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I take personal offense at Mayor Griffin's remarks and his salary comparison of a Buffalo teacher working approximately 1,200 hours per year with a Buffalo city employee working approximately 1,700 hours per year.

Did Mayor Griffin ever stop to think of the considerable number of hours teachers spend at home correcting papers, preparing lessons, averaging grades, contacting parents, and the like -- all on their own time?

City employees leave their work at the job site, but a teacher who is dedicated to the profession brings work home. How many Buffalo News readers know that teachers are not paid during the summer months? We have to find other employment for July and August. To me, it is not summer vacation, but a time to regroup my thoughts and prepare myself mentally for a new school year. ROBERT G. LEWANDOWSKI

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