Thursday, May 19, 2022

Gerrymandering in New York plus Buffalo and New York's gun laws plus more




Gerrymandering in New York......The Buffalo killer and New York's gun laws....The Durham trial.......and other stories.......
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Gerrymandering in New York plus Buffalo and New York's gun laws plus more..

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Public school enrollment is plummeting


 (My new American Thinker post)

According to a New York Times article, parents are not sending their kids to public schools the way they used to.  This is a sample of the school districts feeling the pinch:

In New York City, the nation's largest school district has lost some 50,000 students over the past two years. In Michigan, enrollment remains more than 50,000 below prepandemic levels from big cities to the rural Upper Peninsula.

In the suburbs of Orange County, Calif., where families have moved for generations to be part of the public school system, enrollment slid for the second consecutive year; statewide, more than a quarter-million public school students have dropped from California's rolls since 2019.

And since school funding is tied to enrollment, cities that have lost many students — including Denver, Albuquerque and Oakland — are now considering combining classrooms, laying off teachers or shutting down entire schools.

All together, America's public schools have lost at least 1.2 million students since 2020, according to a recently published national survey. State enrollment figures show no sign of a rebound to the previous national levels any time soon.

Wow.  I knew that it was a big number but had no idea that it exceeded 1 million.

Why is this happening?

First, let's start with the pandemic and the way that kids were kept at home.  I recall that our area Catholic schools, and other private schools, were operating, whereas the public schools were not.  How did these schools do it?  They were careful and kept parents in the loop.

Second, let's look at what these kids were taught about the country's history.

Last, but not least, the big overriding reason is that the public school system acted like the monopoly that it is.  It put its interests first and did not listen to the parents or customers.  Who pays the taxes?  The parents!

So Mom and Dad started looking for alternatives and taking control of their kids' education.

What happens now?  There is some big downsizing coming up.  Many school districts will have to lay off teachers and close facilities.  The collapse is starting, and the teachers' union has only itself to blame.

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A word about May 19





We remember May 19:

Music files:  Estela Raval was born May 19, 1935 in Argentina.   She was the lead vocalist for Los Cinco Latinos, a great Spanish pop group from the 1950's and 1960's.  She died on June 6, 2012.  

Cuban history:  Jose Marti was killed on May 19, 1895.   His death on the battlefield came after years of speeches, articles and contributions to the cause of Cuban independence from Spain.    A few years ago, we spoke with  Professor Alfred Lopez about his new book, "Jose Marti, a revolutionary life"..........CLICK TO LISTEN!

Rock history:   We say happy birthday to Pete Townshend, who was born in London on this day in 1945.    

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We remember Estela Raval (1935-2012)


As a young boy in Cuba, and later in the US, I remember hearing “Quiereme Siempre” on the radio.  
Estela Raval was born May 19, 1935 in Argentina.   She died on June 6, 2012.   She was the lead vocalist of Los Cinco Latinos, a wonderful group from the 1950’s and 1960’s.  They recorded many Spanish versions of The Platters’ hits, such as “Mi oracion” and other of their own hits like “Quiereme siempre“. 
The Cinco Latinos had great harmonies plus Estela’s very elegant look. 
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May 19, 1895: We remember Jose Marti

Jose Marti was killed on May 19, 1895.   His death on the battlefield came after years of speeches, articles and contributions to the cause of Cuban independence from Spain. 

His life was short but very consequential, from writing poetry to articles about Cuban independence to earning the title of "The Apostle of the Republic".

There will be remembrances of Marti’s death in Castro’s enslaved Cuba and among Cuban Americans living in the US.    

My conviction is that Marti’s spirit of freedom for Cuba will be with those of us who want to end this totalitarian regime run by the Castro family. 
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The life and times of Jose Marti with Professor Alfred Lopez & Jorge Ponce


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The life and times of Jose Marti with Professor Alfred Lopez 05/19 by Silvio Canto Jr | Politics Podcasts:

On May 2015, Jorge Ponce, Cuban American writer joined me for a chat with Professor Alfred Lopez about his new book, 'Jose Marti, a revolutionary life'..........the book is in English and offers many Cuban Americans an opportunity to read about Marti, the Cuban 19th century patriot who was born in 1853 and died on this day in 1895.........listen to the show and check out they book:

 

1942-43: The story of Guadacanal with Barry Jacobsen


This is from our World War II series with, Barry Jacobsen, military blogger and historian.....and John Basilone wins the Medal of Honor............

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