To the editor:

(Re: “Bathroom decree puts local control in toilet,” May 19, 2016) You mentioned that “traditional values” are at risk because of the emergence of transgender awareness in this country. ... The term “traditional values” is a code that means “the way I like it is the way it is.”

Whatever the status quo is can be perceived as tradition, and the values that denied women the right to vote or forced African Americans to use “blacks only” bathrooms could all be seen through this lens. At some point, these were all “traditional values” that our culture adhered to.

I don’t pretend to understand everything about trans culture, and this lack of understanding can make me nervous.

... I would ask, Mr. Becker, that you examine your views about minorities in this society and your views about tradition.

No culture remains the same and ours is a part of a world that is evolving. Change can be uncomfortable, certainly, but it needn’t be unbearable. ...

Some of the most heroic gestures of our country’s past have come when minority groups in our society have achieved rights and privileges they had “traditionally” been denied.

— Rafael Francisco Salas

627 Lincoln St.

To read the entire letter, see the June 2, 2016 edition of The Ripon Commonwealth Press.

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