Letters to the Editor — Feb. 1, 2023

Legislators: Repeal bills that endanger children

America’s minors’ gender dysphoric diagnosis rates and puberty blocker prescriptions increased 122 percent since 2017. Insurers report minors’ irreversible mastectomies climbed 1,300 percent since 2013. (dailymail.co.uk)

American Journal of Psychiatry’s Bränström study reanalysis concludes “gender-affirming surgery” increased gender dysphoric patients’ anxiety disorders compared to like patients without surgeries. (psychiatryonline.org)

Alabama plastic surgeon Patrick Lappert testified amputating body parts and ruining healthy human functions “violates one of the most fundamental principles of plastic surgery,” according to The Epoch Times (“Transgender Surgeries Are No ‘Cure’ for Distressed Youths, Doctor Says,” Nov. 22).

These patients, he said, are seeking a surgical solution to an internal conflict.

“You’re abusing the patient,” he said.

Like many adolescents experiencing mental maturation unease, Prisha Mosley additionally suffered rape, anorexia, obsessive-compulsiveness, borderline personality disorder, anxiety, depression. Doctors started testosterone injections at 15 and amputated her breasts when she was 18.

Interviewed by The Epoch Times (“Mentally Ill Teen Betrayed by Health Professionals Who Recommended Testosterone and ‘Top Surgery’,” Nov. 30, 2022), de-transitioned Mosley, now 24, said, “I can’t believe it. What was in it for the doctors? Did they genuinely think they were helping and there’s no research, or was it just about money?’”

She added, “They really made me into a lifelong medical patient.

“The trans community tells you to kill your old self. It’s your dead name. I literally feel like I killed a child, and it was me.”

Washington’s legislators should repeal child endangering Senate Bills 5722 (2017), 5889 (2019) and 5353 (2021), now!

Susan Shotthafer

Port Angeles

Kudos to Sequim for supporting Operation Christmas Child

I am writing to thank Sequim​​​-area residents for sharing the true meaning of Christmas with children in need this past holiday season.

Generosity throughout contributed to a successful shoebox gift collection season at drop-off locations for the Samaritan’s Purse project Operation Christmas Child. Across the U.S., the project collected over 9.3 million shoebox gifts in 2022. Combined with those collected from partnering countries in 2022, the ministry is now sending nearly 10.6 million shoebox gifts to children worldwide.

Through shoeboxes — packed with fun toys, school supplies, and hygiene items — Sequim​​-area volunteers brought joy to children in need around the world. Each gift-filled shoebox is a tangible expression of God’s love, and it is often the first gift these children have ever received.

Through the continued generosity of donors since 1993, Operation Christmas Child has collected and delivered more than 209 million gift-filled shoeboxes to children in more than 170 countries and territories.

This year, Samaritan’s Purse delivered its milestone 200 millionth shoebox, which was packed on a country-wide tour and then hand-delivered to a young girl in Ukraine.

Across Washington state, shoebox packers often shop for deals on shoebox items throughout the year, and many serve at a deeper level by becoming a year-round volunteer. Information about ways area participants can get involved year-round can also be found at samaritanspurse.org/occ or by calling 253-572-1155.

Although local drop‑off locations for gifts are closed until Nov. 13-20, 2023, anyone can still be a part of this life-changing project by conveniently packing a shoebox gift online in just a few simple clicks at samaritanspurse.org/buildonline.

These simple gifts, packed with love, send a message to children worldwide that they are loved and not forgotten.

Lizette Miller

Media Relations Manager, Samaritan’s Purse