Back To School With Stockton’s Very Own “Science Guy”, 45 year Stockton Science Teacher, Mr. Gary Underwood, by Lisa Nadig

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Back To School With Stockton’s Very Own “Science Guy”, 45 year Stockton Science Teacher, Mr. Gary Underwood, by Lisa Nadig

September 23, 2021, Stockton School Board Meeting, Stockton, IL:

It’s time we all took a refresher course, a review of lessons learned in Science Class. Here to help us all do that is 45 year Stockton High School Science Teacher, Mr. Gary Underwood.

Mr. Underwood accepted my invitation to address the School Board meeting. He began by clearing up the definition of the word Science: “Science is the search for truth. But now, this isn’t Science, it’s Political Science.”Mr. Underwood then gave a brief review on Viruses. He asked us: “Have any of you ever seen a virus?” When nobody responded that they had, he said “You need an electron microscope to see a virus.” Before Mr. Underwood concluded his refresher course on Science and Viruses, he looked around the gymnasium and said: “There isn’t a single mask in this entire place that could stop a virus.”

I would like to thank Mr. Underwood for taking the time to come address all of us, and give us a refresher course. It seems to me that “Science” is a word that’s become a political weapon, that it means whatever drives a certain financial or political agenda.

I’m also grateful to hear that Mr. Underwood is not afraid of viruses to the point he would sit home in total fear and isolation, or endorse reliance on a thin piece of cloth to feel “Safe”. Safe. Wow! Now that’s another word misused to create fear. How many times do you hear every week: “Stay safe!” If I hear someone tell me “Stay safe” when I want to go to the grocery store, or any public place, I know they’ve already drunk the Kool-aid, and think that living in fear is somehow a really great thing. I’m reminded of the genius, late comic Georg Carlin, and his classic comedy routine on “Germs” where he credits the raw sewage in the Hudson River where he swam as a child growing up in New York city for his powerful immune system. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_gLLZ_D1Lqw&t=23s

It seems to me that the School Board who voted to keep the Mandatory Masking of our children feel safe enough to pick and choose where they wear the mask. In a small community like Stockton, many Board members are seen regularly defying the Mask Mandate at sporting events, stores, restaurants and bars. Yet, they expect our kids to wear one for 7-8 hours every day at school. Very inconsistent, isn’t it. If they really thought the mask was keeping them safe, they’d never take it off, would they.

Franklin Delano Roosevelt once said: “The only thing we have to fear is fear itself.” That’s as true today as it was when our country was facing the Great Depression, and World War II.

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