Regarding "Leaders Fall," what a shame it is to see such misguided and ineffective solutions to a serious problem being considered. How any rationally thinking human being can consider politically dealing with a contagious disease is incredible.
Also, the point of comparing AIDS with the Ethiopian famine or the Vietnam incident is greatly distressing.
AIDS is a tragic public health problem that will not go away as a result of condoms, political action, or adequate press coverage. In my opinion, five simple points will help our nation deal with AIDS in an intelligent and effective manner:
--All incidents of infection should be reported as is standard procedure in all states for venereal diseases.
--Contact tracing should be done as is performed with syphilis, a curable disease.
--Some mandatory testing. Blood donors, people seeking marriage licenses, hospital admittees, health care workers, prison inmates, and those arrested on drug or prostitution charges are likely candidates.
--Close the bathhouses. In 49 states heterosexual prostitution is illegal, yet the bathhouses catering to homosexual activity are allowed to remain open.