Parents are determined to protect their children. They don’t want them reading about sex, homosexuality, slavery, race relations, the slaughter of indigenous peoples, lynchings, foul language or a host of evils. Parents believe they will teach the “truth” at home. But most difficult topics are never broached or are dealt with superficially.
School boards employ well-prepared teachers and librarians who, in turn, rely on academics and examiners to choose the most accurate visions for readers. School boards need the support of parents and should support their teachers. Fundamental human rights and knowledge issues are involved. Cutting up books will ultimately mean that children will turn to the Internet, to falsify information and what they hear from their classmates. It is not a winning combination.
Donald Hoffman, Boynton Beach
Beware of restrictions on the police
The Kim Potter case regarding his mistake in firing his gun, thinking it was his tasers, is undoubtedly quite devastating. However, given that Daunte Wright had refused several police requests to stop and comply, for which the procedural use of lethal force was acceptable, although not prudent in this case. If she had used her weapon with deliberate intent, it would have been within her rights. We must be very careful not to confine the police to a procedural straitjacket for the decisions required in a fraction of a second of their work.
Bob O’Donnell, Jupiter
A jab is a jab, isn’t it?
I wonder how many people who refuse to take the Covid vaccines would refuse a new cancer drug, if they were diagnosed with cancer, and were told that a new drug had been very successful in quitting and maybe to cure their cancer?
David Schindler, Juno Beach
I was reading the letter to the editor blaming President Biden for the surge in Medicare. I remember that a good Republican never lets facts get in the way of a good story. The fact that most of the premium increase is due to a new drug for Alzheimer’s disease that the manufacturer has set at $ 56,000 per year for treatments. The Republican Party is responsible for preventing Medicare, by law, from negotiating a volume discount on drug prices. Other countries get volume discounts from the same US pharmaceutical companies that bill us at retail. Considering Medicare affects the elderly, I think Republicans are technically guilty of elder abuse by proxy.
William Damato, Boynton Beach
Only two religions denigrate vaccines
Following the December 12 article about the 4,700 Air Force members asking for religious exemptions from getting the vaccine, could anyone list the religions that say their followers shouldn’t take the vaccine? According to Historyofvaccines.org, of the major religions practiced in the United States, only the Church of Christ, Scientist, “Christian Scientists” and the Dutch Reformed Church are the two religious groups that openly discourage vaccination. Islam in the United States, for the most part, has not opposed vaccination on the basis of necessity, which means that vaccines are necessary for health, so they cannot be prohibited by law. religious.
Joanna Crilly, Wellington