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Readers write about part-time work, community organizers, and teacher respect.

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Part-time work benefits families and employers

Regarding the Aug. 25 article, "A push for quality part-time work": As the mother of two young children, my balancing of commitment and responsibility to my profession and to my family has required an incredible amount of dedication, precision, foresight, and compromise. Seeking work-life balance has been, without a doubt, one of the biggest challenges of my life.

And I know that I am not alone. Millions of working parents struggle daily to balance their responsibilities and are forced to make wrenching choices between their work and their family. Meaningful part-time work is a solution that far too few employers recognize.

In my family, my husband and I have both negotiated reduced hours and flexible schedules with our employers during these early years before our children enter school. Part-time work has given us what we truly need to meet the needs of our family. As a result, our employers have gained loyal, dedicated, and potentially life-long employees. It's a win-win solution for everyone.

Megan Van Sant
Ukiah, Calif.

The meaning of 'community organizer'

In response to John Hughes's Sept. 4 Opinion piece, "The 'experience' question: Judgment trumps pedigree": I am the daughter of a community organizer and a community volunteer. Having spent most of my childhood indirectly involved in the work of two people who directed much of their energies toward improving the lives of all in their community, I am surprised at the lack of knowledge exhibited about the role of community organizer.

There are very important people from my hometown in Texas who were busy building businesses when my parents were busy building young lives, my own included.

My mom was a PTA president. She worked in the Little League. She had to understand the budgets for these organizations. She talked to people in the neighborhood with various viewpoints, and gave time to the schools.

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