Letters to the Editor — Aug. 19, 2023

The Issue: An injunction to prevent NJ schools from having to notify parents if their kids want to switch genders.

Parents have a self-evident right to have a seat at the table when it comes to the upbringing of their child (“Jersey’s War on Parents,” Editorial, Aug. 17).

This has always been respected and honored in the educational setting.

Parents have invariably been included as active and essential participants on committees that gather the resources in a district to address the academic, emotional, social or physical needs of their child.

Parent input on such committees is crucial. This committee structure can be easily utilized to partner with parents in discussions involving a very sensitive and far-reaching issue — their child’s gender identity or expression.

To exclude, block or omit a parent from a seat at the table is not only contemptible and despicable, it is beyond the government’s power to legislate.

William DeFabiis

Long Valley, NJ

For all the good Gov. Phil Murphy has done, I cannot believe he supports this nonsense where parents are kept in the dark about their children’s gender identity.

As a parent, we have the right to know what is happening with our children in school.

For anyone to be able to avoid informing parents of their children’s behavior is preposterous.

Yet this governor and his associates defend the legality of hiding this information from parents.

Sadly, we live in a totally upside-down society these days.

Lou Bivona

Belleville, NJ

The idea that a school has the right to control your children and that parents have no say reminds me of a very important principle — we have a government of the people, by the people and for the people. We tend to forget that.

In all these arguments, I think it’s about time to return to the basic principle that the government derives its power from the people, and that the people, not the government, have final say. Once we remember that, we will be back on track.

The left sees the government as supreme. That’s the basis of a dictatorship.

Mindy Rader

New City

I can’t believe that the Democrats who control New Jersey or any other state are in favor of policies that would prevent teachers from alerting parents of the fact their child wants “gender affirming” care.

You cannot even give a child an aspirin without asking the parents.

The attorney general of New Jersey is afraid that “outing” the kids will pose serious health risks. Besides the fact that people will notice when Billy starts wearing a dress, isn’t the attorney general concerned about the health risks of gender-affirming care itself?

The country is in a downward spiral, caused by the left’s preposterous policies.

Charlie Honadel

Venice, Fla.

The Issue: Michael Oher, whose story inspired “The Blind Side,” suing Sean and Leigh Anne Tuohy.

The Michael Oher petition in Tennessee probate court is the finest example of “no good deed goes unpunished” (“My side of ‘Blind Side,’ ” Aug. 15).

Oher was a homeless young teenager when the Tuohy family opened their arms and took him under their wing, financially and spiritually.

They helped him become the man he is today. Shame on him for his lack of gratitude or love.

Valerie Flynn

Palm Beach, Fla.

The beautiful story of Michael Oher has taken a sad and ugly twist.

Oher received an education, played in the NFL for eight seasons and became a multimillionaire.

However, that is not enough. So Oher is suing the family who gave him love and turned his life around. Talk about gratitude.

JoAnn Frank

Clearwater, Fla.

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