[Patrick Appel] A reader writes:

Regarding your postings today on survey data regarding the Don't Ask, Don't Tell policy: The most reliable, accurate and balanced data on these questions have been pulled together by Professor Aaron Belkin at the Palm Center for the Study of Sexual Minorities in the Military.  (Belkin is the leading social science expert on the policy.)  The relevant publications may be found here.

These materials tell a different story.  There is still work to be done in changing attitudes and figuring out how to implement a repeal of DADT, but the picture is much more favorable than the recruiting survey appeared to indicate.

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