Here’s a look at opinion content published today, Tuesday, Dec. 21:
Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell: Editorial
We comment on the Senate’s landmark vote to repeal the 1993 Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell policy, which barred gays and lesbians from serving openly in our nation’s military. We write:
… The long-delayed repeal vote was passed in a lopsided, 65-31, tally Saturday; the House had followed the same course earlier. Both votes were preceded by a landmark federal District Court ruling, now on appeal by the government, that ruled “don’t ask, don’t tell” unconstitutional. Conceived under President Bill Clinton, the policy was a compromise on the military’s outright ban against gays and lesbians; it has allowed homosexuals to serve so long as they denied who they were and remained closeted. Since its inception, the measure has cost some 13,500 gays and lesbians their military careers, and denied opportunities to countless others. The vast number of those discharged had unquestionably served their country with honor.
The weekend vote is a milestone for the military establishment and the nation. Surveys of both demonstrate increasing acceptance of homosexuality in the wider society and in the military, which has often served as an incubator for social change. This cultural evolution will eventually spell doom for state laws denying same-sex couples the right to marry and for federal laws that make anti-gay bias the law of the land; literally hundreds of federal rights and protections afforded married couples are denied same-sex couples, even when they are lawfully married or partnered under civil unions. …
Bob Feller: Appreciation
James J. Houlihan of Bronxville offers a Community View in remembrance of the life of Bob Feller, the veteran Cleveland Indians pitcher who died last week at 92.
A Christmas tale: Reisman
Phil Reisman offers a warm story of holiday kindness in today’s column. Mary Ann Balco Berry, a White Plains grandmother and self-described cynic, tells Phil about the loss and return of her wallet during a holiday outing in Manhattan.
Good riddance, Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell: Syracuse Post-Standard
Vindication for gays in the military: Albany Times Union
Zadroga act: Now, now, now, now: New York Daily News
West Point adds to its challenges: Times Herald-Record
Cuomo’s gesture: Poughkeepsie Journal