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Letter: Don't let the facts get in your way when you write a letter to the editor

In his letter to the editor published June 13, Gene Johnson tells us that the Fargo School Board will be voting on a $50 a month raise. I'm not sure where Gene heard this or if it was just a dream he had, but nothing could be further from the truth.

Once a year the board does review its salary, and for the last several years our action has been to leave the board's monthly salary at $1,000 per month with no raise, not even the three-tenths of 1 percent Gene suggested we take.

Gene apparently feels that the employees of the District and, in particular, our teachers shouldn't want a raise of greater than three-tenths of 1 percent. While I am not certain what Gene does or did for a living, my guess is he is or was like most of us who hope to make more money each year in our career.

I'm not sure where the idea comes from that those who work in the public sector are overpaid and undeserving of consideration for a raise. And, for those among us that feel this way, I would encourage you to spend some time shadowing a public employee as they go about their daily work. I am pretty sure you will discover they work just as hard, with just as much commitment as those of us in the private sector.

In closing, I want to suggest to Gene that he consider thanking the incredible teachers we have here in the Fargo Public Schools as opposed to throwing them under the school bus for wanting a raise!

Johnson is a member of the Fargo School Board.

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