Letter: McCain should know best Trump is right on transgender issue


Donald Trump’s clumsy political maneuvers aside, John McCain, of all Senators, should know the president is right on the transgender issue.

When I was in the Marine Corps (1958-1962) one of my buddies was serving a 6 month extension of his enlistment because Navy doctors’ determined he had contracted pneumonia due to negligence.

That negligence kept him from performing his duty and the Corps recouped the loss with the extension. At that time, had I decided to get a tattoo which consequently got infected causing me to be unavailable for duty, I could have been busted, court-martialed, or both. In these days of a slimmed down, bare-bones military, every position is vital.

If a transgender individual joins for a three-year hitch, then, after extensive, expensive training, requires military doctors to perform surgery and constant medication and recovery time, his/her unit would suffer from the shortage.

A combat unit, from the Commandant down to the lowest private, is not a social club, it is there to kill people and break things. Military commanders know what lack of unit cohesion can do in combat. Social engine erring in the military is dangerous and unfair to those putting their lives on the line. In his awkward way, Mr. Trump knows that. John McCain should too.

Jim Barber



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nastywoman2 1 year, 6 months ago

Once again hate, selfishness, & ignorance just amazes me!


The_Uppity_Peasant 1 year, 6 months ago

Seems the solution to this problem was simple: US gov't will not pay for sex-change operations. This way Transgender folk could still serve, and the tax-payers and Right won't have to fund an operation that many don't agree with. But common sense and government are like oil and water, they don't mix.


Pfalbo 1 year, 6 months ago

I have to admit, Jim, that McCain's performance and decision making since he cynically selected ignorant, intellectually vapid, Sarah Palin as his running mate, has been way below par.

But, on the transgender issue, I agree with McCain.

He represents all Arizonans. Not your select few.

Based on your public opinions, you remind me of my late father. Old fashioned Italian. Strict, no meat on Friday's, never divorced and church every Sunday, Roman Catholic.

Like you, though, he rigorously clung to ideas from 50-60 years past. Constantly railing against any change. He truly believed that the ills in the world began when women started wearing pants.

Big issue ti Italians, women "knowing their place."

Pants, you see, were for men only.

You clearly define your particular intolerance on this issue when you say, "Social engine erring (sic) in the military is dangerous and unfair to those putting their lives on the line."

Why? Because many of those transgender soldiers you insist should not be allowed to serve are already Killed in Action. They have already paid the ultimate price in the US's interminable series wars.

You insult them with your particular bigotry.

Shame on you, soldier.