And what can be done?

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Todd Trapani@ttrapani

As a veteran of 32 high school campaigns, I have ‘Teacher Dreams.’ I am told that a great many teachers have similar ‘dreams’. Usually, I am back in a classroom or at a high school event like a pep rally floating in strange, surreal dreams. I find myself trying to deal with some calamity that has befallen the students (or their befuddled English teacher). But the nightmare of last night woke me up — startled at the impact of this Covid 19 pandemic, which has shaken high schools to the core.

While pundits and politicians debate the pros and cons…


Why ObamaCare really maters in the Covid Era

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Photo by amirreza jambi on Unsplash

It is impossible to comprehend the magnitude of the ACA as the COVID-19 rages. However, one thing is not quite immerging in the never-ending media surge of deaths, infections, and vaccines — namely the costs of hospitalizations from Covid and the more insipid aftermath…insurance coverage.

Covid-19 is going to create havoc financially to households and insurance companies (not that I have much sympathy for insurance companies). Clearly, the medical establishment will have bills going out to the fortunate who survived as well as the families of those infected who have tragically passed away.

No one can quantify the economic impact…


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Tim Marshall@timmarshall

Historians often remind us (because we clearly need reminding) that once there was ‘A Greatest Generation.’ The men and woman of all races and creeds took to the South Pacific Seas, the Normandy Beaches and the White Cliffs of Dover to dismantle murderous regimes.

But there was so much more to fix here at home and abroad. From FDR to JFK to Nixon and Reagan and Obama, there has been a ceaseless march to form a ‘more perfect union.’ …


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From Popular Mechanics

Just in case you missed it, on the campaign trail President Trump let out a sound that only someone paying close attention could decipher. Mr. Trump said on Twitter that “people living their Suburban Lifestyle Dream” would “no longer be bothered or financially hurt by having low income housing built in your neighborhood.” He went on to proclaim [without any proof], “Your housing prices will go up based on the market, and crime will go down.”

That is a dog whistle…more like a screech. Let’s translate: You white folks in your white picket neighborhoods don’t want any brown or black…


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Illustration: Grayeton Law

Metaphor Café Lesson #1:

This is the first in a series of lessons I used to teach in my classroom: aka The Metaphor Café. Today is a reminder of theme — what is being explicitly or implicitly expressed in a work of art. I hope this resonates.

Winston Groom, the author of Forrest Gump, explained why he wrote the novel to NPR’s correspondent one morning (as I drove to school). Groom was so happy that the interviewer asked him directly for the theme of the book. He replied, “We all can’t be rich or smart. But we all can treat each other with dignity.”


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Casey Horner@mischievous_penguins

*Let me assume two important events occur: Biden wins and a transfer of power occurs peacefully (exit Trump stage way right…perhaps to another country that will not extradite him…Russia/ Saudi Arabia). If I do not assume these things, then there is no point in having any discourse about rational American goals. Actually, America will be under minority rule with a fascist leader and everything listed below will matter. (Part 2 of 2016 Priorities)

1. Climate Change / Global Warming : David Attenborough gives us 10 years (2030) before vast portions of Earth are no longer livable due to the temperature…


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It is always intriging to look back in time to see what America faced four years ago.The original date of this essay — November 2016. Mr. Trump was President-Elect and Americans had ‘ campaign promises’ of his priorities. Here is a look back and my grades on his performance: October 27, 2020.

The Updated Top Ten Issues Facing President-elect Trump in 10 Days and Counting…

In a matter of weeks, President-elect Trump will be a reality; he will need to address all of these issues. This is the most popular blog I have written with over 400 page views, and…


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Brandi Ibrao@brandialxndra

I could have titled this essay ‘Trump Being Trump,’ but that would imply that the my theme is limited to one phony reality television show acting as carnival barker, utterly unqualified and far too ignorant to have plausibly be considered for the position of the most powerful leader in America. Actually, I hope to never have to write another essay about him. Instead I decide to use the generic X (and a play on letters with Y being ‘why.’ First, let’s consider this tragic year.

Irony is the buzzword of 2020. So much has happened in this topsy-turvy year that…


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mana5280@mana5280

I do not take Trump, the person, seriously. That’s not to say the nation should not take the threat that his presidency has created as a serious matter — 200,000 and climbing serious.

Merriam Webster explains that in the theater a farce is an empty or patently ridiculous act, proceeding, or situation.” These four years of the Trump Troupe has elevated foolishness to an art. Trump is the lead actor in this theater of the absurd. He does not care about anything but his ego, terrified at the prospect of being a ‘loser’ or the parlance of the Broadway boards…


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Nick Fewings@jannerboy62

With schools beginning and teachers planning as best they can, it’s again time for me to try my best to help the students understand something that may not appear in a textbook, but this ‘invisible lesson’ is of the utmost importance. So here goes:

Let’s get something straight. For two weeks I have been hearing people speak of empathy. A white announcer turns to a black baseball player and says, “I can empathize with you.” Sorry, pal. …

Robert Pacilio

Robert Pacilio’s authored “Meet Me a Moonlight Beach”& “Meetings at the Metaphor Cafe” He’s the 1998 San Diego County “Teacher of the Year”

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