Do not bother addressing comments to "Skycastle." If it is not a Russian bot, then he is a poorly paid troll. How is the weather over there in Albania, "Skycastle?"
I wish transitioning had been available when I was a child in the '60s.
I have been given the look many times in my life starting at 3 years old when I had shoulder length wavy auburn hair. Rude people would come up to me and ask, What are you a boy or a girl? I was confused by this question since I knew the my mom and sister were girls and I was like them, but I felt more like I was one of my brothers. As an adult, I have been given the look when someone questioning my gender sees me in the womens bathroom. I have been given angry sneers. I was shunned by my Christian ministry after 10 years of celibacy and service because I was a sexual suspect, a person that is under suspicion of being deviant. I was not, I was a child that was misunderstood and after being sexually assaulted numerous times as a defenseless child, I decided I didnt want anything to do with sex or relationships.
But I find it very interesting that others feel that they can judge me not by my actions, but their religious beliefs. Maybe they need to read their Bibles again on how Christ treated the others, and that God said the Greatest Commandment is to love God with all of you heart, soul, mind and strength and your neighbor as yourself. Still waiting for conservatives to get this point when they say its their right to disregard my rights as an American citizen. Looking forward to this court case going to the Supreme Court and see how the Highest Judges of our Nation rule on this issue.
PS- And yes, I did have a bathroom incident in Arizona where they dont wants trans people in the women's bathrooms. I walked in and got a very startled look and a woman started to say I was in the wrong bathroom. So since I was in a hurry I just said to her in a calm tone, Its okay, Im female, and continued to go into a stall. I get this whenever I travel. If it was at a restaurant and if she had gotten the manager involved, then I would have called 911 and got it all on tape for the publicity on harassment. Such is my life.
And yes, I did have a bathroom incident in Arizona where they dont wants trans people in the women's bathrooms. I walked in and got a very startled look and a woman started to say I was in the wrong bathroom. So since I was in a hurry I just said to her in a calm tone, Its okay, Im female, and continued to go into a stall. I get this whenever I travel. If it was at a restaurant and if she had gotten the manager involved, then I would have called 911 and got it all on tape for the publicity on harassment. Such is my life.
Without the EPA, who will develop environmental regulations? Do you seriously want your rivers being polluted without a government agency to protect them? How exactly are these agencies "unconstitutional"? You do realize per the Hyde Amendment that our Federal tax dollars CANNOT BE USED BY PLANNED PARENTHOOD TO PERFORM ABORTIONS, with few exceptions.
Awesome! I LOVE Trump's agenda. We need to terminate the EPA, DOE, wildlife rule, and Obamacare for the simple reason that they are ALL unconstitutional! None of those powers are given to the federal government by the U.S. Constitution, therefore they are usurpations of power - something forbidden by the Constitution. I say get rid of all illegal federal laws and agencies.
And defunding that abomination called Planned Parenthood (founded by the vile racist and genocidal maniac Margaret Sanger) would be wonderful. Aside from such funding being unconstitutional, govt. should NEVER steal taxpayer money to kill unborn children. That's so wrong it's vomitous.
Now unions, they can be a horror. When I worked for a utility company, I was FORCED to become a dues paying member of the the IBEW, and that rotten group used my dues money to support sickening Leftist candidates, whom I couldn't stand. Forcing people to pay money to groups which support horrible political candidates is just evil.
"At least the Gazette isn't trying to run the Transgendered Queer perversion agenda down everyone's throats like the marijuana rag does on a weekly."
High praise indeed. Is that the best defense you can muster for the Gazette?
"sounds like a personal thing?" Your hostility to the LGBTQ community is the "personal thing" in your post.
At least the Gazette isn't trying to run the Transgendered Queer perversion agenda down everyone's throats like the marijuana rag does on a weekly. Funny that Ralphie has such an axe to grind with a newspaper he worked for for several decades...sounds like a personal thing?
Smart phones have turned us into pussies.
The second I get my ballot, I'm voting for Skorman!
this is the fight of our generation... big money vs. working people. geezerette, developers and the big business are trying to buy another election. the rest of us need to step up and let the rich old geezers know they cannot buy the vote any longer. vote for YOUR best interests!! don't believe the fake alternative crap that is being printed by the geezerette. mainly... VOTE!!!
Why in the hell are the Gazette and GOP crowd here so afraid of Mr. Skorman?
Really, what is the source of their snarling hatred of that guy?
I could not agree more that Mr. Skorman is being defamed over his opposition to the land swap, but I must complain about Jill Gaelber not acting on the facts to get the Land Swap overturned, see Facebook page COS Land Swap. The public is being lied to about the Swap and its appraisal and members of Council may not remain silent.
