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Letter to the Editor: Walk A Mile in Their Shoes
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FULL DISCLOSURE: My wife is the President of the D70 school board, having said that, I am the first one to stand and say I know what’s best for my child, however, I do not possess the arrogance or hubris to think that I know what is best for 10,000 students in the district. I have watched my wife and other board members spend countless, countless hours talking to health officials, reading papers, researching and digesting mountains of information (all while holding down 40+ hour per week jobs) in order to make the best decision that they could, a decision that affects nearly 6% of the population of Pueblo County (as of 2019 the stated population of Pueblo County was 168,424; 10,000 students represent 5.94% so I rounded up a little). Covid-19 doesn’t just affect the students, it affects the teachers, staff, parents, siblings that may attend other schools in the district, grand parents, aunts/uncles etc, etc., so it stands to reason that the “almost” 6% figure could be doubled or even tripled. I have read and heard terms like “power grab”, “draconian”, “tone deaf”, and “child abuse”, I pray that the people throwing those terms around never find themselves in a position where they have to make a decision that could impact the thousands of lives that the D70 Board had to make. For those of you who can look me in the eye and tell me with 100% certainty what would or would not have happened if the schools had opened normally, then I say you should run for a position on the D70 board, I’m sure the people you elected to the board that are faced with tough decisions day in and day out, month in and month out, year in and year out, would benefit from your perfect clairvoyance. I’m going to paraphrase an old adage; “Walk a mile in their shoes before you pass judgment”.

Jake Brunick

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