Respect is defined as “consideration; courteous regard for the feelings of others.” As we approach the beginning of another school year, wouldn’t it be refreshing if the governor of our state could show respect for the dedicated teachers of Maine?

Gov. Paul LePage’s comment that “teachers are a dime a dozen” (”At new Cianbro facility, LePage praises vocational training, calls teachers ‘a dime a dozen’,” Aug. 17) demeans the thousands of hard-working Mainers who devote their time and energy to help the children of our state acquire the knowledge and skills to function effectively in our society.

I suspect our teachers might even try to instill a regard for civility and mutual respect. Is it too much to ask for our governor to do the same?

Christopher G. Lockwood


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