Sutherlin High teachers were recently sent home due to a student's positive COVID test, while fellow students with whom he had greater contact remained in class. One instructor had acquired immunity from an earlier COVID case, but that didn't factor into the state's opinion.
The government has now imposed gender confusion in classrooms, restrooms and sports. And beyond-basic-biology sex education that persuades young minds of aggressive activist agendas. Critical Race Theory infiltrates classrooms, undermining national cohesion. The state abandons academic proficiencies (since they've proven elusive?).
Have Salem's social engineers given us the slightest reason to believe they'll ever relinquish power and affirm local decision-making? For now yet another line is being crossed — the terminated employment of friends, family and neighbors. Why? Because they assert a personal vaccine precaution. Freedom, remember?
Our government's attitude is evident: it warns that some go too far in insisting the people's voice remains during the pandemic. But it is reasonable, and urgent, to ask, "Where is the point where government has gone to far?"
Will vaccine papers or visible identification be required next? Will "privileges" be granted according to citizen score cards? Are quarantine facilities ahead for the non-compliant? Preposterous notions? Except they're appearing worldwide. For everyone's good, of course.
I have the nostalgic notion that superintendents, principals and school board members are first and foremost voices for their constituents, rather than government agents. And that schools should responsively reflect the priorities and goals of local taxpayers, not the woke aspirations of an agenda-driven political elite.
So again, I ask: At what point do we say enough? Remember America's history of calling out tyranny. And the exhortation that every generation must be vigilant for freedom. So if our government servants dare trespass their boundaries, do we dare say "No" in response?