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October 13, 2006


To the editor:

Now teaching and nursing have been incorporated into "jobs that Americans won't do"! Why should $22 to $26 per hour be sufficient for professionals who have five years of college and must pay for their own state license and continuing education? How can there be any wonder about the need for offshore recruitment of teachers and nurses?

Carpenters are paid $31 per hour. Laborers are being paid $11 per hour to learn. For every skill block they successfully complete, laborers are granted a raise until they complete the blocks and get $22 per hour.

There seems to be a double standard in these facts. The first is primarily female jobs versus male dominated jobs. The second double standard is that business leaders and legislators tell us that we "must pay top dollar to get the best talent" when it is time for their own pay raises.

Nursing and teaching were professions 30-40 years ago. Beginners earned a high average American wage. Those with experience earned more than four times the beginning salary. Present-day teachers cannot expect even a doubling of their salary during 20-30 years of experience.

Have our government and business leaders totally confused democracy and capitalism? When did the United States forget that there is no capital without labor and begin to govern only for capitalists and not for the people? When did the United States forget that there are no future, educated workers without good teachers? When did we elect the wrong people?

Sarah Karl,



Christine Pennewell Davis 11 years, 8 months ago

hey not just black and hispanic americans are at the short end of this deal short end is big enough to spread around.

classclown 11 years, 8 months ago

Considering the number of people that make minimum wage, one shouldn't whine about making "only" $22.00 an hour.

KsTwister 11 years, 8 months ago

Nurses are not mimimum wage caliber,they are paying down expensive education loans for back breaking,long hour jobs. Four to six years in studyinging for quality care SHOULD NOT be paid minimal wages and 5 years ago more made closer to $26 Hour with knowing how much is expected of them (some which catch mistakes and save lives). I certainly would not show up for surgery with someone who is doing "on the job" training. You get what you pay for and all my nurses will have "made in the USA" stamped on their creditials (especially the one doing the catheters).

Jamesaust 11 years, 8 months ago

ljreader --

Teachers and nurses are not "blue collar" workers. They're "white collar" workers - and among the 'whitest.' Get your facts straight. Its bizzare reading your rant about "corporate America" in reference to a letter about two professions where "corporate America" has little involvement. What? Why not immigrants, abortion providers, North Koreans, Klingons?

But then that right - its not relevant what the content of the letter is - its just a fulcrum for you to wedge in YOUR issues.

roger_o_thornhill 11 years, 8 months ago

Teach your kids: The point of life (careers, etc...) is not to get rich. I thought most religions spoke out against the accumulation of wealth anyways. This seems to be one of the contributing factors. Who are the people most revered in this country? Not teachers. Not nurses. Not the people who do the work that matters. It is stupid movie stars. Professional athletes. Pop personalities. Richies.

How much do you need?
How many houses are too many? Why does anyone need $1billion? I know, I sound like I could be a commie. It isn't that, its just that GREED doesn't have a subjective definition. MWOL puts it as: a selfish and excessive desire for more of something (as money) than is needed. NEEDED, not DESIRED. If more people realized when they had enough, there would be more for the rest of us. Money is like anything else on this planet--there is a finite amount. If one person has lots, another must have little. What do you think helped cause the so-called "great depression"? Money didn't disappear, it was horded by 1/3 the population to the detriment of the other 2/3.

Jamesaust 11 years, 8 months ago

"Why should $22 to $26 per hour be sufficient for professionals who have five years of college and...."

Perhaps precisely because its one of the few "professions" that would ever think that writing to the editor of the newspaper would have any connection to bargaining for better wages. Jeez, I wonder: if I got a job tomorrow as an accountant, lawyer, doctors, dentist, etc. how would I ask for more income? I'm pretty sure it wouldn't be writing to the newspaper.

"Have our government and business leaders totally confused democracy and capitalism?"

This author surely seems to. Wages are a lot like democracy -- you have to convince those paying that what you provide is worth what you would like to be paid. Start behaving like a professional and you might be treated (and paid) as one. Else, it'll never happen, sister. A "professional" complaining to the newspaper about wages, indeed!

Kelly Powell 11 years, 8 months ago

i'll have to tell my carpenter friends they are getting this town you very rarely see 31 an hour for carpenters...and 11 for trainee laboreres....try 8 or 9

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