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Senate Republicans' latest COVID-19 stimulus package proposes another round of direct payments to Americans and more enhanced federal unemployment benefits for workers who lose their jobs during coronavirus restrictions.

The $1 trillion package, called the Health, Economic Assistance, Liability Protection, and Schools (HEALS) Act was released Monday.

If passed by the U.S. Senate and House and signed by President Donald Trump, the direct payment to American workers would be similar to what was provided through the CARES Act passed in late March: $1,200 for workers making $75,000 or less, with diminished payments to those making more than $75,000 and up to $100,000.

"Just like in March with the CARES Act, Senate Republicans have authored another bold framework to help our nation," Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said. "So now we need our Democratic colleagues to reprise their part as well."

 

The enhanced federal unemployment benefits would be reduced from $600 a week as provided through the CARES Act, a $3 trillion stimulus package passed by Congress in late March, to $200 a week. The CARES Act unemployment benefits expire this week. The federal enhancement would be in addition to state unemployment benefits.

U.S. Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin and many Republicans said the $600 in additional weekly benefits discouraged some workers from returning to their jobs because they made more off unemployment.

Senate Republicans' plan also includes $105 billion more for schools, $16 billion for increased coronavirus testing, additional funding for small business loans from the Paycheck Protection Program that would be forgivable if businesses retain workers, and protections for businesses whose workers contract COVID-19.

Another stimulus package is being negotiated after the Congressional Budget Office reported that June's federal budget deficit was $864 billion, an amount greater than the entire federal budget deficit for the year of 2018.

 
 

​Dan McCaleb

The Center Square

Speaking at Mount Rushmore, and from the White House lawn on Saturday, July 4, Donald Trump recast the presidential race.

He seized upon an issue that can turn his fortunes around, and the wounded howls of the media testify to the power of his message.

Standing beneath the mammoth carved images of Presidents Washington, Jefferson, Lincoln and Theodore Roosevelt, Trump declared: "Angry mobs are trying to tear down statues of our founders, deface our most sacred memorials, and unleash a wave of violent crime in our cities."

These mobs are made up of Marxists, criminals and anarchists. Their cause is a cultural revolution. "Their goal is not a better America. Their goal is the end of America."

After reciting the achievements of his four predecessors, Trump added: "No movement that seeks to dismantle these treasured American legacies can possibly have a love of America at its heart."

Then he put it right into the basement hideaway of Joe Biden: "No person who remains quiet at the destruction of this resplendent heritage can possibly lead us to a better future."

Trump is calling out Biden's silence in the face of an onslaught against our heroes and history as manifest political cowardice that makes Biden a moral accomplice of the mobs.

One day, Basement Boy is going to have to speak out.

Where was Biden when Trump was standing up for America on Independence Day?

As his Party tweeted that Trump's trip to Mount Rushmore was aimed at "glorifying white supremacy," Biden was wailing about the need "to rip the roots of systemic racism" out of America.

Does that sound like Harry Truman or JFK?

So the lines are drawn for 2020.

On one side are those who believe America is a good country, the greatest the world has ever seen, and that the men who created this miracle should be respected, revered and remembered.

That is not the view of the left wing of the Democratic Party.

For even as the fireworks were exploding on the Mall, a Baltimore mob was tearing down, smashing up and dumping into the Inner Harbor a landmark statue of Christopher Columbus.

That statue stood next to the Baltimore neighborhood of Little Italy and had been dedicated in 1984 by President Ronald Reagan.

Do the haters of Columbus think that destroying Columbus' statues across America will not anger and alienate Americans of Italian descent who revere the explorer? Does Biden think Italian-Americans will reward a candidate and party that will not renounce the mob that did this?

As the left wing of the Democratic Party embraces the "defund the police" movement, how long will it hold onto voters who are today watching murder rates climb to new records?

During Independence Day weekend in Chicago, 80 people were shot, and 17 of them killed.

In New York City, the number of shooting victims has risen this year by 50%. In June, there were 250 shootings, an increase of 150 over June 2019. Mayor Bill de Blasio's response: cutting $1 billion from the NYPD budget.

