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School Bus Driver Shortage

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We talk about the school bus driver shortage in the Rochester City School District and Covid vaccines for kids 5 and up

Marginalized groups can be the target of negative beliefs, behaviors or judgments from others. On this show we seek out marginalized voices and perspectives and tackle some of the conflicts and issues these groups face. Now is the time to have your voice heard. This is inside the margins with your host, Matt Wilson. Thank you, John, and hello, this is Matt and this is inside the margins. We are back after a short break, so happy to be back at the weather still holding up. It looks like sports are intact, but definitely a lot going on, a lot of news, a lot of local news to get into, but first let's take a look at some of the news that it's making headlines across the country. So not sure if decurred who. Paul is making Emmy Award history. On Sunday he won his eleven emmy, which set a new record for the most Emmy Award wins by a black entertainer. Paul's drag race beat out the amazing race the voice top chef and nailed it for the Outstanding Competition Program Award. During his acceptance speech, ru Paul addressed the kids out there watching, saying they have a tribe that is waiting for them. Michael Kay Williams is not winning up a posthumous Emmy Award. Williams was nominated for his role in lovecraft county but lost Sunday to the bias Mensi he's for his part in the crown. While while presenting the award, carry Washington said it was weird speaking about Williams in past tense. She said he was a brilliantly talented actor and a generous human being who has left US far too soon. Williams died two weeks ago of a suspected overdose in New York. Dr Apony Fouchi is speaking out about covid vaccine hesitancy and misinformation among people of Color, though she told Roland Martin on the black information that work that wild tweets up from rapper Nicki Minaj about the vaccine causing infancy. EPENDANCY doesn't help the vaccine push. If you haven't heard, Nicki Minaj was on twitter and also her instagram account saying that the vaccine was causing people to be impotent and that's why she was against it. So Dr Fouchi is kind of talking back to that point. Here is Dr Fouchy on that subject. That's kind of a something that attracts people attention. So therefore it spreads more on the social media, whereas a cold, correct fact doesn't have that oof to it. Now fouchy added that trusted sources have to flood the media in order to get the right information out there about vaccines. President Biden phamously said facebook was killing people by allowing misinformation on its platform. And SPACEX MISSION RETURN EARNS ITS FIRST BLACK WOMAN TO PILOT A spacecraft safely to Earth. The first all civilian space mission has returned to Earth history, making crew member Dr C and proctor the first black woman ever to serve as pilot, to serve as a pilot of a spacecraft. Talked about what it meant for her. Well, I think you know, one of the things for me that was important was to, you know, representation and being able to talk to, you know, girls of color and women of color about my experience and even older women. The space x inspiration for mission was the first crop, the first crude flight to have no professional astronauts, only for private citizens. The Dragon Space Capsule blasted off Wednesday from Cape Canaveral or bit at the Earth for three days and then splash down Saturday night into the Atlantic Ocean near the Florida coast. Part of the mission of the inspirational for flight. Part of the mission of the inspiration for flight was to raise two hundred million dollars for the St Jude Children's Research Hospital Wisconsin. Judge is giving Kyle Rittenhouse a small win. Writtenhouse is accused of killing two men and wounding another at a protest following the shooting of Jacob Lake by Kenisia police officer last summer. The prosecution wanted...

