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Letter to the Editor
School reforms

November 09, 2011

Dear Editor,

In response to the guest viewpoint "Rep. calls for school accountability, performance," June 15, I felt state Rep. Eileen Kowall took a shot at the salary of Clarkston's superintendent.

She failed to mention Gov. Rick Snyder's cabinet personnel make $270,000 a year. She attacked the teachers, saying "they had a 5.5 percent increase in the last three years." It was closer to 1.5 percent. She went on to say teachers are reaping exorbitant benefits. What does that mean? Her salary is over $100,000. To my knowledge, a teacher after 20 years makes much less than $100,000.

Mrs. Kowall goes on to say legislators are doing away with their healthcare benefits. If you read the fine print, however, most of the cuts in health care are for incoming legislators, with those remaining still getting health care for themselves and their families. She has voted "yes" to all bills to cuts for public schools.

The one bill that bothers me the most is the cutting of welfare checks beginning Nov. 1. I know there has been abuse by some, but with these cutbacks, our children will be affected the most. Who is going to be responsible to see if these children have food, proper clothing, warm bed to sleep in? Will they be hungry when school starts? How will they celebrate birthdays or Christmas? The list goes on and on. Don't we have a responsibility for these children?

Mel L. Vaara