Currently, it seems the biggest sticking point is teacher salaries. Folks are clamoring for the commissioners to fix the teacher salary issue, but it is Superintendent Guthrie and the school board that allocate the funds. Admittedly, the recent raises, increases, bonuses and COLAs have been moderate, but life has been challenging for many in the private sector as well. Of course, we can all pull out that anecdote of a friend or neighbor who is somehow making a generous salary with annual increases but, in recent years, many private sector jobs have reflected stagnant wages, increased employee health care contributions and less generous benefit packages. Simply stated, times are tough all over.