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Letters: Charen wrong on sexuality

Mona Charen’s Jan. 14 column, “Sexual mutability run amok,” made me wonder why The Spokesman-Review would print such a vile, hateful, ignorant piece.

I would like Charen to understand that accepting a person’s gender identity is not the same as encouraging it. Gender identity and sexual preference are two different things. Straight people do not become gay. Children as young as 4 do have a basic understanding of who they are and should not be suppressed to hide it. Charen should read the suicide statistics of children/adults who have grown up in that scenario.

It is not child abuse to accept, love and nurture children just as they are. To compare a child whose body is in gender conflict with wanting “to be an amputee or a one-eyed pirate” is beyond forgivable. To end her piece with the most non-compassionate and discriminatory judgment I’ve ever read – that transgender people should not have children – is absolutely unacceptable.

I would hope for two things: That Charen educate herself before learning that a relative/friend is “the face of this mania for sexual mutability (her words),” and hope that The Spokesman-Review be more discerning.

I will probably never again read anything Charen writes.

Vaughn Blethen

Moses Lake


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State lawmakers want to create a legislative loophole in Washington’s Public Records Act. While it’s nice to see Democrats and Republicans working together for once, it’s just too bad that their agreement is that the public is the enemy. As The Spokesman-Review’s Olympia reporter Jim Camden explained Feb. 22, lawmakers could vote on a bill today responding to a court order that the people of Washington are entitled to review legislative records.