Over July 4, an armed Black militia arrived at the reopening of the Stone Mountain monument in Georgia, which features huge carved images of Robert E. Lee and Stonewall Jackson. They want its destruction.

Trump is charged with "dividing the nation."

But it is not Trump trashing cops or providing cover for "protests" marked by looting and arson. Nor is it Trump tearing down memorials and monuments to the great Americans of the past.

Where the Democratic Party has been a portrait in indecisiveness, Trump has been clear. He stands with the cops who have gone through a hellish six weeks. He stands against defacing statues and destroying monuments. He has denounced the rioting, looting and arson that have accompanied protests the media never cease to describe as "peaceful."

It is not Trump who is dividing America. He has pledged to resist the rampages with all the weapons in his presidential arsenal.

There are four months until November's election, 18 weeks until America decides: Do we want to continue an era of protests that revert to rioting, looting and arson? Do we want to see police departments further constricted and trashed as neo-fascist?

Do we wish to see statues of presidents from Washington, Jefferson, Jackson, Lincoln and Grant to Teddy Roosevelt trashed by mobs that hate America, hate her heroes and hate her history?

Trump's stand for tradition and against mob rule is the only stand the president can take. And it is a necessary stand. For this culture war is going to last long after this presidency. And it is going to determine what kind of country we shall become.

Will it be the great and glorious republic of the past or the social and cultural Marxist hellhole that is the promise of the mobs? Patrick J. Buchanan

Dear Doctor: My boyfriend laughs when I turn down the car stereo when I'm trying to find a new address, but I've seen his dad do the same thing when he's changing lanes on the freeway. Why does the quiet make you feel like you can see better?

Dear Reader: Your boyfriend may have fun teasing you, but we'd be surprised if there haven't been similar instances in his own life.
The scenarios you describe, which require you to evaluate incoming data and make split-second decisions, suck up a lot of mental energy. Researchers refer to this as "cognitive load." Eliminating a distraction such as sound can help with concentration by reducing the cognitive load. That's because, much like a computer, our brain's capacity to engage in multiple tasks is finite.
To understand why, it helps to appreciate the complexities of the human brain. It's made up of three major parts -- the cerebrum, cerebellum and brainstem. The largest and topmost part is the cerebrum, which is divided into left and right hemispheres. It deals with learning, emotions, reasoning and fine motor skills, and it interprets the flood of data from the five senses. Tucked beneath is the much smaller cerebellum, which oversees muscle movement, balance and posture. Acting as a relay center between the two and the spinal cord is the brainstem, which also oversees the staying-alive stuff we don't think about but can't live without. This includes breath, heartbeat, swallowing, sleep cycles and temperature control.

The three areas of the brain, plus the spinal cord, make up the central nervous system. It regulates movement, thought and emotion. It's why you're able to find that new address. But while it seems as though we can concentrate on multiple things at once, the brain handles tasks sequentially. It's just making the switch so swiftly, in mere nanoseconds, that it feels like we're multi-tasking. Once you're hunting for a street sign, though, or gauging car lengths in fast-moving traffic, all of the collecting and interpreting of data by the central nervous system reaches critical mass. That cognitive load we talked about earlier gets to be too great. Turning down the radio removes enough incoming data to make it easier to concentrate.

A small study in Sweden looked into this phenomenon several years ago. Researchers had each of 32 participants perform an easy visual task and a challenging visual task. They were also instructed to ignore the audio -- a random sequence of sounds -- that was playing. The subsequent MRI tests revealed that when participants concentrated on a visual task, there was a decrease in the responsiveness of the auditory nerves. Basically, the brain itself was turning down the volume.

The takeaway here is that when our inner mute button can't adequately remove the auditory distraction, our brain kicks in and we decide to turn down the car stereo. We're adjusting our environment so the most important task -- finding the address or safely merging onto the freeway -- has a better chance of getting accomplished.

Eve Glazier, M.D., MBA, and Elizabeth Ko, M.D.

