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Re: “The transgender military debate: policy versus culture

Suicide rates, lethality, readiness, impact on morale...all fodder that sounds good to the general public, but the fact that thousands have served and may be currently serving debunks all of these sound bites.
She hits the nail on the head. It's not trans service members that are the issue, we've proven that. It's that it requires a cultural shift that makes others squirm. And why? Probably issues with their own sexuality, because the majority of people who have little issue with it are very confident and comfortable in their own skin.
Trans people are not the distraction to military readiness or the mission. This debate is.
Let them serve with honesty and integrity and let's get on with winning a few wars that have drug on way too long.

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Posted by Dayna Walker on 07/13/2017 at 4:58 AM

Re: “The transgender military debate: policy versus culture

@M.L. Macpherson
"Again, it is not the surgery that causes suicide. It is trying to suppress your own bodies attempt to fix the issue and conform to what society demands you to be."

Of course, because human society is the problem, and that's what has to be fixed for the sake of trans people. Trans people are fine. It's the world and all the other people in it that are going to have to come around and understand that they have a duty and an obligation to be in orbit around trans people.

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Posted by Michael Cullinan on 07/12/2017 at 7:39 PM

Re: “The transgender military debate: policy versus culture

@silky Johnson
Reason for saying they are trans is because woman weren't in infranty positions while the op was in. Kind of why they would usually lie and say admin or something "boring"

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Posted by Matthew Heath on 07/12/2017 at 3:11 PM

Re: “The transgender military debate: policy versus culture

Sometimes, though, I forget about the changes I've made in the past three years and will nonchalantly reply "infantry." I explain that I'm trans, and half the time they find some excuse to be anywhere that isn't next to me.

Seriously?! During the course of social event conversation you feel it necessary to non-chalantly explain your gender/sexual/personal situation and you wonder why people excuse themselves? I have tons of LGB friends and I'm pretty sure I have never told strangers at the bar "my gender preference" during happy hour. It seems these social event participants had no issue talking with you about military experiences, but opt to leave when you put your " personal life" into the mix. Dunno about you but I would feel uncomfortable and probably create a reason to leave the situation (i.e. TMI).

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Posted by Silky Johnson on 07/12/2017 at 12:22 PM

Re: “The transgender military debate: policy versus culture

@Rene Jax
The numbers of post operative suicides for transgender individuals have been greatly inflated in the past and by groups that are clearly anti-lgbt/transgender. The actual numbers are much closer to the numbers for major post operative surgeries for various issues (hystorectomies, removal of the prostate on men and even post partum suicides after child birth, etc etc etc). The majority of suicides in the transgender community come pre-transition, when the individual is struggling to repress who they are and to be that square peg shoved into the round hole that society demands them to be put into. Most transgender individuals attempt suicide before the age of 18. And the majority are sexually assaulted before they are 21. It is not becuase they recieved treatment.

I can personally vouch for this. I am a combat veteran with multiple tours and deployments overseas. I had massive PTSD and severe Gender Disphoria. It got to a point where while on a deployment to the Middle East in support of the ongoing operations against ISIS, I attempted suicide. I was sent home and placed into treatment. Because I could not tell my medical providers (who where in a military hospital), that I also identified as a woman and not a man, they could not understand why no matter what they did, I simply was not getting better. I was evem sent to the top residential PTSD treatment program in the country. And still it did not help. Finally it slipped that I was transgender and eventually began reviving treatment for it. It was only after I began recieving treatment, was formally recognized as female and began adhering to female uniform wear and grooming standards did I improve. Now two years after attempting suicide down range, I am legally a female, was able to return to my military assignment and began taking on additional jobs of educating about transgender issues to command level leadership, as well as present transgender training. Again, it is not the surgery that causes suicide. It is trying to suppress your own bodies attempt to fix the issue and conform to what society demands you to be.

