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Teachers made scapegoats

A couple of recent letters and political cartoons have provided cause for me to write. The first is the Feb. 26 letter from Cindy Omlin of the Northwest Professional Educators/Evergreen Freedom Foundation, and the second is the Feb. 28 political cartoon by Lisa Benson depicting the teachers union as “the bully.”

When did working people and unions become the enemy? When did people who negotiate in good faith for salaries and pensions become the thieves who are responsible for all the financial ills of the country? Does that sound ludicrous?

Read any news story on what Scott Walker is attempting to do in Wisconsin. According to him – and the above two – the vicious, vile union members are what’s wrong with this country. Not the Wall Street crooks, not the banks, not self-serving politicians – the organized working people of this country are at fault.

Ms. Omlin has resorted, once again, to her attacks on the teachers union. Here’s a challenge to her: Tell me of someone who has been ostracized, victimized, coerced or discriminated against for failure to belong to the union. Forget the talking points you’ve been provided with; give some specific examples for once.

Jeff Brown

Spokane Valley


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