- Guest Commentary: Earth Day or April Fools Day?
- State Roundup: Concerns raised about proposed change in DUI pot standard
- Bill would decrease pot penalties; small amounts would draw only ticket, fine
- Senate votes to restore human service cuts; bill moves to House for consideration
- Bill to restrict red light cameras passes House
- State Roundup: Budget fix in current FY not yet done
- State Roundup: GOMB Director won’t support borrowing
- Economists: pros, cons to raising the state fuel tax
- ‘Hogs fall just shy of Midwest title
- Fork and Stein Urban Gourmet delivers beer infused delicacies to Rockford
Teachers’ strike a black eye for community
Once more, the Rockford teachers’ union has manipulated the teachers to do the union’s bidding. The strike is a black eye on the community. The best way for an organization to keep its power is to show off its power. Could not the teachers have voted from their respective schools via the Internet? The Coronado, indeed. Could they not have hired an arbitrator to settle the dispute?
Why didn’t we hear from the dozen teachers who were against the strike? I, for one, would like to know their reasons.
In the fall of 1972, my very first year of teaching, a strike was called. Being new and eager to get started, I went to my school to work on lesson plans. I promptly received threatening phone calls and letters. Frightened, I began to wonder if I had chosen an honorable career at all.
Herman Melville once ended a sad short story with the words, “Ah, humanity.” He was right.
From the April 18-24, 2012, issue