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This is an archived article that was published on sltrib.com in 2013, and information in the article may be outdated. It is provided only for personal research purposes and may not be reprinted.

I am writing this letter to the editor at 4 a.m. I always have a difficult time sleeping at night during the school year. Even after 20 years as a public school teacher, I often wake up sometime between 2 a.m. and 4 a.m.

I have an underlying anxiety about my students. Each one is unique, diverse, has varied learning styles, human needs and sometimes difficult behavioral issues. The daily concern I have about them often disturbs my sleep.

Tonight I woke up thinking about the Utah State Legislature. I think it's time to give them a "letter grade" on performance. But even I have the common sense to know there would be no fair and best way to reflect this honestly. So maybe the Legislature just needs to receive a "letter grade" on common sense.

Any ideas as to how to set up a grading system on the Legislature? Anyone??

Kristine Birrell


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