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“Governor, you need to change course” on COVID and Iowa schools, Iowa Senator says

DES MOINES – In a Thursday, August 26, news conference, Iowa Senator Zach Wahls, called on Iowa Governor Kim Reynolds to smarten up somehow on her anti-mask stance for schools.


Iowa Governor Kim Reynolds

Right now, Iowans want two things from our local schools.

First, they want schools to be open, and to stay open. That’s the best way to get all Iowa kids back on track. Most kids are ready to attend school in person, with their teachers and classmates.

Second, and this should not be controversial, Iowans want our schools to be as safe as possible. This is not an either or proposition.
We can do both.

Studies show that, despite the pandemic, schools allowed to respond to local conditions, can be safe for virtually all students.

But Iowa has a problem that many other states don’t have. Governor Reynolds has refused to let Iowa schools make the decisions necessary to protect their students, their teachers, their staff and their parents from COVID-19.

It is a fact that her state budget, written by Republican legislators, provided zero additional dollars to fight COVID-19 in our state.

And it is a fact that Governor Reynolds has rejected 95 million federal dollars last April to help Iowa schools reopen safely.

Since that mistake, we’ve seen new Iowa COVID cases increase sharply. Most new cases, because of the Delta variant, which we know is more infectious than previous variants.

And we know that Governor Reynolds signed a law banning safe mask policies in Iowa’s schools and in other public places. And when she signed that law, she was surrounded by anti-vaccine conspiracy theorists.

The Governor’s mistakes and political posturing are endangering children and threaten to further disrupt the education of all K-12 students in Iowa.

Governor, you need to change course. Now, there are a few ways that you should do this.

First, Iowa’s lucky that the $95 million in rejected federal funds is still available. We can use it for detection, for vaccination, for improved air filtration and circulation systems, and other common-sense steps to prevent the spread of COVID-19 in Iowa’s K-12 schools.

All the governor has to do is pick up the phone, and call President Biden’s administration, and tell them that she has changed her mind.

We need to get those federal dollars to Iowa’s schools right away. We’ve wasted enough time during this public health emergency.

We can request the additional dollars from the CDC. That money will pay for more in-school testing and contact tracing. It will help protect kids, teachers, parents and communities from the continued spread of the Delta variant.

Finally, the Governor should use her emergency powers to suspend the dangerous mistake that she made last May. That’s when she made it illegal for Iowa schools to make the decisions necessary to protect our communities from COVID.

The Governor needs to focus on the science, the science.

Ignore the dangerous nonsense from people like Representative Marjorie Taylor Greene and other anti-vaccine conspiracy theorists in the Republican Party.

Listen instead to Iowa parents. They just want their kids safely back in their local schools, learning and preparing to take their next steps in life.

Governor, do what’s right for Iowa kids, and do it today.

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Rep Rashida Tlaib Admits She Only Wears A Mask For the Cameras.

Is there honestly anyone that believes wearing a flimsy piece of paper over your face prevents transmission of a virus to any meaningful degree? The most trite sentiment of 2020 is ‘follow the science’. Does anyone know the efficacy of mask wearing? There are lots of studies which quantify this now (hint: it’s VERY low efficacy).

>80% of people who died were obese
>average age of dead is older than life expectancy
>and the entire world needs to freak out over it
Just start a f*cking war already

The Trump flying monkey is at it again. Stealing money from covid relief and using for her own project. Give the money BACK if your not going to use it for what it is meant for.

The flying monkeys didn’t want the money anyway.

What do you think the money should be used for?

Can you read? It is suppose to be used for Covid relief. We are not out of the woods with Covid by a long shot, and if and when we get there the unused money should be given back not used for projects that it wasn’t meant to be used for,

Trust me, I can read. What specifically do you think the money should be used for? What exactly are examples of ‘covid relief’?

I’ve been done with covid since March of last year. You seem to keep propagating the fear of a virus with a 0.26% fatality rate.

You have to be the stupidest person on this planet.Covid is not over by a long shot. I just had another family member catch it from some STUPID idiot like yourself. I thank my lucky stars none of my family members have died from it so far,and yes they have been vaccinated, and some got the vaccine after catching it. The family member who now has it says it feels like a elephant sitting on their chest. AND STUPID you ask where the money should go. How about to medical some of these people are going to have life conditions from the covid

Ma’am, I would gladly battle you in the octagon using any measure of intelligence of your choosing. Your family member didn’t catch covid from someone like me as I’ve already had the China virus and have superior antibodies versus what you get from a vaccine. Maybe the covid relief money should be used on something like weight management programs (since only geriatrics and the obese have any real risk of mortality)? Or maybe the money can be used for community education since there is so much misinformation on this disease from biased sources like CNN, Twiitter, and Youtube.

