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STRIKE: TNT unsupportive of Tacoma teachers

Letter by Jos and Fran Cove, Tacoma on Sep. 21, 2011 at 11:19 am | 17 Comments »
September 21, 2011 11:38 am

We are very disappointed with the lack of support The News Tribune has given to the Tacoma teachers. On two occasions, close to 90 percent of them voted for a strike. The last strike: 1978 or thereabouts, 33 years ago. Does that sound like a strike-happy bunch?

The TNT has crucified Dale Washam over the past year as an incompetent despot, alienating his co-workers and employees. Superintendent Art Jarvis approaches the Tacoma teachers in a similar autocratic manner and this is not considered worthy of a more in-depth report?

We have had four children in Tacoma schools, two now in college, and this has been a very positive experience. We have had good, caring and competent teachers who deserve the full support of the community and the TNT.

Also, please stop publishing anti-strike letters from readers outside the Tacoma School District. The overlying message from these readers seems to be: Teachers do your job and shut up. What an anti-American message that is!

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