(On the "Iwo Jima," in the Caribbean, spring, 1968, Ed Palm photo)Just a quick note: I have accepted a position as a full-time online English prof with Strayer University, and it starts tomorrow. In the words of the poet, "But at my back I always hear time's winged chariot hurrying near."
I was heartened to hear Obama reaffirm his pledge to end the current "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" policy and to allow gays to serve openly in the military. Over the years, I have had occasion to tell academic hiring committees--some members of which expected me to conform to their stereotypical notions of the military--that I have seen far more boy-girl problems threaten "good order and discipline" than I have seen problems caused by gays. Whether gay or straight, we all have an obligation to keep our sex lives private and out of the workplace. If soldiers, sailors, and Marines keep that in mind, there will be no problem integrating gays into the ranks.
In 2007, I was privileged to make this point, in my own inimitable way, the pages of the late Seattle Post-Intelligencer: The title to this entry,above, is a link to my P.I. piece. --EFP