Issue 51 is not about "educating UA's youth." It's about paying exorbitant salaries and benefits relative to commensurate work.

To the Editor:

Issue 51 is not about "educating UA's youth." It's about paying exorbitant salaries and benefits relative to commensurate work.

We've been voting in favor of school levies, thinking that those entrusted with the financial resources we've worked hard to provide would use those dollars to benefit the children. Instead, the educators are laughing into retirement -- with our money.

Teachers persist in suggesting that more money leads to better education; yet it has never been proven. In fact, many educational environments perform as well or better spending less money. Kids will learn regardless of how much the teacher or administrator is paid, as long as parents encourage them and participate in their education.

At a time when many, compared to educators, are working more, 12 months a year, and earning less while paying more for our healthcare and retirement, it's time that teachers start living in the real world. Most of us are expected to perform expertly on the job, become more efficient and cost-effective and prove our value to the people who provide our income and benefits daily, while watching our incomes decline, taxes increase and expenses of daily living soar.

Simply compare the work hours, responsibility and emotional demand of any healthcare worker to that of an educator. Yet they have been asked to do more with less while salaries, benefits and professional satisfaction are in rapid decline.

In Utopia, we could all have a guaranteed job working seven months out of 12, in a pleasant environment with little risk, make six figures with guaranteed raises, retire at two-thirds of our highest salary and never have an employer ask us to prove we provide a return on their investment.

But this is UA in the USA, not Utopia in the Union of Socialist America.

Nancy Andreano
Upper Arlington