Marin IJ Readers Forum for July 24, 2021 – Marin Independent Journal

Leaders gave educators the best path in times of pandemic

On behalf of all students, families and educators in Marin County, I write to publicly thank and honor local heroes Dr Lisa Santora, Marin County Assistant Health Officer, Dr Matt Willis, County Public Health Officer, and Mary Jane Burke, superintendent of Marin Schools.

In the spring of 2020, when we were all hit by the tsunami of a global pandemic, those of us running schools were faced with a crisis and a monumental challenge. How could we support children and their families as the specter of the deadly pandemic loomed with intense isolation the only solution offered.

Without the leadership of these three, I am sure school officials would not have been able to provide the volume and quality of educational and emotional support to students and families. What we did for Marin students was unmatched in California.

A crisis reveals the strengths of the teams. Our county public health and education officials came together quickly and effectively to work tirelessly to keep our community safe and support our children. This is a testament to the work done before the pandemic by county officials to forge strategic and effective partnerships.

Our leaders were immediately clear on their main priorities. They are committed to making science-based decisions to bring us to low-risk, in-person learning. They paid great attention to fairness for county students.

Forming a ‘quick response’ team for schools’ questions was important, as were frequent and regular calls and updates to ensure those of us in schools stay aligned with the evolution of the best. practices and regulations. I know, speaking with colleagues from California and the United States, that the quality of the support and leadership we received in Marin County was unique and invaluable.

—Sam Shapiro, director of the Marin Montessori school

No benefit in telling people not to vaccinate

I am confused. Why are all of these people spreading lies that are meant to dissuade people from getting the coronavirus vaccine?

These people, politicians and on-air experts tend towards a certain political affiliation. It would seem like a pretty risky business model to ask your followers to take more risk of getting sick, dying, or making other people sick. What purpose? If, as seems likely, those who follow this advice die in large numbers, doesn’t that decrease the number of voters left to vote for you?

These people ignore all the evidence that this advice is just plain wrong. So what do they gain by spouting this “anti-vax” nonsense, other than sick or dead followers?

Have we become a country where people fear that taking a simple life-saving vaccine poses a threat to members of this population? They act against their own interests without any corresponding benefit to anyone. It is a good thing that our country does not face an external threat like war. Would these so-called Americans be ready to make a real sacrifice for the common good?

– Elaine Levy, San Rafael

Companies sought, services affected by the camps

Recently I watched the Novato city council meeting on the local access cable TV channel. I’m sorry that a lot of people are homeless and it can happen to anyone. I’m sure the municipal authorities are trying to do their best for the homeless in this area.

The homeless people who are now camping near the library, bakery, restaurant, farmer’s market and medical building should all be moved. Their presence disrupts these businesses.

Perhaps, on a temporary basis, they can all be moved as soon as possible somewhere in Hamilton (like an empty shed) so that businesses can resume normal operations. These companies have lost a lot of money. I would like the city to do something to pay back their lost income.

– Walter Schivo, Novato

Novato’s good decision thwarted by legal deposits

Too bad. After Novato City Council approved a measure to improve the deadlock at Lee Gerner Park, the issue of homeless camping has now stalled with legal filings (“Judge stops enforcement of camping rules homeless in Novato , July 17).

I had been impressed by the thoughtful suggestions from the board members and the fact that they were all in agreement that Homeward Bound would go ahead with a six month plan that seemed to have a chance of success.

The park, which adjoins the library, is expected to provide an inviting and safe place during the summer months for children and residents, but will unfortunately remain a serious source of contention.

– Dorothy A. Thomas, Novato

Novato needed a total ban on deafening leaf blowers

As hundreds of cities across America and the world pass legislation banning the use of gasoline-powered leaf blowers, Novato has taken a giant step backwards by protecting the use of leaf blowers on Sundays and holidays. , including Christmas, Thanksgiving, and July 4th. .

This ill-conceived new code is a complete collapse of the landscaping industry. How come a handful of landscaping companies in Novato can destroy the peace and quiet of the over 50,000 residents of Novato?

It’s worse than doing nothing because it bars the police from enforcing noise restrictions on the most hated machine of the 21st century.

Novato is set to play one of the weakest leaf blower acts in the country. It is on the way to becoming a sanctuary city for these dangerous, polluting and sound-destroying machines.

– Jim Brind’Amour, Novato

Violent football should be abolished

I think eliminating football would be an improvement for society. The sport is so violent that no one really likes it, but participates in it because they are afraid of being bullied.

I am in the process of developing safer play and invite the public to compete with their suggestions for safer play.

– Karen Arnold, San Rafael

Compare Bezos’ expenses vs his ex-wife

Last month, I read with great joy that MacKenzie Scott (the ex-wife of Amazon billionaire Jeff Bezos) used some of her wealth to donate over $ 2.7 billion to a wide range of colleges, including small colleges and historically black colleges and universities. What she didn’t do was write a check to any “elite” school.

Just think of the lives that she will positively impact over the years through these donations. This story received little to no media coverage.

Compare that to her ex-husband. He spends his money on astronaut status. I’m not anti-Bezos in any way, but just wondering which event is most beneficial for humanity.

– Patrick Luchtel, Novato

Assembly member should respond to voters

After doing many recent inquiries at MP Marc Levine’s office with no response, I think it may be time he found a new career in which he is not accountable to voters.

The lack of accountability to his constituents highlights the sad plight of Marin’s politicians who seem to forget that they are elected officials. Levine’s lack of basic communication after several attempts to ask questions about his various votes is disturbing and irresponsible.

Doesn’t he realize he’s working for us? Levine is expected to hold weekly meetings to share his votes with the community. He should explain where he gets his fundraising funds from, as well as his overall view of Marin.

Will Levine vote for pension reform or will he continue to kick all of his pro-union donors?

I hope someone in this community is considering running for this office and being more available and transparent than Levine.

– Emily Johnstone, Greenbrae

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