Anonymous September 11, 2021 at 11:35 pm

” and some got the vaccine after catching it(Covid).”

Isn’t that like going to buy a condom after you got her pregnant?

As the leftist flunkies LOVE to screech every chance they get, “Follow the science.” Natural immunity is, according to virologists, 10-13 times better than a man made one.

You are obviously a complete and utter moron. You must bend over for every Democrat you see.

You said,”Stealing money from covid relief and using for her own project. Give the money BACK if your not going to use it for what it is meant for.”

Okay, MORON, article says, “And it is a fact that Governor Reynolds has rejected 95 million federal dollars last April”, as in NOT taken. I know, it’s hard for you to understand, someone not taking “free” money.

The article goes on to say, “First, Iowa’s lucky that the $95 million in rejected federal funds is still available.”, see, still don’t have.

Reading comprehension isn’t your strong point, you might want to get someone to explain things to you.

We see the old Minnesota Transit buses loading up afgans at FT COY on TV yesterday – old Rochester and MPLS will take a large amount – Floyd ai’nt dead yet. See all the service dogs left in cages at Kabul airport -no room on planes for them – someone let them free so they would’nt starve and nowtheir roaming around Kubal (cabal) city looking for food. What a bunch of leftists bastards we have in charge of our military.

OH NO ! Not the old chinese covid bury your head in the sand propaganda and obey peons AGAIN. COMMUNIST MANEFESTO to destroy America. Lock all these bastards up or deport them AT LEAST !

Not enough he’s on the verge of collapse hahaha

It’s interesting because NIT used to investigate government over reach. Now they praise it like they get paid for it ???

He’s an idiot !!! Where’s the story on Afghanistan?
If you are a socialist democrat not only are you an idiot. You have blood on ur hands for voting for that dementia Joe !!

This marxists site takes down conservative views -there for is owned by the elite (china) . Beware maybe old matt is little sorazz in disguise!

Have you read any of the posts on this article? Certainly you can figure out that many are conservatives as they all have about as much intelligence as you do. Did we really land on the moon?

Uh…. I got a list of people they told me to call on…..

democrats are fools as the same radical idiots let out RKF’s killer.
It’s kinda like NIT being told what to print.
Afghanistan information.??? Crickets..

I want to see the governor go to a hospital right now. Pop in and see how things are going. One would think someone as intelligent as she thinks she is would jump at the chance to prove how right she is, and how dishonest the press is. She goes to the fair and has dozens of photo ops but anything that goes against the Q agenda is to be ignored and not spoken of. That’s the Trump way. Makes sense that’s what she will do. Deflect and attack.

Covid Kim is a tRumper. She doesn’t have any kids that go to school. Why would change anything?! Iowa is one of the highest rates states with Covid. The idiot should go visit hospitals to find out. #voteherout

Keep bending over for him tRumpTARD!

Never voted for Biden he is not my president..president Donald J Trump is my President. This would have not happened if he was still in office.

Looks like Iowa is 17th for covid cases per 100K. I wouldn’t say ‘that’s one of the highest’. Our hospitalizations are even lower. I’d be way more concerned about obesity or seasonal flu than I would be about Covid which has only a 0.26% fatality rate.

Okay tRumpTARD!

What does politics have to do with this? You erroneously tried to make a claim that Iowa is one of the highest states for prevalence of covid. Evidence is submitted that negates your claim. You lost the argument, so now you try to name call? Really mature.

If Iowa is 17th out of 50, then it is one of the top states. Learn math.

17/50 isn’t even in the top third. Do they give medals in the Olympics for 17th place? 17/50 isn’t ‘one of the highest states’. Try again. Jeezus, this site find the dumbest of the dumb in North Iowa.

You are one of those dumbest of the dumbs. There are 33 states that rank below Iowa. That means that Iowa is in the top 1/2 which means it is one of the top states.If it were 26th, you would be correct but like your bogus claims about the election, you are wrong, Warry.

You’re standards are pretty low if coming in 17th (out of 50) is ‘one of the top’ finishes in anything. Kinda seems like you’re resorting to childish defeatist tactics like name calling and arbitrary benchmarks to defend a losing position.

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