I so badly want to do something for this family (and frankly put the neighbors in their damn places.) I just don't know what that is... :(
I am sensing that the onslaught of this groundswell of negative attack campaigning, particularly directed at Mr. Skorman who has worked tirelessly for the community - has sapped the energy and interest out of this particular council election. And, that the mud-slinging is not playing well with local voters. And will backfire with Mr. Skorman winning by a substantial margin. And that your former commissioner associate will be looking for work a month after the election.
This comment has no basis in fact and should be deleted from this blog. This is so off-base that a reply is unnecessary.
This is so on the money. Many people assume that transgender children are just like other children, and suddenly decide they want to transition. For so many of us, nothing could be further from the truth.
Almost as soon as they can walk, transgender children will gravitate to their true gender. When forced to socialize with their birth gender, a trans-boy will play to rough, hurting the other girls, a trans-girl will be pushed, often into dangerous situations, their toys will be taken and not returned.
By elementary school, a trans-girl is getting bullied pretty regularly, and unless her parents are supportive, will try to hide the injuries and damage. A trans-girl may often get hurt on the playground, will be sick more often and longer. In some cases, these children are recovering from internal injuries that sometimes even turn fatal. Their parents still see them as a boy, but their classmates see them as a "Sissy"
A trans-boy often seeks out the other boys, and often does very well in sports and likes to rough-house with the boys. Unfortunately, because she is still a girl, the other boys may resent losing to a girl, even though she is so tough. With the girls, a trans-boy will often be isolated and rejected.
To survive, transgender children often become isolated, struggling to understand a world that makes very little sense to them. They don't know WHY they are the way they are, they just are. Often, transgender children are extremely and unusually intelligent, because of that isolation. I didn't like books about boys, and books about girls made me feel even more alone. So I read a LOT of non-fiction. I was reading at twice my grade level and by 7th grade I was reading engineering manuals. To be honest, I was looking for some way to change my sex to match my gender.
Puberty is a wonderful experience for a young boy, and a bit less wonderful for a young girl, but for a transgender child, it is a horrible and traumatic experience. Being told about puberty doesn't help either. Many trans-girls don't have testes until late into puberty, and when they "drop" it's like a death sentence. Some will even go so far as to try to castrate themselves. I tried boiling water, rubber bands to cut off circulation, and even a sledgehammer and a two-by-four. I've heard of others who soaked themselves in gasoline or lighter fluid and set their genitals on fire. There have been boys who have almost killed themselves trying to remove the testes with a razor blade or utility knife. Some accidentally cut the femeral artery and bleed to death.
Trans-boys often try to bind themselves, using compression shirts, ace bandages, and even electrical tape to make their breasts "go away". In some cases, this can lead to life threatening problems as well.
This brings us to suicide. Many transgender children have profound faith. They are praying for God to work a miracle long after other kids have given up on Santa-Clause, the Easter Bunny, Birthday Wishes, and Drumsticks. Transgender children never stop wishing, praying, and hoping for the miracle that will somehow turn them into their desired gender.
The suicide rate of 45% is shocking in itself, but there are factors that push that rate even higher. The more severe and intense the dysphoria, the higher the risk. The more opposition a transgender child experiences, the higher the risk of suicide. Many begin to hear about reincarnation and begin to see death as the only remaining option for getting the body and gender they have always wanted.
The WORST advice I ever got was from my father who said "Suicide is a permanent solution to a temporary problem". Being a severely transgender (transsexual) child, and getting no support from family, friends, doctors, therapists, or even psychologists, being trapped in my horrid male body was a PERMANENT problem. One year, I tried to commit suicide almost 100 times, including drug overdoses, lethal combinations of drugs and/or alcohol, walking in front of cars and trucks, and drinking/drugging myself into blackouts then starting fights with gangs that I had no chance of winning.
But what was most interesting, and frightening, is that I NEVER told ANYONE what I had tried to do, or that I was thinking about it, or even what I was doing when I did it.
I had two cousins, both transgender, who actually DID kill themselves. One gave himself the shot they used to put dogs to sleep - he knew the dosage because he helped his father who was a veterinarian.
The other cousin was taking lithium and drank a pint of hard liquor along with some sedatives dissolved into the booze. His liver converted the booze into formaldehyde and he effectively embalmed himself.
Both wrote their notes after taking the final and irreversible action, writing of how they had feelings and needs that they had been told were sinful. They knew they couldn't resist the temptations, so they took their lives, asking for forgiveness and salvation after taking the fatal action.
I know that both of their parents would rather have had them alive.
I concur with the Smith legacy. I taught Alissa and Sam -- they never let other people do their thinking for them. Salut -- fight the good fight.
Politicians littering public land with signs is the bigger problem, we should end that.
Thanks @heidi - great article!
So then the G is kind of like the 'Archie Bunker' of newspapers?
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