Printed on: December 24, 2012

Nine reasons

Received Dec. 17

Nine reasons why council members shouldn't legislate against discrimination based on sexual orientation:

1. The role of city government is to provide its constituents with necessary services at as low a cost as possible - not to advance social agendas and to right every wrong.

2. There have been no studies saying sexual discrimination exists in Idaho Falls.

3. Just because other cities around us are passing anti-discrimination ordinances doesn't mean Idaho Falls should jump on the bandwagon.

4. What about the property rights of owners? Shouldn't they be allowed to manage their properties freely without government intrusion? The free market system will provide housing and jobs for people of every orientation.

5. Rest assured, pass an anti-discrimination ordinance and would-be tenants and job applicants who are turned away for legitimate reasons (e.g. poor credit, lack of skills, etc.) will scream "foul" and file frivolous complaints.

6. Passing an anti-discrimination ordinance would most likely lead to the creation of another money sucking bureaucracy. Someone would need to administer it, police it, enforce it and punish those who violate it. Who's going to pay for all this?

7. We already have the Fair Housing Act of 1968 and a plethora of equal opportunity employment laws. Enough is enough.

8. If any councilmen have spare time on their hands, the citizenry would rather they discuss keeping budgets in line and avoiding tax increases.

9. It is unwise to grow government unnecessarily. If it's not broke, don't fix it. (Word count: 245)

J.A. Kohler

Idaho Falls