Serving without fear of nonjudicial punishment
It is time to repeal the U.S military’s “don’t ask, don’t tell” policy and allow gay and lesbian soldiers to openly serve their country without fear of nonjudicial punishment, caused by his or her sexual preference.
— Arthur Hall, Bothell
Proving our military is professional and mature
I strongly support a bill offered by Rep. Ellen Tauscher, D-Calf., that would do away with “don’t ask, don’t tell.” There’s good reason to reverse this policy.
First and foremost, fighting the danger to our country that we are, we cannot afford to dismiss any qualified, honorable and able members of our military.
For instance, military intelligence is constantly short-handed when it comes to translators. And yet, hundreds of translators have been dismissed since the policy was enacted, including many who speak Arabic, Persian, Pashto and other languages that could help our military intelligence protect our troops and America.
Additionally, at a time when our military is so overextended, allowing members of the military to serve openly, without being discharged, will alleviate the strain so many of our service members feel from repeated deployments.
Our military is professional and mature. Changing the policy will not affect how service members do their jobs or the military’s overall cohesiveness.
In fact, it only will make our military stronger.
— Donna Mansfield, Kirkland
Alleviating burden of being overstretched and overtaxed
The burden of duty placed on the military and their families could be averted if we stop this nonsense and allow competent people to serve our country.
America can no longer dismiss qualified and able members of the military because of their sexual orientation. This is a privacy issue, and we can no longer continue on this path, especially now that our military is so overstretched and overtaxed.
Changing the policy of “don’t ask, don’t tell” will make us stronger not weaker. We all love this country.
— Julie Burrell, Lake Forest Park