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Keep Politics Out of the Workplace

I find the recent infusion of ideological views, and calls for official ACS [American Chemical Society] support of those views, in your letters section to be extremely annoying. Issues such as binary chemical weapons, SDI, and weapons control are of course issues about which citizens should be concerned. But to allow one's personal philosophy to interfere with one's profession is, to me, extremely unprofessional. For example, as a libertarian I find taxation, among other things, to be abhorrent, but my research is partially funded by state and federal grants. I do not let my political beliefs interfere in the conduct of this research.

ACS is a professional society and is composed of members with a broad spectrum of political philosophies. Official policy should deal with issues that concern its members as chemists and chemical...

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