Following several letters critical of the recent teacher raises and strikes, Ron Fisk of Marysville, follows suit (“Seniors deserve a big pay bump like teachers,” The Herald, Sept. 11). It is striking (no pun) there is not similar criticism of other groups that routinely strike: Boeing, the state’s largest single polluter; Waste Management; county and state workers; recent action by the construction workers; nurses; transportation workers, and so on.
Why the bitter, resentment, jealously and hypocrisy toward teachers? The truth is, many work 50-60 hours a week during the year, dealing with 150-180 students a day, as well as griping parents, who do not prepare or take responsibility for their children’s behavior. Summers usually require additional study and preparation. Keep in mind most teachers have a master’s degree or more, and for years have historically been underpaid (and still are). I would not do their job for what they are paid, no way.
Mr. Fisk, I agree with you: We seniors are getting hammered with taxes and keeping up with expenses. Be glad you did not retire a teacher; it would be worse. As far as your complaints regarding the teaching profession, I suggest you visit a local high school, then reassess your beget-fullness.