In One Eye
Sunday, June 22, 2003
Gadding about the largely newsless Courant on a Sunday morning ...
[Joseph Liberman], an observant Jew, will not work during the Sabbath or on major Jewish holidays. That has not hurt him in the past; in 1994, for instance, he was nominated for his Senate seat in absentia, on a Friday night, by Connecticut Democrats.I've said this before: this will hurt him as he runs for the nomination. If I were a candidate, I'd certainly make it an issue: If he becomes President, what will happen when a crisis on Saturday occurs?
God, I wish I could say this was surprising:
A high school teacher arrested earlier this week on charges he had sex with a student was arrested again Friday for allegedly having sex with a second student.On a related topic, I see that teachers are paid too much. (Mr. Bencivengo, of course, attempted to get something extra.)
The average [pay] increase is 4.5 percent in the most recent [teachers'] contract, according to CCM statistics, and does not include pay increases when a teacher moves up another step on the seniority scale. The average for unionized government employees, by contrast, is 3.25 percent, the statistics show.The figures may not lie, but that hasn't been my experience.
Of course, there's the obligatory reference to the "bad economy." Of course, comparable benefits are never offered during good times.
Skeptical union leaders say teachers are being targeted unfairly.No matter what, it's a tricky situation with myriad ramifications. Urban districts are hurting for staff. There has to be some enticement for people to start and stay in an urban setting. Salary and benefits can help provide those enticements. Yet, it's those same districts that seem the most strapped for cash.
Today's op-ed pieces don't seem to be on the Web. I'll have to read them in the newspaper.