There are a number of unusual legal terms you may come across when preparing your Florida estate plan. One of them is “exempt property.” This term appears in a specific Florida statute that is part of the state's overall laws governing individual estates. So what does it mean? And is it something you need to think about when making a will or trust?

Understanding Exempt Property

When you die, your debts do not necessarily pass on with you. Your creditors may demand repayment of your debts from the assets in your estate. In order to ensure such demands do not leave your immediate family with nothing, however, Florida law exempts certain property from most creditor claims. This is what is known as “exempt property.”

Exempt property protections only cover your spouse–if you were married at the time of your death–otherwise they pass on to any children who outlived you. By law, your spouse or children may claim the following types and amounts of property under the legal exemption:

● Up to $20,000 worth of “furniture, furnishings, and appliances” in your primary residence.

● 1 or 2 motor vehicles, provided neither weighs more than 15,000 pounds, and they are used by your “immediate family as their personal motor vehicles.”

● Any money you placed in a Florida 529 Savings Plan.

● If you are a public school teacher or administrator, any death benefit your family is paid if you are killed as the “result of an unlawful and intentional act.”

You'll notice there are a lot of items omitted from the definition of exempt property. For example, it does not protect your jewelry. Nor does it cover your home or other real estate, although Florida law contains additional protections for your primary residence (or “homestead”).

You should also know that exempt property does not protect any property subject to a “perfected security interest.” In plain English, if you used any of the exempt property described above as collateral, the lender may still be able to seize that item from your estate. So if you had an outstanding car loan one of your vehicles, your spouse cannot rely on the exempt property rule to prevent the lender from repossessing the vehicle.

Exempt Property and Your Will

Now you may be wondering, “Does the exempt property rule override my will?” For example, say you own a car that meets the exempt property requirements. Do you have to leave it to your spouse, or can you give it to your brother instead? The simple answer is that any property you specifically dispose of in your will is not subject to the exempt property rule. So if your will includes a clause that says, “I leave my 2010 Honda accord to my brother,” your spouse or children cannot use the exempt property rule to override your gift.

Of course, that is only a hypothetical example. If you need more specific advice tailored to your own situation, you need to speak with a qualified Fort Myers estate planning attorney. Call the Kuhn Law Firm, P.A., at 239-333-4529 to schedule a free consultation with a member of our legal team today.

Sunday, 19 July 2020 12:36

Stand Up For Freedom

If you support the Second Amendment, oppose mob anarchy and reject the monumental madness gripping America, then you stand with Steven Baca.

If you have been outraged by the persecution and prosecution of brave patriots across the country defending their homes, their families, our downtowns, our national heritage and history -- like the armed St. Louis couple, or the armed pregnant Michigan mom, or the armed citizens in the Fishtown suburb of Philadelphia, Boise, Idaho, and Provo, Utah, facing down the saboteurs of civil order, then you stand with Steven Baca.

On June 15, Steven and several other friends and neighbors gathered peacefully at Tiguex Park in Albuquerque, New Mexico, to protect a statue of Spanish conquistador Juan de Onate targeted by agitators identified as Black Lives Matter protesters. What does Onate have to do with St. George Floyd or any of the other clients of race hustler Benjamin Crump? Nothing. The coordinated violence and chaos unleashed by a toxic convergence of BLM, antifa, jobless college students and garden-variety cop-haters have nothing to do with black lives. Or with "justice."

Or police brutality. Or equality.

It's all about making money, securing power and reimagining this nation by eradicating every vestige of the settlers, pioneers, colonizers and founders who made America America.

Esther Rivera, a 14th-generation mixed Hispanic and Native American grandmother from Albuquerque, showed up to guard the memorial. "I wasn't there to protest," she told me: "I was there to pray for peace and the preservation of these statues and preservation of historical art... If we start pulling these down and renaming buildings and burning books, that's fascism."

During the melee at Tiguex Park, as agitators wielded pickaxes and strapped chains to the Onate statue, several belligerent women verbally assaulted Rivera. Some screamed falsely that she was a cop, stirring anger among the cop-hating BLM mobsters. In several videos of the toppling of the Onate statue, at least two of the thuggish protesters can be seen laying hands on Rivera. She told me one woman tried to steal her phone. As she was pushed to the ground, Baca tried to rescue her. A swarm of women blocked Baca and multiple videos show him trying to peel the women off of him and Rivera. He was a defender, not an aggressor.

