To the Editor:

I am responding to the editorial of Nov. 26, 2001, titled "Educated But Not Smart." It addresses a comment made by Lyndon Town School special educator and union member Ms. Connie Pound at a public meeting hosted by the Caledonia North Supervisory Union chapter of the Vermont/National Education Association (CNSU/VNEA).

I attended the meeting, and heard everything that was said. Union representatives Jennifer Barone, Lester Butterfield and others explained why the teachers are considering a strike for the second time in three years. Their presentation was well reasoned; their demeanor civil and restrained. The presenters seemed weighted down by the gravity of the situation.

The only members of the audience who expressed controversial personal sentiments were former CNSU and Lyndon School Board Chair Kevin Calkins and Ms. Pound.

Mr. Calkins seemed to indicate that the CNSU/VNEA is bargaining in bad faith; Ms. Pound seemed to indicate that too frequently the public devalues the teaching profession. I disagreed with Mr. Calkins, and agreed with Ms. Pound & #039;s point, though I found her choice of words regrettable. In my opinion, Mr. Calkins & #039; comments were more inflammatory.


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