Allan Vought's [Etc. column], "Harford County Teachers: Most underpaid people in the world," is a listless and divisive conflation, which violates virtually all tenants of Journalism 101 from its very beginning. Of course, Harford County teachers aren't the most under paid people in the world. That would be like saying The Aegis editorial staff is the most mean-spirited, idiotic conflagration of talentless despots, sanctimonious shills and ham-fisted hacks in the world. I am sure there are less talented and more mean-spirited "journalists," somewhere.
This [column] again misses the root of the problem in Harford County. The main problem isn't that Harford County teachers are among the lowest paid teachers in the state. It isn't that teachers, who haven't received salary steps can't afford to live where they teach. It isn't even the bile, which saturates the sophomoric diatribes, The Aegis editorial writers regularly foist on the citizens of Harford County. It is that Harford County ranks 17th out of 24 Maryland counties in school funding. Our children deserve better than 17th.
The writer is a Harford County Public Schools teacher.Copyright © 2015, The Baltimore Sun