Letters, Dec. 15
Half a million
I would like to remind my fellow Jackson County residents that we pay Colleen Roberts $125,236.80 a year not including benefits. She advocates for “small” government, gleefully ignores CDC guidelines, disseminates conspiracy theories and disinformation, all the while taking us for over a half a million dollars before we have a chance to unelect her, possibly.
Credit where credit is due
Larry Mendte chides us for not giving Trump much credit for the promising COVID vaccine. He chalks up our refusal to political hatred.
But maybe we remember Trump’s total refusal to take any responsibility for mishandling the virus from its first appearance. His denial and negligence have led to 280,000 U.S. deaths — so far.
Or maybe we’re recalling that as clinical trials began, Pfizer offered the Trump administration the chance to lock in supplies of the vaccine beyond the 100 million doses the pharmaceutical maker agreed to sell the U.S. back in the summer. But the administration passed on the deal, allowing other governments to seal deals for extra doses.
Now supplies are shaping up to be scarce and Pfizer can’t guarantee delivery of more than those initial 100 million doses — enough to inoculate only 50 million people since its vaccine requires two shots — before next June. Meanwhile, the European Union will be receiving 200 million doses from Pfizer.
In reality we think Trump’s bungling is still costing us dearly and we do give credit where credit is due.
Time to advocate for students
With schools closed for almost a year and no end in sight, it’s time to advocate for students. It is painfully obvious that there is no concrete plan to get our students back to school.
Data tell us that when students don’t meet benchmarks they risk falling further behind. Currently, many are getting 40%-50% of the time usually attend spent in class. Add that to the students who don’t have adequate access to technology or simply have given up on how to navigate this new world of education, and we are looking at an entire generation who are missing out on our promise to them. Denying the safe spaces that school offers and the peer interaction they need, children are experiencing an adverse childhood experience that will be hard, if not impossible, to overcome.
We keep hearing, “follow the science.” According CDC Director Dr. Redfield and Adm. Giroir, coronavirus testing czar, schools are not super-spreaders. Schools can open safely for students, teachers and families — let’s follow the science.
It’s time for business and community leaders, educators, and parents to speak up. If adults don’t advocate for kids, who will?
Dianne Mihocko, District 9 School Board member