The U.S. Supreme Court has never considered any case of gender identity. According to the ACLU, federal laws that prohibit disability discrimination specifically exclude coverage for gender dysphoria, as do some state disability laws. Where anyone gets the idea that gender confusion is a U.S. constitutional right is a mystery.

In a narrow decision the Supreme Court decided same-sex marriage is legal, but how that affects the liberties of others is far from a done deal. Freedom of speech and freedom of religion are still constitutional rights. Freedom from religion is not.

History confirms bad Supreme Court decisions can be reversed. For example, in 1954, Brown v. Board of Education overturned Plessy v. Ferguson, finding “separate but equal” was invalid, and racial segregation was thereby banned.

Dred Scott v. Sandford was an 1857 decision which stated black people were inferior to whites. The 13th and 14th Amendments overturned that horrendous decision.

Secular humanists deny that a baby in the womb is a human life. They must take great satisfaction that abortion is now the worldwide leading cause of death.

Regressive liberals deny real science in their quest for “equality.” Mutilating genitals does not make a man a woman, nor a female a male. Whether by a creator or nature, men and women were designed to perfectly fit into this present world.

Do the radicals relish prepubescent children having their genitals mutilated and undergoing dangerous hormone therapy to fix what will most likely be a temporary questioning of their identity?

Do social injustice warriors find abundant joy in female high school and college athletes getting the stuffing kicked out of them by transgender males masquerading as females?

When the immoral court decisions Don Iliff (letter, Jan. 11) delights in are overturned, I hope he will remember he “can’t pick and choose what constitutional rights to follow and what constitutional rights to ignore.”

Don E. Waaland




Thank you to the Findlay Publishing Co. for their efforts to give us the views from both the left and right sides of the political spectrum. Rush Limbaugh, E.J. Dionne, Robert Samuelson, Marc Thiessen, Catherine Campbell, David Ignatius, Cal Thomas, and George Will all provide us with tilted points of view. Even the cartoonists featured on the Viewpoint page have agendas.

Add to this our local pundits like Don Iliff, Larry Richards, Ralph Anderson, Jake Laird and others with their personal feuds and attempts to one-up each other so that we are all well-rounded readers. They offer biblical or other points of view on all sorts of situations.

However, some points of view are so one-sided that reasonable people cannot ignore them without comment.

Kathleen Parker’s recent article provides a case in point. Parker points out the Pew Research findings as if they support not building barriers along our southern border. Parker clearly is OK with any illegals coming to America regardless of where they come from. Without mentioning a number of illegal entrants, she willingly points out how much the decrease was in the past decade.

This is clearly a “blame Trump for the shutdown” article. Nowhere does Parker put any responsibility on Congress to work with President Trump to secure our southern border. Democrats currently controlling the House had already voted for much more in “border security” for previous administrations. They are shielded from any responsibility for the federal shutdown.

As Jim Gould (letter, Jan. 12) points out, none of these representatives seem to have a problem with $1.2 trillion in federal debt. The $5.7 billion in this round of border security is a fly on an elephant’s butt compared to either the ongoing debt or the annual budget. It is less than 0.1 percent of the $5 trillion plus annual federal budget.

Jim Acosta (CNN) showed us how effective barriers are. While trying to minimize the need for border security, Acosta shows us how effective barriers can be. Does anyone with any common-sense thinking actually expect them to be 100 percent effective? We should hope not.

Brian Beckwith




I think it’s time for our elected officials in Washington to quit playing politics and blaming each other and open the government.

They need to pass a bill to open government with a provision to put the wall vote on the next ballot nationally. That way the American people can vote to build the wall — or not.

Trump said Mexico was going to pay for it, not our tax dollars, and if he vetoes it, they need to override his veto with two-thirds majority vote and open the government, now.

I do not think it is right for Trump to hold Americans hostage just to build his wall. I think he is being more of a dictator than a leader.

Congress has the power to end it all now, or they can be voted out. They should not be getting paid now either.

I could go on about our elected officials, but that’s a whole new story.

Michael Howard