All letters to the editor concerning the November 2 general election must reach The Eagle no later than 5 p.m. on October 21. All such letters will be published by October 28. Should there not be enough space to print all the election letters received, they will be published in proportion to the numbers received for each candidate.

Letters may be no longer than 300 words and must contain the name, city of residence and daytime phone number of the writer. No more than one letter from a writer will be published every 30 days.

The Eagle does not run letters from candidates, their campaign managers or treasurers. Nor does it knowingly run form letters generated by a political campaign.

All letters are subject to editing.

Support equality

The U.S. lesbian and gay population spends approximately $1.4 billion each day. For one year, this total is $500 billion. The University of Georgia’s Selig Center at the Terry College of Business a comparison of annual spending by different minority breaks down to:

• Gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgendered — $500 billion.

• African American — $688 billion.

• Hispanic — $653 billion.

• Asian American — $344 billion.

• Native American — $45 billion.

However, despite this fiscal contribution to our great economy, gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgendered Americans still do not possess basic civil rights granted to heterosexual peers. As a result, Oct. 8 has been designated by Boycott for Equality (www.boycottforequality.org) as a “walkout” during which gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgendered individuals and their allies are encouraged to:

• Not purchase anything.

• Not work. Do not generate payroll taxes, income taxes or add to the economy.

• Not use cell phones. Dropping out of the communication network is a way to measure the impact of your presence.

• Speak open and frankly with friends and neighbors about the inequalities faced by gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgendered persons.

• Reflect about the numerous contributions of our gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgendered community

We wish to applaud the efforts of Boycott For Equality and to encourage Brazos Valley residents to take action in ways appropriate for them as individuals. Further, we desire to express our gratitude to the many gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgendered persons in our military and in our community tirelessly working to better the world around them.


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Smell of correctness

I cannot put my finger on it, but I am beginning to perceive a bad smell regarding the slogan “Support our Troops.” Not that we shouldn’t, right? But this slogan, which is everywhere without variation, smells of political correctness in the true sense, correct in that it doesn’t really recognize the stakes, correct in that there is no hint of larger meaning, correct in that it raises not a single eyebrow, not even a shadow of a raised fist in the background.

Why are there no signs that simply say “Free Iraq” or “Help our boys destroy terrorism” or “Go USA?” And even those, it seems to me, would be at the timid end of the spectrum of “support.”



Letters encouraged

The Eagle encourages letters to the editor. No more than one letter per writer will be printed each 30 days. Letters should be no more than 300 words and subject to editing for length and clarity.

All letters must be signed and contain the writer's address and daytime and evening phone numbers for verification.

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Bryan, TX 77805-3000
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