Coronavirus Well-being & Mental Health

Lifting Spirits Amid Coronavirus Lockdown

I take our governor’s request very seriously. The social distancing is the only thing that is scientifically proven to work well to stop the spread of the virus and flatten the curve. Each of us must take this very seriously if we want to avoid vulnerable populations suffering and to ensure that our health workers and hospitals are not completely overwhelmed.

But how do you deal with the isolation in your home ?
If you are like me – you miss the contact of people. I admit that I miss hugs with my friends and the closeness that true friendship brings!

We may not be able to meet with friends, but we can still talk with them right? In our household, we started reaching out and having ‘phone play dates’ with friends both for the adults and children. It is amazing what the voice of a friend will do to lift you up.

Also, I have heard from several friends that elderly people are getting very lonely. True, we are trying to protect them, but let’s make sure we tell them how much they mean to us and being present whichever way we know, in their lives.

This virus can separate us physically, but it can’t separate us emotionally. Call your friends and tell them how much you love them.

See the ingenuity of our Italian friends who have been so severely hit by the virus.

Funding for Education

Education Funding

Here is my letter to the editor on education funding, published on March 7th, 2020 in the Salt Lake Tribune.

Letter: Let’s increase our education funding

As a taxpayer, a parent and a PTA member, I am a strong advocate for having a strong, high-quality public education system. While I do believe that in Utah we have used our dollars really well, we have stretched them in ways that may not be sustainable for our future.

Therefore, I wholeheartedly support a constant and robust increase to the WPU (weighted pupil unit, money that is dedicated to each kindergarten through 12th grade student in our state), and I would like to see us move away from the 50th position in the nation on this metric. Compensating our teachers more fairly is a sure way for our districts and schools to continue to attract and retain talent to teach our students and ensure a bright future for Utah.

That said, I agree with Rep. Thurston’s concerns about the burden that increase in education funding brings to seniors and fixed income folks with corresponding increases in property tax. His proposed bill (HB77) allows the increase in education funding but caps the impact on the property tax to 4%. Given the budget “imbalance” that the governor has explained to us, the income tax will be able to shoulder the increase.