Did Texas schools just surrender to the virus?
You couldn't pay me to educate my child in Texas. My god.
Overdosing on Vitamin Dave is not a bad thing though. Reading your columns are calorie and fat-free, unlike my huge jar of Snicker's and Twix bars(a weakness of mine) on my office desk. ;) Of course, it will be good to hear from Steve too.
As for schools in TX, I think the best way is to let every school district set their own policies. They are most in tune and in touch with the students/parents and the particular needs of the district. We as conservatives often talk about decentralizing control of our schools, and I think in this case, the circumstances regarding Covid's Delta variant varies, depending on which part of the state one lives in. So I think it makes sense to give schools, school boards, parents and teachers the maximum flexibility in determining what levels of Covid-19 mitigation is appropriate. I understand why people are sick of wearing of masks, as I feel the same way. At least through localizing decisions, those living in communities that have a high vaxxed percentage, don't have to mitigate to the same level as those with high Delta spread. I don't have much of an opinion one way or another about kid's masking, but I hope that Texas will show willingness to change their policies for more mitigation than what is currently being implemented, should the need arise.
I'm very pleased with the latest numbers on the economy. I'm particularly glad to hear that the hospitality industry is back on the rise. Many hotel owners/managers I've known through my travels of past years have told me they've taken a huge hit when business travel cratered, forcing the loss of work for many. I noticed that hotels, resorts, haven't resumed full level of offering of amenities and have raised their prices a bit over the past few months. You won't find me complaining, as they deserve to make up as much as they can from the losses they suffered last year.