Embrace science and truth again

How did ignorance, stupidity and fear of science become so popular? In the past couple of years, this country has gone through some challenging times. We have had to deal with a serious pandemic, dozens of wacko conspiracy theories, high unemployment, a hospital system on the verge of collapse, an insurrection caused by a big lie, and TV personalities pretending they know more about virology than scientists.

The U.S. populace gets news and information from a variety of sources. But why are people so willing to believe ridiculous, outlandish and stupid things they see or hear on the internet or TV?

Take, for instance, the idea that there is a microchip embedded in a vaccine. Logic, physics and common sense tell you that’s not true, yet some people believe it. Some people want to believe anything negative about

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New Mexico educators say fossil fuel funding is unreliable | Local News

The fossil fuel industry has been a mainstay for New Mexico’s education funding, but the state should seek more stable and reliable revenue streams as the industry grapples with market fluctuations and a global push toward green energy, a coalition of children’s advocates wrote in a letter Monday. 

In the letter, 16 education, community and conservation groups ask the governor and state lawmakers to establish new revenue sources for schools, so New Mexico isn’t overly dependent on oil-and-gas dollars in a market that can be volatile and with an industry facing a sweeping energy transition to combat climate change. 

“We don’t want to sound like ungrateful recipients of oil-and-gas revenues,” said Mary Parr-Sanchez, president of NEA-New Mexico, one of the groups that signed the letter. “We’re not ungrateful. It’s just that we have to be smart about now and leaning forward in the future. We need to have a stable

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Becca Meyers, six-time Paralympic medalist, withdraws from 2021 Games after being denied medical accommodation

Becca Meyers, one of Team USA’s most decorated Paralympians, withdrew from the 2021 Tokyo Olympics after her request to bring a personal care assistant was denied.  The deaf-blind 26-year-old wanted her mother to serve as her PCA, claiming the alternative was one PCA for all 34 Paralympic swimmers. 

In a social media post, Meyers explained her decision, and shared her side of the story about the accommodations that the U.S. Olympic and Paralympic Committee offered her.

“The USOPC has denied a reasonable & essential accommodation for me, as a deaf-blind athlete, to be able to compete in Tokyo, telling me repeatedly that I do not need a Personal Care Assistant (PCA) “who I trust” because there will be a single PCA on staff that is available to assist me and 33 other Paralympic swimmers, 9 of whom are also visually impaired. The USOPC has approved me having a trusted PCA

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Charter schools: House Democrats call for cutting federal funding for charters

The National Alliance for Public Charters Schools is calling the cut “particularly egregious” and said that the move would impact a majority of 3.3 million charter school students, who are overwhelmingly children of color and from low-income families.

Charter schools, which are publicly funded but usually run independently from local school districts, had the support of the Bush, Obama and Trump administrations. But some Democrats have targeted charter schools in recent years, arguing that they take away money from other public school students. On the campaign trail last year, now-President Joe Biden, Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders and Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren opposed federal funds going to “for-profit charter schools.”

The vast majority of charter schools are nonprofit organizations, though some states allow for-profit companies to manage charter schools, making up 10% nationwide.

The Democrat-backed budget proposal shows how those campaign pledges may lead to legislation that would funnel money away
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