"I will take a sponge bath!"
Beatrice Gilmore, who lives in Jackson, Miss., when asked what she would do when she and her sister received a case of water on Wednesday. Historic rain and flooding led to a drop in pressure at Jackson's main water-treatment plant Monday. That has left people with just a trickle of water — Gilmore says hers is "brownish" — or none at all. (NPR — Sept. 1, 2022)
Srivan Krishna, regarding the Carroll school district’s decision to reject two signs that stated “In God We Trust,” with one sign’s text displayed over a rainbow background and the other’s text in Arabic, claiming that it already had enough signs for its buildings. Krishna was testing the Southlake, Texas, school district and the recently adopted Texas law that requires public schools to display a poster bearing the U.S. motto, “In God We Trust”; the law requires that the posters include both the state and U.S. flags and that the schools do not pay for them. (NPR — Aug. 31, 2022)
New York State Health Commissioner Dr. Mary Bassett, regarding the growing number of counties across the state that have found poliovirus in its wastewater, suggesting that the virus is spreading. All three of the counties that have found evidence of poliovirus have low vaccination rates, with some ZIP codes in Rockland County having vaccination rates as low as 37 percent. (Ars Technica — Aug. 29, 2022)
Christopher Gilmore, principal of Westwood High School in Mesa, Ariz., commenting on the shortage of math teachers as the school year begins. According to one national survey by Education Week, nearly three-fourths of principals and district officials said this summer that the number of teaching applicants was not enough to fill their open positions. Other surveys released this year have suggested that parents are deeply concerned about staffing and that many more teachers are eyeing the exits. (The New York Times, Aug. 30, 2022)
“Your quote-unquote wealth doesn’t even have time to be built because you’re trying to help your family survive.”Gabrielle Perry, a 29-year-old epidemiologist in New Orleans, regarding the obstacles that families, especially Black families, experience toward generational wealth, which, Perry says, acts as a societal tax on Black people. Perry, who has $135,000 of student loan debt and expects $20,000 of that to be wiped out under the plan announced this week by President Biden, is grateful for the relief but is disappointed the president hasn’t decided to clear all student debt. (Associated Press — Aug. 26, 2022)