Regarding your editorial on chronic absenteeism in the city schools, It is amazing to me how The Sun can so often put a PC spin on issues to point the blame for failures in all directions except the obvious ("Absence of achievement," July 18). Your editorial head should have been titled "Absence of responsibility."

Other than the legitimate reasons mentioned in your last paragraph that apply to some students, nowhere does your opinion mention the primary reason for rising truancy: The absence of good parenting.

While teachers, administrators and the school system may be contributory factors, even if they were the best in the world at performing the difficult tasks they are charged with, it is not their responsibility to see that children attend classes. That responsibility rests on parents, and always has.

Until such time this is addressed in a proactive, realistic and meaningful way, all the rhetoric, new programs, PC spins and throwing money at the problem will result in more of the same — abject failure.

The issue isn't being advanced by blaming educators and "the system." To the contrary, as long as your paper and others continue to deflect the major reason for truancy from where it rightfully belongs you reinforce a large measure of the problem.

Arnold L. Feiner, Pikesville