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According to advocates, there could be 60 possible gender IDs

To The Daily Sun,

Our Constitution was designed to prevent the concentration and abuse of power. We are witnessing unprecedented overreach by the federal government. For example: North Carolina is under sustained attack over its bathroom policy. The Department of Justice (DoJ) has threatened up to $4.5 billion in federal education funding under the 1972 Title IX law, and a change in employment relations if the DOJ prevails under the 1964 Title VII law.

The Civil Rights Division at the DOJ knows that when Congress banned discrimination "on the basis of sex" in 1964 and 1972, it did not mean "gender identity." It is disrespectful of the rule of law for DOJ to hold otherwise. DOJ has threatened North Carolina because they wrote into law what most people consider simple common sense; biological men should not be given unfettered access to public bathrooms, showers, and locker rooms set aside for the needs, safety, and privacy of biological women.

Laws from the 1960s and 70s designed mostly to protect girls and women from sexism and harassment at work and in schools are now being used by the DOJ to coerce school districts to grant boys the right to undress in the girls' locker room (and vice versa), in the name of psychological comfort and acceptance.

When the president said he still has a pen and a phone this is apparently what he meant. He is using government power to coerce everyone, including children, into pledging allegiance to a radical gender ideology he deems a higher priority than their right to privacy, safety, and religious freedom.

The North Carolina law allows accommodation of people who identify as transgender, arguably less than 1 percent of the population, with single-occupancy facilities in government facilities. People who identify as transgender will have more options than those who don't. But the DOJ has rejected this reasonable approach, insisting on nothing less than total victory.

The definition of gender identity is "fluid" at this point, so the rules we are supposed to live by are constantly moving. Under proposed rules from the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS), sex would mean not just male or female, but also neither, both, or a combination of male and female. According to the advocates of this application of federal power, there are 60 possible gender identities.

Additionally, female victims of sexual abuse have a reasonable expectation that their voices should be heard, too. Whatever one thinks about gender identity, safety, and modesty, it is not the DOJ's role to make up the law on this issue or any other simply because it thinks it is lacking. That's why we have legislatures in every state and a big one in the District of Columbia.

Marc Abear


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Good idea to, in effect, give fire department a key to your home

To The Daily Sun,

Residents of the Lakes Region should try to make it easier for the fire and police departments to help them act more quickly in an emergency at their residences, and to save themselves the cost of replacing a door or window in the process.

If there is an emergency in your residence and the fire or police departments are called, either by an alarm company or by one of those companies that seniors might use to monitor themselves in case they have fallen and cannot get up, the only way for the first responders to enter your locked residence to assist you to try to save your life or property may be to break down a door or window of your home, unless there is a better way for them to get quick access.

There is a better way. This problem can be easily avoided by installing on the outside of your home, near the entrance, a locked steel device designed to hold a key to your residence but that can only be accessed by the fire department. Many commercial establishments already have these.

There are at least two, perhaps more, companies that sell such boxes that are keyed only to your local fire department. You can find out which of the companies your fire department works with on these by contacting your own fire department. The devices are known by various names such as Knox Boxes or Kidde Supra Safes.

They range in cost from about $50 to over $200, plus the cost to install if you cannot do it yourself. Some can even be connected via a tamper switch to your alarm system if you have one.

In any event, it seems like it may be advisable for your local fire department to be able to get quick access to your home in the event of an emergency. It might even save your life.

Norman J. Silber

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