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I take issue with Saturday's column by Cokie and Steve Roberts regarding homosexuals in the military.

First, I can find no record that either Roberts has ever served in the military. The issue of standards and conduct in the military should be left nearly exclusively to the military and not to media and politicians. The military knows better than the Robertses, the media or politicians what it takes to win wars by using high standards of military discipline, conduct and training.

Secondly, harm will certainly come to the military as thousands of U.S. military retirees will no longer encourage young people to seek military service. We will encourage them to get an education, get active in church and community with a view toward turning this nation back to what our founders envisioned.

Homosexuality is an aberrant behavior and is part of a list of such behaviors not tolerated in the military.

Fred Chitwood
MSgt, USAF (Ret.), Flowery Branch

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