Leaders applaud teacher vaccination We applaud Santa Clara County’s decision to start vaccinating all teachers and school staff!

Remote learning has been a challenge for all families, and the extent of the mental, physical and social impact on our kids is still unknown. We understand the different constraints and challenges, including a limited vaccine supply, focusing on the age group most impacted by COVID-19, and ensuring our most vulnerable and hard-hit populations remain a priority.

But even with those considerations, we believe it was the right decision to start vaccinating school staff now. We are pleased to hear many teachers have already started making vaccine appointments, but we support a more focused approach to getting school staff vaccinated: for example, a “Vaccine Pop-Up Site-A-Thon” for school staff over a 30-day period. The county could do two pop-up sites in the most hard-hit and vulnerable communities for every one pop-up site in other parts of the county. School and city locations may be ideal for these pop-up sites.

We are ready to help! We thank county staff for the excellent work they have been doing to keep us safe and healthy.

Los Altos Mayor Neysa Fligor, Los Altos School District President Shali Sirkay and Cupertino Union School District President Jerry Liu

Teachers shouldn’t put their families at risk

In a recent letter to the editor, the writer blamed the terrible teachers’ unions for the schools not opening (“What will we tell kids about pandemic?” Feb. 10). It’s an interesting thought, but in my own family I have a daughter-in-law who teaches fourth grade. She doesn’t care what her union is saying.

No one will give her the vaccine, and she isn’t going back and putting her 4-year-old and 2-month-old at risk so someone else’s family is happy. Nor should she, in my opinion. She is one of the lucky ones who can afford to make that decision.

As a society, apparently, we have decided teachers shouldn’t receive vaccines until many others have them. Fine, let the “others” teach the kids.

Diane Brauch

Los Altos Hills

Uplifting articles brighten day

Was it just me, or did others find last week’s Town Crier to be extremely uplifting?

As I sat in the sunshine, pondering the weather crisis in much of the U.S., I was inspired to read about the upcoming “Lunch with GreenTown” virtual series, a fellow citizen’s reminder of the need and means to support our local small businesses and the Los Altos History Museum’s plan to Zoom a lecture exploring “The History of African Americans in Santa Clara County.”

We Los Altans are being offered excellent information on key issues of the day. Add in the obituary of dear friend and neighbor Charles Cook, and we’ve got a great summation of the “News of the World” – as long as our world has been constricted for the COVID-time-being to our little hometown.

The frosting on this cake was the “Other Voices” piece written by Shoup Park and Redwood Grove neighbor Nancy Bremeau. Her sensible suggestions for improving the usability of both parks are brilliant. Having lived in Los Altos for 68 years, I confess to some attachment to the Halsey House at Redwood Grove. That said, the replacement of this dilapidated house with a purpose-built structure to augment Los Altos Parks and Recreation camps and classes makes real sense. The tandem idea of using the soon-be-be-vacated Underground Teen Center at the Garden House in Shoup Park for year-round nature projects and education is another great proposal. Both sites and the path connecting them would be Americans with Disabilities Act-friendly and welcoming to all. Let’s go for it!

Janet Harding

Los Altos

Customer feels safe shopping at Draeger’s

I read with sadness and dismay the Town Crier’s Feb. 10 article about Draeger’s alleged COVID violations.

I have been a Draeger’s customer for more than 11 years. Last spring, when Californians were ordered to stay at home and were warned how transmissible the virus is, Draeger’s took immediate action. They hosed down an outside area and lined disinfected shopping carts there. An employee monitored the door, ensuring that there were no more than 50 masked customers in the store at a time, and sprayed customers’ hands with disinfectant before they were allowed inside. That routine is still in place.

A few times, I witnessed a few customers (mostly men, I might add) enter with their masks below their nose. They didn’t get far before an employee would ask them to mask up and keep socially distanced.

The floors are clearly marked, and aisles were and still are one-way.

I was impressed by all of the precautions Draeger’s took and continues to take and feel safe shopping there. I can’t help but wonder what Mr. Lopez’s motivation is.

Bonnie Hale

Los Altos

Collaborate to solve housing shortage

Kudos to Los Altos Hills Councilmember Linda Swan. According to the Town Crier, she has pointed out that the town’s unique vulnerability to wildfire, earthquake faults and treacherous topography are reasons to push back against state mandates for affordable housing (“Hills meeting confirms council’s commitment to autonomy,” Feb. 10).

How brave she is to live in an area so blighted by frightful environmental hazards, and how noble she is to want to protect lower-income people from having to suffer these conditions.

Affordable housing is an important issue for California, our region and our two little towns. I hope we will all learn to check our exclusionary attitudes at the door and work together to solve the housing shortage.

Lisa Bourgeault

Los Altos