A lesson in compromise

Re: A letter from a parent (Letters, NewsLeader, June 11)

I admire Fraser Barton and the students for standing up for what they believe regardless of what it might cost.

If these students understand what “compromise” means, why can’t the adults really understand what it means?

Are we teaching them “My way or no way”?

Here is short example of compromise:

During the 1980s, the president of the company where I was working called a meeting and explained our financial status.

There were two options he offered: layoffs or forgo our yearly wage increase for a couple of years.

Which one do you think we chose?

As a single mother with two daughters, it was hard to forgo the yearly wage increase.

But we sacrificed our personal needs for the good of the many. Compromise.

We keep on saying that young people are our future.

So why can’t the teachers and the government negotiate, and compromise for the good of the students?

If there are concessions to give up—give them up to end this fiasco.

It is a two-way street.

Teachers and government, please come to your senses for the good of the students and their future.

Catalina Trinidad

New Westminster

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