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  Where has all the common sense gone?

To the Editor,
Wow. What a nation of angry people we have become. Everything must be politically correct so that no one is offended, one must be oh so careful so that the wrong thing isn’t said, because after all, let’s not cause people to be upset, hurt their feelings, make them feel uncomfortable, blah, blah, blah. Oh and let me add that heaven forbid anyone express an opinion, disagree, speak out, or make a stand about a controversial issue that doesn’t line up with political correctness!! Because then these individuals get labeled “bigot”, “racist”, “hater” are slapped with “shame on you”, “quit obsessing over LGBTQ issues”, “get with the times”, “your just old fashioned”, etc..etc..

Case in point? Your recent editorial. This whole bathroom issue is ridiculous. It has absolutely nothing to do with protecting the transgender population (an extremely small percentage of the general population) from discrimination because as you so stated, these individuals have been around since the beginning of time. Having lived and worked in a very large metropolitan city for 20 plus years of my life I saw my share of interesting things and interacted with a diversity of people from all walks of life. And yes, I know that at some point or another, a transgender individual has used the same bathroom as me while I was in there.

The bigger issue here is about pandering to a political agenda that jeopardizes the safety of women, men (yes men) and children of all ages and has now opened the Pandora’s box of opportunity to every pedophile, rapist, and sicko there is who will use the “I’m transgender” to gain access to potential victims.

You think true transgender individuals have been discriminated against before? What do you think is going to happen now? They are potentially more exposed and vulnerable than before. I fear for them.

The solution is: women with women parts use the women’s facilities, men with men part’s use the men’s facilities. For those who are unsure....use the separate one room family stalls that are gender neutral.

Where the heck has common sense gone? Oh and just for the record..oops what I was going to say would have been “politically incorrect”... We’ll just leave it at that.

  Tara Ludwig
Elbow Lake, MN
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