This is from my Dear friend Pastor Vince Torres of Santa Fe, NM: PS! Pastor Vince would make an excellent governor someday!
Floyd, NM School Board Suspended After Refusing to Comply With Mask Guidelines, Lawmakers React
I have stated for years that communities and School Board’s should control their schools, not the state. This is an ongoing battle in New Mexico and our nation. Let the people decide. We the people, are losing our voice. I trust the school board of Floyd to make the right decisions for their children.
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Statement from NM House Republican Leader Jim Townsend (pictured above) regarding the suspension of the Floyd School Board:
“It is unfortunate that we are just days away from schools reopening and all that we have seen from Lujan Grisham is that her administration is on their third education secretary and now they are imposing their politics on local school districts,” said House Republican Leader Jim Townsend (Artesia). “Instead of politicizing and headline grabbing, I sure wish that the Governor and PED would have implemented a serious plan to address the learning gap and the myriad of other issues that have been exacerbated during COVID. Our school districts should not be used as pawns for Santa Fe bureaucrats, instead every elected official should be doing everything in our power for the children of New Mexico.”
NM Senators Gallegos and Schmedes Respond to Floyd School Board Suspension by PED Secretary
SANTA FE – Today, the New Mexico Public Education Department (PED) announced that outgoing Secretary Ryan Stewart has suspended the entire Floyd Municipal School Board. The news comes on the heels of the Board’s recent decision to not enforce several PED mandates, including masking for all students.
“Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham and her outgoing education secretary have just confirmed what many New Mexicans already know—the Public Education Department does not have our children’s best interest in mind,” said Senator David Gallegos (District 41-Eddy and Lea), who serves on another local school board. “The Floyd School Board did exactly what they were elected to do. They represented the best interests of the children in their district. This gross violation of local authority is disrespectful to the students and families of Floyd, and may even be a violation of New Mexico law. It is time for the court’s to finally reign in the reckless power of this administration.”
“Governor Lujan Grisham is yet again putting politics above people and demonstrating that she has no real understanding of how science works,” added Senator Gregg Schmedes (District 19- Bernalillo, Sandoval, Santa Fe and Torrance), a practicing physician. “The Floyd School Board looked at the same data from the CDC that I have seen, which clearly says COVID-19 is not a pediatric disease. Children are not likely spreaders of the disease and they are not prone to serious illness or death from infection. What is clear is that mask mandates for children distract them from learning. The Governor’s authoritarianism has now undermined a local democratic process. If we do not push back, overt power grabs like this will become the norm throughout New Mexico.”
Last night at our softball game, I was talking to one of my friends who is a food rep. He works for a food distributer here in Albuquerque. I asked him if his customers, which are owners of restaurants in the Albuquerque area, are concerned about another shutdown, he said YES. I do not know how the restaurants and the workers would survive another shutdown. The Governor fired off a warning shot yesterday. My friends at Smiths Supermarket are also concerned. I just do not think even a partial shutdown is a good idea at all. We all here in America have suffered much in so many ways during COVID, deaths, not able to attend funerals, not able to grieve the loss of a loved one in a ‘normal way’ not able to see loved ones, it has created division and anger and that will only get worse if shutdowns happen again. You should have seen us play softball last night and the fans in the stands…families together having so much fun! So much joy! I got home after the game and saw this story, it made me wonder if are upcoming games would be cancelled. What happens to our children???? School???? Our children need human contact. How do you give the COVID vaccination to someone that does not want the shot?????? I cannot even imagine Churches shutting down again! By the way, This whole mess has brought up a point that I have talked about for years! Public Schools need to be run by the local folks, the local school boards! NOT THE STATE!!!!!!!!!
If the Government Enforces New COVID Restrictions Will Your Church Survive?
Pastor Dewey Note: I do beleive that many Churches will NOT CLOSE for sure! We are paying a big price for the last shutdown! Many Churches stood their ground and did not close. The Church is the hospital for the world! Let Pastors and their Church board make their own decisions!
Last week, the COVID-19 Delta variant surge prompted President Joe Biden to hint at the possibility that the U.S. may experience another round of restrictions and possible lockdowns like it did during the onset and height of the COVID-19 pandemic.
When Biden was asked whether America should expect an increase in COVID-19 restrictions, he said, “In all probability.”