July 07, 2009

Repeal "Don't ask, don't tell"

Intelligencer editorial by Ed Levenson, July 7, 2009: "Strategic retreat: End the Army's 'don't ask, don't tell' policy."

Letter to the Editor of the Intelligencer, July 7, 2009:
To the Editor:

Kudos to Congressman Patrick Murphy for having the courage and conviction to lead the fight to repeal "Don't ask, don't tell." Who better than a veteran to make the case that national security suffers when highly trained and talented servicemen and women are forced out of the military simply because of their sexual orientation, especially at a time when their skills are sorely needed and not easily replaced – not to mention the waste of scarce resources spent on their training?

Thanks to his own service in the Army, Congressman Murphy can put the lie to false fears raised by those with no personal knowledge on which to base them. Our country can no longer afford a policy of discrimination that never served us well.

Barbara Glassman