April 9, 2014- Letters to the Editor

Resist transgender rules compliance

Under the guise of preventing “discrimination” against those who choose to participate in behavior contrary to the laws of God, nature and even common sense, our state Legislature, in concert with other governing bodies and non-governmental organizations, has decided to enact laws that permit “students to use the restroom that corresponds to the gender identity they use at school.”

Not only must schools comply, but “It can bring personal fines or imprisonment against board members” if mandated policies aren’t adopted.

“If you don’t accept it, you are breaking Washington law,” says Okanogan School District Superintendent Richard Johnson. What about the “discrimination” this law imposes on Christians who obey the laws of God?

I have something to say to those who support such laws: As purveyors of godlessness, filth and immorality, you have no equals. Not content to wallow in the slime of immorality yourselves, you promote vile laws by corrupt use of legislative powers justified by verbal swill and sophistry in an attempt to drag others down.

Your threats of fines and imprisonment for non-compliance are those of thugs and criminals. You are devoid of honor, integrity, kindness and reasonableness.

It will take enormous courage to resist compliance with such laws, but don’t look for it from those in administrative and governmental positions. It will only come from the victims – parents and their children.

Patricia Stanton,

Get educated on transgender issue

Judging from The Chronicle editorial and the online vote on your website relating to transgender policies in schools, few in our community have educated themselves about transgender issues. As a result, thinking is rooted in a 1950s understanding of gender: two sexes, clearly defined.

What science and medicine have learned is that gender is not simple and that “normal” exists along a spectrum. Unfortunately, the common cruelty of youth does not recognize this, and kids who identify as anything outside the traditional “boys will be boys and girls will be girls” rules are routinely bullied, tortured, beaten and abused by their peers.

That is what these rules are intended to address.

Transgender kids kill themselves at a horrifying rate, and it’s thinking like yours that convinces them that their situation is abnormal and hopeless. Take the time to learn about what “transgender” means, and you’ll see that this is not about which sports team a child chooses, or which bathroom a child enters.

This is about learning and growing, and accepting that normal people come in differing types.

S.T. Johnson, Tonasket

Stand and fight transgender rules

To combat state-mandated transgender school regulations that are unnatural and impact all residents – especially the youth – it will be necessary for normal citizens to throw their support behind young, altruistic, charismatic leaders necessary to overthrow the self-centered individuals putting such laws into place.

To have the audacity to enforce backward, unrealistic regulations, the current members of the Legislature had the temerity to stipulate that those responsible for not instituting their masochistic lifestyle changes will be subject to huge fines. There are steps that can be taken:

• Public school teachers and administrators should leave their jobs in this state and find work in other places that do not have such requirements.

• Parents and guardians should take their school-age children out of public schools and enroll them in denominational schools that do not enforce unnatural state requirements.

• Parents could also home school children using computer technology.

• Hire retired teachers to tutor children and keep them away from public schools.

Putting our heads in the sand, like the proverbial ostrich, will only further our children’s demise.

John D. “Jack” Mallinger, Omak

Speak up about timber sale

Colville National Forest Supervisor West is at it again. She is proposing to take away what the unborn kids of the future should inherit – an undeveloped national forest to enjoy.

Republic District Ranger Smoldon is accepting public comments on the proposed Deer Jasper timber sale until April 16. The sale will log 25.9 square-miles three miles west of Orient. Both sides of the North Fork of Boulder Creek will be logged for 13 miles.

Supervisor West plans to construct 21 miles of new road. Seven miles will parallel Boulder Creek a few hundred feet away. Soon, the creek will be muddy so enjoy fishing there now.

The timber sale is needed to reduce the risk of fire damage to homes on private land nearby. The most effective fire damage risk reduction methods being applied today were developed by a U.S. Forest Service fire physicist, Jack Cohen.

Cohen’s methods remove the fine, flash fuels near the homes at risk. Supervisor West withholds this information from the public because Cohen’s methods don’t produce logs.

Hard copies of the environmental assessment can be obtained by contacting the Republic Ranger District. It is also available online.

Dick Artley, Grangeville, Idaho

Newspaper should be more positive

We have decided not to renew our 20-year-old Chronicle subscription. This decision is disturbing and unsatisfying because there is no replacement for a local newspaper.