Then the scene turned uglier. As the savages ripped the statue from its pedestal, unidentified assailants screamed falsely that Baca was a cop. "I'm gonna f---ing kill you," another yelled.

Baca can be seen retreating from the crowd, separated from Rivera. He ran into the street, where several rioters beat him in the head and body with a large longboard and other unidentified objects. At least one video appears to show an assailant wielding a switchblade or knife.

That is when Baca drew his weapon and fired several shots at his attackers. Initially charged with felony aggravated battery with a deadly weapon, Baca was held in jail for a week before the

Bernalillo County district attorney Raul Torrez dropped that charge.

Baca's justified self-defense is plain as day to anyone who watches the videos.

Here's the thing: This story is far from over. Baca still faces potential reintroduction of the felony weapons charge, as well as aggravated battery charges involving three women -- none of whom have come forward, none of whom the D.A. has located and all of whom can be seen on camera laying hands on Baca and Rivera first.

Here's another thing you need to know: Torrez is not just any run-of-the-mill D.A. He's one of dozens of George Soros-subsidized subversives who could put "social justice" above equal justice. A Soros front group called the "New Mexico Safety & Justice" PAC -- pro-criminal, pro-rioter, anti-cop, anti-Second Amendment -- dumped more than $107,000 into Torrez's campaign in 2016.

Tim Keller, the Albuquerque mayor who has spent the past eight weeks pandering to BLM, defamed Baca as the agitator. The head of the police union, however, condemned city leaders for creating an "operations plan" that tied the hands of cops, who were "spat upon" and had rocks thrown at them as they tried to secure the riot and crime scene.

I had the privilege of meeting Steven this Independence Day weekend. He is a gentle soul, overwhelmed by his predicament but grateful for the outpouring of grassroots support. "We now have to wait for the district attorney to complete the investigation. We do not know how long this will take," he told me. "I stand ready to have my conduct and the conduct of others at the protest fully and thoroughly reviewed."

If you stand with Steven Baca, I have created a crowdfunding campaign that you can donate to at: https://fundly.com/stand-with-steven-baca.

This isn't just one statue and one armed American's freedom at stake. If you believe in the sacred right of self-defense and the sovereignty of our nation, then we are all Steven Baca now.

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Michelle Malkin

Sunday, 19 July 2020 12:34

Proud To Be an American

I am proud to be an American. Yes, I know that our system of government is not perfect, but I firmly believe that it is the best in the world. We are an exceptional country -- not because our people are exceptional but because we have a different -- and exceptional -- structure of government. I am grateful that I was born an American.

We declared our independence from Great Britain 244 years ago this week. It happened after years of overreaching rule by King George III and Britain's insistence on taxation without representation. We had had enough. We were pushed into action over time -- and act we did, finally.

The taxation began in the 1760s; the Boston Massacre occurred in 1770; the Boston Tea Party in 1773; and the Battles of Lexington and Concord in April of 1775.

Patrick Henry's call to action, "Give me liberty, or give me death," made in the spring of 1775, was the first strong public statement that if we were to be free, we would have to fight Britain.

Before that, we believed that we could negotiate with Britain -- that, somehow, we could make it work without confrontation.
It was not to be. Henry stated it clearly. Our choice was liberty or death.

Our founders chose to take the challenge and declared our independence from Britain on July 4, 1776. When they signed the declaration, they knew that they were putting their lives at risk.

They would be seen by the British as traitors. Yet they signed. They risked their lives for their freedom and for ours.

Our Declaration of Independence declares: "We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness. -- That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed."

The declaration of these so-called self-evident truths sets us apart. Other nations are founded on power belonging to an individual (dictator) or government (communism). That individual or the government then gets to determine what rights are given to people.

