The article "Reflections of a Many Gendered World" (September 19) shows how susceptible some are to social trends and to their own bodies. But the article features those whose sex hormones drive them to accept transgender identities peculiar to their felt needs. For example, a man might accept and acknowledge his gay orientation, with drag queen tendencies. (Several different orientations are covered in the article.)
While it would be easy for the majority of us to pass judgment against these "transgenderists," we must not forget just how powerful hormones really are. Some even claim that all wars of history, in which many millions perished, were testosterone based. On the other hand, "hell hath no fury as a woman scorned." I don't know what that has to do with estrogen, but it goes to show that both men and women are capable of wreaking havoc when excessive interior and/or exterior forces bear down on them.
It's no wonder that those with genetically destabilized sex hormones lose track of who, or what, they are. Thousands of years of physiological, psychological and spiritual abuse readily explain this genetic discombobulation that has its victims scrambling to and fro from one gender category to another, to another, etc. And of course far-left social trends often push closet fence-sitters over the brink, making it easy to justify a lifestyle that is in reality a gene-based misperception.
But instead of our condemnation, these victims need understanding, that is, the understanding that they are victims, and are further victimized by those disenchanted with family or traditional values. The notions that we need to "question the basic assumptions of our everyday life" and that "rigid gender roles in society hurt us" are little more than rationalizations designed to both justify "alternative" lifestyles to the general public, and to seduce carriers of unstable genes into transgender ranks.
Experiencing these powerful pressures from both within and without, these victims do seriously need our empathy. But more importantly they need our support and assistance out of their genetically and socially inflicted transgender bondage.
The article "Taxes Bite" (September 12) perpetuates a myth--that the increase of the assessed value of your home is the reason taxes go up. That is wrong. It is misleading.
If you owned all of the property in the county, then it would not matter what the assessed value was, your tax bill would be equal to the budgets of the taxing districts.
The only reason your tax bill goes up is because the budgets go up. That is it, plain and simple.
Until, we the people just say no to budget increases, our taxes will continue to go up.
--Avery T. Horton, Jr.
I read with raised eyebrow two letters (Mailbag, September 26) taking Tom Danehy to task for his comments on the Van Dams ("The Bell Tolls," September 19) and just had to write.
First, the letters generated far more heat than light, as most things written in anger and high dudgeon often do.
Second, while I frequently disagree with Danehy, to try and demean the man by claiming he cannot write is laughable on its face. He may express himself bluntly (often with deliberate vulgarity), but that is because he's a gadfly (and a good one, judging from the response he gets), not because he writes poorly. The Grammar Goddess can probably leave editing pen sheathed with his column much of the time.
Third, while I do sympathize with the Van Dams over the death (strike that--murder) of their daughter and I feel their lifestyle choices had no place in the criminal case tried against Westerfield (may jackals grow fat on his carcass and ravens feast on his eyes), Danehy's principal point (at least what I take as the principal point) was apparently overlooked by the letter writers and probably others: When you become a parent, the focus in your life should become your child or children for good and logical reasons.
Look, if you have children, they don't have a choice about the matter, but you do. If you are going to inflict this merry-go-round on children, who cannot take care of their own needs and cannot raise themselves, you need to suck it up and do the job or don't take it on at all. If you can do that and still do what you did before, more power to you. Here's a red "S" for your long underwear. Most people can't do that.
Choices are always part of life. That's the crux of Danehy's column. The funny thing is, I suspect he wrote the column angry, just as his critics did the letters you printed. But Danehy's column was better written than either letter, if no less heated.