or death from COVID-19… In the letter, they are asking to ensure that system actors are responding to recommendations put forth by public health experts, specifically calling for the immediate release from prisons and jails of communities identified by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) as vulnerable, as well as people currently in pretrial detention, to prevent a public health crisis.”

From the WI State Journal:

Starting Monday, Gov. Tony Evers  (halted) all new admissions into Wisconsin’s prisons in an attempt to prevent the spread of the COVID-19 coronavirus.

“This is part of our efforts to stop the spread of the virus and help keep staff and the people in the state’s care safe,” said Melissa Baldauff, spokeswoman for Evers’ office.

Under the order, any defendant who is sentenced to prison will be held in a county jail instead of being transferred to one of DOC’s more than 30 prison facilities across the state.

Although the emergency order could help prevent an inmate from bringing COVID-19 into a prison, it might also put extra pressure on county jails, including potential overcrowding

Dane County Sheriff Dave Mahoney said there were “absolutely no conversations” with county sheriffs about the impact the order will have on county jails. The Dane County Jail was notified of the change via email at 5:30 p.m. Friday.

“It’s really got sheriffs really upset,” Mahoney said. “It’s just very frustrating — as we’re trying to keep our own institutions healthy while we continue to hold prison inmates for the Department of Corrections — that we were not involved in at least a conversation about the need to find a collaborative solution.

Today’s read is from Christine Flowers, a Philadelphian who practices immigration law. A brief excerpt:

I got an email from the ACLU the other day. The email was a request to sign on to a petition that would urge President Trump and our nation’s governors to empty the prisons. They wanted “communities that are the most vulnerable to COVID-19” to be protected. They wanted defendants released back onto the streets, or at the very least, out of custody.

There are a few problems with this proposal…

You can read the entire column here.




Today’s highly interesting read (03/23/20): Your Kid Is Missing Something. Get Over It.

Brookfield Central defeated Sun Prairie, 69-52, at the Kohl Center in Madison in the WIAA Division 1 final to win the school’s first state boys basketball championship.

But wait. That was last March.

This March there was chance for the Lancers to defend their state title as the coronavirus wiped out both the boys and girls state basketball tournaments.

So the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel’s Curt hogg reported that he “spent countless hours creating the rosters of 40 high school teams and simulating the rest of (this year’s) playoffs to determine state champs in all five boys divisions.” Simulations were used to determine the outcomes of the games.

In Division 1 Brookfield Central repeated its state championship from 2019, beating  Madison La Follette 59-49.

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Senior Dave Joplin (above) led the way with 12 points. I know. Not the same.

Hortonville senior post player Macy McGlone reacted when everyone got the news.

“This year our team worked so incredibly hard to try and win a gold ball,” McGlone said. “As a senior, I can’t believe that I will never have the opportunity to play another high school game. High school basketball has been one of the best experiences of my life, and I have been dreaming of winning a state championship for so long. We all thought that this was our year. Now we don’t even get the chance to be prove them wrong.”

Kaukauna point guard Keaton Ferris said, “I am extremely disappointed and sad that our season had to come to an abrupt end like this. It is definitely not how I ever imagined leaving my high school career behind. With this being said, I am even more thankful for what I and my fellow senior teammates have gotten to experience together these past four years. I will cherish these memories forever.”

“When I heard that our season was going to be cut short of our dreams of possibly reaching state and competing for a state title, I was instantly heartbroken,”  Kimberly senior point guard Jake Buchanahe said. “My teammates and I worked our entire lives for a chance that we never got. It hurts more than I ever thought it would because I thought that with the team we had, we could’ve done something really special.”


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They’re gone, too.

It’s hard, no doubt about it. Here’s another view from columnist Steve Sheldon. First, the obligatory tease…

It’s all about perspective. Sure, you’re being asked to forego your child’s senior recognition night, but that’s far better than having her grandfather suffer and die due to a lack of ventilators in his overcrowded hospital because you just had to hear your kid’s name read aloud and share the picture of 8th grade graduation on Facebook. Teach your kids that their sacrifices are first small, and second noble and for a higher cause.

Here’s the complete column, well worth your time.

Newsrooms and the virus; libs love the virus; school closings; loaves and fishes; and Chick-fil-A

Here are this week’s highly interesting reads:

Today’s highly interesting read (03/20/20): Chick-fil-A Operator: Amid coronavirus, I want to keep my team employed while balancing safety

Today’s highly interesting read (03/19/20): We Are Living in a ‘Loaves and Fishes’ Moment

Today’s highly interesting read (03/18/20): Coronavirus school closing: My students now face a world as unstable as their lives

Today’s highly interesting read (03/17/20): Liberals Are Content To Watch It All Burn

Today’s highly interesting read (03/16/20): How newsrooms can tone down their coronavirus coverage while still reporting responsibly

Today’s highly interesting read (03/20/20): Chick-fil-A Operator: Amid coronavirus, I want to keep my team employed while balancing safety

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Today’s read is from Mark Hufford,  a multi-store Chick-fil-A franchise owner/operator in Bentonville and Rogers, Arkansas. Here’s a brief excerpt:

We’re attempting to provide people with a sense of normalcy. People are eager for the familiar.

A tasty meal can elicit good thoughts and a sense of security. In times of uncertainty, routines keep us anchored and grounded in the reality that life really is still going forward.

Read the entire column here.