As much as I applaud Thomas J. Thornton’s stance on gays and lesbians in the military (Letters, June 9), myself as a 12-year veteran of the U.S. Army also did not care one way or the other if they were gay or “straight.” There is one problem: cartoonist Clay Bennett was only correct.
The late Randy Shilts, in his authoritative work, “Conduct Unbecoming Gays and Lesbians in the U.S. Military,” demonstrated very well just how many people did care if men and women could be thought of as homosexual and therefore would go to great lengths to have them removed from the services for that reason. I have read the book through and would suggest that Mr. Thornton acquire the book and do the same.
No one should insist on “firing” anyone for telling the truth, even if it does hurt.
Joan E. Harman