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Two Views on Ronald Reagan

June 13, 2004

To the Editor:

Am I the only gay man in America who is offended by your recent cover story on the legacy of Ronald Reagan? Has the gay “movement” been so hijacked by those who so narrowly define their participation in the American political system by their sexual inclinations and perceived injustices at the workplace? How selfish and self-serving a movement we are if we cannot look at someone’s record—good or bad—beyond how it affects our little so-called minority?

I guess Cold War successes—crediting him or not—affect only heterosexuals.

There is enough blame to go around for spread of AIDS and lack of recognition of its global impact. It amazes me how so much venom can be directed at a man who based on the available evidence was expected to be a political clairvoyant. Lest we dare mention the relative apathy to the then-obvious worldwide problem in the 90s by the U.S. administration or dare we give credit to G.W. Bush for pledging and pursuing an extraordinary monetary commitment to the crisis in Africa (far beyond the comprehension of what late 1980s activists deemed an epidemic).

By the way, just for fun how about offering a counterpoint article in your next issue? Based on your website page, I noticed no shortage of editorials mimicking the same tired point of view…

Timothy Crout

Manhattan

June 13, 2004

To the Editor:

Andrew Miller’s op-ed article was forwarded to me by my political circles (“It’s Mourning in America,” June 10-16). Miller rocks. The best article written thus far. Thanks for being a strong voice.

Jade Esteban Estrada

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