After reading George Hanover's piece demeaning parents and their lack of knowledge on what is being taught, I think he is either childless or past the age of understanding the school system.
Schools today are run by the largest union in our country. The teachers, good and bad, have so little say anymore in what is taught.
Parents have more right to step up than anyone else. They are educated, well-spoken and have taken notice that the indoctrination that has taken over our universities is now moving to K-12 schools.
Schools are here for reading, writing, history, social studies and math. Not to teach CRT or to allow our future adults to be exposed to so many things that are still unfurling and should be taught at home.
The schools used to be an extension of home. Reinforcing the positive and downplaying the negative. They are not parents.
It's a sad state when parents don't trust this once-untouchable and once- nonpolitical entity and are being forced, by their love for their children, to step up and demand attention.
We should be rallying around them, not the teachers' unions and their overzealous school boards. You know, the ones elected to represent those loving and educated parents.
Elizabeth Carnie, La Quinta
Politics and petroleum
Yes, the price of fuel is too high. The release of crude petroleum from the Strategic Petroleum Reserve will provide a ready source to be refined into gasoline and heating oil, and lower the price thereof. It will also give the current administration a badly needed boost in the polls. On the other hand, this increase in the availability of crude from our reserves may be offset by foreign sources such as OPEC limiting their supply to us sending fuel prices back up.
The downside is the reduction in the stockpile of emergency crude petroleum. This stockpile is critical to America to mitigate future supply disruptions in the event that the flow of crude from foreign countries is cut off due to conflict or coercion. Is taking this risk worth a few points in the popularity of the Biden administration and democrats soon to be running for election? I think not. This is politics at its worst.
M. David MacFarlane, Palm Desert
The lies never stop
For years, Republicans have decided that rather than develop policies that would help our economy, they would simply lie until they get the results they desire.
The current Big Lie is found in the GOP attack on President Biden’s economic policies. Republicans are laying 100% of the blame for inflation on Biden’s policies that they refer to as “tax and spend.” They are of course forgetting that Donald Trump signed approval for $5 trillion in spending related to COVID in his last year, which added to his record deficit.
The cause for inflation is found in basic economics. Independent economists have acknowledged that the largest contributor to inflation is simply the restarting of an economy that had been ravaged by COVID. They make the point that companies are gradually adjusting prices upward in an effort to get them to pre-pandemic levels.
Other factors have put upward pressure on prices. A damaged supply chain created by COVID caused the shutdown of our economy, an accommodative monetary policy implemented by the Fed, and pent-up demand resulting from an over $2 trillion excess in household savings have caused our inflation.
George Hill, Indio
This article originally appeared on Palm Springs Desert Sun: Letters: Parents speaking up about school curriculum need support, not criticism