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STRIKE: Maybe the devil made the teachers strike

Letter by Bill Barker, Shelton on Sep. 26, 2011 at 3:39 pm with 20 Comments »
September 26, 2011 3:39 pm

Comedian Flip Wilson used to tell jokes about a woman who always had a pat answer whenever she made a bad choice in life – say like buying an expensive dress she could ill afford. She’d strike a defiant pose and proudly declare, “The devil made me do it.”

When the Tacoma teachers voted to go on strike, I thought they collectively made that choice – good or bad – for themselves. But according to the Sunday editorial, “Thank Gregoire for ending Tacoma’s pointless strike,” it was really all those lawmaking demons down in Olympia who drove Tacoma teachers to go on strike.

According to the editorial, “The Legislature itself bears much of the responsibility for this debacle.”

How much of the responsibility? The editorial doesn’t say. But whatever amount, the TNT thinks the teachers should share the blame with our Legislature for this “pointless strike.”

A modest suggestion to the editorial board: Next time try blaming the devil whenever you think folks screwed up and need an dependable scapegoat to point to. At least then your readers will know you’re only joking and we can all yuck it up together. And it’ll put you in pretty good company to boot. That would be Flip Wilson, not the evil one, of course.

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  1. I wonder which district the WEA will pick to strike next fall.

  2. Pacman33 says:

    Hey Bill, maybe TNT incorrectly assumed the state mandate to cut teachers pay was common knowledge.

    Between you, the elitist teachers, insane teacher apologists and the crooked union it seems it was an incorrect assumption. That explains the lack of outcry for the teachers claiming their magnificence put them above the mandatory cuts everybody else has to abide by. It explains the silence when union cockroaches were using the state cutbacks during the bargaining process as if the district just made the decision to do so themselves.

  3. BigSwingingRichard says:

    Not to worry, Pacman33.

    On the next levy vote, we will all gain our revenge.

    Strike = No Levy

  4. the3rdpigshouse says:

    Just GREED!!

  5. theglovesRoff says:

    For the love of god (plural for the leftists) enough of the letters about the strike. They just got an extended vacation and lost no income being out on strike. Let’s move along and focus on next years token strike district.

  6. Well we all know that “it’s all about the kids”. At least that’s what the California teachers union mantra is, whenever they strike about anything. -__-

  7. The populance has little or no say if the teachers strike.But they do have a say if they would support more school taxes.I for one think the people that believe a vote for school levy is a waste of their hard earned dollars,has a right to their beliefs.Who knows,maybe they are right.

  8. The legislature did what they could with their hands tied, thanks to Eyman and the foolish voters who actually think taxes are still “too high, and THAT’S the problem with our government.”

    As gross people with social disorders and anger issues like the “Tea Party” continue getting mainstream press coverage, even though they are plainly nuts, the more the national discourse plummets to that of school children fighting on a playground. Things become black and white, as only naive children see the world. Taxes are all bad, and cuts aren’t all good, just as taxes aren’t all good and cuts aren’t all bad. The world isn’t black and white, and as our country continues to collectively deny reality and embrace rage, things will only continue to get worse. People have to grow up and reach out to each other and show some basic compassion and empathy for EVERYONE’s situations before things get better.

    This teacher strike, if it was due to economic situations and the wide cuts, is not the legislature’s fault. It is their own obviously for CHOOSING to strike, when so many people are just feeling blessed these days for even having a job, but the lack of income is the fault of the voters. So many selfish, sad voters who have no interest in the common good, because “the common good is socialist.” I don’t know what kind of world or country they want, if they really want a country where you either thrive or you die, but that seems to be what they are trying to get through their angry voices. The angriest and loudest voice in the room is usually the most foolish. And unfortunately popular, because being angry is easier then trying to focus on fixing things.

  9. Meant to say: “Taxes AREN’T all bad, and cuts aren’t all good, just as taxes aren’t all good and cuts aren’t all bad.”

  10. harleyrider1 says:

    The last teacher’s strike my child had less school days, came back to a smaller class, enjoyed a substitute teacher more often, and saw less homework.

    All his teacher got out of it was a better pension and to become one of the highest paid hourly workers in Pierce County.

    I’m sure all of this made him smarter too. After all, that’s what education in this state is all about right? Teaching children?

    See, teacher strikes are all about the children.

  11. scooter6139 says:

    Richard, what school levies have you voted for in the past?

    I just love you mantra of revenge. How it’s all about you and your anger and your need to just get back at somebody. So you decide to take out all your impotent frustrations and vitriol on Tacoma students. Well done! That will teach them teachers!

  12. philichi says:

    Wake up Jonald! We are all paying more in taxes now than ever in history. Gas taxes, property taxes, and sales taxes. Yet there is never enough money to operate government. The fact is this. Tacoma has fewer kids now than 10 years ago. One high school needs to be closed, several grade schools need to be closed. When will any of this ever happen unless funding is cut?

    The problem here is that over the years too many voted “yes” on these levies. If they would have voted “no”, the right sizing would have already taken place.

  13. philichi says:
    September 27, 2011 at 9:15 am
    Wake up Jonald! We are all paying more in taxes now than ever in history.


  14. falkoja6 says:

    When one goes out on strike there is no income. To go on strike and GET paid??? That is highway robbery. Wake people… no work NO PAY!!!

  15. commoncents says:

    So falkoja6…are you seriously proposing docking pay now (and every single snow day from here to eternity) only to pay it later when they work the makeup hours? Remember, they aren’t all made up after the school year. They are mixed in throughout the year. Yes, let’s cut off our nose to spite our face….create an accounting and administrative hassle just to make it a little difficult for our teachers. And yes, you’d have to apply the process to snow days every year from here on out as there is no difference between missing school for snow or missing it for strike. An absence is an absence.

  16. School levy= NO! Oh, so I’ll be “punishing the children”? Who cares more for the children? Their parents or some “teacher” who is only concerned about the bottom line?

  17. commoncents says:

    frosty – given the level of effort that most parents put into their child’s education? I think the answer is the “teacher”.

  18. Vox_clamantis_in_deserto says:

    KARDNOS says:

    philichi says:

    Wake up Jonald! We are all paying more in taxes now than ever in history.


    Ad hominem much Kardy?

    Got nuthin’ – bring nuthin’ – ad nuthin’, eh. But what the hey, even lame attempts at juvenile insults add to the post count… if anyone is bothering to keep a count… other than Sondrak, of course.

  19. Vox_clamantis_in_deserto

    ????????? How is the comment “pants on fire” ad hominem?

    Are you saying that it is legitimate to respond to an unsupported claim with “that is a lie” but not to respond by calling the poster a liar?

    Sheesh……you are such a nitpicker…..er….avoid the ad hominem accusation……I’m sorry…..you are nitpicking with that post.

  20. Vox_clamantis_in_deserto says:

    You’re right, bB, even an ad hominem attack should include more than unsupported accusations.

    But, FYI:

    Ad Hominem Definition:
    An argument based on the failings of an adversary rather than on the merits of the case; a logical fallacy that involves a personal attack.

    So… on what “merits” was the liar insinuation based? And since when is calling someone a liar without providing evidence not a personal attack?

    Now who is nitpicking here?

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