Letters: Teacher salaries are woefully insufficient

Teacher salaries are

woefully insufficient

Once again, a venomous attack on teachers. (“Making $54K a year? Teacher has no beef,” Letters, Wednesday)

May I outline the errors of this philosophy:

1. Do you complain about an actor who gets $20 million to make a movie (generally, someone who reads lines into a camera)?

2. Are you negative about someone who gets up to $30 million to run and jump and shoot a basketball? Or throw a football? Or hit a baseball?

3. How about the late-show TV host who reads lines, gets laughter when a sign is held up (or laughter is canned) and receives millions of dollars for an hour a night?

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This is evidently okay.

Yet the person who taught them how to write a letter to the editor, who has to get a second. (and sometimes third) job, in order to make ends meet somehow, arouses ire. Why?

I do not know what the anti-teacher cohorts are thinking. But perhaps if they went into a classroom and actually tried to teach, just maybe they would see the error of their ways.


Time to eliminate

Electoral College

I am writing in response to a number of letters you have published recently regarding the Electoral College. The writers are mistaken in their understanding of the framers’ intent in proposing the Electoral College.

It had nothing to do with equal representation for the various former colonies. That was taken care of by the establishment of both the Senate and the House of Representatives. Each state has an equal vote in the Senate and has proportional representation in the House.

The framers were the elites of their day. They were well read and well educated. They had no confidence that the average small farmer, shopkeeper, bargeman, dock worker, etc., would have the knowledge or sophistication to properly vote for a president. The Electoral College was established so that the appointed upper-class members of the College would have the ability to correct the “mistakes” of the common people.

The notion that Wyoming with a population of less than 600,000 should carry the same weight as California with a population of almost 40 million is absurd. The Electoral College is the vehicle for electing a president with less than a majority of the vote. Its original purpose, in this time of universal education and mass communication, is long past.

It should be eliminated and the president should be elected by majority vote only. There should never be a question as to the validity of the election.


We must put an

end to bullying

Unfortunately, hardly a day goes by without news of an incident of bullying. Some of these are so horrific or tragic that they defy understanding. Others are too easily dismissed as some sort of rite of passage, an acceptable part of growing up.

The truth, though, is that bullying of any kind has the power to change who a child is, the kind of person he or she grows up to be. When ignored, the victim can be scarred for life emotionally, if not physically. The perpetrator grows up with a skewed value system that suggests it’s perfectly okay to make another person’s life miserable — to feel powerful, even for a moment, at the expense of someone weaker or someone perceived as weaker.

It’s up to adults — parents, teachers, entire communities — to take a stand, to say bullying is not okay, not ever, not by anyone! It needs to stop. Alert parents and teachers and a united community can make that happen.


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