The Korean ‘peace’ trap, teachers are not underpaid and other comments

The Korean ‘peace’ trap, teachers are not underpaid and other comments

Foreign desk: Beware the Korean Peace Trap

The leaders of the two Koreas met Friday and agreed in principle to end their decades-old state of war and “denuclearize” their peninsula. So what’s not to like? Plenty, says Bloomberg’s Eli Lake. Take their communique on nukes: It “sounds pretty good, but it isn’t.” Because North Korea historically uses “denuclearization” to mean the US will “no longer extend its nuclear umbrella to protect South Korea” and that Pyongyang will reciprocate “in 10-20 years’ time,” provided “it feels secure.” Maybe Kim Jong-un means something different, but “it’s a red flag” that he’s “agreeing to the same phrase that in past discussions has meant something very different than verifiable disarmament.” Kim, says Lake, “has shown he is adept at getting optimistic headlines.” But that’s “a testament to his connivance, not his intentions.”

Policy experts: No, Teachers Are Not Underpaid

Recent walkouts and other protests have reinforced the notion that public-school teachers are dramatically underpaid. But Andrew Biggs and Jason Richwine at City Journal insist this perception is flat-out wrong: “The average teacher already enjoys market-level wages plus retirement benefits vastly exceeding those of private-sector workers.” So across-the-board wage hikes are “the wrong solution to a non-problem.” Wages “are not determined by years of schooling but by the supply and demand for skills,” which is why teachers with specialties tend to earn more. Fact is, “most teachers receive market-level salaries and generous retirement benefits. Local hiring problems can and should be addressed without granting windfall benefits to teachers whose compensation is already better than adequate.”

TV writer: From ‘America’s Dad’ to ‘America’s Rapist’

Bill Cosby’s conviction on three counts of sexual assault “puts a final dagger” in his “undeniably extensive pop-culture legacy,” suggests Gary Levin at USA Today.” He “broke racial barriers” on TV in the ’60s, “enticed millions of kids to eat Jell-O pudding pops” in the ’70s and “reignited the sitcom” in the ’80s. But now, “poof — that’s all vanished.” Unlike other icons plagued by lesser offenses, like Martha Stewart and Mel Gibson, this is “an enormous cloud that completely covers his legacy.” And “it stains more, considering Cosby’s persona as an avuncular Everyman and, for a long stretch, America’s favorite dad.” Assuming his TV work, which has now been yanked, ever reappears, “can viewers separate the show from the scandal?” That, says Levin, “seems unlikely.”

Conservative: Latest Battle in the Statue Wars

A 100-year-old statue of composer Stephen Foster, often referred to as “the father of American music,” has been forcibly removed from a Pittsburgh park, reports John Hinderaker at Power Line Blog, because it includes “a slave sitting at his feet, plucking a banjo.” The slave is actually “Uncle Ned,” a fictional character and subject of a Foster song of the same name. Yes, he’s in a subordinate position — the statue, after all, honors Foster. But it also depicts an obvious “kinship between Foster and the blacks who helped to inspire, and who performed, his music.” Now “the fictional slave will be erased from public view altogether,” with the statue replaced by one of an as-yet-unselected African-American woman. Asks Hinderaker: “Is that an improvement?”

From the right: Can Alfie Evans Case Happen Here?

How, wonders National Review’s David French, does a nation “essentially kidnap a child from a loving, functioning family, yank that same child off life support, deny him care as he unexpectedly fights to stay alive and then block attempts by a foreign government to . . . provide him top-notch care free of charge?” That’s what’s been happening in the UK with little Alfie Evans. And, he warns, “the same philosophy could well bring the same injustice to the United States.” Millions of secularized Americans have a worldview in which the religious element of the Founding Fathers — who spoke of rights “endowed by their Creator” — “rings false and hollow.” But “with no God over the state, the state becomes not the defender of liberty but the definer of liberty.” Then “you have no freedoms except those bestowed by the state” and “defined entirely by the various branches of government.”

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