In her letter printed June 20, Cindy Rose, an outspoken conservative, seems to be projecting her own outrage at others.
Ms. Rose believes, as is her right of course, that the County Council is wasting its time, and by extension our tax dollars, by adding LGBTQ+ anti-discrimination wording to our county laws because such wording already exists at the state level. Ms. Rose seems not to comprehend that local ordinances should reflect what’s in state ordinances so that discrepancies and potential conflicts are avoided. The state vs. federal conflicts over reproductive rights are a larger example of the same issue. The federal government is now curbing some human rights, especially as relates to the transgender community, so it is incumbent on state and local governments to curtail the discrimination wherever they can. At one time, many counties and states had differing rules on racial discrimination, including housing and marriage; we had to go federal to end that, and we’re still fighting that fight on some levels.
On another note, Ms. Rose accuses Lois Jarman of calling her a horrible slur (“a herpes”). If this in fact did occur (I was not there, so are there others who witnessed/heard this, or recordings of it?), then Ms. Jarman at the very least owes Ms. Rose a public apology as this is totally unacceptable and inappropriate, no matter how one feels about Ms. Rose or her beliefs. If Ms. Rose misheard what Ms. Jarman said, then Ms. Jarman is owed the apology.
People need to be able to express their views, even views others find reprehensible, as long as those views do not encourage harming people or their property. That is the core basis of our Constitution’s First Amendment.