Letters to the Editor: ‘Don’t ask, don’t tell’ not priority

‘Don’t ask, don’t tell’ not priority

Regarding your Wednesday editorial “U.S. policies on military gays outdated:”

I do not agree the policy should be on the list of items that need to be changed.

I was in the Air Force from 1977 to 2005. During this time I never heard of any problems with gay personnel in the service. So my thinking is, if it ain’t broke don’t fix it.

Just because it was an election-year promise, it should not be a priority.

You also printed a column by Tom Philpott on Wednesday. To me, the subjects he addressed are the most important things to fix.

• First, pay raises for our troops. By law they should receive a pay raise to meet the employment cost index to match the average wage growth of the private sector. Take that money they are giving to the fat boys and give it to our troops.

• Concerning TRICARE, this piece impacts me. They are trying to increase the rates and force retired personnel to go with their current job/company insurance, although when we signed up we were promised health care for the rest of our lives. TRICARE is inadequate at best. This past flu season I couldn’t even get an immunization from them.

• Regarding concurrent pay, just one thing: I get paid for my disabilities incurred during my duties, from the retirement check that I earned for my service.

Enough said.