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Posted by M.L. MacPherson on 07/12/2017 at 10:50 AM

Re: “The transgender military debate: policy versus culture

Let's talk about mental health. Currently the military has the second highest suicide rate, right behind post op transsexuals. The military's is 14 person's per 100,000, and the post op transsexual rate is over 40%. Since the military is struggling to find answers to why so many of their people, vets and active duty are fighting this depression, and no one has come up with any legitimate research into why post operative transsexuals are trying to kill themselves. I must urge a step back from integrating transsexuals into the military until we know more about the causes of these two trends. Otherwise we risk pushing transsexual personnel into the pressure that could potentially kill them. I vote no, for now.

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Posted by Rene Jax on 07/12/2017 at 7:40 AM
Posted by needbeermoney on 07/11/2017 at 6:06 PM

Re: “GOP supports corporate thievery

Im not sure that Mr. Beadles and I read the same Hightower editorial.
Somewhere he finds...
"An opinion piece laced, no ladened, with hate."

And I am completely at a loss as to where all that "hate" is found in Mr. Hightowers editorial, and I could not find where Mr. Hightower called "another person a solicitous name". (Does he know what "solicitous" means?)

He goes on to demand:
"Try an opinion piece with some positive ideas"
And:
"Let's hear some of your good ideas and suggestions that people might rally around."

I easily found the FOUR (4) bullet points at the end of Mr. Hightower's editorial that are "positive", "good ideas" and "real suggestions" that people can easily "rally around".

Did he actually read the editorial under which his response appears?

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau was established under Dodd-Frank title X. Republicans have demanded Trump fire Richard Cordray, its head, ever since Trump was inaugurated, and are committed to repealing all of Dodd-Frank.

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Posted by asawatcher on 07/11/2017 at 9:11 AM

Re: “GOP supports corporate thievery

anyone who supports the rich fleecing the poor using scumbag lawyers are them selves a thoughtless scumbag!!!

Posted by happyfew on 07/11/2017 at 8:10 AM

Re: “GOP supports corporate thievery

Corrections; "....(trying to bring them to your level) as mom used to say."

Posted by William David Beadles on 07/11/2017 at 6:11 AM

Re: “GOP supports corporate thievery

Well Hightower has a real case of envy going. An opinion piece laced, no ladened, with hate.

Any possible credibility went out the window with calling another person a solicitous name.

You, Mr. Hightower, are a large part of the divisiveness in America today. Try an opinion piece with some positive ideas. It's easy to tear others down (trying to bring hem to younlevel) as mom used tonsay.

Let's hear some of your good ideas and suggestions that people might rally around.

Dave :-)

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Posted by William David Beadles on 07/11/2017 at 6:06 AM

Re: “Leave your stinkin' drone at home

Bob,

So you want kids banned from National Parks because they might also disrupt your quiet time? How about dogs?

You have this mistaken belief that your desires are more important than others.

Next, you are giving out bad information. I can fly a drone over a National Park, a city park and a county parks. I just may not take off or land from them. They do not control the airspace over the park, only the land.

Drone operators may not harass wildlife or fly directly over people.

If you are going to write about this stuff, you might want to actually learn the laws instead of thinking you know what they are, or what you hope they are.

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Posted by Jimmy Cline on 07/10/2017 at 7:29 PM

Re: “Reader: County Dems are underrepresented

Hey am I the only one who wishes to address the fact that when our nation's Commander in Chief has an issue to comment on, instead of holding a press conference or issuing a statement, he instead runs off to his room to tweet about it like a twelve year old girl?

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Posted by Shannon Simmons on 07/09/2017 at 7:01 PM

Re: “Reader: Millennials don't know what to do with power, or don't care

Jay whos fault is it that as you say those votes dont count? If ya dont say something how do you expect to be heard. Thats the whole thing give up and you accomplish nothing and get nowhere. Go forward keep moving forward and guess what happens you get there. What would have happened if the men that started this Country would have said Aw heck England is not listening so just drop it or MLK would have. Nothing is going to happen right now and it sure ant if you stay inside and do nothing. Enough excuses get off your hind ends and do something.

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Posted by Rocky Smith on 07/08/2017 at 8:27 AM

Re: “Navigating the intersection of queerness and Christianity

"For some of us, including myself, the answer is to remain within the church, claim both identities, live in the tension and be fully understood by neither." Yep, and why does it hurt so much to be misunderstood?

