Teachers, police get no respect

July 18, 2016

Letter Published July 16 in Columbus Dispatch

Another bumper sticker will not end the pain in this country, nor will political call for peace and harmony.  We have to put our tax money where our mouths are.
 
There is wide spread disregard for public service whether for police or school teachers; neither get the respect and compensation they deserve.  Why should any young person join either underpaid or underappreciated profession?
 
Too many teachers have given up trying to discipline unruly students or teach respect for authority.  Many cops fear for their lives when confronting those they assume are bad people because of a skin color or culture or upbringing.  Police Officers need  more training in how to safely confront those who are potentially armed plus guidance on respectful and safe approaches.  Our high schools need more discipline and classes on how to minimize dangers when approached by police; this is not the time to look cool and look like a threat.
 
We must increase state income tax and distribute it so that all communities will have the resources to restore the prestige and compensation for public service.
 
John (Jack) Riordan
Pickerington
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