Wage concessions aren’t the answer to the Utica school district’s budget woes. That’s the stance of the Utica Teachers Association, one day after the district said it would have to cut 150.4 teaching positions to help make up the $10 million deficit it’s facing for the next school year.Astounding! Businesses closing all over the place, state workers giving up pay increases for years, but this group feels entitled to more in spite of already being among the best paid workers in the region.
Local residents 'Speak Out' against area poverty
Area residents and community leaders gathered Wednesday to hear the stories of those who are struggling. The group met in an effort to bring attention to poverty issues in the Mohawk Valley during the Community Speak Out for the Mohawk Valley at the Parkway Recreation Center in Utica. . . .
“I work as hard as I can to provide for my son,” [a 21 year old single mother] said. “I don’t get any help. Now I have to pay.”
“I want you to all pretend you get $200 in Food Stamps every month. That’s it,” [a local senior] said. “You dial the phone for your Food Stamp balance and it’s now zero. The programs have been cut. So, now what do we do?”Perhaps it is unfair to ask why a 21 year old has a child but no supporting husband? Perhaps it is unfair to ask why a senior must subsist on food stamps? OK, people make mistakes, people don't always plan for their future, and people suffer the unexpected. They need help . . . Most people believe in helping the poor. That is what charities are for.
But the tone of persons being "entitled" to help is what is bothersome here.
Where does the tone come from? This event was organized. Mohawk Valley Community Action Agency was a sponsor. Per its 990 out of a $17 million dollar budget $16 million comes from government grants: i.e. it comes from the taxpayers.
Whether we speak of relatively well-to-do teachers' union members, or the organized poor, taxpayer dollars are fueling lifestyles -- and, apparently, a sense of entitlement. Taxpayers can always be forced by law to cough up more money.
Sorry . . . NO sympathy here for the entitled rich and poor ... I'm saving that for the taxpayers.