Letter to WalzThis was written to King Walz and hand delivered by Erik MortensenHere I sit at 1:47am on Friday February 19th 2021, typing because I am not only exhausted and hoping this letter will make some change happen ( NOT), but I am writing because I am a parent asking how you can sleep at night knowing that as a parent and so called former educator that understands and gets how important development and education for children is, how you think it is ok to continue to keep things in our state shut down and restricted because of a virus.Since March 16th of 2020 my child who was 3 at the time lost in one week critical services because of developmental and otherwise needed services.You see for my child and many others that were already suffering to succeed in a normal day to day life now are having an even harder time.You don’t seem to care nor get that.My child receives private speech therapy 2 times a week, occupational therapy 1 time a week, attends special Education preschool was at the time 2 days a week last school year (19-20) and was receiving speech both days as well as emotional and behavioral support.To know receiving this school year (20-21) special education services 3 days a week Still receiving all the same services.When COVID first happened and she was pulled out of everything speech therapy 2x a week, occupational therapy 1x a week, dance 1x a week (helps in her learning speech), seeing my parents 3-4x a week, seeing her GG (Great Grandma) 1-2x a week, freedom/ family time outside the house ( Crucial to her development as a child and especially for a child consider to have special needs.For the first 4 months my child at the age of 3 (4 in August 2020) was saying phrasing in these wordsI am sorry I won’t do again!I am sorry what did I do!Mama I need my GG (great grandma)!Please I go see Mamma( grandma) and Poppa ( grandpa).My poppa need me!I need go see my Katie ,Tate( private speech Therapists)I wont be bad anymore I sorry!Mama you and dada mad me?Why my school not feel good, my teachers need me!These are phases no normal child should ever have to ask themselves unless in an unsafe situation! You as a parent and past educator should know this. Yet things are still shut down.When distance learning took place my child did not and does not learn this way, even though receiving services for special education funded BY THE SATE still could not go to school because she was not in an total special education classroom because we opted to have her from the start in a normal classroom setting with children that did not have IEPS, or need special services. (THIS IS WRONG IN MY OPTION) all schools should have been allowed to continue to get the education all children deserve.Fast forward to October 2020 my child is now 4years old and still having issues saying the same thingsI am sorry I won’t do again!I am sorry what did I do!Mama I need my GG!Please I go see Mamma( grandma) and Poppa ( grandpa).My poppa need me!I need go see my Katie , and Tate( private speech Therapists)I wont be bad anymore I sorry!Mama you and dada mad me?Why my school not feel good, my teachers need me!My child is at the age of 4 and STILL does not know what trick or treating is because again you have decided that is best not to allow this.The reason we did not take her when she was three is because my child was very ill with pneumonia. Her first Halloween was not an option as she has RSV, her second Halloween did not happen because it was to cold out and with her having RSV right before her 1st Christmas/ for her first Christmas we were not going to chance it.Her 3rd Halloween she was not talking and did not understand the concept of what it was and was sick as stated above. Now for her 4th Halloween we figured she understands it now and can actual speak a bit more BECAUSE OF THE SPEECH THERAPY SERVICES SHE RECIEVES for her diagnosed Apraxia of Speech disorder and shes healthy. Due to COVID this is did not happen and she again reverted back to the…I am sorry I won’t do again!I am sorry what did I do!She is not sleeping like a normal child should. You and I both now that for the NORMAL child to grow and develop at this age they should be getting 12-14 hours a sleep in a 24 hour period. Guess how many my child is getting since COVID started ( you will get it wrong ) 4-6 hours in a 24 hours period, yes 4-6 hours and that is not consistent that is restless nights and if we are lucky 30-45 min naps during the day all brought on by COVID. She wakes in the middle of the night screaming/crying.DON’T LEAVE ME!You have to stay with me.Please I will be good.My gg (great grandma) does not love me.Again things a child should not have to worry about.She also since COVID is not eating like she should. We get maybe 2 meals in her a day.She has just the end of 2020 beginning of 2021 been diagnosed with are you ready for this ANXIETY and signs of PTSD, yes you read that right ANXIETY and signs of PTSD brought on by COVID. SHE IS 4YRS OLD!Ask yourself is the safety of all people worth the mental health issues that some people will have for the rest of their lives because YOU THINK it is best to shut down EVERYTHING.At this point I do not think it is safe nor responsible. The mental health of people ECPECIALLY the youngest of the people far out weights this Virus.Because my child is struggling HUGHLY with COVID issues as her parents we feel as though we are failing her. To thrive and be successful she needs to be able to just be a kid, she needs to be able to see her family ( this should be our decision to take her to see her GG (Great Grandma) before it is too late (her gg is 92). These decisions and so much more and not yours to make it is ours as her parents for make based on what we think is best for our child.My child now has to live with Anxiety and trauma because you think you now what is best for her and everyone else in this state.I am sorry Governor but you are wrong so wrong on this.I will see to it as her parent I will not stop fighting for her and see to it that she gets what she needs out of life.People need their lives back and you don’t seem to care!People need to be able to FREELY go out with family not feel like a prisoner in their own state.People need to be able to enjoy family time as they would like, without having to make reservations for EVERYTHING they want to do.People need to have the FREEDOM to go out and explore how they used too.People need to know that they are safe and can see their loved ones when THEY CHOOSE TOO, not when you tell them they can.So I ask you Governor Walz is it still best to keep things shut down knowing you are out right causing DAMAGE to the LITTLEST OF RESIDENTS in the state, not only mentally but developmentally. You and I both know there are laws against harming children and you governor or doing just that you are harming not only the children in this state but everyone around you by not opening everything back up.I HOPE YOU ARE PROUD OF YOURSELF!”

Author: Mark Miles

I am the designer and editor of the content on this site. The intent is to provide everyone with multiple avenues to create positive change within our dysfunctional and mostly illegal (voter fraud I personally have witnessed) political system. Here we will provide personal stories, published content from other media sources and commentary on current political events with access to information for the user to act upon and attempt to make positive changes to your state and country.

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