...to argue that writtenhouse was affiliated with the white nationalist groups and believed in violent tactics of the proud boys, but a Kenisia County circuit judge said he didn't see the evidence that writtenhouse new members of the proud boys, but he will keep the door open if a connection can be shown. Own and if you haven't heard, comedian Chris Rock is battling the coronavirus. He took to twitter on Sunday to announce that he just found out that he had the virus and, trusting his millions of followers, he said trust me and you don't want this, get vaccinated. Rock revealed earlier this year that he is vaccinated with the Johnson and Johnson shot and signfil producer and writer Larry Charles reported to rocks tweets saying please have a swift and mild case and a full recovery. Hurry up, we need you. Our Kelly's longtime former assistant is going public following her court appearance. Diane Copeland worked for the fifty four year old R and B Singer for sixteen years and told Good Morning America on Friday that she did not witness any of the abuse that prosecutors alleged, and her interview, Copeland did seek to make clear of her own experience, did not negate anyone else's experience and also denied recruiting any woman for him. Kelly has stepfastly maintained his innocence, denying all charges that range from racketeering based on kidnapping, sexual expectation of children and forced labor, among others. And Wendy Williams is voluntarily admitting herself to a psychiatric evaluation. Multiple report said that the talk show host has been struggling with mental health problems. Williams test a positive for covid nineteen earlier this week, but is a sent a symptomatic this forced the delay of her new season, the Wendy Williams show, and health professionals working with her say her mental health continues to improve day by day and her covid is still under control. Role when his show was set the premiere today, but due to the circumstances it has been pushed out to October. Fourth those are some of the headlines happening nationally. We will take a break. When we come back we will update you with some more news right here on inside the margins. Welcome back to inside the margins. All right. So, for one of the topics that I want to talk about today was kids in school. Now, as a lot of parents out there no, recently there has been a mask mandate for kids to an older so kids in daycare and in schools pretty much all have to wear masks and for a while there have there has not been any vaccine available for a children twelve or younger. So most elementary school students and also, obviously, all kids in daycarees in preschool also have to wear masks and still try to social distance and all that. But it looks like there is some news in regards to vaccinations fiser says it's Covid nineteen vaccine is safe and highly effective in younger children. So we get some more from CBS reporter Matt Biggler. He has reaction from parents and vaccines skeptics around the country. Word that the FISER COVID vaccine may soon be available for kids five to eleven comes as a relief to many parents and grandparents like Lisa Pa Chaco, who's unvaccinated loved ones are can school. It's encouraging and I feel like now my grandkids will be have a layer of protection as well. But others, like jared Jane, have mixed feelings about vaccinating children under twelve. I really haven't seen any of the studies that show the safety or, you know, any potential long term effects. Tis Your plans to apply for emergency authorization from the FDA by the end of the month? Matt biggler for CBS News in the San Francisco Bay area. Thank you for that, Matt. So looks like there's a possibility that a vaccine four kids ages five and older will be available soon. So the question, I guess, will be how will that be received here in the area? How many people will be willing to have their kids five and older get the shot. Now, obviously some kids, some parents, are still having trouble with masking their children and obviously a...

...shot maybe a little more difficult for children to take them as or maybe not right. A shot just the one type of thing, one time thing, and after that you may feel some effects for a day or two, but usually you come out of that relatively okay. But again it did. These are children. Obviously parents are very protective of their children. So we're going to have to wait and see how that is received now. Here's my personal opinion. If getting children vaccinated would help ease mask mandates in schools, I think that parents would be more for that. Now, I do know. Right now, with businesses, the government pretty much left it up to them. Right businesses kind of set their own rules. Some businesses will require masks. Some businesses even required you to show proof of vaccination to enter their location. Other businesses in the area don't do that. They still make masking optional or say as long as your vaccinated, you don't have to be masked. It's pretty much up to the businesses at this time. Obviously there are mask mandates coming down in the health area. Governor whole coal is pushing forward a mass minute. I believe that its supposed to start around the the twenty seventh of this month, were healthcare workers, people who work in the healthcare industry will be required to be vaccinated in order to work there, and if you do not get vaccinated as a worker, you have the potential of losing your job. Now again, that's also a very controversial some people are for that, so people obviously are against that. I'm sure the people who don't plan on getting vaccinated don't want to be out of work, so they are probably the ones that are pushing back at this guess. But I always want to hear what your thoughts are. You can email us here at inside the margins radio. Are Inside inside margins at gmailcom, or even know our website, inside the margin radiocom just click click on the contact US session here. Just give us your thoughts on the mask mandates, that and the vaccination mandates and what your thoughts are on that. Also your children. What do you think about that? How do you feel about your children being vaccinated at age five or older? Is that something that you're worried about or is that something that you're okay with personally, I don't know. I mean I think I'm fine with it. I would I would be happy to vaccinate my children. But again, I think the one thing that I think is questionable for people is the whole purpose of getting vaccinated was to ease the mask wearing right. That was the whole less a lot, a lot of the push of getting vaccine. It was, hey, once you get vaccinated, you don't have to wear a mask. Turns out that's not the case for the most part. Even if you're vaccinated, if you want to go somewhere, you still have to wear a mask. So I think again, I know I said this earlier, I think if the case were if your children got vaccinated, they would not be required to be masked in school, I think that that would help push people to vaccinate their kids. I think trying to get people to be backcited and where masks is going to be difficult. Again, I don't personally have an issue, but I use I know people are probably saying hey, one or the other, not both or you know, I don't know. Also, I will say this too. I think getting the test, the real test is, is probably more painful than the shot I've had to do it personally to my daught my daughter, twice, and also she has had to have it done at the hospital couple times. Were with added doctors a couple times, and that experience where that you get that thing where it touches the back of your brain, that's definitely not a pleasant experience. So I'm thinking getting the shot and maybe avoiding that all that testing may also help...

