Martin C. Fredricks IV

Martin C. “Red” Fredricks IV is a husband, father of three, proud Fargoan (N.D.), small business owner, reader, writer and progressive. He's also the founder of the IV Words Blog ( Finally, he's a ginger; ergo the “Red.” Living blue in a deep red state is tough, but somehow, day by day, he gets by.

The Oxymoronics of “Smart Reopening” Schools

“Reopening” Shouldn’t Even Be Part of School Planning Right Now What states and school districts are developing now are actually “Limit Illness and Death” plans. Unacceptable. The Oxymoronics of “Smart Reopening”  The only plan governors, school administrators or boards in

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