In response to “Murphy, Spiller and more politicians have failed Montclair’s kids (Letter),” about remote learning:
I suggest we stop taking cheap shots, vilifying school teachers. Imagine if all that energy went into a drive for early vaccination for teachers. Then more teachers could have safely returned to live teaching, and parents who felt classrooms were safe could have sent their children into school.
Suggesting there was no good reason to avoid opening the schools is a fantasy that encourages us to think that it’s a lazy, money-grubbing teachers’ union against good sense. In truth, no one enjoyed remote teaching, but 71 Montclair residents dead is 71 too many.
I’m glad schools followed safety standards we insist on in our supermarkets. The pandemic isn’t over just because you are over it.
Montclair Local’s Opinion section is an open forum for civil discussion in which we invite readers to discuss town matters, articles published in Montclair, or previously published letters. Views expressed and published in this section are solely those of the writers, and do not represent the views of Montclair Local.
Letters to the editor: To submit a letter to the editor, email firstname.lastname@example.org, or mail “Letters to the Editor,” 309 Orange Road, Montclair, NJ, 07042 (email is preferred). Submissions must include the name, address and phone number of the writer for verification. Only the writer’s name and town of residence will be published. Montclair Local does not publish anonymous opinion pieces.
Letters must be no more than 500 words in length, and must be received by 5 p.m. Monday to be eligible for potential publication in that week’s Thursday print issue. Letters may be edited by Montclair Local for grammar and style. While our goal is to publish most letters we receive, Montclair Local reserves the right to decline publication of a letter for any reason, including but not limited to concerns about unproven or defamatory statements, inappropriate language, topic matter far afield of the particular interests of Montclair residents, or available space.
Town Square: Montclair Local also accepts longer-form opinion essays from residents aiming to generate discussion on topics specific to the community, under our “Town
Square” banner. “Town Square” essays should be no more than 750 words in length, and topics should be submitted to email@example.com at least seven days prior to publication.