Letters to the Editor

Letters on transgender bathroom bill, human trafficking

Bathroom bill could really be a job creator

Shame on The Wichita Eagle for its lack of faith in our governor and Legislature. The governor promised that by decreasing taxes he would stimulate the economy and add thousands of new jobs for Kansans. And our Legislature agreed.

If the proposed bathroom bill becomes law, the governor’s promise will come to fruition. Think of all the new jobs that will be created to ensure that people use the bathroom that corresponds to their gender at birth.

We’ll need genitalia inspectors (GIs). I’m sure I don’t need to explain their function. We’ll also need clerical staff located in or near each public restroom, as well as in government offices to operate fax machines and telephones, send inquiries about each person’s birth certificate and gender at birth, and convey the information to the GIs.

We’ll need additional law enforcement to make arrests, write up tickets for violators, maybe even transport offenders to jail. That will mean more jail staff, which translates into more jobs for Kansans. We’ll need more court personnel, too.

And think of the revenue generated. Kansas won’t have any more financial problems.

Here’s my only concern: Ladies, if you thought the lines in public restrooms were long before, think how much longer they will be when we all have to wait for the gender-at-birth information to be conveyed to the GIs before they can do a proper inspection.

I’m sure our governor wants everything to be proper, doesn’t he?

Cindy Entriken, Wichita

Solution is restitution

Human trafficking has been making headlines in recent years. But the mainstream media focus on the problem and not the solution: restitution.

Kansas is one of the first states to introduce legislation for financial assistance for the victims of human trafficking. Senate Bill 214 would help the victims financially, mentally and physically. But this bill was stricken from the calendar from this year’s House session for not having been introduced in a timely fashion. As a result, victims of human trafficking may find it impossible to financially succeed.

We can push for the Legislature to re-examine SB 214 so victims of sexual exploitation can have a second chance at normalcy while the perpetrators will have to pay for their wrongdoing. Please contact Sen. Greg Smith, R-Overland Park, at 785-296-7367 or by e-mail at Greg.Smith@senate.ks.gov to demand he pushes for this bill to be reintroduced. Let’s help those who need it the most.

Chad Stewart, Wichita

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