Who are the teachers? They are teens or young adults who presented themselves at colleges to become certificated teachers. Like many they came with an SAT score. Their average scores are in the bottom half of all applicants.

Teacher education is often reported to have less stringent admission requirements, too. Most, including teachers, consider teaching a profession.

Professions are typically characterized by a contract to do a specific job for some period. Classroom teachers typically have contracts for about 180 seven-hour teaching days and about 10 in-service days. Teachers active with after-school student organizations may receive extra pay.

Professionals spend time in direct contact with customers but also extra time at the office or home meeting job obligations.

That applies to teachers. The median income for K-12 teachers in Jacksonville is about $52,000 for 38 weeks. In Jacksonville, average teacher pay is more than many other professionals — including accountants, editors, financial operations, chemists, social scientists, chiropractors, IT specialists and many others.

Teachers have a retirement plan seldom available to other professionals. Teaching pays well, and the public should expect good performance from students.

Wallace Hodge, Kingsland, Ga.


it must be condemned

(Note to readers: The rapper Snoop Dogg recently released a music video in which he shoots a clown dressed as President Donald Trump. Meanwhile, Snoop Dogg’s protege, the entertainer Bow Wow, made derogatory and tasteless remarks about Melania Trump, the first lady.)

Recent comments by Snoop Dogg and Bow Wow against Donald Trump and his wife are more vitriol coming from the left.

Regardless of your political leanings, we are losing control of what is deemed normal conversation and acceptable free speech in America.

Would Snoop or Bow Wow get away with this if former President Barack Obama and his wife were still in the White House?

No, they wouldn’t.

And The New York Times, The Washington Post and The Associated Press would be demanding that the offenders be ostracized from the public square.

The problem as I and millions of others on the Republican side see it is if we say something, we’re a bigot, a racist, a homophobe, etc.

This type of behavior has gone on long enough with no consequences.

Derick Brundick, Jacksonville

(Our position: The Times-Union editorial board has consistently called for civil discourse in all areas of civic life. The actions of Snoop Dogg and Bow Wow — as well as offensive comments from the far right suggesting violence — must be condemned. — Editorial Page Editor Michael P. Clark).


president donald trump

He’s just for some of us

When so-called President Donald Trump was elected, he announced that he was going to be president of all of us, even those of us who voted against him.

With more than half his first 100 days gone, Trump has so far;

• Nominated a 100 percent alt-right Cabinet.

• Tried (illegally) twice to violate the constitutional rights of immigrants.

• Attempted to rob 24 million Americans of their health insurance.

• Insulted and harassed most of the American press.

• Lied about former President Barack Obama.

So when do you suppose Trump will get around to being our president, too?

Fred Mathis, St. Augustine


Alaska, here we come!

Hawaii claims the new executive order on the travel ban will ruin tourism because it found one Muslim who claims his mother-in-law won’t be able to visit.

Then Hawaii expects us to accept the fact that the judge who decided to block the travel ban did so in a 43-page ruling that was written less than two hours after he heard arguments.

This smells like a setup.

Hawaii is one of those states that just can’t get over the election results.

But if Hawaii is really worried about its tourism impacts, it had better study its current tourist data — 99 percent of us come from the rest of the U.S., Japan (no Muslims) and Canada.

We will be going to Alaska this year.

John Klein, Orange Park


blaming the democrats

it requires a faulty memory

The letter writer who suggested that the Democrats are the new “Party of No” has a conveniently short memory.

We have far to go before Democrats in Congress become the obstructionists that Republicans were for eight years.

Republicans stalled approval of the budget, resulting in a downgrading of the national credit rating for the first time in history, based purely on political animus.

And compare a delay of a few days in approving Cabinet nominees to ensure a more complete vetting to the refusal of Republicans to act on a Supreme Court nomination for 10 months.

Finally, while President Donald Trump meets with the CEOs of the major auto companies to persuade them to create new jobs, the fact is these jobs would not have existed had former President Barack Obama not bailed out the auto industry in 2009 (a move that Republicans opposed).

Sorry, but the equivalency argument holds no water.

Doug Heinlein, Ponte Vedra