Posted by Kelly Scott Libertelli on 07/08/2017 at 7:41 AM

Re: “Reader: Millennials don't know what to do with power, or don't care

ya i gotta chime in here and say 50 yrs ago maybe things were different but today those votes don't count and our youth know this fact. They saw our state cast its vote for president while the voting lines in Denver were still half way down the street.. The fact is if you don't own land your vote doesn't count. As i said before many of our kids know this and cannot be bothered to be brainwashed by politicians (red or blue). If the people of this great nation wish to change how the kids look at us maybe we could stop bickering like children and give voice to middle America like it was ment to be.

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Posted by Jay Whynotaskme on 07/07/2017 at 6:39 PM

Re: “Reader: You're the one who wants your lifestyle protected, so you pay for it.

Ranges af I might agree with what your saying but I often wonder what is so worrisome over grammar from an old guy like me. Its served me well all these years Ive gotten by just fine with the way I talk and conduct myself. Do folk like you spend sleepless nights over peoples grammar? Or is it just a better then thou thing? I would like to know.

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Posted by Rocky Smith on 07/07/2017 at 4:28 PM

Re: “Reader: Millennials don't know what to do with power, or don't care

We all know who would buy those votes and it ant the boomers who doing well enough just to pay our own way. Personally I think my generation blew it and Im a boomer. All the free love and community gathering of the 70s went straight in the toilet once we got hungry. Once we figured out that we were doing without a comfy bed, a roof over our heads or a car to drive we got off our butts went to work and figured out that the system had to have action in order to move ahead and have those things.Our parents were not buying those things for us. Same with voting and service to our country. But we didnt teach our children the lesson we learned. There was a letter last week advocating the rich pay for it all. Reality is you dont pay taxes how can you have a say in how things get done. Do without for a while and guess what they will get off there asses and do whats needed. She said her life wouldnt change much well guess what once your toilet dont flush, the lights dont come on or water dont flow out the faucet your life changed. Cant or wont crap in the woods without paper for long. Need is the key to get a person off there backside. The cool thing about our Country is if you want it or need it you go find a way to earn it. Trump is one of the greatest gifts Russia ever gave this Country hes going to take enough from the common people (who are paying for it)and that it will cause a huge rise in voting next election.

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Posted by Rocky Smith on 07/07/2017 at 11:57 AM

Re: “Reader: You're the one who wants your lifestyle protected, so you pay for it.

The largest portion of my local property tax goes to fund education for children that aren't mine, but I would gladly pay more to send Rocky to a remedial English grammar class.
It's about being a community and making choices as a community to create infrastructure and services that benefit the community. I've never met anyone who wanted to be poor, and certainly never heard of anyone made poor by paying taxes. If we were as concerned about the 19 to 25% usury interest rate we pay on credit cards as we are about trying to knock 0.005% off a 15 to 18% effective income tax rate, we would all be banking a lot more cash.

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Posted by rangesaf on 07/07/2017 at 6:25 AM

Re: “Reader: County Dems are underrepresented

"none of the five commissioner seats in El Paso County is occupied by a Democrat"

Commissioners, like all elected officials, are elected by geographic districts, not by political party ratios.

"not one district is even competitive for a Democrat to run in, much less win"

Districts are laid out by geography and population, not by party density.

What you are really advocating is gerrymandering based on party density.

"The best way to address the Democratic threat is just to redraw the lines,"

The BOCC meeting I went to and the Clerk and Recorder website had plenty of maps and gave very solid reasons why the redistricting was happening and why the proposed changes were being made. They had everything to do with population growth and geography, balancing the number of people per commissioner (which is long overdue), and nothing to do with political parties.

"Perhaps if there had been a Democrat county commissioner, he or she would have smelled "the rat in the henhouse" and stopped Maketa before he was allowed to become a liability to taxpayers."

Highly unlikely that such a person would have done any such thing.

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Posted by Odin on 07/06/2017 at 4:33 PM

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