Colgan sets record straight

Colgan sets record straight

There are 8 comments on the Evening Sun story from Jul 26, 2010, titled Colgan sets record straight. In it, Evening Sun reports that:

I would like to set the record straight once and for all. To all of you who have telephoned, commented to others especially even teetered on the edge of libel on the Topix website, I make the following statement for you and anyone else who may have been misled by your false accusations.

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Preciate it

Harrisburg, PA

#1 Jul 27, 2010
...and this was a paid political announcement from the PSEA. Your continued blind endorsement of overpaid educators is appreciated.

"I need a Masters degree"
"No problem. Go get it and the school will pay for it"
"Wow, that's nice benefit"
"Yep, that's my PSEA at work for me"
DanielPColgan355 RidgeAve

Mechanicsburg, PA

#2 Jul 27, 2010
Sir or madam, Did you read the letter? It is ridiculous to hold teachers up as some horrible force exacting chunks of flesh from people when they are not exactly given many options. How are people who are forced to belong to a particular body culpable for that body's actions. Do they really have a choice?- To be a teacher in the State of Pennsylvania they are required to join the Union. They get to vote on their contracts but not the provisions in it.

Oh and by the way...it is never "I need a Masters Degree, you pay for it" - it is "You need to get a Masters degree or you cannot continue employment as a teacher in the district".
And if they are forced to do so why should they not; if the school district is going to pay for it?

Your anger and frustration is felt by all of us; my point is that it is the Teachers Union who tell teachers what they are going to do not the other way around. Focus your anger on the teacher's union and politicians. Yes there are some teachers who LOVE the perks no doubt but do you know any politicians who don't as well, Lawyers?, Doctors?, IT people?- It isn't their fault that their profession is "given" these things.

The Teacher's union needs to be abolished and the PA General Assembly needs people who will ACTUALLY eliminate the funding of schools through property taxes. Then we can address teacher's salaries correctly, locally.
Union

United States

#3 Jul 27, 2010
Ah but you don't here the techers say no when the union fights for a raise or more benefits. I agree to that the techers shouldn't shoulder the blame but they do share in the distortion of the system.
DanielPColgan355 RidgeAve

Mechanicsburg, PA

#4 Jul 27, 2010
Union wrote:
Ah but you don't here the techers say no when the union fights for a raise or more benefits. I agree to that the techers shouldn't shoulder the blame but they do share in the distortion of the system.
Agreed. But I also don't hear state workers balking at increases to their pension or having 3-5 more paid holidays than the average worker, etc. There are many professions that have their perks...granted teachers do seem to have more than most but that isn't their fault and they shouldn't be demonized for making use of them.
Native Son

Reading, PA

#5 Jul 27, 2010
When your youngest child reaches 30 and you are retired and living on a fixed income, you should be exempt from school taxes. The current generation of breeders needs to pay for their children's education and the teachers 9 month a year salary.
Tax payer

Rockville, MD

#6 Jul 28, 2010
Native Son wrote:
When your youngest child reaches 30 and you are retired and living on a fixed income, you should be exempt from school taxes. The current generation of breeders needs to pay for their children's education and the teachers 9 month a year salary.
When your children are not attending the school (in the district you are living in) you should also be exempt from school taxes, or should at least get a decent reduction in the taxes you owe. Make the parents of the school students pay for the school taxes, not just because you own property in the district.
DanielPColgan355 RidgeAve

Mechanicsburg, PA

#7 Jul 28, 2010
How about a better idea. Rid our state of ineffective, unfair property taxes altogether and fund schools with a more equitable and fair system. What you may ask?- Well why don't we ask our wonderful lawmakers after all they have been campaigning on it for 25 years and what do we have to show for it?

Teachers are no different than anyone else,(automobile makers, textiles, state workers) they shouldn't be demonized because they get paid more than what we feel they are worth. Anyone who says they'd balk about it and fight against a pay raise is either lying or nuts. Get after the responsible parties involved - the teacher's union and the politicians. This will not stop until we force those groups out of the picture.

Since: Feb 10

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#8 Jul 28, 2010
DanielPColgan355RidgeAve wrote:
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Agreed. But I also don't hear state workers balking at increases to their pension or having 3-5 more paid holidays than the average worker, etc. There are many professions that have their perks...granted teachers do seem to have more than most but that isn't their fault and they shouldn't be demonized for making use of them.
Exactly, and well said. The people complaining about the salaries of teachers forget that there is nothing holding them back from becoming one. If it's such a rosy picture as many portray, less of them would be complaining about it and more of them would be doing something to become one. If it's so easy they can step up anytime.

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