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Rod Rowland weighed in on the discussion of casinos.
“Hit me over the head if you have to, but I don’t see casinos enhancing the quality of affairs,” he emailed. “I do occasionally make a ‘donation’ to the Buffalo Creek casino. There are still boarded up factories and businesses just barely holding on there. For instance, I have never noticed anyone in the restaurant right across the street. The casino south of the expressway in Salamanca is only slightly smaller than the Taj Mahal, yet downtown Salamanca appears to be in a state of ruins. Has Casino Niagara done that much to enhance the commerce of Niagara Falls?”
The other day, the conversation ran to the plight of teachers everywhere who are bombarded by angry parents, unruly kids and non-compassionate administrators. Some of you criticize teachers in Sound Off for being overpaid and underworked.
Well, guess what, in nearly all cases, you’re wrong.
Parents take the student’s part — the teacher is always wrong. Think about when you grew up and got in some minor scrape or misbehaved. Did your parents take your part? Not a chance.
Today’s kids learn disrespect from things as “friendly” as cartoon shows. Characters shout, are rude, joke about (and at) parents and others who are in charge. Kids hear it at home when moms and dads, exhausted from overwork, brush off questions with rude responses.
Coming from a family of teachers, I’ve heard horror stories of students who swear at teachers, throw items, disrupt the class and know their parents will back them if they are disciplined. Although discipline is also nearly out of the question since teachers cannot touch a child and principals don’t want kids sent to them. So we have home suspension. Wow! That’s a real threat: have a few days off with no one at home to do whatever you like. My son, a high school teacher who, because of his experience, size and ability to control any class, does not deal with these problems. But he explains that young teachers have the worst of it. And now the state has demanded more testing to see how the kids are doing. Did they ask the teachers for input? Of course not.