Stop whining, teachers, and get to workI really have a...

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February 28, 1994

Stop whining, teachers, and get to work

I really have a problem with teachers who just never seem to be able to stop whining.

It's true that teachers, students and parents expect the school season to end on a specific date but they also should know, after all they are supposed to be the smart members of the population, that the potential exists that the date may in actuality be extended if they miss too many days for inclement weather.

Teachers even whine if you try to take their spring vacation to make up for this missed time. The same potential exists for using this time for makeup days also.

Since I went to work every single day of this hideous winter -- without being late even one of those days -- I resent the effort of teachers to be paid for time unworked.

Not only were there six to 10 whole days missed altogether, but what about the added five or so days missed by going in late or leaving early?

Plenty of citizens have their vacation plans squashed by the demands of their respective workplaces. Plenty of people drive to work in all sorts of bad weather, and plenty of people work in temperatures that are too hot for real productivity. That's how it goes in the adult world.

Teachers and school administrators are teaching students by example that it's OK to roll over and go back to sleep when the weather is bad because you will be able to whine your way out of making it up at a later date.

God forbid when these same students go out into the work force as employees.

So teachers, stop whining and earn your pay. I expect students to resist the extended season but you have an obligation to the taxpayer to earn your money.

The standards for you should be no different than the standards are for the people who pay your salaries.

Sharon Condon


No dumb kids

Susan Reimer's Feb. 17 column on the choice between public and private schools was shallow at best, cold-hearted and narrow-minded at worst.

Instead of touching on the real issues behind failing public schools (ineffective teaching methods and lack of parental involvement), Ms. Reimer points the finger at the children attending these schools.

She refers to buying safety as well as prestige with tuition checks to private schools. Considering the low-crime locations of most private schools, she may be right.

I did a double take, however, when I read about "no rough, rude, poor kids" on the playground at private schools. Rough and rude behavior is not at all limited to the poor. She then goes on to praise the intellectual challenges offered to children attending private schools since there are no "dumb kids to hold back the class."

How heartless can you get? "Dumb kids?"

Lower-income children are not dumb if they fail to achieve academically. They are in need of support and encouragement from parents, teachers and community leaders. Running from public schools and the children who attend them only worsens this bad situation.

There are no "dumb kids," Ms. Reimer, only dumb solutions to serious problems.

Jill Williams

Hunt Valley

Too many folks

The lead editorial in the Evening Sun of Feb. 11 quotes President Clinton as saying that global warming is ''perhaps the biggest environmental threat to this planet," and adds, "Who today can doubt that?"

I can doubt it, and for this reason: global warming, together with air and water pollution, devastation of the rain forests, dwindling resources, are only symptoms of the real ''biggest environmental threat''-- overpopulation.

If there were fewer people crowding this earth, resources would last longer, forests would not need to be cut down, pollution would be reduced and global warming would no longer be a problem.

That ought to be self-evident. Thomas Malthus recognized the problem more than 200 years ago. But to this day it seems to be ignored by those who are in a position to address the problem. Just how much to reduce the population would have to be carefully studied, and its peaceful accomplishment would take several generations, but I believe the world could easily support a population of one billion.

If world leaders are too afraid of this issue to face it then who will save us from ourselves? Isn't it about time we applied ourselves to curing the disease instead of trying to treat only the symptoms? Or is it already too late?

James Cox


Ration health care

To cover the 38 million people who are uninsured, the price tag may be over $100 billion every year. During the last 30 years, health costs have doubled in each decade.

When a patient visits a physician under any new health plan the individual should be required to pay a small fee in order to discourage people from going to physicians when it is not necessary. The single-payer plan is not perfect, but I believe it is superior to the other alternatives.

If common sense were more common, our fearless leaders would make an effort to discover the best way to ration health care. This must be accomplished because the demand shall always exceed the supply.

Joseph Lerner


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