Letters: We can’t let College of the Desert be destroyed by a few, behind closed doors

Letters: We can't let College of the Desert be destroyed by a few, behind closed doors

Special to The Desert Sun I have been very disturbed by the news I’ve been reading about the actions of the Board of Trustees and new president of College of the Desert, a once-proud institution of continuing education funded by county taxpayers. First, the board, in a split vote, pushed through their candidate for president/superintendent. Next, said president — with the approval of the majority of said board — reneged on a commitment to develop an automotive school in Cathedral City next to existing automobile dealerships without so much as one public meeting. Next, we read that a possibly unqualified woman is hired at a salary of over $250,000 to expedite expansion decisions that are being made in secrecy. And now we are left wondering what will happen to the exciting campus promised to taxpayers at the time the board was floating a multi-million dollar bond issue for a proposed expansion of the college on property at South Farrell Drive and East Tahquitz Canyon Way. All this amid believable rumors of questionable property holdings in the eastern valley and a disgruntled faculty and staff. This lack of transparency and high-handedness must stop. We cannot let this fine institution be destroyed by a few, behind closed doors. Stephen Dixon, Palm Springs Rittenhouse acted in self-defense As Kyle Rittenhouse stated: “I wish I have never gone there.” I agree he should not have, and regardless of your assessment of his motives, I can understand his rationale. When police are essentially directed […]

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