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And they work just about 12 hours a day or more, 7 days a week. It's also year round if you count continuing graduate education, training, the constant certifications and testing today's teachers have to go through, getting ready for the next school year and everything else, and they don't get paid during the summer months they have to use to do that. It isn't a 6 hour day, 5 day week, 9 months a year job. And then all the kid has to do these days is run home screaming that you talked to them or touched them wrong and your career and all that work is history.

Jeff

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Philip Arnold /

Is that right? You don't know jack shit is more like it. He has been teaching for 35+ years in NJ and I know for a fact he makes 80+.

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Steamboat Aka J. R. Stevens /

David, you seem to critique a lot of things but you offer no answers.Is Socialism or communism the answer?If so,why? Jim.

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Steamboat Aka J. R. Stevens /

My daughter teaches at a community college and complains about wages and benefits. I tell her that teachers will never get adequate pay until they unionize, negotiate a contract for wages,hours benefits and hold school board managements feet to the fire. Fire and police departments do it so why can't teachers? Some states are unionized and their pay is the highest in the nation.Jim.

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Matthew Westberg /

Not to mention escaping all kinds of registration fees and burecratic hoops since you drive 'classics'. ;)

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Matthew Westberg /

Well, when folks our age find buying a moped to be grave financial strain, and only a generation ago you could get a WHOLE CAR for pocket change, it's hard to not have the thought cross your mind at least.

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im the one that posted it in the mra forum then smitty posted it in his site

that thing is friggen awesome i want to build me one

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pdamon78,

SOME teacher can make up to 60,000 at the most. That's WITH a DOCTORATE DEGREE from a college. State-College professors BARELY make 80,000... I had to do a couple of research papers on this topic for my Teaching Education class. If you want, I can post the papers and you can see the facts.

A Boston Highschool Teacher, teaching 30 years, with a PHD in their field will make 56,000-60,000 a year.

An Athol (Small Ma. Town) Highschool Teacher, teaching 30 years, with a PHD in their field will make 45,000-50,000 a year.

A FIRST YEAR teacher will make 20,000-25,000 depending on credentials.

Massachusetts has one of the MOST STRICT Curriculems in the country. NO OTHER STATE has their graduation based on a single test... the MCAS (Massachusetts Comprehensive Assessment System).

Thus, I dont see how a 35+ year teacher in New Jersey, one of a state with ONE of the worst education systems, makes in excess of 60,000.

GRANTED... teachers do get dental, health, and a few other benefits... but most jobs do offer this. Someday, I hope to have a family... plus, I like having summers off. Which is one of the reasons teachers get payed like they do. Teachers dont work an entire fiscal/calendar year as most other jobs. Which in turn, is bullshit.

Most teachers, during the summer, are IN SCHOOL, either furthering their education, going to programs, going to seminars, or doing more school-oriented things.

The only teachers who DON'T have to do this have been in the system for at least 10-15 years and have achieved some form of Tenier.

SO.... Yeah... Granted, I'm not sour about what people say about teachers, or about teaching in general. Children are our future, and I absolutely LOVE teaching.

I've taught Piano, Guitar, and Trumpet lessons for the past 3 years and there's nothing else I would do. Just be careful what you say in the future... because someday you will run into someone who KNOWS what they're talking about....

DannyMoped

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Vimy Ridgeway /

Jim, if I knew the answer, well I'd be a rich man. I don't have any answers, I just like to know the questions. The funny thing is that we entrust our politicians and their governing systems, be they capitalist, socialists, communist or what have you, to make things right and just and running smoothly and keep us happy, and those same politicians fail us over and over again, plunder our taxes, get into bed with special interests, kiss-up big business, steal from the cookie jar, wear out their welcome and squander our goodwill. Then we elect another batch that comes in and does the same thing. I mean how stupid can we get?

All I know is that a person who relies on others to better his/her lot has already compromised him/herself. At one time, I used to think the Who anthem 'Won't Get Fooled Again' was a call to arms. Now I know it's ironic.

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Vimy Ridgeway /

Jesus, guys, stop proving my point that people think about money too much. Who gives a rat's ass whether a teacher makes 60K or 80K, unless you plan to be a teacher? Money is a lot like snooker, it's not what you make, it's what you leave on the table.

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SEEING THEM MORE AND MORE:

I think a lot of the issue is, there aren't moped stores all over the place. In the cities that have one (and usually one is all they have), you see more mopeds.

My local Yamaha/Suzuki/Kawasaki/Polaris dealer says the bikes are selling like a MOTHER this year. There are probably 6 or 7 motorcycle shops in town.

I used to ride a Vespa 125, and see maybe one other one in town, maybe once every two weeks. When we'd have rides, about 10 people with various scoots and peds would turn up. This was 3-4 years ago. Then someone opened a scooter shop here, and I started seeing all these scooters. I can be driving home on a nice day and see 3 scooters.

BEING POOR AND HAVING STYLE:

You aren't going to see someone who buys a Hummer who would be able to get over his self-importance and be seen on a ped. Money isn't style. And they buy Hummers at least partly to impress the girls I think. My question is, who would want to meet those kind of girls?

Us poor fuckers who couldn't afford his insurance and gas? We dig the peds. DAMN we got style! And the girls don't compare. Smart ones, cool ones, girls with style and individuality and creativity, not with us for what we can buy them but just cause they like us!

The thing about Hummers is, I think guys buy them because of their own discomfort about having a small dick. Not that having a small dick matters, but it shows that it matters to them. And it's funny to think about the relative size differential, like my dick could be small but I got a little teeny scooter, and his dick is small but he's got this fucking thing the size of a tractor trailer. The dick-to-vehicle ratio, ha ha.

THE "GREEN" MOPED:

I could be wrong, but my guess is that 2 stroke motors pollute just as bad or worse than new car motors (maybe not as bad as the hummer, but i bet worse than a prius). I've never felt that comfortable with the green argument about peds. Maybe 4 stroke motored scoots or bikes. Or use an electric motor and be super green.

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Mopeds dont use very much gas though, so it is really environmental in the conservation field. But with the emmisions problem of the engire, i fear that the 2-stroke is on its way out

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Larry Picarello /

more variety will drive the prices of mopeds down

back in the 70's there must have been over 50 brands to choose from- now I can only think of about 5

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Steamboat Aka J. R. Stevens /

Hey Larry, In the 70's mopeds had their own lobby group in Washingto DC. called Motorized Bicycle Association started by 3 French manufacturers and later joined by many others.We should thank them for getting the Feds to distinguish mopeds from motorcycles. This info is from a book by Paul Dempsey. Jim.

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