April 4, 2012

Bravo to the Democratic mayors who, like Republican Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker, are taking on public-sector and teachers unions. Ironically, The Post ran articles on both these subjects on the same day [“Democratic mayors clash with teachers,” front page; “Wisconsin governor will face recall election June 5,” news article, March 31].

These two stories were similar in two fundamental ways. First: In both cases, we had rare but courageous politicians fighting typical government money-laundering operations. Politicians, in this case mostly Democrats, gave public-sector and teachers unions Cadillac pay and benefit packages in return for campaign support for reelection. This is often done over the collective-bargaining tables. Taking on this corrupt system is why people like former D.C. mayor Adrian M. Fenty (with former D.C. schools chief Michelle Rhee), these other Democratic mayors and Mr. Walker deserve particular praise (and reelection).  

Second: Mayors like those referred to The Post article have learned that giving in to teachers unions does not lead to better education for our children. Politicians who are in bed with the unions ensure that when our children grow up, they won’t have the skills needed to cover the tax liabilities being dumped on them by those same politicians. Stopping that kind of moral corruption is something we should all be bipartisan about.  

M.F. Johnson, Falls Church

Regarding the March 31 editorial “A union’s bullying ways”:

I never vote for the candidates on any Apple Ballot recommendations of the union representing Montgomery County teachers. Board of Education and County Council members are obliged to promote and settle for the best deal for students and taxpayers. When the board and the council pay above market salaries and benefits — way above market as noted last year in a Post editorial — they are not getting the best deal for students and taxpayers. They are attempting to buy votes of teachers with county taxpayers’ money.  There are better choices.

Fred B. Ruckdeschel, Bethesda