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Could be worse

Representative Marjorie Taylor Greene, the Republican Party’s guiding light, finally took on the task that most Republicans had avoided. She answered the question: “What is a woman?”

At a Republican convention in Georgia earlier this month, she explained, “I’ll tell you right now what a woman is. We are a creation of God. We came from Adam’s rib. God created us with his hands. We may be the weaker sex, we are the weaker sex, but we are our partner’s wife, our husband’s wife.

So, to sum up, to be a woman, you have to be weak. You must be married – to a man, so no lesbians are allowed. And you have to believe in the creation myth.

I don’t know, maybe it’s me, but I feel like that definition leaves out a lot of women. But on the other hand, she didn’t say you had to be white, so maybe that’s a wash.

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No change for me

I have a problem with your approach to electric vehicles, as evidenced by the April 11 story “Unplugged Triad.” What if I don’t want a VE? What if I look at its price, its so far unsupported charging infrastructure, the inconvenience of pausing to charge it and deciding I just don’t want it? What if I love my old reliable fossil fuel vehicle? Will I be forced to change course by the “progressive” culture, as I was with a smartphone?

The only reason we’re changing the whole auto industry, I believe, is so Detroit can make money. But some things work just fine and don’t need to be changed.

Qualified and competent

It felt so good to watch the ceremony at the White House honoring future Supreme Court Justice Ketanji Brown Jackson! She is so skilled and capable.

I wonder if the Republican filibuster on his nomination was just the typical Republican disrespectful filibuster or if it interpreted actual racism.

I know how much Republicans hate “the race card”, but they sure seem to invite playing it a lot.

Jackson’s confirmation is a big win for Black. And the Republicans are acting like it’s a loss for them. So does it follow? Is it right? I’m starting to think so.

The Republican Party goes out of its way to disrespect black people, Democrats (including the President of the United States), LGBTQ youth — and lethal to them — but we never hear them give up on their colleagues who attended white supremacist rallies. They support a president who tried to overthrow the US government to stay in power. Do they even love America? I think it’s fair to ask.

look for it

The day after some celebrated the first openly gay woman to win an Oscar (“Native NC (Ariana) Debose Makes History,” March 29), others celebrated the enactment of the ‘Don’ t Say Gay” from Florida.

For years we have tried to legislate, teach and pray for homosexuals to go away. Religion has been shamed and society has made laws. Neither worked because, as research has shown, it’s much deeper than choice.

A neuropsychiatrist could explain the intricacies of the brain’s delicate wiring and perhaps help us understand why we differ.

A pediatric surgeon could explain the frequency of babies born with a disorder of sexual development. In a time of great joy for the parents, something goes wrong and an extra chromosome has caused confusion. It happens in 1 in 1,500 births. Although doctors and parents try to fix it, children sometimes grow up to experience gender dysphoria, a mismatch with who we think they should be. Why make it difficult for them?

Search these words: lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, cisgender, gender diversity, gender expression, gender identity, non-binary and sexual orientation. Feel confused? At least you try.

Children develop at their own pace, with their own thoughts, no matter how hard we try to control them. The best way to help them grow into healthy adults is to love them unconditionally.

You can’t fix everything with a law. But we can expand our understanding.

We can refine our empathy. Look at this. We need more.

Melvin B. Baillie