...curb push back against this vaccine. But again, I really do think if people would that people, if there was that I say reward the end where hey, listen, if everyone in the schools are vaccited, then maybe we can ease mask mandates. That might help push the vaccine, you know, in the schools. But again, I don't know. We don't know. Well to see how this all turns out. We'll have to see if and when FIS or does get the approval to start vaccinting children ages five to eleven or five and older, because the vaccines obviously already available for everyone twelve and older. All right, we're taking another break. It will right back with more news. This is inside the margins. Welcome back to inside the margin. So I'm sure everyone is aware right now, especially if you live in the city that there's been a issue with the school buses for the city schools and now we had a school bus shortage. Actually, bus companies in New York as made that they are fifteen to twenty percent below full staffing levels, which is meant distries have had to limit roots and lenked in the time some students are on the bus. So I know that there are. There is an effort. There's a recruitment effort to persuade CDEL drivers to become school bus drivers and then share Kennets information with local districts. The effort includes using the this is according to the Democrat and chronicle. The effort includes using the State Department of Labor to reach out to unemployed drivers to try to get them back into the workforce, including working with law enforcement, firefighters and the military to see if train drivers want to work for the school districts. So the state, the Department of more vehicles, plans to expedite the process for a CDL completion by removing the fourteen day waiting period between the permit test and the road tests. So they are trying to do a push to get more bus drivers. Now the bus driver shortage has ended up with people being late to getting home. Also, some school students are still forced to be remote. Not sure that I I am sure this is definitely not the way that a lot of people want to start to school your off with this kind of issue, but I don't know and trying to figure out what why there's such a an issue with the bus drivers apparent. Obviously, pay is one thing. Pay is not the same in the city as it is on other places. I think everyone is experiencing a bus driver shortage, not just a city. The city obviously is a bigger district than a lot of the outside districts in the more rural areas. So it's it affects them harder because you're covering a bigger population. So certainly the impact is being felt more in the city than it is in a lot of other places. Also, though, there is a lot of questionable things happening when it comes to organization there. Still, I know that they're working to get bus drivers there. It's a tough job. You got to do what the kids kids can be disrespectful. You've seen some of the videos on social media with kids fighting, fighting on the buses and parents yelling at bus drivers and all that stuff. So it's it makes that job not as appealing as it used to be. But I know that this push is trying to help get more bus drivers or people interested in the the occupation of being a school bus driver. So hopefully we can get that system reck to fight. Personally, I think for a lot of children, especially in the city, the school can be a safe haven. It can be a way that they are that they can get their minds off of any other problems that are happening in the household or in around in and around the neighborhood by focusing on school and off obviously, schools a great way to learn and...

