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FromEditorsDesk TonyThere seems to be a preoccupation with sex in this country, which is puzzling, given that if you ask most anyone, they will tell you they’re good, moral and sensible people.

It’s not just the physical act, mind you. Now it’s also about the actual biological outcome of birth, and whether that is the end of things for a human.

This preoccupation is evident pretty much everywhere you look anymore. It started with magazine advertisements and moved into radio and television ads.

It started subtly; scantily- or unclad women hidden cleverly behind male models (or men leering at women), or double entendres in radio and television ads. 

Flash-forward a couple-three decades and you see a different landscape. Television shows, movies, stories, pretty much all entertainment and information avenues are focused not only on sex, but all manner of social justice, such as gender fluidity and LGBT issues.

Even the supposed paragon of family programming, Disney, is making big noises about not enough LGBT characters, and is even positioning itself in opposition to a law signed by Gov. Ron DeSantis regarding school curriculum.

The woke public, along with willing woke puppets the national media, have cast this measure as the “Don’t Say Gay” bill, and now everywhere you turn, people are saying gay like it’s a new form of hiccups. Even the Oscars broadcast started with it.

As a point of fact, the bill isn’t about that at all, and doesn’t even include the word gay anywhere. What it actually does is stops teachers and school districts from teaching sexual orientation and gender ideology, such as transgenderism, to children in kindergarten through third grade.

Seems reasonable to me, but the woke brigade is apoplectic. 

I’ve made it clear in the past that I couldn’t care less about what people do or who people love, because I am not in charge or even remotely qualified to direct anyone’s life, well, except for raising my children. 

However, I’ve also made it clear that schools and education is no place for this, particularly at the levels that this bill addresses. 

However, the members of the Alphabet community, especially teachers, are livid because the bill “bans” them from telling their students all about their lives and partners. It’s like lifestyle choices, gender identity and sexual preferences are more important than teaching things like reading, writing and arithmetic.

The Disney corporation has set itself up as a crusader, sort of an educational Prince Charming, dedicated to getting the law struck down in courts because it is fully committed in its support of the LGBT community.

Problem is, both with Disney and with the teachers who are against the measure, is that both have decided that their causes are more important that actually teaching children.

With withering school rankings due to COVID-related issues, and children in general scoring lower across the nation, getting back to the business of instruction seems a bit more sensible that worrying about sex and non-binary people. Coloring, ABCs and 123s are the order of the day.

Tony Farkas is editor of the Trinity County News-Standard and San Jacinto News-Times. He can be reached at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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