#teacher | Letters to the Editor: Solidarity with the teachers

Regarding “Teachers strike, say issue simple —‘It’s the kids’ ” (Oct. 18): This retired public schoolteacher wants to express solidarity with the 25,000 striking members of the Chicago Teachers Union.

While most of the general public thinks such strikes are always about pay and benefits, educators are also greatly concerned with an often-overlooked issue: classroom size. How can parents, administrators and political leaders expect teachers to close the achievement gap for low-income minority students when their classrooms have 30-40 students?

Unless and until smaller classes are created and more teachers are hired, it is unfair to demonize them for failing to substantially improve the academic progress of the children that they are tasked with educating.

Phyllis Ramirez, San Francisco

Education is the priority

Chicago teachers have gone on strike due to the horrible conditions in their schools. Educating and protecting children, especially those in poor and dangerous communities, should be a priority in our country, but we spend billions on walls, caging migrant children and subsidizing rich people. Stand with teachers and stand with children because education matters and should be accessible to all!

Mitchell Goldman, Richmond

DeVos’ guidelines

Concerning “Lawyers argue DeVos’ complaint changes” (Oct. 18): Why should anyone be surprised that Betsy DeVos, President Trump’s secretary of education, issued new guidelines two years ago for college student sexual assault and harassment complaints, telling college disciplinary boards to grant more protections to the alleged assailants — most of them men — and requiring a more demanding standard of proof? After all, her boss has been accused of sexually assaulting multiple women, directed that hush money be paid to a porn star mistress and once infamously boasted about groping the genitals of women.

DeVos also advocates allowing evidence of a complainant’s sexual history to be introduced in these cases, which is outrageous. She is trying to pin the blame for sexual assault on the victims instead of where it belongs: on the perpetrators.

Suzanne Peterson-Reed, Santa Rosa

‘Baghdad by the Bay’

Regarding “Dry winter on tap — or not: Forecast finds a fickle finger”(Page 1, Oct. 18): If yet another warm and dry winter weather pattern emerges in the coming months, then a moniker once given by the late, great Chronicle writer Herb Caen to San Francisco will move one step closer to reality. Our city will indeed become “Baghdad by the Bay.”

Carolyn Crawford, San Francisco

LeBron James’ mistake

Even though I am a Golden State Warriors fan, I do appreciate LeBron James’ exemplary personal life, his activism and his basketball skills. But his criticism of Houston Rockets general manager Daryl Morey’s tweet, “Fight for freedom. Stand with Hong Kong,” was a mistake.

James called Morey misinformed, thus putting his financial interests before human rights. Regrettably after facing much criticism, Morey retracted the tweet. As the NBA’s Chinese sponsors and fans scrutinize the league’s ongoing response to Morey’s remark, James has a clear financial incentive to maintain a positive image in the region. He holds a lifetime deal valued at $1 billion with sports retail giant Nike, which saw its sales in China surge 27% to nearly $1.7 billion in its most recent fiscal quarter alone. James’ signature sneaker line is one of Nike’s most prominent offerings.

China makes up at least 10% of the NBA’s current revenue, according to one analyst, and the country is expected to contribute even more than that over the next decade, perhaps reaching 20% of the league’s revenue by 2030.

Ralph Stone, San Francisco

Different punishments

Regarding “Letting youth offenders make amends found to be effective” (Oct. 18): I am not quite sure that painting a picture of Tinkerbell, especially without Peter Pan, is adequate punishment for auto theft, but I support the concept.

Possibly, there was an intent to humiliate the offender, but having the person paint a couple of rooms would have been a better idea. Or what about making the offender wash and wax the car he stole? Whatever the case, next time I need something done around the house, I’ll just leave the keys to my car in the ignition.

Raymond Moreno, San Francisco

Trump should resign

What is unfolding from the White House is an excellent example of what happens when an inexperienced business man is elected to the highest public office. Government is not a business. The gaffes and now worse have resulted in harm that is still being calculated. Resignation is the answer, before more serious mistakes are made and the honor of our country is trampled on even more.

Republicans have a duty to recover some of their standing in supporting the current president by presenting him with evidence that is irrefutable to sign a letter of resignation.

Barbara Krings, Sacramento

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