Powerful letter from the November 4, 2016 Comox Valley Echo. It reminded me that I wanted to be a teacher many decades ago. I delayed making a decision at the time because we were constantly going through strikes and the district was laying off teachers when I was trying to decide my future. One year, the janitors went on strike and the students collected their homework and attended class wearing mitts, hats, boots, and coats because there was no heat in the school. I thought it was crazy.