...thrive. They get just prepared for real life. So it's important to get our kids in schools and have our schools run efficiently and properly. So we certainly hope that this issue with the bus drivers can be rectified. Now, I mentioned earlier, and we'll get back on this subject for a real quick there are a lot of people who are opting out of getting their vaccines when it comes to the healthcare field. Now, as I mentioned earlier, I believe it's on the September twenty on September twenty seven. Many healthcare workers must get vaccinated or lose their jobs. There was a push for the religious exemption. We'll see how that goes. I know that there was a delay for the removing of that exemption, but I'm not sure if that's going to stay either. But a lot of people are nervous to do that. It's certainly I'm certainly someone who is for vaccinations. I am backsited and I think it would be best for everyone to get vaccated. I I've always said that, I think the best way, no matter what people think, if you look at the stats, it's scientifically does reduce the issues that you will face or the chance that you will face more severe issues if you do get covid also does help you not get it right. So I mean do you still can you still get it if you're vaccinated. Yes, but you're less likely to get covid if you are vaccinating and if you are not vaccinated. So that helps yourself and that helps out everyone else. Right, if you're less likely to get it because you're vaccinated and the other person's vaccinating, let's go to get it. Then that transmission goes down right. So if everyone in the room is vaccinated, and makes everyone less likely to transmit it. That means the transmission rate goes down. That's as simple as that can put it. I know people are well, if you can, if you get vaccinated, you can still spread covid. So I get texated. I'll say it one more time. If you if you were in a room where everyone is unvaccinated, that unvaccinated population has a greater chance of spreading covid to everyone in that room. If everyone in the room is vaccinated, you have a you know, even though you still can spread covid, you have less chance of spreading it to your neighbor. And if your neighbor is also vaccinated and you're already less likely to transmit it to them, that they become even less like the transfer get to get it from you and also less more, let more or less likely to spread of somebody else. So the more people are, the more people that are vaccinated, the less likely that it is for that for Covid to be transmitted. That's why it's a good idea to get vaccinated. It's good. It helps you out, it helps everyone else around you out, and I get the healthcare push too, because, again, people who are in hospitals or insting homes are usually the most at risk population right so we we're trying to do our best to limit the spread of Covid to the healthcare population. The only question I would ask, though, is right now, for schools, that's not the case right. Right now, for schools you have an option. You have an option to either get vaccinated or be tested on a regular basis. Now it's I think testing is something like weekly like. So you have to get tested every week to make sure you're not you're not transmitting covid. But you have the option. So I guess the only question I would I would ask, and again this I'm not saying don't do this or not do this. This is just a question of putting out and again, if you want to answer this question or to share your thoughts, you can go to inside the margins RADIOCOM. Again, inside the margins RADIOCOM, Click on the contact US tab there and share your thoughts with us.

But here's the question I pose to you. Is it fair for one and to teach you mandate another one not to right? Because if you think about it, right now, the highest transmission in Covid, if you look at the stats is with the younger population. It's with kids and kids it's work covid the covers are really rising. It's rising everywhere, but with kids it's really rising. Right and yes, I mentioned earlier one of our the news that there are they are working five as your maybe coming out with a vaccine for kids five and older, which means elementary school students and higher will all have the chance to be vaccinated. But right now that's not the case. Right now, if you're an elementary school chances are you're not vaccinated because you're too young. Right. So, if you have a population where they can't be vaccinated but you're not mandating everyone who works there to wear a mask or sorry, to be vaccinated, is that fair to do that to the healthcare system or reverse that question? If you're going to do that to the healthcare system, should you do it to teachers? To again, I'm not saying either or. I'm I want to hear from you your thoughts. If there's going to be a mandate for healthcare workers, should there be a mandate for teachers? Or if there's not a vaccine mandate where everyone has to be madginated to be vaccinated for teachers. Should that same rule applied to healthcare workers? So should they should show, I guess, to saying what's good for the goose is good for the Ganders. Should that be the case here? I'm just curious. I am curious to hear your thoughts on that. All right, so take a break. We come back. We'll hear some final news from around the nation. This is inside the margins. All right, welcome back to inside the margins. A little bit more news from around the nation, as a number of rappers and athletes are joining forces to calm President Joe Biden. From marijuana reform now foxter teen in Salt Lake City reported Thursday, this is last Thursday, that a letter was sent to the White House addressing President Biden on Tuesday demanding the pardon of all nine, all non violent cannabis offenders currently locked up in prisons across the country. Utah present reform activist Weldon and Angelos signed on, along with a number of rappers and athletes, including Drake Meek, Bill Killer, Mike Quavo, Kodak Black, Dave East, Kevin Garnett, Dean Sanders, Julio Jones and more. News comes as meek mill has been hard at work when it comes and making a positive change in legal system with his reform alliance, which recently charged probation laws in Virginia this summer. Now Ti and tiny, if you remember they were. They had sexual assault charges against them and it looks like they will not face criminal charges for allegedly drugging and sexually assaulting a woman in Los Angeles over fifteen, teen years ago. Teams reported last Thursday that the Los Angeles County District Attorney's Office isn't moving forward, but the case due to statute of limitations. According to prosecutecuters, the statute of limitations expired after ten years. And this news comes as the hip hop couple who have denied all allegations at this time of sexual assault against them and also got off in Las Vegas after the statut little the statute of limitations expired there as well. Flip there's Marquis is getting his own street in his hometown. Business Widow Tara Davis, announced Wednesday that his hometown of the Choke Long Island is dedicating a street to the late clown of the clown Prince of hiphop. The public event will take place Saturday September twenty five. So this coming Saturday at two PM it'll be behind the six district court. Bis Murky passed away on July sixteen following his batter with battle with type two diabetes. Former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin is pleading not guilty to a two thousand and seventeen confrontation where he is accused of kneeling on a fourteen year old boys neck. A Chauvin is accused of depriving the teen, who was black, of his right to be free and of an unreasonable force.

