I thought I've reiterated that from the start, not? I began by saying we don't make bad wages compared to other occupations in our state though we might when taking in consideration the expense we have tied up in our "own" education.
FYI, I have worked construction, been a janitor, worked in the produce business, worked for the city, taught school, farmed, been in the junk business, and I could go on for several more lines.
I currently hold five jobs, two full time and one part time. Add to that two part time jobs I will take in the summer. I am not complaining. I chose this life. God blessed us with a large family and I chose to do it this way so my wife can stay home. We have a small farm and she stays home to run that so it's not like she's doing nothing. In fact it infuriates me when people say to her, "Oh, don't you work?"
I think in many many ways she works harder than I do. She keeps the homefires burning literally, (we burn wood) She tends the livestock, poultry, has a huge garden, cans, butchers, you name it on top of raising seven children.
You and I can discuss this and we are preaching to the choir. I know a lot of people outside the state of South Dakota do not understand what it is like to live here. They come here with lots of money, try to tell us how to do things, run our land prices and hence our taxes up. My taxes are double on my little farm from what they were three years ago. Why? because of out of state investors, though I'm getting off the track.
Did I ever ask for more money? Go back and read my posts. I just don't think some hair brain legislooters idea to get us off the 51st list is right or fair. It's bad legislation and should be killed. We dishonor those who've put in years and years with such a stupid bill.
FYI The only teachers I know who are sitting on their hands 3 mos a year, weekends, and evenings are the ones where the spouse has a good job too. The rest are out there working at the grocery store, convenience store, taking tickets at the theater, doing daycare, painting, running a landscaping business, etc.. These are occupations teachers in our district are up to. Several farm. A couple couples are both teachers and that's about all they do, but I do suppose one can live quite well in SD on 50 to 60 thousand dollars a year. We don't make that with all our enterprises.
Keep your chin up.