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July 02, 1992

Gay bias in the military

Thank you for bringing to my attention that the U.S. government spends many millions each year to enforce its time-honored ban on homosexuals in the military services.

Since the government's own investigators, as well as such nationally recognized professional organizations as the American Psychiatric Association, have found no factual support for the Pentagon's position that permitting homosexuals to serve somehow threatens good order, morale and discipline, I can only conclude that our federal government is using our tax money to promote discrimination based on nothing more than homophobia. What a waste!

These are your tax dollars at work. Is this how you want them spent? At a time when American men, women and children go hungry and homeless while the government claims to have no more money for social service, housing and education programs, I find this multi-million-dollar discrimination program especially outrageous.

Good luck, Col. Margarethe Commermeyer, I hope your lawsuit challenging the military's ban on homosexuals brings an end to this costly and shameful tradition of bigotry.

Esther Zells


OK to do wrong

The Supreme Court says it is perfectly legal for federal drug agents to kidnap foreigners suspected of drug crimes. Due to some small oversight on their parts, the justices forgot to ask the foreigners what they thought about it. A minor detail.

Now the Mexicans are upset and say they won't play ball anymore unless someone quits making up new rules in the middle of the game.

Those Mexicans are hard to figure. So what if we ripped off California, Texas, New Mexico and Arizona? That was almost 150 years ago and besides, haven't we gotten along well since then -- except for a couple of small invasions?

Any weak, Third World country so foolish as to insist on its sovereignty or the piddling rights of its citizens is likely to get itself stomped.

Maybe it's just as well no one asked their opinion. They'd probably demand the right to kidnap American citizens for suspected drug crimes, which is unthinkable.

If they give us too much lip, we'll send someone down to burn a cross and paint swastikas in front of their embassy. The Supreme Court says that's OK, too.

James R. Clay


Sister Anthony and her achievements

On June 23, I attended the funeral of Sister Anthony, a member of the Order of Mercy at The Villa on Bellona Avenue. Her achievements were very important to her church, our city and our country.

Sister Anthony Scally was a researcher and a writer of many articles and essays about the history of African Americans in the Catholic Church.

Her work was published in The Catholic Review, The Catholic Librarian and publications of the Association for the Study of African American Life and History (ASALH).

Also, she wrote for young readers the book "Walking Proud," a biography of Carter G. Woodson, the founder of the ASALH. He was the originator of Negro History Week, which later developed into the month-long observance of black history.

Sister Anthony started writing in the 1940s, years before segregation was struck down in the courts and streets of our country. She did extensive research to write about the contributions and experiences of African Americans.

Few people, especially white Americans, seem to understand or appreciate the value of studying black history. This was not true for Sister Anthony. Her zeal and determination showed to many people that the study of black history is not just an annual observance by a minority of the population but a definite part of the total American experience and must be known by all of its citizens.

Delmita P. Reid



I enjoyed Mike Lane's very clever artistic cartoon about Dan Quayle (June 19).

Potato -- potatoe -- tomato -- tomatoe -- or whatever.

Let's call the whole thing off. . . .

Betty D. Edlavitch


Habitat funding

Your recent editorial about Habitat for Humanity was right on the mark about the excellent things that Jimmy Carter and the other Habitat volunteers are doing. The home construction that was launched in Sandtown recently demonstrates how people from all walks of life can work together successfully.

You indicated that the project was federally funded. That's not right. Habitat not only is a non-profit organization, it also avoids accepting any public funds.

Jerry McNeiland


The writer is a volunteer with Habitat for Humanity.

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