What is hard to discern with Governor Newsom is exactly what human causes he chooses to support. While he's on board for guaranteed abortion rights for all, the day before, he denied legislation that would guarantee kindergarten for all (despite California ranking 36th in quality in the nation and on the heels of COVID).
Since Californians are funding both, when are the actual citizens considered for their rights, including a right to a quality education? Maybe there would be more funding for California citizens if Newsom's money management had been better. I'm pointing to the debacle of COVID fraud, which gave way to billions of dollars in government waste and abuse of taxpayers' money.
Are we to just blindly that trust Newsom knows best in providing abortion for all and spending millions of taxpayer money? Is this just another wave to ride to the White House while we are left to manage the damage left behind?
I believe kindergartners are our future for California. I'm not too sure about shouldering the financial burden of abortion rights for the rest of the country. But we can always increase taxes, right?
Debby AIton, Indio
Long-term renters can be trouble, too
As a short-term vacation rental owner, I see a lot of positives, including the city receiving large amounts of tax revenue to continue to make La Quinta better.
The ability to rent short-term is important to me because we love La Quinta, and love spending time there. It is a shame when the unit just sits there empty, and a longer-term rental would prohibit us from enjoying our own home.
Many of our renters come down to play golf or watch the tennis tournaments, and are not prospects for the longer term.
I have other rentals that are not short-term. If there is a problem with one of my long-term tenants, it’s almost impossible to get rid of them. The laws are not in our favor, no matter what the situation. I have tenants who have not paid for 12 months and I still cannot evict them. Terrible tenants cannot be evicted either, but a short-term tenant can be evicted in hours if necessary.
Voting no on Measure A will allow our city council to maintain viable solutions to support our city and keep peace in our community.
Andy Estopinal, La Quinta
Michael Duran would be asset on DSUSD board
It is my honor to write this letter on behalf of Michael “Coach” Duran. Coach Duran is running for the school board of Desert Sands Unified and I believe he will be an exceptional addition. I have known Coach Duran as his former student, intern and now colleague. He has served as a former board member with over 12 years of experience at DSUSD. This role has given Coach Duran experience in leadership, expanding opportunities and curricular choices.
If elected, Coach Duran plans to promote strong fundamental skills in reading, math and science. He wants to expand access to career and technical education to prepare students for jobs. Reduce class sizes to allow more individualized instruction and attention. Coach Duran wants to focus on increasing pay to attract quality educators and address the teacher shortage. Class sizes have increased drastically over the years, impeding teachers and students from forming relationships that will allow that much-needed attention in order to achieve success. We need a leader like Coach Duran who has the drive, passion and experience in education and a man who cares and wants to see our students in the valley succeed.
Nelva Segura, Cathedral City
This article originally appeared on Palm Springs Desert Sun: Newsom supports abortion, but not guaranteed kindergarten? Not right