Opinion

LETTER: Teachers are real, live human beings

Editor:

I don’t know Molly Armstrong but I sure admire her. She is “Momma Bear” and I agree with her suggested approach to the teachers’ strike. I also encourage her to get the “Papa Bears” involved as well.

We are not dealing with humans when we deal with the provincial government, we are dealing with cyphers. They have a totally corporate attitude, despite the fact that they are called the Liberal Party. They are about as liberal as Mussolini. They are thinking in terms of dollars and cents, profit and loss, and someone in a suit has told them to keep pushing the teachers until they break. It makes fiscal sense to them no matter what the outcome.

However, teachers are not cyphers and neither are the children they teach. They are real, live human beings. The teachers have devoted their lives to educating our children, and there is nothing more important than that. How can you put a pricetag on the future of British Columbia? How can you deny special needs children their place in the sun by class sizes that are way to big? How can you short change the future leaders of this province by denying the teachers a decent wage and a efficient workplace.

Yes, let’s all get together with Molly “Mama Bear” and roar. Roar so loud that the suits in Victoria will hear the voices of the people for a change, instead of a political agenda. Mama Bears and Papa Bears unite. Let’s change the way things work in this province and have real democracy for a change.

Jerry Riches

Chilliwack

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