Yesterday's march by teachers through a chilly downtown Watertown provided the writer of this op/ed the chance to run outdoors and do lots of hugging and that's fine....Nobody is against hugs as teachers everyday do deal with the challenge of educating people against a more complicated backdrop of rules, pop culture, ambivalent parents, and now a management hierarchy so intent on preserving the status quo they have created a sky-is-falling panic.
How many times does Governor Cuomo or anyone else have to say it ? Its about a conversation on the fact the current system is unsustainable. It's not about wanting to punish people...or villify people...or deny people a birth right.
The system is fighting change and otherwise intelligent people are reduced to walking in the cold mouthing bromides about taxing the millionaires on the premise doing so will allow all to stay as it is.
Even Mr White in this op/ed concedes loving teachers doesn't commit all of us to supporting zero contributions to health plans and a retirement system that is getting more expensive to sustain everyday. You can hug a teacher and still question a county with eleven superintendents...eleven fleets of busses...eleven collective bargaining agreements written by eleven different teams of lawyers...you can question all these things (as Mr. White's boss does in a separate op/ed) and still hug all you want.
So please....hug a teacher....but don't let your genuine affections cloud your ability to add and subract.
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