In our country, it is the exact opposite: All rights belong to the people, and we loan them to the government. But it is up to each generation to ensure that the government does not overstep and overrun individual rights. When our Declaration of Independence was signed, not everyone was part of the new political process. While we declared our country's freedom from Britain, it took a Civil War for President Abraham Lincoln to emancipate those held in slavery, a civil rights movement to ensure equal rights, and civil demonstrations for women to receive the right to vote.

Today, we are closer to perfection as a county than we were 244 years ago, however, we are still imperfect. But for some, this lack of perfection results in hatred of our country. This quest for perfectionism has led to a dismissal of those deemed not perfect, a censorship of speech, an inability to debate issues without emotions, and the stance that disagreement is treason.

We are not a perfect country, nor can we ever be a perfect country -- that's left to heaven -- but the goal of a more perfect union is important.

While our imperfect system of government might cause some not to feel proud of our country, I take pride in the fact that our structure of government allows each of us to participate in the governing of our country; we just have to step up and make sure our voices are heard. Today, when many are seeking to silence those who disagree with them, we should instead find a way to more clearly articulate why arguments are valuable, why freedom of speech is at the core of who we are as a country, and how we can learn how to disagree but still work together.

This hand-to-hand combat is not done through systems but through imperfect people -- one-on-one. To be successful, we must focus our eyes on the prize. Just as our Founding Fathers fought for our freedom over 200 years ago, we must continue to fight to ensure that our government remains ours and our freedoms remain intact.

Jackie Cushman

An article I read, followed by a friend’s email, spurred something in my memory that I’ll try to relate here. I realized that several unpleasant and threatening events that we’ve recently suffered through recall two fictional experiences many of us remember.

First, there was an imagined society in which people led dehumanized and fearful lives. It takes place in a wild and misery filled world following a catastrophic event that brought about societal collapse, murder, revenge, and intense fear. Desperate, unhinged people occupied both sides of the conflict. I’m describing what was going on in the series of “Mad Max” movies.

Next, do you remember the following statement of frustration from another book and movie? “Every record has been destroyed or falsified, every book rewritten, every picture has been repainted, every statue and street building has been renamed, every date has been altered. And the process is continuing day by day and minute by minute. History has stopped. Nothing exists except an endless present in which the party is always right.” That was Winston, secretly talking to Julia about the “Big Brother” government, in George Orwell’s iconic novel “1984.”

I ask you to think about our own very real experiences with rewriting of history books, pulling down historical statues, violent and destructive riots, and “autonomous zones.” You’re probably thinking “those aren’t the same” as the situations depicted in those fictional enactments. Remember, I said they “recall” those experiences, not “reflected” them exactly – but they are frighteningly close.

It’s at least worth contemplating whether “law and order” will be something that’s totally redefined. If so, it concerns me. It bothers me less that we have disruptions and riots around the country, than the fact that a growing number of city councils and mayors seem to be unbothered by it all. Some even condoned and invited “gang occupation,” while smiling and calling these thugs “patriots.” Is it possible we’re on the verge of establishing “no go” zones in U.S. cities, similar to those in Europe, where police will not set foot? Yes, it worries me.

And will we eventually “cancel” all of our Founders and other historical leaders? These important forebears suffered from a common human affliction – that of being seriously flawed. If you consider all of the important people who were slaveowners or guilty of other politically incorrect sins, including George Washington and Thomas Jefferson, would there be anybody left in the history books? Some would predict that only Abe Lincoln, from among significant historical leaders, would be left standing at the end. But Lincoln’s historical cancellation would come eventually when these “crusaders” finally discover he had seriously negotiated the elimination of slavery by putting slaves on boats and shipping them to a newly created slave country/colony. We accomplish absolutely nothing by wiping away these names from our history.

I encourage serious thought and discussion about the implications of these current events. Are we living in a world in which far-fetched fiction is becoming, or has become, reality?

Are we learning that after all, truth is stranger than fiction?

We must control and eliminate the hysterical reactions we are now experiencing. Without that, there can be no hope for cultural peace and understanding, with financial stability and prosperity for all.

