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Paul Mees' January 14th Letter to the Editor spreads misinformation about being LGBT that was rejected beginning in the 1970’s by all major professional groups associated with medicine, psychology/psychiatry and the social sciences. He encapsulates his fallacy by saying, “If I were gay or trans-gendered [sic]... I would want to know all of the relevant consequences in order to make an informed decision.” Being LGBT is not a choice.


OPINION  |  LETTERS TO THE EDITOR

Letter to the Editor

Ladies and Gentlemen: (Is this okay to say?) The guest column from the Duke Open Campus Coalition published January 20 brought back memories of my skirmishing with the nascent politically correct/multicultural radical scholars in the early 1980s as editor and publisher of Spectator Weekly.


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Letter to the Editor

In trying to bring clarity to the debate over campus speech, Bennett Carpenter's column on January 19 makes several mistakes and omissions about the First Amendment. Carpenter says he cannot imagine how student activists could violate anyone's First Amendment rights.


OPINION  |  LETTERS TO THE EDITOR

Letter to the Editor

We don't know anyone, really. Our perceptions and ideas of others are often times false, based on snippets of half-listened to conversation, what others might have said about this or that person or what they may have said about themselves but that we misinterpret.


OPINION  |  LETTERS TO THE EDITOR

Letter to the Editor

The November 25 article “Colleagues defend Califf amid criticisms of industry ties” does not provide a full picture of Dr. Califf’s lifelong commitment to patients, his reputation for being a person of great integrity and the scientific rigor he has insisted upon as a researcher his entire life. As members of Duke Cancer Institute’s Board of Advisors, and as individuals who have been profoundly impacted by cancer—Ellen having lost her sister and Estelle a 19 year survivor—we felt compelled to make sure that the Duke community fully appreciates the incredible contributions Dr. Califf had made to science and patient care.