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NEA is 500-pound gorilla

Bob Bernick Jr. accuses GOP lawmakers of "an arrogance of power that says oppose us and we will make you pay." Actually, the National Education Association through the Utah Teachers Association is the 500-pound gorilla in the voucher question, not lawmakers. The NEA had enough money and power to put Jimmy Carter in office, so he rewarded them by creating the Department of Education at the federal level. The NEA, through the UEA, collects dues from teachers no matter how much the educator may object to its policies. Parental voices in school matters are drowned out by the steamroller tactics of the teachers union. Parents just hope to regain education of their children that the voucher initiative will provide.

Mary Alice Tustison