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To the editor,

Congratulations to all who wrote in response to Joanna DelBuono’s rantings against teachers (“Tenure Schmenur, something’s gotta give,” Not for Nuthin’, Feb. 8). I taught for 22 years in the most wonderful and rewarding profession in the city. It was my dream and it came true after many years in private sector jobs, all of which I thoroughly enjoyed.

However, teaching was the most fulfilling profession of all, until our illustrious mayor decided teachers were the devil’s employees. I retired three years ago, but I still miss my kids (yes “my kids”) while I do not miss the constant feelings of stress and frustration of my last years in the system. Isn’t it funny that “in the system” also describes being in prison.

I talk to teachers all over the city and the general consensus of opinion is that they can’t wait to get out. They feel they can no longer be the best they can be with all the pressure.

Let’s stop the teacher bashing and see what we can do to help the deteriorating situation in our schools.

Tony Merlino


To the editor,

Great column, Shavana Abruzzo (“Our troops are heroes — not zeroes,” A Britisher’s View,” Feb. 16)! Exactly how I feel.

For years I have personally boycotted all professional sports, for the same basic reasons expressed in your column.

Paul G. Knox

The writer is a retired lieutenant colonel in the U.S. Army.


To the editor,

Shavana Abruzzo (A Britisher’s View) has brought up a topic that my friends and I have wondered about.

Why has there not been a parade down the Canyon of Heroes for the true heroes, without whom we wouldn’t have so many blessings, including professional football.

I sometimes wonder about how skewed our priorities have become. Do we have to wait for an okay from Washington? What’s the deal here?

Thank you for your honesty and putting forth topics which must be considered by all of us.

Deborah Matlack

Bay Ridge

Golden irony

To the editor,

Gov. Cuomo delivered a strong and inspired State of the State address, recapping the significant successes of his first year in office and outlining a vision for the future of New York that all New Yorkers can support.

It hit all the right notes on issues that matter to our neighborhood — reviving our economy, strengthening our schools, reinvesting in our transportation system, and giving New Yorkers the honest and transparent government they deserve. But, state Sen. Marty Golden (R–Bay Ridge) strangely chose to criticize the governor for being weak on public safety, despite the fact that Cuomo has proposed expanding the DNA database to cover all crimes, among other initiatives.

Sen. Golden’s criticism is ironic because he was curiously absent from the Senate chamber last year during a vote on a critical bill that would have helped our police officers investigate incidents of gun violence — clearly a top issue of public safety.

We can’t settle for just one good year in Albany. There’s still a lot to be done to fix the political dysfunction of the past decade. Our elected officials should be working with Gov. Cuomo to get New York back on track, instead of offering empty criticisms.

Andrew Gounardes

Democratic state senate candidate, Bay Ridge

True blue freedom

To the editor,

American empires were built with blood, sweat, tears and fossil fuels! Freedom must be guarded and protected or it ebbs away like the tide.

The best sailors and soldiers on the planet have overthrown tyrants, liberated the oppressed, rescued the lost and kept the American way of life alive. The Rev. John WInthrop’s vision in 1630 was “a shining city on a hill” that the entire world could see as a beacon of light and liberty.

When 55 delegates met in Philadelphia in June 1787, they were charged with the task of improving upon the Articles of Confederation that garnered 13 wayward and capricious colonies for 11 years. A compromise, known as the Virginia Plan, would help found a nation, and draft the U.S Constitution, our second document.

Today, the American left and Socialist renegades have pushed our Constitution aside. President Obama decided to attack Libya without the approval or consent of Congress. Instead, he went to the U.N. Security Council to announce his half-baked plan. Are Libyans freer today or better off? The flagpole at the Benghazi courthouse sports the al Qaeda black flag that says in Arabic, “There is no God but Allah.”

Tod Davis

Marine Park

Education 101

To the editor,

You have never run articles lauding teachers, especially those teaching in difficult schools.

