I was disappointed with the article (Sept. 9), "Anti-AIDS Forces Fire at Supervisors," because it allowed a special interest group to make allegations that the Board of Supervisors is dragging its feet on financing public education programs about the deadly disease, acquired immune deficiency syndrome, without telling the public the whole story.
In Los Angeles County, the total number of reported cases of AIDS has exceeded 1,000. Moreover, since the epidemic began in 1981, almost 600 people have died from the disease. That qualifies AIDS as a serious public health problem.
Several weeks ago, the state AIDS Advisory Board recommended that the state bypass the county Department of Health Services by awarding $1.25 million in AIDS public education money directly to private agencies serving the gay community. That recommendation was based on the assertion that the Board of Supervisors is insensitive to the problems of the gay community. It was also done without the advisory board members appearing before the board to express their concerns.
Then, a pamphlet entitled, "Mother's Handy Sex Guide," sponsored jointly by the Gay and Lesbian Community Center and the AIDS Project/Los Angeles came to my attention. The material contained in the pamphlet, intended as health education information targeted at the gay community, is hard-core pornographic trash. Because I felt any taxpayer reading its contents would have legitimate questions as to the propriety of spending public funds on its printing and distribution, I discussed the matter at a public meeting.