Thank you, Laura Cooskey (Mailbox, Sept. 19).
Laura walked you through the history of the necessary slow tradition of a people's language. We read and study what is referred to as "old English" — the English language that was spoken centuries ago. The study of any language demands the slow, gradual change in a word's meaning or implication. However, in all cases it is a decades or centuries transition.
Presently, the some 50-gender identities are asking those of us who, as Laura expressed, prefer to be referred to in the singular, to relinquish our identity to the crowd — "they, them." I am sorry but I am not going to abandon my person as he, me, not them — to make me them is to reduce me to just part of the crowd. NO! I am me! He! Him!
In their quest to gain self-identity, the 50-gender group is insisting that we of the "cis" category relinquish our identity.
Charlie Giannini, Fortuna