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San Diego School Board returns to mask mandates, parents opposed should get refunded taxes

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Despite numerous concerns and multiple studies showing the adverse effects of children wearing masks during COVID lockdowns, the San Diego Unified School District Board voted this week to return to indoor mask mandates, according to numerous reports.

District school board President Sharon Whitehurst-Payne agreed with the decision made by the board, stating in an interview with Good Morning San Diego that “they really should wear the mask” and adding that students who feel uncomfortable with the mask “at that point, just not return” to school.

The comments come after the district announced that students enrolled in summer school will be required to wear masks indoors, as reported by Fox News. 

However, the district has yet to determine whether there will be a mask mandate for the fall semester. So far, the mandate is only for Summer school. The district said they will  “continue to monitor the COVID-19 community level according to the CDC and County data and we will communicate if there are any changes in two weeks.”

Whitehurst-Payne said that for parents concerned about the possibility of a mask mandate in the fall, there are “some options” such as “school that’s online.” What a joke. We already know the adverse affects of forcing children to be home schooled when  parents were unprepared for home schooling

The San Diego School Board has been hinting for weeks that mask mandates would return and opponents have of mask mandates have expressed outrage over the decision. I’m one of them.

Rep Darrell Issa, who represents San Diego , told me Tuesday, “the forced masking of students has done extraordinary harm to millions of kids – and we are only now beginning to understand the true scope of the damage.”

“Rather than protect our students from harm, the San Diego school district is hurting them all over again. I stand with parents and families who know this must be stopped.”

Over the weekend Issa tweeted that the mandates put in place are “unsupported by science and contradicts common sense. We will fight this and defeat it again.”

I certainly hope so.

The adverse effects of being forced to wear a mask or forced into unprepared homeschooling on children is well documented. For example, a recent Harvard University study revealed the large gaps in outcomes between schools that spent less than three weeks in remote learning and those that relied on online schooling for much of the pandemic, as reported by Fox News.

“Students in high-poverty schools that were remote for more than half of 2020-21 would be expected to see a 5% decline in average earnings over their career, given past relationships between test scores and earnings,” wrote Thomas Kane, a professor of education at Harvard and one of the authors of the study. “That may not sound like much, but when calculating losses for all 50 million students in K-12 education in the U.S., it would amount to a $2 trillion decline in lifetime earnings.”

Fox News host Steve Hilton of The Next Revolution, posted Tuesday on Twitter his concerns and disdain in regard to the school board’s decision.

“Cloth masks do not work,” said Hilton, a California resident, who warned that San Diego may just be the beginning. “Why do these bureaucrats ignore the science?” Hilton is also

I believe that if the San Diego School Board is mandating mask wearing in its schools and threatening that those who oppose it not return, then the school board must return the equivalent amount of the taxes being paid to the school system to the parents.  These funds should be used by the parents for a school of their choice.

It should be pulled directly from the school budget and parents in San Diego who oppose these mandates should fight for these rights.

The adverse harm of children wearing masks have also been documented.

“The possible psychological harm of widespread masking is an even greater worry,” stated one Wall Street Journal. “Facial expressions are integral to human connection, particularly for young children, who are only learning how to signal fear, confusion and happiness. Covering a child’s face mutes these nonverbal forms of communication and can result in robotic and emotionless interactions, anxiety and depression. Seeing people speak is a building block of phonetic development. It is especially important for children with disabilities such as hearing impairment.”

We should not let what happened in San Diego infect the rest of our nation. We know better now. We have the vaccines and we do not need to put our children through this horror show again. Hilton is right “cloth masks don’t work.” That my friends is a scientific fact.

Maybe the San Diego School Board should spend their time reading the science instead of fear mongering.

As for the parents in San Diego, fight back and don’t let this school board abuse your children.

You can follow Sara A. Carter on Twitter @SaraCarterDC

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China Ratchets Up Propaganda as Pelosi Prepares to Visit Taiwan

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While House Speaker Nancy Pelosi looks like she is moving forward with her planned visit to Taiwan, China is ratcheting up its propaganda war against Taiwan and the United States. Chinese government media is stating that Taiwan is part of China, China is prepared to use force over Taiwan, Chinese “countermeasures” to any visit by Pelosi will be severe, and the United States and Taiwan are the ones that are instigating conflict.

Chinese state-run media continues to claim that Taiwan is an integral part of the mainland. A Pelosi visit to Taiwan would “seriously harm China’s sovereignty and territorial integrity,” according to a spokesperson for China’s Ministry of National Defense, as cited by XinhuaNet. A Global Times article cited a professor at the Chinese University of Hong Kong as stating that Taiwan is an issue of “national reunification,” and “at the heart of China’s core interests.” Another Global Times article welcomed the possibility of China’s eventual intrusion into “the airspace above Taiwan” as “a legitimate and righteous move to manifest China’s sovereignty over the island.”

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Chinese government media also claims that China is prepared to use force over Taiwan. A Global Times article cites the above professor at the Chinese University of Hong Kong as stating that “[r]eunification by force is the most effective way to prevent Taiwan secessionism.” Another Global Times article cites “an expert on US studies at the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences,” as claiming that China threatened “the possibility of extremely drastic diplomatic and military measures against the US [if Pelosi visits Taiwan], and the US cannot afford to face such a response.”

Chinese state-run media further specifies this hypothetical use of force if Pelosi visits Taiwan. Pelosi’s visit would result in an “overwhelming response” that would result in “a game-changer for cross-Straits relations,” according to Global Times. Potential responses from China would include PLA aircraft escorting Pelosi’s plane into Taiwan, “set[ting] a great precedent for the PLA to patrol above the island,” according to a Global Times article. Another Global Times article, citing a “Chinese military expert,” floated the idea of the Chinese military declaring Taiwan a PLA drill zone, and intercepting planes flying over Taiwan in the event that Pelosi visits Taiwan [meaning, establishing a “no-fly” zone]. This military expert further suggested that China’s PLA Rocket Force could similarly conduct “drills” targeting US ships.

And according to Chinese government media, it is the US and Taiwan that are at fault for the current crisis over Taiwan. According to China Daily, Pelosi’s visit would demonstrate that the US is “trying to seize the initiative to change the status quo across the Straits, and use the island as a launch pad for confrontation with China. Another China Daily article remarked that the potential for Pelosi’s visit shows that the “Taiwan question [is] being recklessly hijacked by Washington politicians” and that “[s]ome of the more hawkish US politicians have been unable to hide their glee that…[Pelosi’s visit] might lead to a military clash.”

Chinese state-run media is also asserting that the US and Taiwan are unprepared for any situation in the Taiwan Strait. The US is “semi-paralyzed and divided” and “politically weak,” according to Global Times. Former Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, who called for visiting Taiwan with Nancy Pelosi, is a “‘marginal figure’ with limited funding” and a “troublemaker,” according to Global Times. Taiwan’s recent Han Kuang military drills “are more of a show rather than anything of military significance,” according to a “Beijing-based military expert” as cited by Global Times.

Chinese government media continues to peddle an anti-US and anti-Taiwan narrative. With this narrative, China hopes to justify, for domestic and international consumption, an attempted confrontation or invasion of Taiwan. As the global supply chain, semi-conductors, and peace in the Pacific hang in the balance, the Biden administration needs to counter Chinese aggression in both word and deed.

You can follow Steve Postal on Twitter @HebraicMosaic

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