Here are some news items from the State of Washington, and the City of Seattle. Please note that the state and city are run by Leftists through and through.
First, items relating to the Wuhan Coronavirus pandemic. Two weeks ago, our Dictator closed all state restaurants for inside dining, closed gyms, and reduced capacity allowed at all indoor retail establishments, including grocery stores, for a 4-week period. This was a response to “surging coronavirus cases” in the state. Please also note that the Dictator is issuing these rules from his desk, with no input from the elected state legislature.
Please note the use of the word “possible”. The article makes use of the word “could” also. Not “will”, but “could”. Weasel-words. And the headline is designed to instill fear and panic in the population, so:
Dictator says: Do what I say, or else I will Lock You Down Again. This is a threat to double-down on failure. The first massive lockdown in the spring did not stop the virus. The state mask mandate did not stop the virus. The mask mandate continues, with more restrictions added two weeks ago. That did not stop the virus either. What was that old saying about “The beatings will continue until morale improves”? How about some visible effects from all the rules, restrictions, and lockdowns?
And, in response: Mayor Durkan, critical of city council, says she will sign 2021 budget
That budget slashes the Seattle Police Department by 20%. Those small businesses pushed to the brink will have to contend with the pandemic, and riot damage, without police to respond. I wonder how many of those small business owners in Seattle voted for Durkan and all those council members.
And here is the full text of an article on school closures. The government response to the pandemic has contributed to loss of schooling for all state public school students, hurting low-income students hardest, since they are less likely to benefit from online instruction (due to lack of broadband internet and adequate computers at home). Highlighted text mine.
SEATTLE (AP) — Washington state health officials are considering changing the disease metrics that guide school district reopening decisions during the pandemic.
The Seattle Times reports the changes, if adopted, mean up to half the state’s 300 school districts would meet the benchmark to start educating their youngest learners in person at least part time.
Under the state’s current reopening guidelines, which aren’t legally binding, school districts are advised to educate students remotely unless their county posts a coronavirus infection rate of fewer than 75 cases per 100,000 residents over a 14-day period.
The draft changes to those guidelines would increase that threshold to 200 cases per 100,000.
Now, what are State Health Officials doing making Public School Policy? Education is manifestly NOT their area of expertise! The so-called public health officials are blameworthy for helping to ruin a generation of Washington’s children, and dooming them to a reduced earning capacity as adults.
Just this past week, three entities working on vaccines for the Wuhan Coronavirus have said that their vaccine work very well to prevent infection. They all said that they have requested approval, and the federal government has said that there might be at least one or more vaccines available by mid-December. This may or may not be good news.
In that poll, up to 39% of respondents said that they would not take a vaccine if offered. I wonder what the Dictator will do then. Stay tuned for more loss of Liberty. On the other hand, maybe residents of Washington State will not notice or care. They have already given up a goodly amount of liberty, and re-elected their Dictator.