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  • So after two weeks of school stoppage and resulting dissension, the teachers' strike is over. The strike was abundantly avoidable weeks, if not months, ago. So what have we learned from all this?
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  • So after two weeks of school stoppage and resulting dissension, the teachers' strike is over. The strike was abundantly avoidable weeks, if not months, ago. So what have we learned from all this?
    First, both sides seriously distorted their positions until late in the strike. The media frustratingly failed to clarify the conflict.
    Second, the superintendent, basically forced into retirement by the board for poor communication skills, was shoved forward inexplicably as their spokesman. After long years of service to the district, Dr. Long deserved better than to be made the fall guy by the district.
    Third, the "highly effective" guest teachers were a bust. Their performance only strengthened the credibility of the teachers manning the picket lines.
    Fourth, some people used this as an excuse to spew their pre-existing venom regarding teachers and the schools. Shame on them.
    Fifth, our teachers deserve fair compensation for their work. It is our responsibility to provide this. And we are getting a good deal, which is even clearer now.
    What is done is done. The only good thing about the strike is that it is done. Get on with the process of healing. Never let it happen again. — Rick Mould, Medford
    In a recent letter to the editor, I was intrigued to find out that conservatives are thinkers, but liberals are not.
    One article cited by the writer said that no research had found a "gay gene" that would account for the presence of gay humans. In fact, if an embryo has the requisite XY chromosome pair that produces a male offspring, geneticists have found that there are more than 50 genes that must be activated to produce a complete male offspring.
    If not all of the genes are activated, then the resulting offspring may not be a completely male offspring. Embryologists and medical doctors have observed babies born with male external genitalia and internal female organs as well as other mixed combinations. The genes also control the type and amount of testosterone and estrogen produced in the body.
    One can easily imagine the permutations that can arise from a lack or an excess of these hormones. In any case, as a liberal non-thinker, I feel that it is a good idea to gather relevant information before making a decision. — Ron Steffani, Ashland
    If conservatives — we'll call them "cons" for brevity — want us to believe whatever they tell us, they too will have to stop relying on rhetoric (sic) and start using real (redundant) facts to support their positions.
    The previous president, theirs, is a "proven liar," as were/are many of the conservative members of Congress. The cons should clean up their act because right now I can't believe anything they say. — Mary-Kay Michelsen, Ashland
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