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Tuesday, May 14, 2013
You want better schools? What crybabies!
I was shocked to read that Bedford County Supervisor Annie Pollard lashed out at teachers (“Final Bedford County budget allows 3% raises for teachers,” April 23 news story, and “Supervisor defends her ‘crybabies’ remark,” May 2 news story). Resorting to name-calling is inappropriate for any public official. But to single out “a select few” who she “took crap from” and call them “crybabies” is simply ridiculous. She did this on the eve of Teacher Appreciation Week; that piece of irony should not be overlooked.
Teachers who advocate for more resources want better schools. They see firsthand the impact of larger class sizes, fewer math teachers, scarce textbooks, old buildings and program cuts. These teachers care about their students and their profession. Respecting their opinions is the least a county supervisor could do.
Instead, Pollard implied these teachers are somehow different from educators who devote their life’s work to guiding and teaching kids. In one way, they are. They showed up, engaged in the process and asked for the funding needed to make sure our schools are worthy investments in our community’s future. They should be applauded, not demonized.
Sexuality is not a personal choice
Jeff Powell is to be commended for his live-and-let-live attitude, as expressed in his commentary of May 1, “Keep sexuality out of Scouting.”
However, his statement that “your sexuality is your personal choice” perpetuates the longstanding myth that one’s sexual orientation is a choice. A man or woman can no more choose his or her sexual orientation than he or she can choose eye color or the size of one’s nose.
If choice were involved, I would ask Powell exactly when he chose to be heterosexual. I daresay he would be as perplexed by the question as would the rest of us.
Scouting was a life-forming experience for me, but I must say that it never occurred to any of us even to think about sexual orientation. We were what we were, period.
Television’s become too much of a bad thing
Your article “Research looks at prime-time violence” (May 2 news brief) caught my interest. This was in regard to violence on television.
I am sick and tired of what appears on television starting around 7 each evening. Shoot-’em-up, kill-’em, blow-’em-up programs showing dead bodies with a bullet hole between the eyes and blood running down the face. Look at what television has come to. It’s no wonder jails and prisons are running over with mostly young people. We are fed a constant diet of violence every night.
Whatever happened to shows like “All in the Family,” “Mayberry R.F.D.” and “Rowan & Martin’s Laugh-In”? The new shows seem to get worse all the time. More blood and guts and gun battles in every one. Is all of this violence necessary in our society? Do we really want this? I don’t think so.
It’s time for the public to speak out. Enough is enough.
Taking great offense at ‘crybabies’ remark
How about the article in this Roanoke paper about Bedford’s Supervisor Annie Pollard calling the teachers crybabies (“Final Bedford County budget allows 3% raises for teachers,” April 23 news story)? We are upset and offended by her remarks. Our question is, how can she be a supervisor when she doesn’t know the work of a teacher?
The teachers haven’t had a raise for five years, so they need and deserve one. Teachers all over the commonwealth are underpaid. We know teachers doing two jobs to make ends meet. Teachers work 65 hours per week for 36 weeks, which equals 2,340 work hours. Jobs that are 40 hours a week for 52 weeks equal 2,080 work hours.
The fine people of Bedford should remember this when election time comes around and vote Pollard out.
HERBERT AND ALICE SMITH
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