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May 30, 2012

Letters to the Editor: 05/30/2012

Back to the 1900s

I've written Gov. Rick Snyder, Rep. Wayne Schmidt and Sen. Howard Walker asking if they could explain why it is fiscally responsible to once again tax teachers (with an increase in cost for their health benefits) but not financially viable to also tax judges and state police officers, who are on the same retirement/health plan as teachers.

None have responded because there's no rational answer other than punishing teachers for challenging them.

Republicans in this state have declared war on collective bargaining rights, education (dramatic cuts to all levels of education, which paid for tax breaks for businesses), teachers and students.

In countries that value education, teachers and their children, teachers are paid commensurate with their education and value to society.

In countries where students achieve higher in math, science etc., teachers are paid at equal levels of the highest-paid professionals in their countries, including physicians and engineers.

Republicans want to take us back to the 1920s where Wall Street was uncontrolled, union busting was the common practice and teachers were paid poorly.

With the elimination of collective bargaining, you can say goodbye to the middle class.

Your vote takes us into this new century, or back to the 1900s.

John E. McDonald

Traverse City

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