In New Orleans, Mayor LaToya Cantrell imposed new limitations on bars that will probably force many of them to close their doors. Bars will only be able to allow 25 patrons at a time and all patrons must be seated at a table. This will not generate enough business for most bars to stay open. Already, restrictions have forced restaurants to close and entertainment venues like Rock’n’Bowl will not open again until the state moves to Phase 3 of the recovery. Sadly, Louisiana may not enter this phase for quite some time.
While businesses are negatively impacted, at least state residents can look forward to schools opening in the fall. Youngsters are barely impacted by Covid-19, and those who do contract the virus are generally able to recover easily.
Unfortunately, there is a big debate raging in Louisiana and other states concerning the reopening of schools in the fall. The National Education Association and other organizations are sounding the alarm about reopening the schools. Their basic message is it is too dangerous to reopen the schools and the lives of teachers, students and parents will be placed at risk.
To make matters worse, Louisiana State Senator Cleo Fields (D-BR) is pressuring BESE to cancel the upcoming athletic season. In his public statement, Fields cited the dangers involved in holding athletic competitions. He said, “I am requesting the board to include a suspension of ALL athletic activities for this fall in any rules adopted regarding the reopening of schools for the coming school year. This suspension should include all activities of any kind that would include student in-person participation in a group setting, including conditioning, practice, and team meetings….Despite the comprehensive guidance issued by the Department of Education and CDC guidelines, there are still instances of public school teams holding football practice and/or related activities. I do not believe that conditioning activities can be conducted safely, much less drills, practice, and games. There is simply too much close proximity involved to safely conduct these activities.”
Clearly, Democrats want the economy and the schools to remain closed until after Election Day. While the June labor report was good with 4.8 million new jobs being created and the unemployment rate dropped to 11.1%, there are far too many Americans who are not in the workforce. Many of these people are parents who have been forced to remain home with their children.
With schools closed, it will be impossible for millions of parents to return to work. This will keep the economy sputtering through the presidential election
Democrats are hoping virus hysteria and economic shutdowns will spur more mail-in balloting, which is the perfect vehicle to deliver voter fraud.
Democrats like Senator Fields will be fighting any plans to return to some semblance of normal life in our state and country.
Athletics are an important part of any young person’s educational experience. It instills discipline, teamwork, perseverance, commitment, and the courage to compete. These values are in short supply today in our post virus world.
It also provides needed exercise to students who have been locked behind doors glued to their computers.
Hopefully, Louisiana residents will bombard the elected members of BESE with phone calls demanding that athletic competitions be allowed in the fall.
What Fields and other Democrats want to do is continue the shutdown indefinitely. This is not good for our children or our families. We need a functioning economy and functioning schools with normal athletic competitions for Louisiana to recover from this disaster.
Jeff Crouere is a native New Orleanian and his award winning program, “Ringside Politics,” airs locally at 7:30 p.m. Fridays and at 10:00 p.m. Sundays on PBS affiliate WLAE-TV, Channel 32, and from 7-11 a.m. weekdays on WGSO 990-AM & www.Wgso.com. He is a political columnist, the author of America's Last Chance and provides regular commentaries on the Jeff Crouere YouTube channel and on www.JeffCrouere.com. For more information, email him at [email protected]