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Examiner
  • Teachers have full citizenship rights

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  • Edwin Woolsey
    Willow Springs, Mo.
    To the editor:
    So, here we go again: “A Missouri state senator from Lee’s Summit has filed a bill preventing Missouri educators from nearly all political activity” (quoting KMBC.com).
    Periodically, during my 31 years as a public educator in Missouri schools, the comment was made by heavy-handed administrators, “Teachers have no right to speak publicly about education! Teachers have no right to speak to their school board members unless spoken to first!” Yeah, right!
    The subjugation of teachers (to suppress the flow of information from the inside out) is simply another form of political discrimination. Gestapo tactics are Gestapo tactics, regardless of the location for their implementation.
    Although Republican Sen. Will Kraus came up with the measure as part of a campaign finance reform effort, purporting that the intent was to stop state resources from being used in campaigns, yet KMBC.com points out, “The wording of the bill appears to strip away an educator’s right to get involved in politics in any way except to cast a vote.”
    When asked if he would support this type of legislation, our “Democratic” governor, Jay Nixon, said he thought the measure could be “more artfully drafted.”
    Well, big deal! How’s that for taking a strong stand on the issue? It seems to me that whether we’re talking about “Republican or Democrat,” the little people at the bottom are screwed!
    Maybe the Missouri electorate needs to find new jobs for its so-called public servants, Republican Sen. Will Kraus and Democrat Gov. Jay Nixon! “Dog catcher” immediately comes to mind!
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