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Teachers influence lives; we should respect them

Editorial

Again local school boards will face difficult decisions in preparing their 2012-13 budgets. In fact, this year could be even more difficult since many school districts are running low on fund balances that were used to get by in recent lean years. And despite promises from the governor, there has been no mandate relief for local schools who must still pay for decisions made in Albany.

Hopefully these difficult decisions can be made in the best interests of students and taxpayers without vilifying teachers. If teachers must be cut it should be done with sincere regret and disappointment after exhausting all other options.

We should remember teachers are much more than employees; they’re members of our communities. They raise families, work hard and contribute to our towns like all other residents. They face rising taxes, too — they pay the same school taxes as everyone else. And, like the rest of us, they must deal with increasing costs for gas, heat, food, education and more.

As teachers cope with the stresses of a recession and possible loss of their jobs they shouldn’t have to face the anger of neighbors.

Comments may be directed to denpubs@denpubs.com.

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