Where to begin with these articles? I’ll turn the microphone over to one of my readers, who emailed me this morning:
Do we sound less threatening if we substitute “parents and other neighbors” for “strangers” in this sentence? “The tradition of Iowans casting ballots in local schools on Election Day is disappearing as concerns mount over strangers entering schools while students are present.”
How did we end up with so many people accepting that members of the community exercising the right to vote = a safety and security threat for school children? Parents, you can walk your kids to the front door of the school, but if we let you in to vote (or drop off coats!) you’d become a threat to everyone in the building? They question letting voters in when they are otherwise in constant lockdown instead of questioning the need to lockdown the schools every other day of the year. No wonder we’re having so much trouble with “the bubble”—they are starting with the proposition is that we (members of the community) are the enemy.
Clearly we need to tear down a few more schools so we can afford to build new polling places to protect the children.
Full disclosure: One of those creepy strangers in the picture (filling out a check-in form against the wall) is me.