DREAM Act and Don’t Ask Don’t Tell …

by on December 21, 2010

To the Editor:

Kudos to Nancy Pelosi for pushing the repeal of “don’t ask, don’t tell” through the U.S. House of Representatives by a vote of 250-175 in the dying days of the 111th Congress. Separated from the defense bill and with strong House backing, repeal became simply a civil rights issue in the Senate. I will miss Pelosi’s leadership in the House and the country will too.

Ralph E. Stone
San Francisco

To the Editor:

It’s terrible that Congress would not pass this DREAM Act and allow students that graduate from our schools a path to citizenship. It’s creating more poverty and hardships on families, and crushes the dreams of many people we have grown to love and care about. They are so out of touch with the real world. It shows that many of our Congress have no passion for what’s right, only what deal they will get. These people could be the leaders of tomorrow, they could add to our economy more so than they do now, and help their families reach great milestones. I guess they figure it doesn’t effect them, but it will effect their children’s children!!!

Sondra Hawkins
Point Harbor, NC

To the Editor:

Can you for once, I mean just ONCE celebrate something good happening without bashing the very people who brought us this glorious day? Perhaps you just don’t have the perspective of someone who has served in the military, so let me help you out: I spent 10 years serving my country. I spent it working beside and for some of the most dedicated people I have ever known. Many of them were gay men, and they walked a razor thin line between serving and being quiet about who they were or getting thrown out of the military regardless of their brave and selfless service.

Imagine that if you can. You have a deep patriotic drive and desire to serve your country, to defend it, only to have that dedication and service sullied because of whom you chose to love. Can you even imagine that? I really doubt you can. You sir, stand on broad shoulders of those who came long before you and perhaps someday those who will come after you will stand on your broad shoulders. So celebrate this great victory and stop whining about how it was won, stop bashing the people who won it *for* you.

President Obama has no cover, he has no place to hide and this will be used against him in 2 short years, mark my words. People change at a glacial pace. Try to remember that is was not that many years ago when just about anyone of color was not allowed to be anything more then a cook or a maid (they called them “stewards” ) in our nations military. In WW-II some of the most distinguished units were made up of men of color and yet they were kept segregated from everyone else, even the Tuskegee Airman (one of THE most decorated and effective air units) were given the same treatment.

If given a choice of surrendering my life in exchange for wiping out bigotry of every kind I would happily do so, but guess what Virginia there is no Santa Clause, Good Witch of the West and Elvis isn’t cutting records anymore. Change takes time, and you have to be patient and work slow and steady. Yes there *will* be casualties along the way, but that is unavoidable and if you think otherwise then you have no sense of history and certainly no sense of the political winds.

Bill Sappington
Oakland, CA

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