Mark Humphrey, Associated Press
In terms of military effectiveness, half of those polled for a Pew Research Center study said women in combat roles will not make much difference. According to the study, "Of those who do think there will be an impact, more say women in combat roles will make military effectiveness better (29 percent) than worse (15 percent)."

With much being said about women in direct combat, it was refreshing to read Kathleen Parker's view, because she dared to offer a dissenting voice against the phony world of political correctness ("Who has courage to point out problems with women in combat?", Feb. 5). She reminds us that while "some women are more fit than some men... it is also true that most aren't as capable of becoming as strong as most men." This is not a matter of who spends more time at the gym — it is just an honest recognition of human nature.

The current combat issue being debated in Washington might be compared to the world of professional sports. For example, why is it that we do not find women competing alongside men in the NBA or NFL? Very simple. The purpose and objective of these leagues is to win games, not merely to give everyone and anyone the right to be included. It is sad to see that because of misguided leadership in our great nation, the purpose and objective of our military is shifting from the will to win on the battlefield to a desire to grant civil liberties to everyone and anyone.

Roger Tuckett

Spanish Fork