need vaccine soon
Re. “Who’s next in line for vaccine?” Page A1, Jan. 10:
The COVID vaccine has been handed out to only a small amount of people, most of whom are health care workers. It’s time to start making the vaccine available for more people.
Other essential workers such as emergency services and food workers are exposed to hundreds of people on a daily basis. As someone who works at a grocery store and is considered essential, I am at considerably high risk of getting COVID. As much as I try and stay my required 6 feet from others, it is very hard to do so when helping people out on a daily basis.
The vaccine is only in phase 1A, which means it’s given to health care workers. I think it’s time to move to phase 1B, expanding to people 75 or older, educational providers, emergency services, and food or agricultural workers.
Columnist has no
insight about schools
Cynical Dan Walters has little insight about anything except sophistry (“Does California need big data system for public education?” Page A7, Jan. 19).
His latest diatribe claims that California doesn’t have a computer system in place to track student outcomes because “lots of folks in the education establishment” are dodging accountability. If only we analyzed data, he argues, our students would be doing much better.
I am a retired elementary school teacher, and I can assure you that Walters is dead wrong. We have been aggressively testing students, feeding the excessive data into computers, and overanalyzing the results for a long, long time – decades.
Extremely effective educators in Europe look at our maniacal obsession with data and shake their heads in dismay. It’s time we tried something new – listening to the valid wisdom of our dedicated teachers, funding all of our public schools adequately, and recognizing that teaching well is an art, not a science.
Retired School Teacher, Oak Grove and Franklin-McKinley
Los Altos leaders
Despite not going out much at all, I think that the town of Los Altos is a very welcoming place.
Even though there’s been a lot of political turmoil recently, I haven’t encountered anyone who’s impolite or rude. Every stranger I’ve met seems nice and friendly.
But it’s not just the people that make my hometown great. There’s a long list of other things I appreciate, like access to the parks, libraries, and other public services.
Generally speaking, city officials are being criticized more often than they are being praised. Because of this, I wish to send my kudos to those who’ve made my town a safe place to live, especially during the pandemic, and I hope the readers will do the same.
Trump crossed line from
free speech to inciting
Victor Davis Hanson’s commentary (“Capitol assault has turned loose the electronic octopus,” Page A7, Jan. 15) obfuscates the essential point. There is a stark difference between free speech and seditious incitement.
The views of Kathy Griffin and Madonna, though repugnant, have First Amendment protection. As did Donald Trump’s Twitter feed until he stepped over the line.
When he propagated the lie that he won the 2020 election he flirted with sedition. Had he uttered five truthful words — Joe Biden won the election — it is more than likely there would have been no Jan. 6 rampage on Congress.
Trump swore an oath to protect the nation against enemies foreign and domestic. Yet his words inflamed an insurrectionist mob, gave explicit direction to them, and motivated an assault (Hanson’s word) on the United States Congress. And through it all, he showed no regret or concern for the infamy he wrought.
Time to say goodbye
to entire Trump clan
It is Jan. 20 and time to say goodbye.
Goodbye, Melania and you, too, Barron. Goodbye first daughter Ivanka and scheming, enabling son-in-law Jared. Goodbye Eric and Donald Jr. Goodbye Tiffany and Lara.
Most of all, goodbye Donald J. You deserve to be impeached and convicted so that you are legally prevented from ever running for a public office again. The case against you is enormous, but should especially include responsibility for the deaths of hundreds of thousands of people from your careless handling of the coronavirus epidemic, as well as the five people who died when your supporters attacked Congress. May you wander the country as an American Lear, looking for Cordelias, but only finding Regans and Gonerils. As a former California governor once said, “Hasta la vista, baby.”
Dan Carter was a reporter for nomad Labs, before becoming the lead editor. Dan has over forty bylines and has reported on countless stories concerning all things related to tech and science. Dan studied at CSUF.