Respect for women, man-buns

I think the gentleman (Tobey Healey, “Missing ladies’ smiles” from last week’s letters to the editor) has forgotten that while Jackson definitely has local residents, it also has visitors from all over the U.S. as well as numerous other countries at some future point. Protecting others we care about is not a problem, it is a point of pride.

I spent some years of my life living in Jackson during my college years and after, but now visit yearly. If you are looking for a lady’s smile, it’s available from 6 feet away. Smiling eyes and voice available right now. I’ve been vaccinated, but I still wear a mask in public to respect the current health recommendations and support those who are not yet vaccinated.

I also respect a man’s right to wear his hair the way he chooses, and a woman’s right to open the door. I won’t travel to a place that is not my home and criticize the way they choose to live. There is too much criticism and too little agreement at this point in time. I refer you to Kenny Chesney’s song “Get Along” and hope we will all listen with an open heart and mind.

Elise Monroe

Lake Oswego, Oregon

Pistols to the off hand

Police continue to kill innocent people, so we should work to downsize the police and enable social workers, negotiators, and others to fill the gap. Until then, we must make it harder for a police officer to kill. To that end, the Taser should be placed on the same side of an officer as his or her dominant hand, and the gun on the other side. This way, in a crisis situation a suspect would be less likely to be murdered, and if an officer fired a gun it would more clearly be seen as a deliberative act that can’t be viewed as accidental. I fully realize that Tasers are painful and cruel, that they sometimes result in death, and that we must have better options. However, a Taser is less lethal than a gun, and my suggestion can be put into practice quickly, nationwide, until our society can implement strong reforms.

Bill Dingfelder

Philadelphia

So close on Medicaid push

Well, Wyoming, we almost did it. The House passed the Medical Treatment Opportunity Act, HB162, but the Senate failed us on SF154, Medicaid Expansion with Federal Match Requirements.

Representative John Romero-Martinez, how can we ever thank you and your six co-sponsors for your exceptional leadership in taking HB162 to and through the House? (Clifford, Connolly, Harshman, Henderson, Provenza and Zwonitzer)

We appreciate you so very much, Senator Rothfuss, and your 12 co-sponsors as well, for your courageous attempt to usher SF154 onto the Senate floor. (Senators Case, Furphy, Gierau, Pappas and Schuler and Representatives Brown, Connolly, Harshman, Schwartz, Sweeney, Yin and Zwonitzer)

Kudos to Representatives Banks, Barlow, Brown, Clifford, Connolly, Crago, Duncan, Eklund, Eyre, Harshman, Henderson, Kinner, Larsen, Laursen, Macguire, Martinez, Newsome, Nicholas, Oakley, Obermueller, O’hearn, Olsen, Paxton, Provenza, Roscoe, Schwartz, Sherwood, Sommers, Stith, Sweeney, Wilson, Yin and Zwonitzer and Senators Baldwin, Case, Furphy, Gierau, Kost, Pappas, Rothfuss and Schuler. We salute each and every one of you in sincerest gratitude for your job well done!

Extra special praise goes to you, Representatives Henderson, Roscoe, Sweeney, Yin and Harshman, for your outstanding work on the House Revenue Committee, and we applaud your exemplary effort, Senator Baldwin and Senator Furphy, on the Senate Labor, Health and Social Services Committee.

As for you, Baker, Gray and Hallinan, Bouchard, Hutchings and Mckeown, well-earned condemnation is yours for voting against the majority’s bidding not once, but twice.

To all of you naysayers who refused to carry out the people’s wish, you shall have the opportunity to redeem yourselves. This is not over yet.

Geri Maria Johnson

Cheyenne

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