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Los Angeles Sues Jonathan Club

January 19, 1988

Cheers to Los Angeles for its lawsuit against the Jonathan Club. The city would be doing an even greater service for the public if it could somehow publish a list of the companies that pay the $10,000 initial membership fee and the multithousand-dollar annual membership fees of this (formerly) "male-Christian-whites" only group.

Certainly the public has a right to ask the federal and state governments to disallow corporate expense deductions for these fees. Americans have the personal right to associate with whomever they wish to, but they don't have the right to require the public to pay for their discriminatory associations, which we all pay for when their fees are tax-deductible. Let's get a little "publicity sunshine" into these dens-of-discrimination. Then we'll really discover who wants membership when nondeductible fees come out of their own pockets rather than the public purse.

SID TURKISH

Beverly Hills

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