Cumberland Times-News

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December 7, 2013

Letter reflects an attitude that is alive, well in Garrett County

I wonder if Judith Weller would have that fancy Ph.D. after her initials without education?

In her Nov. 27 letter (“Don’t cut other services to meet educators’ demands”), Ms. Weller encourages Garrett County to preserve all forms of community service, not making any sacrifice in spending to keep schools open.

She blasts county teachers, saying their only reason for pushing for education spending is their own personal job security.

Ms. Weller, education is a priority. For the youth of Garrett County, it’s practically all they get for tax dollars paid in by their families.

In a county that can easily find money to both buy and support a plastic river, throw a big kayaking party in 2014 and fund a tourism income they sought to destroy with Marcellus Shale gas drilling, keeping schools open, teachers employed and children educated should be easy.

There is no reason to cut any services to keep schools open.

If our leaders would actually employ realistic leadership and not waste county tax dollars for the benefit of out of the area residents, and themselves, money would not be an issue as Garrett County has an enormous tax revenue so large the state isn’t supplying it with more money.

As local citizens stand by and watch more and more money poured into things that don’t benefit them, is it wrong to ask that at the very least our children get a decent education?

Our leaders have maintained Garrett County as a mecca for minimum wage. Delegate Wendell Beitzel even stated that he is against raising the minimum wage, something that would greatly benefit many local families.

Our leaders then bemoan their fate as young families leave the area in search of better jobs. Perhaps closing schools is a strategy, under-educate the youth and keep them here, making less than the national poverty rate.

If teachers were really concerned about their own bank accounts, why did they become teachers in the first place?

The profession is historically known to offer a limited salary, and Garrett County teachers rank among the lowest paid in the state.

Ms. Weller, you clearly received an education, yet feel that today’s children need to sacrifice something that has already been provided for you.

Don’t feel alone, this mentality is alive and well politically in Garrett County and was in Washington from 2000-2008.

Jeremy Gosnell

Oakland

 

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