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Steve Bakke,
Fort Myers

President Donald Trump is withdrawing the U.S. from the World Health Organization. All we can say is that it's about time.

The organization's legitimacy as a body looking out for humanity's well-being has been effectively reduced to zero.

Just as the U.S. with the United Nations's Human Rights Council, a shambolic body that gives cover to the world's worst human rights offenders, it is better for the U.S. not to associate with this farce, lending it undeserved credibility. The WHO has shown itself to be a puppet of Xi Jinping's regime in China, the campaigning of which installed its director-general, Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus.

With the exception of China's Communist Party, the WHO has done more damage to world health in the last nine months than any other group of human beings.

In the initial stages of the outbreak, when there might have been a chance early on to contain the virus, the WHO helped prop up the Chinese government's propaganda and to cover up the dangers of the disease.

One aspect of this denialism was the result of the WHO's deference to China's refusal to accept Taiwan's sovereignty. In late December, the WHO refused to answer questions from the Taiwanese government about the coronavirus.

On Jan. 16, when Taiwanese researchers released findings suggesting that the virus was highly transmissible and that there was a serious problem, the WHO ignored them. When journalists asked about Taiwan, a WHO official literally feigned a bad connection and then disconnected to avoid answering.

As Taiwan cut off flights from Wuhan and mounted arguably the best, most successful response to the virus of any nation, the WHO was freezing out Taiwanese officials from its Jan. 22 meeting, the one at which it refused to declare the coronavirus a global health emergency.

Even by the end of January, long after stories had been published about China's ruthless suppression of all talk of the virus, Tedros weirdly praised China for its "transparency" in dealing with the disease.

Don't get us wrong. The WHO has done a lousy job irrespective of China's involvement -- for example, discouraging the public from using masks as late as March 31.

"There is no specific evidence to suggest that the wearing of masks by the mass population has any potential benefit," said Mike Ryan, the WHO's executive director of health emergencies. "In fact, there's some evidence to suggest the opposite in the misuse of wearing a mask properly or fitting it properly."

But China is at the root of this problem. China's inordinate influence over the organization is so flagrant that the WHO was promoting Chinese traditional medicine last year. Chinese traditional medicine is the reason rhinos, wild tigers, and other endangered species are being hunted to extinction.

It is a pity that the coronavirus had to break out in China because if it had broken out elsewhere, the WHO might have dealt with the threat in a more diligent manner. This is why the world cannot afford to depend on this organization.

The WHO's actions are those of a broken organization, an organization that no longer serves its stated public purpose but has instead been wholly co-opted by the world's second-worst regime.

Democrats have asserted that Trump has no right to do this. They are wrong, and they would be fools to resist it. The WHO's utterly corrupt and incompetent leadership had its big chance to validate itself. It failed, and there's no reason for the U.S. to stick around and keep legitimizing it.

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Many of Florida’s 67 county school districts are asking parents their preference for in-person instruction or digital learning as they plan on how to meet the Florida Department of Education’s mandate to reopen in August open five days a week for the coming school year,.

After the state’s directive school districts across the state are reassessing their reopening plans for the fall, especially when it comes to safety guidelines they planned to have in place.

Masks were a hot topic at the Lee County school district’s reopening task force meeting Tuesday, as the District works to come up with the plan that now satisfies the Florida Department of Education’s emergency order for schools.

That order says all students must have the option to go to in-person classes five days a week, which is a game changer for school districts that already had tentative plans in place.

Preliminary indications are mixed. Whereas Lee County parents are split on the issue, a majority of Orange County parents have expressed reservations about in-class instruction, more than two-thirds of those responding to a Miami-Dade County survey wanted their children taught face-to-face by teachers.

Florida Education Commissioner Richard Corcoran via emergency order Monday mandated schools reopen classrooms in August and offer “the full panoply of services,” including in-person instruction.

“There is a need to open schools fully to ensure the quality and continuity of the educational process, the comprehensive well-being of students and families and a return to Florida hitting its full economic stride,” the order reads.

The Florida Education Association, superintendents of the state’s two largest school districts and Democrats question how the state can order schools reopened in weeks when there are more COVID-19 cases now than there were in March when schools were shuttered.

