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Letter: To keep good teachers, we must pay them accordingly

Doesn't nearly everyone who works for a living hope for and strive to get a raise in pay every year? Why then is it such big news that it has to be a below-the-fold story on the front page of The Forum Jan. 7 that Fargo teachers are seeking a pay raise? Could it be that by doing this, The Forum hopes it will get us to say, "Those darn teachers! Do they expect to get another raise? Didn't they just get one? How much do they think educating our children is worth, anyway?"

No, I am not a teacher and I don't play one on TV, nor do I have any in my family. I do, however, have children and grandchildren and I want them to get the best education possible. For that to happen, it is important that they have good teachers. For that to happen, it is important that we pay teachers appropriately for the job they do.

Brandt lives in Fargo.