Appalled by transgender letter; writer apologizes | Letters to the Editor

Dec 07, 2018

‘Do not judge, or you too will be judged’

I work in Edmonds, and have for some time, and I was appalled by Jim Fulmer’s letter (“Not happy with transgender story,” Nov. 29).

I know there is freedom of speech, and I was glad the Edmonds Beacon published the letter. But when are people going to wake up? It is so sad that we aren’t accepting of everyone.

Everyone has a story, and just because you haven’t had the same story doesn’t mean that their story is wrong. Sometimes I think we have come so far, and then someone writes a letter that shows we still have so far to go.

I think we need more kindness and understanding and acceptance in this world, today more that ever. There is an old saying, “Do not judge, or you too will be judged.”

Who are we to judge anyone for doing or feeling something different? Please, starting today, do your best at being kinder, and more understanding and loving.

Cinda Smith


Life, and its infinite variety

I am wondering who the 4- to 5-year-olds are who Jim Fulmer finds reading the Edmonds Beacon and becoming inflamed and confused by an article about a transgendered person (“A new man,” Nov. 15).

Possibly best simply to explain to them that while the vast majority of human beings are heterosexual and content with the gender they are born into, a very small portion of the population is born with indeterminate physical gender, or with gender dysphoria, and that some are born homosexual or bisexual.

Tell them that, and that there are also people who are tall or short, left-handed, brilliant or not, gifted athletes or like the rest of us, or dark-skinned or blond, and that people are different, and it’s easier and healthier to let them be so, and just get on with life.

The rather disturbing letter Fulmer wrote reflects exactly the attitude of rejection that drives LGBT kids and young adults into drugs and suicide.

One hundred and forty different genders out there? No – but varying orientations, and even some gender dysphoria.

And despite Fulmer’s disgust, perhaps it is better and kinder to let such people get on with their lives too, rather than driving them into the closet and forcing them to suffer accordingly, spending their lives miserably lying about who they are in order to keep Fulmer happy and his 4- and 5-year-olds ignorant of life in its infinite variety.

Perhaps just tell those precocious 4- and 5-year-olds that humanity is greatly varied, and all of us are not alike. There is something quite wonderful about that.

Frankly, I'm more concerned about the LGBT kids of any age who read Fulmer's letter.

Nathaniel Brown


Apology for previous letter regarding transgender article

In a previous letter to the editor, I was overzealous in my words chosen in regards to a previous article about the transgender experience (“A new man,” Nov. 15).

Scripture tells us in James 2:13 that “Mercy triumphs over judgment.” I have no right to judge, but I do have the responsibility to be merciful.

As my wife continues to tell me, “Have courage and be kind.”

I was not merciful or kind in the letter, and for that I am sincerely sorry.

My apologies to any and all that I hurt or offended. It was not my intent. I overreacted.

Jim Fulmer


Check out the squid in Edmonds

“Squid, are they good to eat?” I asked the Vietnamese gentleman on the Edmonds pier last night.

He said they were delicious fried or raw and, when they’re around, you can catch 10 pounds in an hour.

I happened to include the Edmonds pier in my walk last night. It was a spectacle, with powerful lights illuminating the water and people all bundled up holding fishing poles. When I asked what was going on, they said they were jigging for squid.

They come after sunset and set up these lights to attract the squid, and then they snag them. They have a jig that has multiple hooks, and by jigging they are able to hook the squid attracted to the light.

“How long are you out here?” I asked the gentleman.

“All night,” he said.

Yes, many people fish all night and fill their buckets with squid. There’s a contingent of elderly Vietnamese who have a ball laughing as they haul them in.

Check it out as between October and January as the squid swim through Edmonds.

Robert Mazelow



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