COVID-19 Response Requires New Deal-Style Investment, Not Austerity

To the Editor:

By now it is evident that the effects of the current world-wide coronavirus pandemic are being felt locally. Though our school buildings have closed, the learning continues. Despite incredible obstacles, the educators of Haverhill developed and implemented a remote learning program in mere days. Over the past eight weeks, the educators in our community have worked longer days under more challenging conditions than ever before to provide for our students. With their own children at home, their own lives disrupted, and their own fears about themselves or one of their loved ones becoming ill, they have stepped up to the plate like never before.