To the editor:

To the editor:

I'm tired of hearing teachers moan about how hard they work and how many extra hours they put in beyond what is expected of them in their contract.

Yes, they work hard, but so, too, do the taxpayers who pay their salaries.

Teachers want to be paid like white-collar managers, yet have a blue-collar mentality. Any private-sector manager who earns what a teacher earns puts in more than eight hours a day and works at least 220 days a year for his or her salary, versus 180 days a year for teachers.

Many of those managers have seen significant pay cuts in the past three years, and many others have lost their jobs. Those still working have seen their staff slashed, meaning they have to do more with less. At my former employer, my former colleagues took 10-percent pay cuts and more than 10-percet reductions in staff.

Similarly, anyone who runs a small business has seen his or her income slashed in the recession, and they have had the stress of trying to make sure their businesses survive. Many have not survived.

Because of the decline in the stock market and the collapse in interest rates, my retirement income has been cut, and many other retirees are in the same boat. Westerville teachers haven't taken any pay cut and many have received step increases in the past two years.

Teacher Amy Mann says Westerville teachers simply want a "fair and equitable" contract (ThisWeek Westerville, Sept. 16.) Fair and equitable for whom? A contract fair and equitable to the city's taxpayers might well be a contract with pay cuts equal to the average decline in income they have experienced.

But no doubt the school board will surrender to the teachers' union eventually and grant pay increases, which the board will eventually seek a tax increase to pay for, further reducing the after-tax income of those not fortunate enough to be teachers.

Michael J. Clowes