‘Dismayed’ by cartoon

I was dismayed to see the editorial cartoon titled, “Government’s Iron Glove,” (Hastings Tribune, Feb. 20).

The Tribune’s choice to publish it gives credence to the message that it’s acceptable to discriminate against people based on sexual orientation or being transgender. Newspapers can reflect or lead their communities.

This cartoon certainly doesn’t reflect the people of Hastings, and it’s headed in the wrong direction. This direction may lead to legislation, like in Arizona, which will allow businesses to deny service to people they perceive to be lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender (LGBT).

Our country started with a declaration that each person was endowed with unalienable rights; meaning born with, integral and something no government can take away.

James Madison wrote our first 10 fundamental rights in the Constitution to ensure these would not be violated by our government or citizens. Over time, amendments have been added to ensure the rights of people in the U.S. are not infringed upon based on age, sex, race, physical disabilities, political or religious views by other people, businesses and state/local governments.

Please notice these rights belong to anyone in the country, documented or not. It is a citizen’s duty to stay vigilant in speaking out and taking action if our or others’ rights are violated.

I applaud Nebraska businesses that already include LGBT protection in their employment policies. I support LB 485, which will amend Nebraska’s anti-discrimination protection to include sexual orientation and transgender people and hope our senators and governor will approve it soon.

Let’s not be like Arizona, which has lost businesses and conventions with their anti-LGBT stance.

Lynn Zeleski

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