Teachers hold retirees hostage

Our school board seems to think they’re the only citizens entitled to a better standard of life. After working 30 years in a factory, I find myself living on less than $18,000 a year.

Factory work is unpredictable, going from working 10- to 12-hour days, including Saturday and Sunday, to being laid off. You never know what to expect. Teachers know they have 185 days a year. What time they go to work, when they’ll be home and when they can plan a vacation.

Gas companies get their money from people who use gas. Hospitals get their money from people who need a doctor. Teachers extort their money from people, many on fixed incomes, who have achieved the American dream of home ownership. As retirees, our income doesn’t rise at the pace of our property taxes.

I don’t begrudge anyone a decent living. But, must our children be taught at such expense by people who want so much of my meager income? Must my home be held hostage?

Sally O’Fallon

New Columbia