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Based Maine Mayor Isgro Continues Fight Against Coronavirus with Good Friday Proclamation

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With the spread of the Chinese Coronavirus continuing across the nation, Nick Isgro, the mayor of Waterville, Maine a city of seventeen thousand people in the central part of the Pine Tree State, has found himself taking on a leadership role in the fight again the virus.

Last month Mayor Isgro was one of the first politicians in the nation to ring the alarm bell concerning how COVID-19 and other viruses such as Influenza can be transmitted thru the use of reusable grocery bags.  His concerns and efforts helped single use plastic bags to return to many stores across the State of Maine.

Today the Mayor has taken another step in the fight against the Chinese born virus; this one takes a more spiritual direction, as he has released a Mayoral Proclamation calling for fasting and prayer.

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The Mayoral Proclamation is titled “Good Friday, A Day of Fasting & Prayer, 2020”.

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Citing the anxiety and hardship that many are going thru, and the tradition of fasting and prayer as a means of relief from plagues and pestilence, the proclamation requests that “residents spend the day in fasting and prayer, calling down upon our community all of God’s mercy to relieve and protect us from all affliction.”

Isgro finished his proclamation by saying, “Further, I commend our city and its people to the Sacred Heart of Jesus and the Immaculate Heart of Mary, and to the intercession of all Angels and Saints in Heaven. I also pray that all Christians have a joyous and blessed Easter, and for our Jewish community, all of God’s blessing for a grace-filled Passover.”

When asked about why he has taken this direction in the fight against COVID-19 and what he hopes to accomplish, Isgro said in remarks to Big League Politics, “I wanted to make this proclamation to bring our people together in a communal effort, and remind people we are not helpless in times of trouble. Our ancestors understood this.”

 

As our community continues to push through the coronavirus pandemic, I ask you to join me tomorrow in a day of fasting and prayer. Blessings to all for the approaching Easter and time of Passover.

Posted by Waterville Mayor Nick Isgro on Thursday, April 9, 2020

 

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Death of Public Schools: 40% of Parents Looking at Homeschooling After Lockdown Ends

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A recent poll of over twenty one hundred voters is showing that the future of public schools could be in great jeopardy when communities and states come out of lockdowns across the nation.

A survey of 2,122 registered voters by RealClear Opinion Research shows that support for educational choice is very strong, and that a plurality of parents are more likely to pursue homeschooling opportunities after  COVID-19 lockdowns end.

The polling results show that 40% of families are more likely to homeschool or virtual school after lockdowns, and that 64% support school choice.

John Schilling who serves as the president of the American Federation for Children had this to say about the stunning results of the survey:

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“Every single family with kids in school has been incredibly disrupted by the lockdowns. With fifty five million students no longer in their normal educational setting, families are clearly considering new options and many are seeing the benefits of homeschooling and virtual schooling.  This is the time for leadership and for desperately needed bold reforms to be implemented across our K-12 education system.”

“Millions of families are seeing the inadequacies of school districts that are too inflexible.  We owe it to our nation’s families and students to give them more flexibility and additional educational options. Moreover, policymakers owe it to the taxpayers who are footing the $800 billion K-12 education bill to maximize their investment by ensuring every child has access to a quality education and outcomes are improved across the board.”

The polling data shows that the support of homeschooling in the fall is supported by 45.7% of voters who identify as members of the Democratic Party, 50% of those who support homeschooling after lockdowns end identify as members of the Black Community, and that School Choice is being supported by at least 60% of voters across the political spectrum.

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