- The Washington Times - Wednesday, June 23, 2004

Homosexual complications

James V. Dolson (“Baseless claims,” Letters, Monday) objects to Thomas Sowell’s remarks about homosexuality. He asks for evidence that atrocities against homosexual persons are trumpeted by the press. Is he unaware of the Matthew Shepard incident in the 1990s, which received massive press coverage?

He asks for evidence that the press ignores homosexual violence against children. A few years after the Shepard killing, a young lad (whose name I do not recall) in a Southern state was raped by two men and asphyxiated by a gag stuffed in his mouth to shut him up. The press made almost no mention of the matter and did not treat it as a “hate crime.”

As for statistical information on the homosexual life span, read “Homosexuality and the Politics of Truth” by Dr. Jeffrey Satinover or “Homosexuality: Good & Right in the Eyes of God?” (p. 244) by myself, or visit the International Journal of Epidemiology and search for “Modelling the impact of HIV disease on mortality in gay and bisexual men.”

Concerning Mr. Dolson’s reference to “diseases, or costs to taxpayers for dealing with their diseases,” the enormous political clout of the homosexual lobby has won the protection of AIDS, a behavior-caused (and thus preventable) disease. It receives more government funding than diseases that cause far more deaths.

The homosexual agenda is aimed at protecting homosexual behavior. Mr. Dolson needs to explain to the public the specific sexual behaviors engaged in by homosexual persons, their health consequences, and why he thinks those behaviors should be protected by law.

Several of those deadly behaviors are being taught in Massachusetts public schools and are coming to your school soon if the homosexual agenda succeeds — the total sexualization of culture from cradle to grave.

God says “no” to homosexual behavior because the behavior is lethal. The loving of persons requires condemnation of self-destructive behavior.

EARLE FOX

Alexandria

Thomas Sowell needs no defense, but Mr. Dolson of Springfield needs to read The Washington Times more thoroughly before he complains as he did in his Monday letter (“Baseless Claims”).

I would rely on the editors to reprint the details of the two homosexuals who, as I roughly remember, kidnapped a young boy, performed their particular sexual perversions on him for two days, then killed him by suffocating him with his underwear. Before this incident, there was a huge media outcry at the death of a cruising homosexual college student in Wyoming who died from exposure after being beaten and tied up by two apparently heterosexual men.

A comparison can be supplied by The Times of the media coverage of the Wyoming student’s death caused by exposure after he was attacked and tied up versus the coverage of the rape and murder of the child by homosexuals. The response to either death should not be minimized, but the death of the child should have provided an outcry equal to or greater than the outrage over the college student’s death. That the child’s death was generally considered “non-news” will help Mr. Dolson understand one of Mr. Sowell’s arguments.

Mr. Dolson also complains about the lack of statistics presented about homosexual health care costs versus costs for the non-homosexual population. AIDS is a major source of homosexual health care costs, and the spread of AIDS is known to be caused by promiscuity. The spread of AIDS in this country can be stopped immediately by ending homosexual promiscuity, and because homosexuals already know that, we don’t need to spend a dime. Borrowing billions of dollars, which our children will have to pay back, to explain this to Africans is a losing cause and should be stopped immediately.

In response to Mr. Dolson’s accusation of an anti-homosexual bias in The Washington Times because it did not censor Mr. Sowell’s writing, remember that The Washington Times is based in the United States, not Canada. It is still legal here to print opinions and facts about homosexuality.

WAYNE HEMBREE

Bowie

Western winds

Steve Miller’s article “Hispanic Republicans surge in California” (Page 1, Sunday) was very refreshing. The political dynamics are changing in California. I live in the heart of Republican Orange County, which is represented by two Democrats, state Sen. Joe Dun and U.S. Rep. Rosetta Sanchez.

I couldn’t agree more with Mrs. Sanchez’s Republican challenger, Alexandria Corona, about the way the pendulum swings in politics. California’s diversified population, not just the Latinos, is slowly but surely becoming Republican. People feel it is time to take responsibility for their own actions, and they want to keep their own money. They also want to feel safe and secure in this great land of opportunity.

I think Democrats may be surprised to see that the once-blue state, which has changed to a purple hue, may come out red in November. The Republicans have my vote.

CAROLYN ELLIS

Anaheim, Calif.

Air defense

I must take exception to several items mentioned in the otherwise correct assessment of the state of the nation’s air-defense system in the column by Lt. Col. Darl Stephenson (“Rebuilding air defenses,” Op-Ed, Monday).

Having served as a radar operator and intercept technician between 1957 and 1963, I find his history of the U.S. Air Force operation of the air-defense system to be accurate. However, his statement that the Navy was never a player in continental air defense is not correct.

The Navy operated a key extension to the land-based air-defense radars during the height (as he put it) of the defense system in the form of radar picket ships off both the East and West Coast. My direct experience with these very able (at the time) radar platforms is based on contact with these ships while assigned to two coastal land-based Air Force Global Coastal Infrastructure (GCI) sites.

Their “stations” were located approximately every 100 miles, from the southernmost station (70 miles east of Key West, Fla.) to the northernmost station between Labrador and the southern tip of Greenland. The Navy operated an identical setup off of our West Coast. These ships were converted World War II destroyers and destroyer-escorts (DDR/DER), and they would remain on station for 30 days at a stretch.

The Navy also pioneered and operated an extensive airborne early-warning (AEW) system (what is now called AWACS, for airborne warning and control system) from the early 1950s through the late 1960s with its well-known Willie Victors, or as they were officially known, WV-2s. While the Air Force operated an identical aircraft, the RC-121, the Navy operated a total of five numbered air wings of the WV-2s while the Air Force operated just two wings.

At our Air Force GCI site, the only fighter squadron we had to call on for the role of an all-weather air-defense interceptor was the Navy’s outstanding All-Weather Fighter Squadron 3 [VF(AW)-3], whose personnel stood the two-minute alert duty 24 hours a day for the two years I was assigned to the radar site.

This was a unique unit, as it was a bit larger in the number of assigned aircraft, the Douglas F-4D-1 Skyray, as the unit stood at the two-minute alert both at Key West as well as San Diego and was assigned directly to the Air Force Air Defense Command (ADC) for continental air defense. In fact, VF(AW)-3 was a multiple winner of the Air Force ADC “A” award, given only to the most outstanding air and ground units assigned to the Air Force air defense force. To my knowledge, it is the only Navy unit to have received the award.

In my experience, the Navy was a big player in the nation’s air-defense network. It is unfair not to give it credit for the outstanding effort of the thousands of officers and men who served aboard radar picket ships, AEW aircraft and front-line fighter squadrons.

MIKE O’ROURKE

Oak Hill, Va.

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