- The Washington Times - Wednesday, May 20, 2009

ANALYSIS/OPINION:

LETTER TO THE EDITOR:

I have trouble with our president saying he wants to reward excellent school teachers when many of the nation’s banks, auto companies and credit card deadbeats are being rewarded with taxpayers’ money while retired public school teachers are just barely living above poverty level. I am a retired teacher who has been recognized by local organizations as a superior teacher, live in a two-bedroom house in a blended community, have no outstanding debts and drive a 10-year-old car. I am not getting rewarded by the government.

The federal government, meanwhile, is allocating billions of dollars toward supporting mismanagers, overspenders and those who live for today without planning for tomorrow. I really want to believe President Obama, but the facts suggest that he wants to take the teachers for granted. Why can’t I be rewarded for having been a good teacher who lives within his means?

V. RALPH KNEPPER

Zion, Ill.



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