I just read the “pro-rated salary” opinion about teachers’ salaries (“Consider Consolidation,” March 9-15). When I taught, I worked from September to June and did not work July and August. I was paid from September to June and received no salary for July and August. So if my contract read $35,000 I was paid $35,000. I had money taken out for my retirement, I had money taken out for state and federal taxes, I had money taken out for FICA, my union dues were deducted and I had to put money aside each month toward the two months I wasn’t paid. I still had to pay my utilities, my mortgage, my car payment, gas for the car, and feed myself during July and August. And I paid for tuition for the college classes I was taking during my two ‘vacation’ months. From my first check in September, I paid my school taxes. Many teachers I worked with had to take another job for the summer. I’m not complaining, I loved my job and looked forward every September for the first day of school just like I did as a child. I miss that feeling now that I’m retired. By the way, I pay for my own health insurance and have since I retired.