Surge is serious and it's local
The COVID surge is real and it’s local, including impacting our hospitals and ICU capacity. I am writing this as one of many Los Altans who agreed to be “ambassadors” for Santa Clara County to spread the word about the seriousness of this pandemic.
Stay at home! Wear a mask! Stay more than 6 feet apart! And get tested if you are a frontline/essential worker or have been exposed to anyone who has COVID, even if you have no symptoms, as 40-50% of those with COVID are asymptomatic, and, of course, if you have symptoms.
If you belong to one of these groups and belong to a large healthcare system, they are required to test you within 1-3 days, but others can learn about the many free drop-in and appointment testing sites at sccfreetest.org.
Finally, don't gather with others or travel over the holidays! And get the vaccine as soon as it’s available for you. The county has a hotline (408) 809-2124 for any questions. Please stay safe and help others to be safe.
Recall politicians for hypocritical behavior
I am sending this to our local paper because I am so enraged at the behavior of our elected officials. I think it is absolutely disgraceful that Gov. Gavin Newsom, San Jose Mayor Sam Liccardo, San Francisco Mayor London Breed, Mayor Steve Adler of Austin, Texas, and I’m sure many more, have mandated rules for all of us.
We try to adhere to the rules, but then these elected leaders turn right around and do what they want. The dinners in Napa at French Laundry just speak about how little these people care. What they want is to entertain themselves and place all kinds of restrictions on the rest of us.
It is shameful that the small businesses, nail salons, barber shops and restaurants need to bear the burden once again and will probably go out of business due to the repeated lockdowns. These elected officials have lots of money – like Nancy Pelosi, who made such a terrible stink when she had her hair done when all but her salon was closed.
I am embarrassed about the behavior of these people who govern our lives. I am advocating that these elected officials be recalled and removed from office. They are no better than the rest of us, who are trying to follow the rules. Those that are spending $350 for a dinner should give some of that to all of the families whose children go to bed hungry because their parents have lost their jobs and their money is gone.
It is important to me and many others that we call a spade a spade. I would be so horrified to have my name connected with what has been done. Please don’t let these people get by with this.
School resource officers can benefit students
I know there has been controversy regarding the presence of police officers on high school campuses. However, there are many times when their presence is incredibly effective.
During the 1990s, Bill Crawford was the school resource officer on the Mountain View High School campus. I was a counselor there at that time. Hugh Riddell was vice principal, the “Dean of Discipline.” He and Bill worked magically together. They helped to deter many students from getting into serious trouble. They met the kids where they were. If the student was in a gang, or being lured into one, because Bill and Hugh knew the students so well, they called the student into the office and had a discussion. At times, they invited the student’s counselor to the “meeting” in order to offer the student more support.
I believe that the presence of a police officer on campus can be a plus for everyone.
Los Altos Hills