Letters to the editor - Thursday (9-5-13)
Inmates treated better than teachers?
Just think what the outcome and outcry would be if the folks incarcerated in our county were required to change places with educators and staff who occupy offices at Long Street and Ellis Street school offices. Remember, the buildings on Long and Ellis were declared years ago to be structurally unsound, unsafe, and are said to be contaminated with mildew and mold.
A new central school office was promised 20 years ago when the county and city school systems merged and was one of the considerations of the merger.
Bottom line is that our educational administrators and their staff have been forced to work in unsafe conditions for over 20 years.
When our county jail became overcrowded, guess what happened — new facilities were built.
Remember that those in the field of education (administrators, staff and teachers) are trying to give our young people a chance to survive — the skills to earn a living, raise a family and be law-abiding citizens.
I realize and understand the need and the responsibility we have as citizens to provide safe and adequate facilities for those incarcerated.
What I do not understand is why our educators are not afforded the same consideration.
Why do we knowingly treat those who break our laws better than those who are trying to develop good, law-abiding citizens?
Have we lost our way? Do we no longer care about our children and their future?
The new central school office is not the answer to all of our problems, but it is a great first step in letting the world and especially our children know that they are our most important asset and that citizens understand education is the common denominator for success.
Isn’t it about time that we citizens of this county stand up for EDUCATION AND FOR THE FUTURE OF OUR CHILDREN?
— Paul Fisher