President Barack Obama has informed members of Congress that he plans to scrap a controversial policy barring gays and lesbians from serving openly in the military. “Don’t ask, don’t tell” was adopted during the Clinton administration as a means of allowing gays and lesbians to serve in the armed services as long as they kept their sexual orientation to themselves. Earlier this month, Defense Secretary Robert Gates and Joint Chiefs of Staff chairman Admiral Mike Mullen told Congress the armed services will no longer use assertions by sources outside the military as the basis of investigations into a service member’s sexual orientation, and that only top-level officers will be allowed to authorize discharges.OK, beloveds, get those letters written!
Those changes accompany a recent poll among service members that show opposition to gays serving openly in the military has declined dramatically. The Military Times newspapers reported last week that an exclusive survey of some 3,000 active-duty troops found opposition has dropped from 65 percent in 2004 to 51 percent today.
...Tell us what you think. Should gays and lesbians be allowed to serve openly in the military? Send your comments to Mailbag, P.O. Box 1717, Johnson City, TN 37605-1717, or mailbag [at] johnsoncitypress [dot] com
Monday, February 15, 2010
Use Your Voice
The haters will certainly come out for this opportunity, so I hope the lovers will too. The Johnson City Press is asking its readership to send letters voicing opinions on Don't Ask, Don't Tell.