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News readers talk wages, education

Re: The Detroit News’ Feb. 15 Editorial, “Michigan House GOP gets priorities right”: All I can say is that both the GOP and The Detroit News are looking to create more problems for Michigan’s workers and economy.

Repealing the prevailing wage law is the fastest way to discourage quality skilled workers from coming to Michigan. Forcing down wages will tell skilled workers that to make a living they need to go elsewhere. When people don’t make enough to cover their bills, the economy spirals downward. We need better wages to retain and attract people with skills. By using the prevailing wage law, it may cost the state a bit more, but it helps stimulate and grow the economy.

Deregulation of business is a good way to invite frivolous lawsuits. By making sure that a business has to get a license, you are ensuring they are qualified to operate their business and do so safely.

When it comes to teacher pensions, that is what they have earned for educating our children. They are not compensated enough for all they do. Far too many teachers spend their own money to help out kids they teach, and spend hours on end, unpaid, to grade papers and meet with parents and help children. Their classrooms are overcrowded and their budgets keep getting cut. A pension is the least we can do for them.

Weigh all the consequences that the GOP agenda has for the working people of Michigan and it’s easy to see that they don’t have our interests at heart.

Bill Lovell, Canton

Education starts at home

Re: Danielle Alexander’s Feb. 16 column, “Common Core doesn’t hinder learning”: Here is a perspective that should be considered when forming an opinion on how to “fix” education.

Let’s say a person is overweight, does no physical activity, has a poor diet, and maybe a bad habit such as smoking or drinking. They do not blame the doctor for their poor health.

However, a student who does not do their homework, rarely (if ever) reads on their own, has poor attendance, uses improper grammar and has a poor vocabulary, and uses technology to shortcut learning (Google, cut and paste) they blame the teacher.

Think about that.

John Ruhlig, Taylor