Top Three Takeaways For October 28th, 2021

Florida Governor Ron DeSantis Holds News Conference In Surfside

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Florida has the fewest COVID-19 cases in the country. 

Just over two months ago Florida had the highest population-adjusted COVID-19 case count in the country. Everyone knew it. National news, state news, local news, it didn’t matter. Day in and day out there was no mistaking that Florida was leading the country in COVID-19 cases. Fast forward to today. Overall, cases are now over 91% lower than about two months ago. Naturally, it’s NOT being reported with as much rigor as when Florida was at the peak of the summer surge. 

Florida’s COVID-19 vaccination rate is better than average, currently the 18th highest nationally. Ironically, just above President Biden’s home state of Delaware. How much time has he and his administration spent lecturing and scolding Florida over policies, when our state has a higher rate of vaccination than his home state? Anyway, the point is there are currently 17 states with higher vaccination rates and with higher population-adjusted cases than Florida. Once again, we have an illustration of why.

Pragmatism, as opposed to extremism, is important

From the onset of the pandemic, I’ve spoken of the trajectory of the 1918 pandemic. That’s because history has a way of repeating itself. The similarities between the two were striking. It was also likely the SARS-CoV-2 virus and its variants would wreak havoc for a while and eventually become the seasonal flu, just as the H1N1 virus had done a hundred years before. The key would be getting there. That has been different this time because we have had access to vaccines, which are a tool, but given the rampant breakthrough cases despite health experts starting with Dr. Fauci suggesting as much. Pragmatism as opposed to extremism is almost always the best path forward, and it’s proved to be once again for Florida.

Florida schools are the political battleground.

That’s the title of a story presented yesterday by Politico’s Gary Fineout. While I don’t agree with all of the characterizations in the story, I do agree with the premise. Our school boards are and need to be the political battleground. That’s because they have been a political battleground for decades, we just generally weren’t paying attention. As noted in the story, school boards across the state have attempted and continue to assess ways to limit access and interactions in board meetings. Let’s be clear about something. Any school board member who’s alleging threats at this point is full of crap. It’s against the law to threaten any school board official. If there were legitimate threats they should be produced and the people behind them prosecuted. Otherwise, they’re full of it and attempting to hide behind this national narrative that concerned parents are really “insurrectionists”. Parents have just now become aware that there’s a battle over the minds of their children. That’s why this is a battle that must be won with continued engagement with local school boards, regardless of the obstacles they attempt to implement. 

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