No, Teachers do not deserve more money. It may be different in other states, but where I live, the average teacher's salary statewide is $20,000 per year higher than the average salary of other full-time workers. Teachers in this area receive exceptional health benefits, which require minimal contributions or co-pays from them and they can retire after 25 years of service, with a lifelong pension, for contributing a fraction of their salary to a program my tax dollars must fund, in addition to their medical benefits and salaries. Let's not even get into their extremely generous PTO policies, offered in addition to the 11 weeks of time off they receive each year. I do not know many other positions that allow workers to take a total of 3 months a year off and still claim "full-time" status. Additionally, teachers in a good union are guaranteed a paid raise, each and every year. What other field would these people work in that would offer pay raises, regardless of performance or merit? I for one am sick and tired of hearing teachers complain about no respect and being underpaid. When they get a job in the private sector, subject to performance reviews and pay freezes, with 2 weeks vacation and insurance co-pays topping $50 per office visit, they can cry to me about being underpaid and disrespected.
While people may not like nor agree with the name, "Messiah", chosen by the child's parents, the judge had no legal basis for mandating the child's name be changed, when the case brought before the court was about the child's last name. Freedom of speech is still a protected right in America, and whether we like it or not, that protection extends to questionable names for children.