The following is a response to a recent Speak Out editorial. The views expressed are solely those of the speaker.
Our recent editorial on teacher pay raises drew reaction from both sides of the fence. William Austin equated raises with taxes:
VIEWER: Teacher pay comes from citizens' taxes. The tax payers are already paying more than they can afford.
NICK: And an unsigned message compared North Carolina teacher salaries with those in Chicago:
VIEWER: They make the highest salaries in the country. Is that what you want for N.C.? I wonder how many teachers we have in N.C. who are in it for the money only?
NICK: Teacher Kim Fox was a bit more appreciative:
VIEWER: I am seriously considering leaving education. I am tired of the negativity, and the push to do more and more for less and less. Just hearing you say something positive meant the world to me and I am sure to all other teachers who heard it! So, thank you!
NICK: And retired educator Dr. W. Dwayne Robertson was disgusted with our legislators. He said past and current policy may be costing him and his teacher wife $108,000 in salary and retirement funds:
VIEWER: In just a mere half-decade, we went from being a state viewed nationally as progressive in education to a state viewed as a national disgrace and joke. (Meanwhile), our state's leaders consistently give themselves raises and increase their own retirement pensions.
NICK: Thanks to all who've taken the time to write to us. Let us know what you think. Look for the SpeakOut page under the community tab on WBTV.com.