- The Washington Times - Thursday, June 22, 2000

NOW, Times article distort purpose of organization

On the eve of Father's Day, I found it disheartening to read that The Washington Times twice repeated a baseless accusation made by the National Organization for Women (NOW) that the National Fatherhood Initiative (NFI) is a "misogynistic" organization ("Fatherhood groups fight for rights," June 17). Your article also painted an inaccurate picture of our organization, leading readers to believe that it is a fathers' rights organization.

The NFI was founded six years ago to promote responsible fatherhood. Our goal is to increase the numbers of men who are committed to their children and actively involved in their lives, and who support and respect the mothers of their children. We view marriage as the ideal context for responsible fatherhood and urge men to work as hard at keeping their marriages healthy as they do at keeping their careers flourishing.

Far from being a "misogynistic" organization, the NFI endeavors to enhance supportive relationships between mothers and fathers and to improve the well-being of children, half of whom are daughters.

It also is inaccurate to describe the NFI as a fathers' rights organization. Although the NFI does encourage efforts to support the loving involvement of non-custodial fathers in the lives of their children, the organization consistently emphasizes the importance of fatherly responsibilities, not rights. As such, our focus always has been and always will be on improving the well-being of children, not on the more narrow task of expanding the rights of fathers.

Had we been asked by The Washington Times about NOW's careless use of the term misogynistic, we would have noted that it is next to impossible to be a good father without supporting and respecting the mother of one's children.



National Fatherhood Initiative


District has come too far to revert to days of Barry administration

In response to Adrienne Washington's June 20 column, "Bored Barry hints at unseating D.C. Council's vulnerable Brazil" (Metropolitan), I would like to state that my record on the D.C. Council is unmatched by any current or potential candidate for the at-large seat.

I welcome any challenge to debate my record, a record of continuous eradication of fraud, waste and mismanagement in the D.C. government. The District is moving forward, and no one is looking to hit the rewind button to the gloomy past, which is the legacy of the Marion Barry administrations.

I have dedicated my life to fighting for progress and prosperity for the African Americans who are trying to live wholesome lives in this city. I continue to serve the District in its best collective interest, moving forward and returning opportunity to those who need it the most, while fighting fraud, waste and mismanagement.

God tells us in the Book of Genesis (Chapter 19) not to look back and to reject evil, so let us not make the same mistake made by Lot's wife.


At-large member

D.C. Council


Feminizing our submarines will sink our sailors

As a life member of the Navy League and a retired submariner who had command of a submarine and a submarine division (seven submarines), I feel qualified to comment on Sheila McNeill's letter ("Tax money should not be used to modify submarines for women," June 12).

I agree with her that there is no place for women on submarines based on the issues of combat effectiveness, privacy, unit cohesiveness and cost. I cannot, however, agree with her statement that women are capable of performing every job on a submarine. There are still some physically demanding jobs such as torpedo loading and handling, diesel engine maintenance and auxiliary machinery maintenance that would tax the average female body.

Moreover, the psychology of living in such close quarters for prolonged periods of time (60 days to 70 days) would significantly stress the average woman.

I would further raise the moral issue of forcing the close association of young men and women in the living and working spaces of a submarine. Such ill-advised cohabitation could result in sexual promiscuity, pregnancies and moral problems not only with crew members, but especially with those crew members' families back home.

The Defense Advisory Committee on Women in the Services has proved itself to be a home for radical feminism with a single goal in mind to feminize our armed forces, regardless of operational and combat performance issues.

The sooner this group permanently disbands and Congress gets more truthful information (as opposed to politically correct party lines) from our senior military leaders the better. Congress and the American public have been misled and ill-informed by our senior Department of Defense officials and senior military officers for far too long.


U.S. Navy (Retired)

Sterling, Va.

Headline on athletes could have been 'Battle of the sexist'

Instead of focusing his argument about discrepancies in the salaries of male and female athletes on the only semireasonable justification the fact that salaries are a direct result of the revenue the athletes generate Stephen Moore forges ahead with the most archaic position possible ("Battle of the sexes," Commentary, June 16).

Unfortunately for Mr. Moore, his comparison completely missed the point by using the proverbial apples-and-oranges comparison. The comparison he makes between tennis players Martina Hingis and Pete Sampras is implausible. Of course Hingis does not have the strength to return a serve from Sampras. (Although maybe she does; has anyone thought to have her try?) This isn't the question to raise. Instead, does Hingis demonstrate the same skill, agility and strength compared with other female tennis stars, as Sampras does with his competitors? If so, should she not be rewarded equally for her skill?

The most glaring issue raised by Mr. Moore's column is that we still live in a society that does not place as great a value on the accomplishments and contributions of women, hence the lower preference for women's sports and the smaller revenues garnered. Nike's motives for airing the commercial in question are most certainly profit-driven. So it is only a matter of time until Mr. Moore and many others realize the commercial demonstrates the growing number of people who already realize that women are making a large and positive impact on all facets of life, and we will continue to do so in force.




Stephen Moore failed to mention that there is one sport in which women and men compete as equals. In fact, in high school and often in college, there is only one team. I am writing about shooting the politically incorrect sport.

In shooting, men and women use the same equipment and compete against each other on the same course of fire. It is not unusual to see women and girls beat the men and boys.

Female shooters being better than men is nothing new: Remember Annie Oakley? She learned to shoot for the same reason boys did. She had to put food on the table and protect herself.

If you want to see the extent of women and girls competing in shooting, go to the national matches at Camp Perry, Ohio. And if you say it is an easy sport, try high-power rifle, where in a typical match you are at the range before 7 a.m., start at 8 and don't finish until after 5 p.m. During this period, you are either shooting, scoring or pulling targets. There is no break to eat. Weather is not considered. I have been to matches in snow, pouring rain and 100-degree-plus heat. There is no cover over the firing points.


Great Neck, N.Y.

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