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Discrimination against some hurts community

2014-06-08T00:00:00Z 2014-06-09T09:35:10Z Discrimination against some hurts community The Billings Gazette
June 08, 2014 12:00 am

Throughout history some folks thought they had good reasons to discriminate against other folks who did not look, act or believe like them. Other folks thought somebody should do something about it, but not necessarily them. Still others thought someday they would do something but were waiting until “the time was right."

Plenty of folks did not think the time was right to end slavery, give women the right to vote or end segregation. Were it not for courageous, forward-thinking people, none of those things would have happened. Some of those forward thinkers paid a physical, psychological or political price for their actions. Most of them knew there would be a price to pay but they did it anyway. That's what made them courageous.

The Billings City Council has an opportunity to act on such an issue in the form of the NDO. Some will accuse you of bowing to political correctness, others will say you're promoting immorality, still others will say it's a solution looking for a problem. But I ask you what could be more correct, more moral or need solving more than telling our citizens, no matter what their orientation, that our town does not think it's appropriate to allow any of us to be discriminated against?

I believe that the time is right when the issue is right. Even if it's an issue that ostensibly affects only a small minority of us, it affects us all if we want to be able to call ourselves a community.

Ron Tussing


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