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Make other professions take pay cuts

Isn’t it interesting that over the last several months the crescendo has been growing for teachers to take salary freezes and cuts due to the worsening economic crisis?

Just for the record, teachers everywhere are not making $90,000 and we also have bills to pay, just like workers in other professions. When salaries are frozen or reduced, are rents, mortgage payments, utility or food bills reduced or cut as well? Do credit card companies reduce or freeze their fees and give customers grace periods to pay back their credit card bills?

Why should teachers be the only profession asked to make huge sacrifices? What about all the other professions? Everyone should be asked to sacrifice taking a pay raise, but then again, are everyday expenses going to be frozen? We all need to be able to pay our bills, including teachers.

How about asking the overpaid, egotistical athletes to take pay cuts? Earning $1 million less surely will not hurt their financial status. Oh, and let’s not forget those idiots who run Goldman Sachs or those other large financial firms. They should take mandatory pay cuts.

John Amato

Fresh Meadows

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