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German tourists disembark for sightseeing from the cruise ship Mein Schiff 2 in Málaga, Spain, June 15, 2021. (Jon Nazca/Reuters) On vax-and-mask debates; Edward Said; a Russian human-rights hero; an NBA star turned college golfer; and more

The headline out of St. Petersburg — not Russia — reads, “Masks ordered for most Florida students, defying DeSantis.” Sometimes, we like defiance of government. Yay! Red-blooded Americanism! Sometimes we don’t. It all depends, right? I think of a saying in golf: “Every shot pleases somebody.”

(For the article under the headline quoted above, go here.)

As a rule — and there are exceptions to rules, of course — I favor local control of education. Oh, sure, I’d like my education gurus — my education favorites — to craft a national curriculum. Papa want his way. But one doesn’t get one’s way. So — let a thousand flowers bloom, I say, in a garden of pluralism (weeds and all).

• Businesses of many, many types have been stymied, or ruined, by the pandemic. But I am thinking, right now, of cruise lines. Here is an article, out of Miami. Cruise lines have had it rough, and the waters have not yet stilled.

Should cruise lines be allowed to require vaccination of its passengers? There is a debate about this. I say yes. For one thing, I think businesses ought to have broad leeway. For another, I have — well, experience. National Review has been going on cruises, with reader-passengers, for a long time. I think I’ve been on close to 30 of them. Although our cruising days might be over, I’m not sure.

I think many people, on a cruise, would feel better, knowing that everyone else was vaccinated. And if you don’t want to be vaccinated? Well, you can wait a while, before booking your next cruise. No great hardship, I wouldn’t think.

A friend said to me recently — she is an American living abroad — “I hear that the Metropolitan Opera will require proof of vaccination from its patrons! How can Americans

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