The Inclusion Committee submissions advocating domestic partner
benefits completely fail to mention nearly all the major benefits of such
benefits to the county. The bottom line is there is a fundamental
reason why gays, on average, make the best employees and that reason is
very low average fertility. With less than a third of the fertility of
heterosexual employees, gay employees have a proportionally low
utilization of parental leave benefits, childcare and child medical
benefits, mommy hours, and childcare related employee fatigue. They save
neighboring taxpayers immensely on school taxes as they prevent urban
sprawl and childcare related traffic, with all it's associated pollution.
As clean and thriving, low fertility communities like San
Francisco, Key West, and Provincetown Massachusetts exemplify, as
compared to high fertility Detroit, gays are not just any minority, they
are absolutely essential to a sustainable community both economically and
environmentally. They are neighbors upon whom we as a community are
There is only one possible policy that is potentially superior to
domestic partner benefits, and that would be equal treatment of single
and childless employees, including single gays, through the complete
elimination of spousal and dependent benefits and their replacement with
proportionately higher pay on a 0 net expense basis. However, domestic
partner benefits remain vastly superior to current policy.
However, The "respectful workplace policy" infringes on protected
free speech to such an extent that I believe it will prevent essential
communication with potentially costly, damaging, and unsafe results. For
example, if rapid safety warnings must be respectful, many simply will
not take place.
-Alan Ditmore, Leicester, NC
PS I find it interesting to note that after a hundred years of Democratic
hegemony, during which nobody could bother with gay rights, It took a
Republican challenge including nearly half the board to motivate
Democrats to finally stop taking minorities for granted.
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