While attending a recent party on the shores of Lake Mendota, the use of drug-sniffing dogs in city high schools became a discussion topic. As parents and taxpayers, we concluded that the use of random sweeps is an excellent idea because Madison and Dane County have seen dramatic increases in drug use among younger people.

We thought it incredible that John Matthews, the teachers union boss, would utter such nonsense that there wouldn't be better control with drug-sniffing dogs and "why do we want to make kids go to school in that environment?"

For months teachers have engaged in unruly and law-breaking behavior, all under the guise of "it's all for the kids." This has cost them the respect of many citizens and voters. Recently, the Wisconsin Education Association Council announced its refusal to participate in a statewide task force to develop new ways to measure student and school performance. That showed real leadership!

Teachers, it's time for you to choose a new leader, quit your whining and try to work with Gov. Scott Walker instead of using him as a pinata.

— Tom Consigny, Madison

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