Editor:

In response to the Feb. 3 Open Air question: Do you think the Casper City Council should pass the anti-discrimination resolution?

As a native and longtime resident of Casper, a member of the local LGBT community and a devoted Unitarian I feel this is an essential affirmation of the inherent worth and dignity of all people and right relationship within and across all strata of society.

I have felt the sting of discrimination personally here in Casper but it is by far and away in the minority, most people show me utmost kindness and respect and are living up to the principles of this resolution. By adopting it the city will reinforce positive behavior while making a clear distinction that we as a whole do not share the values of a tiny minority who seek to practice discrimination in any form.

This is a win-win opportunity that promotes our city as a welcoming place to visit, live and work, boosts our economy by saying we are open for business to all and affirms the hard work and devotion we all have put into making this city our home. For these and many other personal, professional and civic reasons I am asking the city council to support and adopt the non-discrimination resolution.

Thank you to all of the council members for your time and consideration.

ATHNE MACHDANE, Casper

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