To the Editor:
On the national level, we hear about the “fiscal cliff” and the need for the federal government to cut spending. As the population grows older with accompanying health woes, the politicians stress cuts in social security and Medicare. What is the sense?
On the state level, we hear – loudly – about the “Jersey comeback.” As the state has one of the highest unemployment rates in the country and property taxes spiral in an upward direction, the politicians vote against a raise in minimum wage and having the rich pay their fair share of taxes. What is the sense?
On the local level, we hear “the sound of silence” from the Board of Education about a missing teacher’s contract. As gymnasium floors are repaired, girls’ bathrooms renovated, and sensor lighting installed, etc., the BOE pleads “cuts in funding” by politicians for lack of funds. What is the sense?
Has anyone on the BOE endured three years of the same salary? Is the BOE lawyer charging the same legal fees for the past three years? Has the cost of living, tolls, fares, or rents stayed the same?
Or did I miss the point in reading a quote in the “District Highlights” from the Wal-Mart representative who stated, “We realized that you [the faculty] are for our children and treat them as your own. We believe that the knowledge and skills you teach them now shape them into the men and women they become”?