letters | the kosilek case

No sympathy for inmate in request for sex change

It is time for the US Court of Appeals to put to rest inmate Michelle Kosilek’s outrageous request for a sex change operation (“Inmate’s sex-change postponed for appeal to be heard,” Metro, Nov. 21). Charities are stretched to the limit, and some distributed chickens instead of turkeys for Thanksgiving to deserving recipients. Kosilek, a convicted murderer, does not warrant special treatment over and above those people who, despite their best efforts, cannot make ends meet.

Contrast their situation with Kosilek, who, as Robert Kosilek, killed his wife in 1990. Kosilek, who is living in a prison where all the food is provided, has a lot of gall to request that the state pay for an expensive sex-change operation. Kosilek seems to think that, because he is unhappy as a man, the state should pay for his surgery. I have no sympathy for him.

Carole K. Hoch


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