Today's Letters: 3 board members made right choice
Letters to the Editor
Published March 6, 2007
I would like to thank the three School Board members who made the right decision regarding the controversial STAR performance pay plan and for standing up for what is right. This is the most preposterous, ambiguous, unfair, hastily considered piece of legislation that probably has ever occurred in my 22 years of education. It's time we, as educators, take a stand.
Most teachers with whom I have discussed this situation are tired of being bullied with monetary threats. We are fed up with being placed in situations where we feel our hands are tied by legislation we don't support and believe in, or we feel will not benefit our profession. (Especially when the legislation is often concocted by those who have never once stood in front of a group of students and done everything in their power to increase academic performance and educate children.)
It would be sickening to see resentment and divisiveness among teachers who care so deeply about the job they do. How could the negativity and inequity of this plan not affect a teacher's mind set and attitude, which in turn would obviously affect the students. Another concern is the possibility of this performance pay plan, which is greatly based on FCAT scores, driving highly qualified teachers away from critical shortage areas such as exceptional student education classes.
I'm sure there will be some who may not agree with the outcome of the School Board's decision or the sentiments expressed in this letter. However, the teachers with whom I have spoken applaud the backbone and tenacity of the three board members who refused to support something that is just flat out wrong!
Kristi Theurer, New Port Richey
No sympathy for fire, rescue pay
There is no doubt in my mind that the fire and rescue men and women have a dangerous profession. They most certainly should get their health insurance paid in full. If $68,000 is their true income, that's great pay here in Florida.
I don't agree with the complaint about needing to have two jobs to make ends meet. In most families, both husband and wife work 40- to 50-hour weeks to make ends meet. You knew when you took the job that would be the case. You'll get no sympathy from most of us on that. You get plenty of time off in between.
I own a small business. I work, sometimes into the dark, long hours, and don't feel like I get enough for my time. It's because today (over half) our income goes to taxes of one kind or another. Complain at the voting booth or to our elected officials who can't get enough tax dollars to squander!
As for the union part, they can be good for all, but look what happened to the auto industry, for instance. The work went overseas because they priced themselves out of a job.
If the price is right, they'll find a way to outsource you!
Bill Durnell, Holiday
Get over 'problem solved' T-shirt
The woman who obsessed over the "problem solved" shirt needs to get a grip. Nothing justifies violence against women, but that doesn't mean that a constant complainer can't be disposed of legally and depicted figuratively on a shirt.
It's time to move on.
Peter W. Holub, New Port Richey
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