Not in this together
This week we heard that Los Gatos Union School District (LGUSD) superintendent, Paul Johnson, emailed his teachers and staff telling them to sign up as healthcare workers to get their COVID vaccine from Good Samaritan Hospital because Good Sam’s COO told him they could do that. Now for those not familiar with Los Gatos, it is an affluent small city in the Bay Area. But they have not returned to in-person learning yet. So, why skip the line when those who qualified didn’t even get their shots yet? Nonetheless, a lot of teachers signed up and got their shots under the pretense of being a “healthcare worker”. One person’s conscience got to him and exposed the email to the public. ONE. I guess the rest forgot about their ethics.
Earlier this month, a mob descended in DC to disrupt the confirmation of President Biden’s election win. Los Gatos downtown had a “Stop the Steal” rally as well that very same day. On my drive home from work, I see trucks with the American and Confederate flags flying proudly in the back. Funny how Trump can win with 3+ millions less votes but he can’t possibly lose with 7+ millions less votes than his opponents. The answer: Electoral college. We have this old Constitution that may need to be improvised to better serve our modern-day population because there are so many ways to interpret it.
In CA, our own governor dined at the French Laundry restaurant indoors when he told restaurants they have to shut down or more mildly, operate with outdoors dining only. The very next day, the SF mayor, London Breed, dined at the same 3-star Michelin restaurant, then gave a speech forcing most small businesses to close. Our state open and closes based on ICU beds capacity, county by county. Why? Some hospitals have like 12 ICU beds for thousands of people. So, let’s kill 20% of small businesses so maybe the 1 bed of the 12 occupied can live another day. There is a 98% + recovery rate for COVID-19 infection. Small businesses are the livelihoods for thousands of families. People lose their jobs by four digits monthly. The educational gap between low-income students and wealthier ones are widening, as is the gap between rich and poor. But this is not news. It’s just getting worse.
I wonder when things are going to change. What will it take for good people to run for office? Once there, stay decent. With such a divided country, regardless of outcome, about half will be upset. We are definitely not all in this together.