TO THE EDITOR:
Why do people hate our teachers?
I think back to when I was in school and how much I learned from my teachers.
My band teacher was one of the most influential people to me. His influence helped me land a job in the music business working with the world’s top artists and was one of the greatest things that I have ever experienced.
If it weren’t for him, I wouldn’t have had this great opportunity to work for the Berlin School District as their AV coordinator/IT specialists.
My point to this is to not be angry at teachers over our current budget situation. They didn’t personally create the problem.
Everyone created the problem. Everyone drives on public roads, enjoys publicly funded parks, uses critical public services and yes even public schools.
If you ever learned anything in school from your teachers is that everyone should have to fix the problem together. ...
We all understand that the budget needs to be fixed and have agreed to Walker’s request to pay more for retirement and insurance.
Taking away our right to collective bargaining is wrong! Please don’t support his agenda that hurts many people’s families.
Let’s find a way to fix this without hurting anyone. Don’t let hate ruin our wonderful schools.
— Adam Umbreit
Berlin

To read the entire letter, see the June 2, 2011 edition of The Ripon Commonwealth Press.