Dale Gomez wrote: "I hate taxes as much as the next person, so in these hard times stomaching an increase is not really an option in my opinion. So I agree with you on this point. However, I would like to point out some problems with your analysis and comparison of teacher pay. You made the huge mistake of comparing apples and oranges. A taxi driver, a police officer, and an enlisted military person are all important, however, they did not have to get a degree in order to be in the position they are currently in. A teacher not only had to put off 4 potential years of earnings, in order to meet the minimum qualifications of the position, they probably are also carrying a significant amount of student loan debt. This is not to mention the money they paid during the process of getting educated to get that 'well paying job.'