Letters to the Editor

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Tag: Gays in military

Dec.
6th

GAYS IN MILITARY: In Vietnam era, Army made it work

There have been several responses lately to the challenge from one letter writer for the Marines to “man up” and drop their resistance to the don’t ask, don’t tell repeal. These responses challenge the right of anyone not a Marine now or then to state their views.

I don’t qualify either. I was merely an Army draftee, serving during the Vietnam era. But the Army then didn’t seem to have a problem with homosexuality.

I was morning report clerk for a headquarters infantry company in Germany in 1970-71. I typed up Article 32 charges for sodomy, pressed by German nationals

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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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May
28th

MILITARY: Close quarters a problem with gays

A recent opinion poll finds that more than 70 percent of civilians want homosexuals to serve openly in the U.S. military. Congress just approved an initial bill to end the “don’t ask, don’t tell” policy.

Civilians and Congress don’t have a clue what it’s like to serve in the military. Having served in the military for more than 21 years, I have firsthand experience with gays in the military. Living conditions are the primary reason why morale will and has been degraded due to gays.

Case in point: Stationed in tents for two months, we had open-tent showers. About 15

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May
26th

MILITARY: Don’t repeal ‘don’t ask, don’t tell’

Re: “Ending ‘don’t ask, don’t tell’ will be worth the wait” (editorial, 5-26).

History and common sense have proved for more than 200 years that open homosexuality destabilizes the military and weakens military readiness. The military’s mission is to keep America safe first and foremost. The repeal of “don’t ask, don’t tell” will severely compromise our military’s mission to keep America safe.

A strong military has strong unit cohesion, order, discipline and morale. The push to repeal “don’t ask, don’t tell” is nothing more than a political charade that insults the military, compromises our national security and shows contempt for

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May
25th

MILITARY: Time’s come for gays to openly serve

I spent more than 30 years in the U.S. Navy, both active and reserves, working with Joint Special Operations commands. The military indoctrinated me into believing that gays could not and should not serve in the U.S. military. Today, after looking at who is now being allowed to serve in the military, I believe that it is now time to drop the “don’t ask, don’t tell” policy.

We have Army officers who refuse to fulfill their oath and go to a combat zone with their units. We have Army Rangers doing “takeover” bank robberies. We have convicted criminals given waivers

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