Letters to the editor for Dec. 20 | TahoeDailyTribune.com

Letters to the editor for Dec. 20

Needless to say, I am disappointed in Bill Crawford’s response (Letters, Dec. 13) to my offer to sit down and talk. His personal attacks accomplish nothing and serve only to embarrass himself and to offend my family.

Redevelopment, like most serious issues, is complicated, and there are pros and cons. The way to understanding is through honest and open discussion, not false accusations and irrelevant personal attacks.

I am reminded of an old political axiom: “When you don’t know what you are talking about, attack the guy who does.” From this, I guess I should take Mr. Crawford’s personal attack on me as a compliment. I continue to extend my offer to discuss this, and all issues, at any time with him.

To the public, I have every confidence that you can see through his foolishness and will seek reliable information. There are many good sources, including the Internet, the city’s redevelopment agency and, of course, I am happy to talk to anyone at any time.

Ted Long

South Lake Tahoe City Council

I’m writing in regards to the story “Former special-ed class aide shines in expanded role as substitute teacher” in the Nov. 28 issue of the Tahoe Daily Tribune.

It’s nice to see such a positive article about substitute teachers and substitute teaching in general.

Substitute teaching is a difficult job, but it has its rewards. I’ve been substitute teaching now for nearly three years and love it so much that I’ve decided to try and make it my career in life. I’m a minority as a “career” sub, but the numbers are steadily growing. More and more substitutes are electing to make it a career due to the flexibility substitute teaching has to offer them.

The hardest part of substitute teaching is not really being able to connect with other substitute teachers. I see other subs in the districts and schools I sub for but am rarely able to talk to them on a one-to-one basis.

Therefore, I’ve created an online posting community just for substitute teachers called Substitute Teachers United. STU membership is free at http://www.substituteteachersunited.net/forum and is open to both per-diem and long-term substitutes as well as “career” and noncareer substitute teachers. STU has 250-plus members (several of whom are from Nevada), 1,000-plus threads and 15,500-plus posts. STU is the first and only online message board devoted entirely to substitute teachers and the field of substitute teaching.

Elizabeth Medina, creator

Substitute Teachers United

North Chicago, Ill.

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