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Letters, Nov. 6

Help make a difference

As a recently retired special educator I would like to weigh in on the current state of distant learning. When schools shut down in March, I believed that with social distancing, masks and near shutdown of the economy we’d squelch the virus by June.

Alas, I was naive in thinking that from the CDC to the federal and state governments we’d have a clear, coherent plan to mitigate and then contain COVID-19. It has become clear to me that we are on our own; the government is incapable/unwilling to bring us to consensus on this dangerous disease.

My heart goes out to the students, especially those most at risk socially and emotionally, who can’t attend school. For far too many students, school is the pillar of their lives — it provides stability, predictability, food and health care. My special education students, each brilliant in their own unique ways, are no doubt suffering and losing the gains that can only be made with direct human teacher contact.

We are all members of the human society and we have an obligation to all of us to make this world, our world, a place where schools, restaurants, places of worship and sport stadiums are filled with US again.

It does not take much to make a difference: Wear a mask, cool it on the social gatherings, limit your holiday exposure. Let’s renew our human commitment to society and get this virus under control, so that this becomes a distant memory we can bore our grand- and great-grandchildren about in the future.

Doug Shipley

Ashland

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