Letters to the Editor – Teacher standards, pet ordinance, begging, vaccines

Also improve teaching conditions

Re: “Don’t Lower Teacher Standards, Raise Them – Preparing Educators Helps Ensure Their and Their Students’ Success,” by Rob DeHaas, Opinion Wednesday.

As a retired public school educator, I agree with DeHaas. However, I would add that to staff the classrooms with excellent teachers, we must attract excellent students to the profession. I suggest that although most of us entered the profession because of our love for children and teaching and our desire to make a positive difference in the world, we must offer excellent salaries and conditions. work for teachers.

A good start would be to offer 226-day contracts like those received by administrators. Young teachers with children at home might not opt ​​for this arrangement early in their careers, but some would. Appropriate compensation would be provided for important work: training new teachers and other colleagues, writing curricula, evaluating and creating teaching materials, conducting research, catching up with students who are falling behind and enriching other students. , for example.

Such an arrangement would demand respect from administrators, parents and, perhaps most importantly, students who might choose such a career. It is also vital that teachers have a safe working environment, with support from administrators and the community.

Janis Canon, Longview

The results will improve

I am encouraged by DeHaas’s call to raise teacher standards to address staffing shortages and declining student achievement. DeHaas’ recommendations include better teacher preparation and a more comprehensive certification exam. In teaching, as in any profession, pay, prestige and the best results correlate with the qualifications and standards required of its practitioners.

Tennessee Nielsen, East Dallas

End the Puppy Mill Pipeline

The Dallas City Council must adopt and implement the Humane Pet Store Ordinance. At the Texas SPCA, we educate animal lovers about puppy mills and do not support the importing of thousands of puppies to Dallas from puppy mills, especially when shelters transport thousands of adoptable dogs to other states.

As a nonprofit animal welfare organization with hundreds of pets looking for homes today, we know firsthand how this ordinance will support dozens of local humane pet stores. who do not sell puppies but rather adopt thousands of puppies in need of loving families. By adopting a Humane Pet Store ordinance, we can end the puppy mill pipeline in Dallas and encourage Dallas residents to adopt puppies and dogs in desperate need of loving families.

Every other major city in Texas has a similar ordinance, and now it’s up to the Dallas City Council to advance animal welfare and make our city a better place for dogs and owners.

Karen Froehlich, dallas

President and CEO, Texas SPCA

Fines criminalize poverty

Re: ‘Proposal targets middle of roads – Council to consider plan to fine people standing on medians’, Wednesday’s article from Metro & Business.

This is yet another example of an American city criminalizing poverty. If beggars literally have to beg for money, what makes the Dallas City Council believe they can afford a $500 fine and court costs? The council uses public safety as a cover to arrest “unsightly” beggars rather than actually solving the problems.

Politely asking residents to donate to homeless shelters obviously didn’t work. How about building social housing? Raise the minimum wage? A city-wide job guarantee? From a safety perspective, designing roads suitable for pedestrians?

Thomas Urech, Plano

Selfish attitudes are deadly

I remember as a child being cooped up in a dark room, sick from my obligatory case of red measles, fearing that my eyesight was permanently damaged. I remember being locked up in the summer months, kept out of swimming pools, my parents terrified that I might catch the worst form of polio and be paralyzed or die. Those were the dark days before many vaccines became available. When the polio vaccine became available, we raced to get it.

Likewise, we did not hesitate to have our own children vaccinated against childhood diseases that we had to suffer. Today we again experience these once vanquished diseases. Why? Because this generation of parents refused vaccinations. Some of these parents are the same ones I see on TV saying, “I shouldn’t have to wear a mask. It’s my choice.”

Either they don’t realize that the mask protects others from any asymptomatic infection a person may be carrying, or they simply don’t care. These Generations of Me in our society have already taken the lives of nearly a million people from COVID-19 in the United States. It is both sad and frightening to see these selfish attitudes becoming so common in Western societies, especially here in Texas.

Ernest Stokely, Far North Dallas

Solutions, not blame

Subject: “Federal Government Failure Opens Door for Abbott—Governor’s Border Overreach Is Due to Lack of U.S. Immigration Reform,” by Gromer Jeffers Jr., Metro Column of the April 18.

In this column, Jeffers writes, “Many Republicans have resisted a guest worker program that would help American companies ease labor shortages because it is unpopular with GOP voters. He fails to mention that many union Democrats feel the same way. It’s hard to do anything positive here if both sides have a significant number of people worried about job security.

Rather than blame, we as a nation should be looking for solutions (like a guest worker program) that allow people who really want to work to do so and pay taxes legally.

But there are obviously limits to the number of people who can be assimilated into the United States in a given period of time. We may be pushing those limits with the current flood.

Arthur E. Edwards, Parker

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