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Supports Enloe decision

Dear Editor:

Considering the amount of negative input the Okanogan Public Utility District decision has received about restoring the Enloe Dam project, I feel compelled to provide positive support.

Even though the cost today per kilowatt-hour may seem expensive, compared to purchasing power on the open market, at least that power generated will be available to Okanogan County. When averaged in the overall cost paid for generation, I feel in time consumers will be thankful for the upgrades to the facility.

Historically, many of these same tough decisions were made when it came to building the dams on the Columbia River as to what percentage of ownership could a utility afford to share, with regards to expenses and risk of ownership. Those correct choices provides central Washington and the Northwest some of the cheapest kilowatt rates in the United States.

The environmental constraints today would not permit the building of many of our dams. The opportunity for the renewable and clean energy that Enloe Dam will provide will not always be there. Therefore, I and the silent majority are thankful for the tough, but correct decision.

Paul E. Christen, Winthrop

No more ridicule

Dear Editor:

In 1959, whilst in the second grade, Johnnie Norton (now deceased) and I came upon a brilliant plan, namely invading the girls’ bathroom. While our endeavor did indeed create a great chaos for the girls and great thrills and laughter for ourselves, to our teacher Mrs. Tyler it did not, and consequently landed us in the principal’s office where we were chastised at length and threatened with unspeakable punishments for our bad behavior.

We were sent back into the world knowing that a pall had been brought upon ourselves as well as our families. For the last 57 years, I have dealt with the ridicule and carried the shame of that long-ago moment.

And now I find, all these years later, that what we (Johnny and I) did that infamous day was not only our right, but our God-given duty to express ourselves in whatever way we felt best showed the world who we were at the moment.

I have contacted my state and federal leadership demanding reparations for this burden I have carried since childhood. Perhaps you should too.

Kelly Donoghue, Carlton

Love, not hate

Dear Editor:

Being a woman, I am ashamed and saddened every time I hear other women professing animosity instead of nurture and understanding. In Ms. Perrow’s May 25 letter (“Common Sense, Please”), her obvious confusion about the similarity between a transgender woman, and a (“real”?) man with a sick mind, is about the same as the similarity between a basketball and a freight train — there is none. If women of courage and strength like Ms. Perrow could speak for love rather than hate, maybe there would not be so many of those unfortunate, broken men she references as being the same as transgender women.

I have no more qualms about sharing a restroom with a transgender woman than I would with any other woman. Growing up in the San Francisco Bay Area (yes, land of the fruits and nuts) during the 1960s and ’70s, I had the pleasure of getting to know several individuals that claim LGBTQ membership. I say truthfully that many of them have bigger hearts and greater intelligence than many straight people I have known.

Today there is enough hatred against others; I instead am most impressed to see women standing for strength through understanding instead of animosity through lack of education. One of my newest women warrior heroes is Attorney General Loretta Lynch. To watch the exquisite speech she gave regarding transgender rights, please see www.youtube.com/watch?v=qGcurCOBrZo. If you prefer to read instead of watch, please find the speech transcript at www.justice.gov/opa/speech/attorney-general-loretta-e-lynch-delivers-remarks-press-conference-announcing-complaint.

Instead of offering uninformed or antagonistic comments in this section, I appreciate this opportunity to praise women who are warriors of fairness, compassion, truth and protection — whether they are straight, gay, trans, doctors, homeless or athletes. These are values and traits as a woman I steadfastly uphold. There are many strong women out there who use their power and courage to spread love not enmity. We are similar. Most of us have never met, nor would we need to; the fabric and strength of love is more all-encompassing than mere physicality. You know who you are — let’s rock on, girls!

Gloria Quintal, Twisp

 

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