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Published in Los Angeles Times

To the editor

Re "Teachers Union's Excess," editorial, Jan. 31:

Your editorial explicitly promotes the interests of "fat cats" over those of professionally trained workers who teach children in our public schools. We live in a society where corporate leaders earn 400 to 500 times a common worker's pay; where corporations can accumulate billions of dollars for cash buyouts; where oil companies earn unconscionable profits from oil shortages resulting from flawed government policies, policies promoted and supported, if not actually organized, by these companies.

We see the destruction of American industry, sold abroad for profit; citizens' pay continually reduced; health and retirement benefits headed toward speculative "privatization." I submit that it is in the national interest, and that of The Times and even the fat cats themselves, to reduce fat-cat power. The alternative is the fall of American democracy to the level of a plutocratic banana republic.

David Dart

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