On Tuesday, members of the Orange County Classroom Teachers Association paraded in cars around district headquarters, urging the Orange County School Board meeting inside to not open schools in compliance with the state order.

During the board’s noon-to-night meeting, it discussed giving parents three options: a return to traditional classes on campus, online versions of classes that would allow students to study at home and the district’s virtual school.

Board member Johanna Lopez said she’s receiving many emails from parents showing little support for in-class school lessons.

“The only emails I’m receiving are against face-to-face education,” she said.

Miami-Dade County Public Schools Superintendent Alberto Carvalho, however, reported the opposite in his district’s survey.

Carvalho told the Miami Herald that, as of Tuesday, 25,000 parents had responded to an online survey, with two-thirds opting for in-school learning and one-third opting out.

Carvalho joined Broward County Public Schools Superintendent Robert Runcie in expressing doubt their districts would open schools as scheduled Aug. 24.

The Miami-Dade school district is Florida’s largest and the nation’s fifth-largest school district, with more than 357,000 students, according to the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES).

The Broward County school district, with 256,472 enrolled students, is Florida’s second-largest district and the nation’s seventh largest, according to NCES.

Unless cases decline, Carvalho does not see his district “being able to resume schooling in a traditional way” when school reopens. He also questioned the state’s authority to impose the mandate.

The state constitution spells out that elected school boards, not the state, decides when to open and close local schools, he said, noting Miami-Dade, Broward and Palm Beach school districts had shuttered schools before Gov. Ron DeSantis did so by executive order.

The Miami-Dade school board approved a district reopening plan July 1 that includes in-person instruction after the county moves into phase two of its reopening plan.

The county has not advanced into phase two and, in fact, Mayor Carlos Gimenez has rolled back some relaxations authorized in phase one.

A webinar Tuesday explained Corcoran’s order more fully, Carvalho said, and clarified that, if conditions don’t meet local reopening requirements, then local districts do not have to comply with the state order.

“I don’t necessarily, at this point, believe that (Corcoran’s order) endangers all of the options that we proffered and were unanimously approved by the board,” Carvalho said. “We believe that we can work within the guidelines as provided in the emergency order.”

John Haughey

The Center Square

Sunday, 19 July 2020 12:03

Sun Bay Paper Hits The Streets Again!

Thank you for all the letters and calls of encouragement we have had over the past months, it truly is overwhelming to see the support we have in this community.

It has been a difficult time for all of us. Some of us were told we could not open our businesses, some partially, some businesses got the PPP loans, individual $1,200 and other assistance easily and others have yet to see a single dime.

Big businesses took most of the money in the original assistance cash, but it was supposed to help the small businesses... anyway, what the government did was their best to try to avoid another great depression like back in the 30’s and I have to say at first analysis, I believe that they did accomplish that, at least for the time being.

God willing..... We will be expanding our paper’s coverage of news on Fort Myers Beach and our presence on the beach as well, we were leaving that coverage to the Observer and the Island

Sand Paper but with the Sand Paper closing we will have to step up our game.

We are looking for any beach local with spare time on their hands to come on board as an Advertising Rep. I will need someone specifically for the beach as many advertisers will be in need to find alternative outlets for their businesses.

If you are local and “know everybody” and want to help us survive this Covid Crisis, then we would like to talk.

Also anyone interested in covering the town hall meetings, perhaps someone that already attends most meetings and would like to report on the happenings on the beach, then we would also like to talk to you.

These are scary times, god only knows how this all plays out. I have been a part of this community for almost 20 years as Armando’s will celebrate our 20th anniversary this November 11th and I love this town, this county and this country... God Bless America and in closing may I say...

Black Lives Matter,

Blue Lives Matter,

Brown Lives Matter,

Yellow Lives Matter,

Green Lives Matter
(I’m Italian, we have olive skin)

and YES.... White Lives Matter too

and just because someone says ALL LIVES MATTER,
it doesn’t mean they are taking anything away from Black Lives Matter...

it just stating a fact: All Lives Matter

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