Corporations: Help feed people in need
We face a mounting humanitarian crisis in Mountain View. Our seniors, disabled and homeless are facing hunger now at a rapidly increasing rate. Many are no longer working and have limited or no incomes. Many seniors are isolated at home and afraid to go shopping.
Our local nonprofits, such as Hope’s Corner and Community Services Agency, are working overtime trying to meet the surge in demand. Unfortunately, they are limited in their ability to acquire food and prepare and distribute hot meals.
IdaRose Sylvester, Dave Arnone and Marilyn Winkleby
Ban leaf blowers during pandemic
Based on what we know about the novel coronavirus, can there be anything dumber than continued use of leaf blowers in our neighborhoods? Could the city of Los Altos please request that this practice be refrained from for the duration?
Thomas J. Riordan
Stressed teachers susceptible to virus
Health-care professionals treating COVID-19 patients are bona fide heroes worthy of praise. In Los Altos, we have a set of unsung heroes who might be unintentionally worked to death.
While many other California school districts are still preparing to teach remotely, the Los Altos School District hardly missed a beat. LASD teachers were only given two days to prepare, and are working 15-plus-hour days, six to seven days per week, to keep up with irresponsibly high expectations of the LASD administration.
These expectations are to: (1) design a virtual school system; (2) provide daily instructional videos for core subjects; and (3) assign and give daily feedback on two to six hours of homework.
The teachers will do whatever they can for their students despite the resulting exhaustion, stress and sleep deprivation – three conditions known to make people’s immune system weaker and less able to fight off disease.
It is only a matter of time until a teacher becomes ill from COVID-19. I urge the administration to give teachers the prep time they need to safely meet district expectations.