Letters to the Editor

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Tag: don’t ask don’t tell

Sep.
26th

GOP: Debate crowd dishonored soldier

I decided to entertain myself by watching the latest Republican debate. I find it interesting that this party typically tags themselves as the most patriotic. One of the questions for the presidential hopefuls was asked via video by a gay soldier in Iraq. His question was whether they planned to reinstate the “don’t ask, don’t tell” policy if they became president. The audience booed.

The boos were chilling in itself, but what was most dishonoring was that none of these potential commanders in chief felt it necessary to first thank the soldier for his service and admonish the audience for

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Dec.
15th

MILITARY: Get rid of ‘don’t ask, don’t tell’

I have been a military dependent more than 40 years, and I personally know there have been gays and lesbians who have served in the military for many years before being discovered. The “don’t ask, don’t tell” policy is an antiquated failure. Sexual orientation has no bearing on a person’s ability to serve in the military.

The U.S. military needs the best and the brightest soldiers, and “don’t ask, don’t tell” is currently limiting our nation’s skilled service members. In fact, denying enlistment to patriotic Americans and terminating serving members based on sexual orientation threatens military readiness and national security

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Dec.
1st

MILITARY: Who says Marines need to ‘man up’?

Re: “Marines need to man up” (letter, 11-30).

Isn’t it great that we live in a country where the letter writer has the freedom to tell the Marines, who help preserve that freedom, to “man up” and accept the will of the American people they serve?

I don’t recall the American people voting on this issue, so I question how she is able to determine the will of the people. Until she is willing to strap on a backpack, grab an M-16, and put her butt on the line, neither her opinion nor my own should have any weight on

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Nov.
29th

MILITARY: Marines need to man up

Re: “‘Don’t ask’ repeal hard sell in Marines” (TNT, 11-27).

I am appalled that the supposedly most professional branch of our armed services is unable to turn its collective mind to accepting the reality of life in the 21st century and the will of the American people it serves.

Are the Marines – so proud of their ability to head into danger – such wimps that they are unable to handle being around openly gay men and women? The truth is they are already serving with gay service personnel.

Years ago I attended the Marine Ball with a dear friend

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Sep.
27th

MILITARY: ‘Don’t ask’ a flawed concept from the start

As a 20-year Army officer, I applaud the decision to overturn the great absurdity of “don’t ask, don’t tell.” The whole concept was a silly compromise to reality in the first place.

The opposition to gays in the service was always that homosexuality would be detrimental to good order, discipline and morale. However the basic concept of DADT was to acknowledge that homosexuals could, in fact, serve and function well in the armed forces (and exist in similar numbers to those in civilian pursuits) but only so long as they did not “reveal” their sexual orientation.

Quite obviously, that would

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Sep.
27th

WITT CASE: Time for military to move on

It’s the 21st century, the year 2010. The economy is still in crisis, the housing market in a continual slump. So many people have lost jobs, housing and self-respect. Children are sleeping in cars and shelters. The climate is warming to the point that in some places you can no longer see glaciers.

And yet, there are those, including many in the armed forces, who think worrying about an individual’s sexual preference is so important that it should take priority over all these other larger and far more important issues.

Kudos to the Tacoma judge for saying enough and reinstating

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Sep.
27th

MILITARY: Witt victory gives hope to others

A lesser person would have crumbled under the pressure, but for six long years Maj. Margaret Witt stood up to the Air Force and its application of the military’s “don’t ask, don’t tell” policy. On Friday, Judge Ronald Leighton ruled that sexual orientation should not bar Witt from serving her country and that there was no credible evidence that her reinstatement would have “any negative effect on the unit cohesion, morale, order or discipline of any unit of the Air Force.”

Witt can now direct her talents and energies toward helping to save lives, which is all that she has

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Sep.
23rd

MILITARY: Constitution applies to gays, too

The fundamental issue is: Do all Americans – regardless of race, creed or sexual orientation – have equal rights protected by the Constitution of the United States of America? If the answer is no, because of one’s sexual orientation, then the words of the Bill of Rights are nothing more than spurious dribble.

The same holds true for the Uniform Code of Military Justice, which inconsistently and selectively enforces moral codes against heterosexuals while consistently subordinating honorable military service and job performance to homosexuality.

The message to the world is that we expect, will impose, and if necessary enforce our

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