Our decision came with Publisher Roger Harnack’s March 12 column, “Teacher evaluations are required.” The column implied the state is balking on effective evaluations and that teachers do not want evaluations.

Every teacher and principal in Washington is working harder this year because of a new evaluation system including evidence of student growth. Assuming what teachers want is an affront to the intelligence and integrity of teachers.

Telling us students in Okanogan County are behind in math and science ignores facts that in both Okanogan and Omak fifth-grade science scores are above state average.

This is just one in a long line of editorials with simplistic, uninformed viewpoints on very complex subjects. The “factual” basis is often incorrect and obscured by misleading, unexamined assumptions.

These are personal attacks on community members, with all our variety, doing our best in often difficult and complex situations. This combined with The Chronicle’s obsessive focus on reporting do this valley a huge disservice.

Small town life is not a shoot-out at the OK Corral. Effective communities need effective local newspapers putting reporter and editorial time into well-researched and truthful print boosting community morale, promoting positive developments and tying various threads of community together in a way no other organization can do.

We will put our money and support back into The Chronicle when it stops tearing our community apart.

Larry Darley, Okanogan

Bridgeport bond story incomplete

The March 30 edition of The Chronicle carried an article that included information about the Bridgeport School District bond. However, the information was not the whole story.

Yes, the district wants more elementary classrooms. And yes, there are state-matching funds available.

But, the flyer that was sent to each home in the district also includes this paragraph: “Other items that will be considered include an additional portable building to ease overcrowding at the middle school and high school, parking lots and lighting upgrades for safety reasons, and district office space that includes room for the alternative school.”

Voters in Bridgeport failed this identical levy in February for several reasons.

I believe not being clear about everything that is to be included and what is and is not covered by matching funds, was part of the reason. I believe we can get 16 additional classrooms for a lot less than the total of $8.5 million.

Meredith Spencer Bridgeport

Jail employee shows compassion

With all of the hate and ugliness going on in the world, the last place you would want to work is a county jail. Being a guard is stressful.

But Connie works at the Okanogan County Jail and has to deal with 188 inmates. She is quick to call someone’s bluff and has a smile to warm your heart. She does her best to talk to people with problems and tries to help.

I’ve had the honor of knowing Connie for a year, and her generosity touched my heart.

Connie should be commended for showing inmates there is still love and kindness in a place where many have lost hope.

Jess Marchand, Okanogan

Gay marriage isn’t covered by law

It is morally wrong to give legal rights or discrimination protection to those that choose to practice homosexual sex. Like a driver license, a marriage license is a privilege, not a right under the 14th Amendment.

Homosexual sex is non-compulsory — one chooses to abstain from sexual relations just as one chooses what kind of sex to engage in and with whom. So by definition, “homoelectives” do not qualify for minority class protection from discrimination.

Legally marrying a pair of homoelectives could never represent nor facilitate a family. It only causes degenerative corruption of children.

A marriage license is a privilege regulated by the individual states, in part, for the protection of children; and they (the born and the unborn) need to be protected from the normalization of homosexuality. Marriage restrictions apply in all states – some states restrict licenses on age, blood health and type compatibility, relative consanguinity, number of spouses and gender of prospective spouses and their mental competency.

As recently as 1986 homosexuality was regarded as a mental disorder by the American Psychiatric Association.

Michael W. Jarvis, Salt Lake City, Utah

Okanogan County needs cleanup

As a concerned citizen, I believe we should all do our part to help keep our county clean and unlittered.

I walk almost every morning and one of the areas I walk has become a dumping ground for everything from toilets to tires. I called the landfill to see what I needed to do to pick all this garbage up. I was informed that to pick it up and bring it in I would be charged based on the weight of refuse and $11 for any tires I picked up. If I help clean the area, I will be out about $100. So, the tires and garbage will remain.

I picked up two garbage cans of trash in the same place a couple years ago. In the garbage was a receipt with the name of the person who dumped it. The county still wouldn’t do anything it.

Apparently, Okanogan County is a free dump, if you don’t get caught.

Something needs to change.

Dick Wristen, Omak


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