You have never spoken about the problems of class sizes, the need for the 600 school concept for disruptive children, the fact that we have principals from the Leadership Academy rating teachers when they themselves have never taught, uncooperative parents ready to battle the teacher at every step, and the city’s refusal to use excessed teachers to teach classes so as to lower class sizes. Instead, these duly licensed teachers have been relegated to substitute status. I haven’t heard you mention that the while the mayor proposes merit pay, there is no money to lower class size.

You are quick to point out that certain teachers assaulted students, but you never report when a teacher is assaulted on a daily basis by a student. The number of teachers are out due to being assaulted on the job is shocking.

I never hear you write about the fact that teachers spend their own money for supplies since the latter is lacking in so many schools. I never hear you praising teachers for coming in earlier to decorate their rooms in August, when school is not officially in session. You never mention the dedicated men and women who work with children after the school day, or those who make home visits on their own time to the homes of problem students.

All your paper does is knock teachers. Why do you refuse to look at the other side of education? Why is it always the teachers fault?

Ed Greenspan

Sheepshead Bay

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A Friend from Brooklyn says:
Mr. Greenspan, Maybe if you wrote a very nice letter like Mr. Merlino above, you might make a few more friends, but when you complain as most teachers do, all we think of is complain, complain, complain.In the words of Ed Koch, what are they complaining about. They have the best part time job in the country.
I counted fourteen complaints in your letter and some ofthem make me laugh. You make it sound like every teacher spends his own money on supplies. Maybe a few do....VERY few....and the amount they spend is very small. And how many really do visit homes...again...Very few. I have a few neighbors that are teachers and all they do is complain. Enough already. You all knew the work on the way in. Quit and find another job.
Feb. 26, 2012, 11:53 am
Caddy from Sheepshead Bay says:
I would like to add to the above comment. A Friend is absolutely correct in his comment about teachers complaining. So why don't they quit? Where are they going to finf a job where they can work about 180 days a year, medical plan, prescription plan, pensions, and a very strong union that will back them. They also work only about six hours a day and they are sworn to lie to you about all the work they take home. BULL! They have something called PREP PERIODS so that they don't have to take the work home. THAT'S WHY THEY DON'T QUIT. Stand up to a teacher arguing and he will tell you "OH Yeah? Why don't you try to teach and see what you get?"
I did. I taught in East Flatbush for seven years during the eighties and went to school at night to better myself. I now drive a late model Cadillac , own ny own home fully paid for, and take two wonderful vacations a year. Any teacher can do the same if he wants to. I think he would rather complain.
Feb. 26, 2012, 2:56 pm
Bob from Gerritsen Beach says:
Caddy and friend: you two sound like you've been living in outer space and don't have the first inkling of what is involved in being a teacher.
Caddy, you said you worked for eight years, and you never had to take work home? By that statement I must assume you were just a fill-in or temporary teacher. I am not an educator but I am married to one who worked 27 years in the school system. My wife had an account at the teacher's supply store on Avenue Z. because she was expected to have her room decorated for all the holidays and seasons of the year. She had two storage closets full of decorating supplies that she continuously updated. Not to mention the cleaning supplies and facial tissues, paper towels and antiseptic lotion to keep the classroom as germ free as possible so students don't spread their germs to one another which would increase absenteeism. Five nights a week she was either checking test papers or creating test papers for the next week. You add that to preparing evaluation reports, report cards, notes home to the parents/phone calls to the parents and then you'll begin to have some insight what it means to be an educator.
Feb. 26, 2012, 4:56 pm
Bob from Gerritsen Beach says:
As far as complaining is concern it was usually directed to the educational administration who think they have a better understanding of children While sitting behind a desk in their office. Let's not forget the previous chancellor who constantly complained about "the exorbitant pay and fringe benefits" teachers were receiving. Him along with the mayor trying to discredit teachers and use that to sway public opinion so to rationalize the need to cut future benefits. This is from a man who retired after eight years as chancellor and then signed up for his $17,000 year pension for those eight years of "service" that you and I are paying for with our taxes.
Feb. 26, 2012, 4:56 pm

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