- The Washington Times - Saturday, March 10, 2001

Pregnant students get help from Feminists for Life

Thank you for illuminating the problems faced by pregnant students that put them at highest risk of abortion ("Georgetown helps to keep pregnant students in school," Culture, et cetera, March 7). The model program at Georgetown University clearly demonstrates that pregnant and parenting students can complete their educations without sacrificing their children.

The article indicated that Feminists for Life's College Outreach Program is working with contacts on 100 campuses. I am pleased to report, however, that Feminists for Life has served as a catalyst for change on 450 campuses serving student groups, administrators, counselors, residential life directors, chaplains, health care clinics, women's resource centers and libraries on campus, most recently at Harvard University and Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

SERRIN M. FOSTER

President

Feminists for Life of America

Washington

Navy doesn't give 'joyrides'

The collision of the USS Greeneville with the Ehime Maru was a great tragedy for the families who lost loved ones and a great hardship for the submarine's sailors and guests, who will forever carry the memory of the incident with them. The Navy is conducting a thorough investigation, and it is premature to speculate on the matter of guilt.

However, I would like to comment on recent articles and editorial cartoons popping up in many of our nation's newspapers that suggest that the Navy provides "joy rides" to civilians.

The United States has a long history of naval vessels hosting civilian guests, beginning with the Continental Navy 225 years ago. Ultimately, America's military forces are accountable to civilians, not kings or military dictators, and every American has the right to observe what the military does. All U.S. military branches engage in community-relations efforts, hosting open houses, exhibits and tours of bases and also providing limited rides on ships, boats, planes or tanks. Who are the "VIPs" who go on these rides? Your local schoolteachers, news reporters, pastors, business owners, factory workers and members of volunteer organizations that support a strong national defense, such as the Navy League of the United States.

The Navy does not give "joy rides." The Navy does provide citizens the opportunity to understand firsthand the activities of our servicemen and servicewomen your sons and daughters and how our taxes are spent in defense of our great nation.

BARRY N. MOORE

Doylestown, Ohio

Barry N. Moore is a national director of the Navy League of the United States.

Morocco seeks solution to Western Sahara rift

The collision of the USS Greeneville with the Ehime Maru was a great tragedy for the families who lost loved ones and a great hardship for the submarine's sailors and guests, who will forever carry the memory of the incident with them. The Navy is conducting a thorough investigation, and it is premature to speculate on the matter of guilt.

However, I would like to comment on recent articles and editorial cartoons popping up in many of our nation's newspapers that suggest that the Navy provides "joy rides" to civilians.

The United States has a long history of naval vessels hosting civilian guests, beginning with the Continental Navy 225 years ago. Ultimately, America's military forces are accountable to civilians, not kings or military dictators, and every American has the right to observe what the military does. All U.S. military branches engage in community-relations efforts, hosting open houses, exhibits and tours of bases and also providing limited rides on ships, boats, planes or tanks. Who are the "VIPs" who go on these rides? Your local schoolteachers, news reporters, pastors, business owners, factory workers and members of volunteer organizations that support a strong national defense, such as the Navy League of the United States.

The Navy does not give "joy rides." The Navy does provide citizens the opportunity to understand firsthand the activities of our servicemen and servicewomen your sons and daughters and how our taxes are spent in defense of our great nation.

BARRY N. MOORE

Doylestown, Ohio

Barry N. Moore is a national director of the Navy League of the United States.

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