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Reprimanding Lt. Gen. Benjamin Mixon for expressing his views about repealing the "don’t ask, don’t tell policy" is appalling, and suggesting that he resign is even more outrageous ("General rebuked for letter opposing repeal," article, March 26). He was making a suggestion that servicemembers make their opinions known to those who make the decisions.

Suggesting that his letter influences subordinates against repealing of the policy is offensive. It insinuates that lower enlisted are mindless drones who will concur with any opinion of their leaders. He was making a suggestion, not an order. There is a significant difference.

What difference is it going to make if we do speak our thoughts and opinions on it? It seems the decision has already been made in spite of what senior military officials have said. It’s unfortunate and unfair, but those whom this policy affects do not have any real voice in the matter.

By no means should Mixon resign. He is the outstanding, admirable and accomplished commander of the U.S. Army Pacific Command. This incident is insignificant compared to what he has accomplished for the Army in the Pacific.

This policy affects those in uniform, so it’s only just that we have an opportunity to speak out about it, and we shouldn’t fear that we will be chastised for it.

Spc. Ashley ArmstrongFort Shafter, Hawaii


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