Cholvin leegedly grabbed the team by the throat, hit him to the hit him in the head with a flashlight and then held his knee against the boys neck while he was cuffed and not resisting. Chavin is already serving time from the murder of George Floyd, as you know, after he knelt on Floyd's neck for around nine minutes in two thousand and twenty, killing him. Justice Justice Clarence Thomas is defending the US Supreme Court. During a lecture at the University of Notre Dame. Thomas known that he thinks the medium makes it seem like the members of the High Court always go right to their personal preference. He added. They think you become like a politician. The Washington Post Port Thomas also worn against destroying our institutions because they don't give us what we want when we want it. Justice. Stephen Bryer and Amy Coney Barrett also have recently spoke out in their fence against the High Court. The justices recently refused to take up an EMMENCITY appeal to block a strict abortion law in Texas. To Democratic Co to Democratic Congress Room and are calling for a full investigation into how the Afghan refugees at Fort McCoy being treated. Wisconsin Congressman gwen Moore and Minnesota's Ehan Omar demanded answers about whether troops at the Ford are being rude or disrespectful the refugees. The call for an investigation comes after a slow trickle of stories about shortages and poor conditions at Fort McCoy. Some of the thirteen thousand refugees at the fort say there's not enough to eat and they don't have any or new or clean clothes. To where. Comedian Dave Chappelle's comedy club is moving forward in his hometown of Yellow Springs, Ohio, the city's planning the city's planning commission a proved an application for the venue earlier this week. Week and Chapelle spoke at the meeting saying he hopes the club can showcase Ohio salented people. The club will hold up to one hundred and forty people, and a star from an Atlanta reality TV show is heading to prison. Maurice Fain was sentenced to seventeen years last week in his connection to a Ponti Scheme that lasted from two thousand and thirteen to two thousand and twenty. Investigators say he convinced people to invest in his trucking business, but he ended up using millions for his own personal benefit. Faint appeared on the show love and HIP hops Atlanta. And those are some more headlines from around the nation. All right, that's going to wrap it up for this week on inside the margins. Will be back next week with some more talk about covid schools and more issues that matter to you. Make sure you reach out to us if you did not hear what you wanted or if there's a story that you think that we should talk about. We've been more than happy to cover that make sure you go. What's your inside the margins? RADIOCOM? Again, that's inside the margins. RADIOCOM. Let us know what you're thinking. Will be happy to look into those subjects. Till next time. I'm ATT Wilson. This is inside the margins. Do you have a topic that you would like to discussed on inside the margins? We would love to hear from you. Please send your thoughts, comments or questions to inside margins at gmailcom.

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