The spoils system
Those who seek to eliminate tenure for teachers would prefer to see teachers burdened with the evils of nepotism, favoritism and political bossism. Without tenure, the spoils system would again invade public schools.
We would retreat to days when “schoolmarms” were fired on the basis of rumor. Untenured teachers often fear giving a child of a prominent citizen a grade or punishment deserved or suppress any disagreement (however mild) with a school superintendent.
Tenure is not created to give job security to the lazy or incompetent. They can be fired now, if administrators did their jobs instead of giving excuses.
On the contrary, tenure is job security for the able, the experimenting and the seeking. It is the questioning teacher, not the incompetent one, who most faces the possibility of being fired had he no arsenal of tenure to protect himself.
As we’ve seen locally, a teacher must not be subject to being fired at the whim or dictate of a supervisor or community leader because of a power struggle or political disagreement.
Given this lousy economy and the lack of good jobs, I suspect the number of folks living in their cars or small motor homes is much greater than most realize. All over San Luis Obispo County, signs are posted that read, “No overnight parking or camping. $200 fine.”
How are the homeless supposed to pay a $200 fine? If someone sleeps in a car, what does that hurt any of us? Also, many travelers who can’t afford expensive motel rooms sleep in their cars. Should this be a crime? I think not!
Across the United States, a great many cities allow overnight parking in their parks. San Luis Obispo County and city should adopt a hands-off approach to these people and those mean-spirited signs should come down.
We’re all Americans here. It shouldn’t be a crime to be down on your luck or poor.
San Luis Obispo
Words on display
How many people looked at the photo by Phil Klein on the front of the Local section, read the clear message on the robbery suspect’s T-shirt and said, “Yeah, that’s appropriate” (Feb. 19)?
I see that it’s in a lovely font, but am I the only one who is reading the words? Can’t be. My 10-year-old noticed right away.
A little editing, maybe? A blur over the words?
A different shot? There were many options there. Nice decision.
End daylight saving
I agree with Russian President Dmitry Medvedev who recently decided to permanently cancel daylight saving time in Russia.
Medvedev recently stated in an edition of Time magazine that, “It’s just irritating. People either oversleep or wake up early and don’t know what to do with the hour.”
How do we cancel daylight saving time in this country? It’s irritating!
George L. Lewis