Sept. 25 — To the Editor:
The recent proposal brought forward by the Senate Majority Leader McConnell fell woefully short of meeting the needs of Granite Staters and our communities. As a local leader, I know firsthand the difficult decisions that will soon be facing our local governments if federal relief is not made available in the next COVID-19 stimulus package.
We’re asking more of our public school teachers than ever before as they work tirelessly to provide in-person and remote learning, while meeting the social-emotional needs of our students. Yet, towns and cities could be faced with having to make devastating layoffs that leave our dedicated educators without a job next fall. Federal relief could prevent this.
Our workforce has pivoted to working from home, our students are learning from home and many are seeking medical care from home through telemedicine. Without funding dedicated to expanding internet accessibility, the digital divide will grow and many will be left without technology to work, learn and stay healthy.
Our public schools and social service agencies are finding creative ways to deliver meals to kids and keep food on the table for vulnerable families. Yet, the proposal brought forward in the Senate didn’t include any funding for SNAP or essential food security programs and many could be left hungry.
Thank you to the New Hampshire Congressional delegation for recognizing how vital these issues are and for not settling for the skinny proposals that would not scratch the surface of the challenges facing Granite State communities. Comprehensive relief is needed now.
Dana S. Hilliard