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Letter: Thanks to teachers

Out of all the places I’ve lived, this three-river valley is the last place I would ever have thought I’d be defending teachers.

First let me point out their pay schedule for Bruno, who clearly is the only American having nary a teacher in his life.

Teachers get paid an annual salary, and they get their salary in 12 increments so they will have a paycheck during summer vacation. There, that wasn’t so difficult, was it? But I’m not done.



I was probably in the top three in the entire school of disruptive brats. My teachers should have been paid combat compensation. Back in those days before ADD was invented, kids like me were what I call Thorizinated, as in the pill Jack Nicholson was forced to take to make him compliant. So I went from being disruptive to snoring in class.

My son is a teacher. He made half again as much as a shuttle driver, but he quit and became a teacher. I could not be prouder of him. To his credit, his students love him, too. Maybe if this country were not so infatuated with war we could let the teachers collect some of that combat pay. With some of the spoiled yuppie larvae they’re stuck with, they deserve no less.



Thank you to all educators. You are the salt of the earth.

Joseph Stocking Lewis lll

Silt


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