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Alaska’s state flower – the Forget-Me-Not.

Before we get started, check out the conclusion of my latest fiction series over at Glibertarians – and next Monday, a new series begins.

Now then:  This is one of the reasons I’ve always said that the best government is that which is closest to the people:  Mat-Su school board bans transgender girls from school-sponsored girls teams and sports. Excerpt:

The Matanuska-Susitna Borough School Board held a second reading of a proposal Wednesday night, banning transgender girls from school-sponsored girls extracurricular and co-curricular activities in the district.

The proposal — Board Policy 6145 — was initially introduced at a school board meeting on June 1, where it received overwhelming support among the board members.

However, a large portion of those who provided public testimony spoke out against the policy, saying it would open the district up to potential lawsuits.

After public comment had concluded, every board member voted in favor of passing it — a 6-1 tally — except for member Dwight Probasco, the lone vote in opposition.

The board states that there are significant biological and physiological differences between males and females including strength, speed and endurance capabilities, giving males a competitive advantage.

“I would like to thank the board for bringing forth this fairness in sports bill,” Rhonda Witt said. “I think it’s very important for our girls.”

The one council member who voted in opposition questioned whether this was even an issue in the Mat-Su:

Probasco questioned how many transgender girls are currently competing in sports around the district, and requested a legal opinion on whether the proposed revision to extracurricular and co-curricular activities would interfere with BP 0410 — a Nondiscrimination in District Activities and Programs — which requires activities and programs to “be free from discrimination based on sex… sexual orientation, or any other consideration.”

“I believe strongly that this policy is a solution to a problem that doesn’t exist right now so I will not be voting in favor of it,” Probasco said.

He may well be right, but that’s not the point.  This policy is just as fair and effective as pre-emption as in reply.

This, True Believers, is the stuff of which cultural revolutions are made.  Pushing back against the entire biological-boys-competing-as-girls nonsense will best start at the school board level, and work up from there; it’s much more effective than hounding the Imperial City to take some nebulous action that won’t be enforced.  Of course, for this to happen, parents and serious folks have to start paying attention to their local school boards and, when necessary, taking them over in the elections – and gosh, haven’t we been seeing some of that lately?

Let the Mat-Su show the way, folks.  You can call up  your local pols and talk to them.  Try getting an appointment with one of your Senators.  That’s why government should be as close to the people as it can be, as much as possible.

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