MAY 16, 1966/MONTROSE VOICE 3
In Defense of
From David T. Fowler
In response to John Martin's letter (Montrose Voice last week), I believe that Mr.
Martin has no understanding of what
GPC does. The GPC endorses candidates
who are supportive of equal rights and
treatment for gays and lesbians. GPC has
always stood behind the community,
which it still does and will continue to do.
There was an article in the GPC Election Tabloid which explained why we
decided to ask that people not vote at all in
certain races. I can only assume that Mr.
Martin did not bother to read the article,
or, that he disagrees with the reasons
stated for the decision.
If he disagrees with the reasons stated
in the article, then, he may, as can anyone
else, attend a GPC meeting and air his
views and state his reasons for disagreement.
Many people donate time regularly to
enable GPC to have public meetings twice
a month and for the Election Tabloid to be
written, assembled, and mailed. The fundraising and grunt-work is in addition to
the work on screening the candidates who
ask to be endorsed and volunteer work in
endorsed candidates' campaigns.
In short, it takes an enormous effort to
do the work of GPC. The people who do the
wprk don't appreciate a nasty letter in the
paper when the person who wrote the letter can always come to a meeting and give
us his opinions in person. Indeed, writing
a letter rather than appearing in person
seems somewhat cowardly.
Gay Political Caucus has always
allowed anyone who wishes to address the
group time to speak. We welcome any
member of the community who wishes to
come and express her or his concerns.
Editorial note: There is nothing at all
cowardly about writing a letter to a local
newspaper—about any subject, GPC or
The article in the GPC Election News
stated that among the reasons for urging
voters not to vote in certain races was to
send a message that certain politicans,
who generally enjoy wide gay voter popularity, should not take a GPC endorsement
And Another View
From Sam Edwards
In response to John Martin's letter last
week in the Montrose Voice: the old saying
goes ... If you don't vote, don't complain.
So Mr. Martin, if you don't do any ofthe
hard work; then keep your mouth shut.
be surprised, or vindictive, when they are
the subject of criticism.
Whether one belongs to it or not, one can
criticize (or compliment) the GPC, as one
can critcize (or compliment) any political
organization or politician.
Editorial note: It's as American as apple
pie to complain—whether one works or
not. But perhaps our two letter writers
above are too deep in the forest to see tke
trees, although no one could argue with
their good intentions.
The GPC is a private political
organization—one of dozens in Harris
County. Being suck, if they choose, they
can encourage people not to vote in certain
races—for whatever reasons.
And on the other hand, they should not
Items in the "Letters" section
represents opinions of some of our
readers and not necessarily the
views of the MONTROSE VOICE.
Readers are encouraged to submit
their thoughts on issues of interest
to the community. Please keep the
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