Letters to the editor – Saturday – 4-16-16

Published 12:00 am Saturday, April 16, 2016

Businesses try to bully state to go their way

Argue, debate, and educate is what PayPal and other corporations should be doing, and not fiscal bullying to force their views on others. No one should be attacked, bullied, or deprived of their right to follow their personal imperatives or choices as long as they do not infringe on the rights of others.

The draconian actions of PayPal and other large businesses to enforce their opinion on social issues is pure bullying of those who disagree with them and represents an unraveling of the social fabric. The strength of the fabric of the American society is derived from the protection of the many threads of diversity that are nurtured through respect for rights of other. This is true whether one is expressing politically correct or politically incorrect ideas.

I believe any ambiguity in HB2 that could be misconstrued to allow for discrimination because of race, the expression of political or religious beliefs, gender, or sexual gender expression is morally, ethically, and legally wrong.

PayPal and some other corporations feel that only their views are the correct ones and they are willing to use their economic clout to deny the expression of those who don’t share PayPal’s public posturing.

PayPal apparently believes a politically correct public posture and trumpeting the rights of a segment of their employees matters but the rights of others do not.

It is unethical and amoral for a large corporation to “punish” those who hold views different from their politically correct corporate posture. It is the diversity of America that makes it the robust society that it is—one where there are many viewpoints and open discussion and exchange are welcome and acknowledged as wholesome.

It is simply wrong, in every measure, for one organization to financially bully others to enforce its viewpoint.

— Richard Sorensen


Bye, bye, Bruce

To the matter of Bruce Springsteen canceling a concert last weekend in protest to HB2, I have been a fan for a long time, but it will be a cold day before I listen to his music again.

Why is it so hard for some people to understand this isn’t discrimination, it is about what is right. No matter how hard you try to change the way you were born, you can’t.

The restroom is a private place and that is why it is gender specific. This is just another way the LGBT community is trying to force their beliefs on everyone else.

Where are my rights as a straight Christian man? I am not judging, but if you took a poll, no female would want a male, no matter how many shots, operation or dresses they wear, in their restroom.

— Tim McCulloh