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(CNN) -- As part of the "People You Should Know" special, users sent in their nominations for people they'd like to know more about. Here is a selection of their responses, some of which have been edited for clarity and length.

James Padgett of Jeffersonville, Indiana
I would like to see a story on Otep Shamaya. She is the lead singer of the band Otep. She was sexually and emotionally abused as a child and now advocates for kids in that situation. Her lyrics seem to send the message: "Get mad, then get help."

Rudolph Pallas of Mamaroneck, New York
I would like to know more about Rev. Dr. Michael Beckwith. I saw him on Larry King Live's show ... and found him to be electrifying and inspiring ... He is a pastor who takes inspiration from all the major religions: Christianity, Judaism, Islam, and Buddhism.

Tommy Howell-Owasso of Indianapolis, Indiana
Bono! He does so much, and is always on the cutting edge and ahead of the crowd.

One man profiled as a "Person You Should Know," retired Gen. John Shalikashvili, wrote in a recent New York Times editorial that he was convinced by gay service members that the "don't tell" policy in the United States military should disappear. Readers sent in their response to Shalikashvili's opinion. Some responses have been edited for length and clarity.

Roxanne Eckenrode of Largo, Florida
It saddens me greatly that we have so many institutionalized forms of discrimination toward people who are homosexual. I believe "don't ask, don't tell" is one of them, and it should be repealed.

Jamie Thomas of Raleigh, North Carolina
I am a former Marine and could not have imagined standing side by side with a gay man.

Larry Williams Santa Cruz, California
I feel the "don't ask, don't tell" is OK. There should be certain armed forces units that gays can join, but not all of the military should be held to the same rules.

Michael Mayhew of Alexandria, Virginia
Now it's OK? Allowing gays to serve is long overdue, but this change in policy is for the wrong reasons. If the policy changes to include gays to openly serve, will there be fine print and conditions? This policy should go a step further to include domestic partner benefits. Step up to the plate and really show your support - you need them more than they need you.

Norman Rogers of Boise, Idaho
I served in the active Army for six years, as a military policeman, and am gay. Most of the people I knew were aware of this and did not have a problem. We served side-by-side and when it came down to doing the job, we never let personal feelings on the matter get in the way. I cannot understand why, in a dire time like now, we would not want every man and woman we can get, let alone, with experience.

Lynn Leonard of Columbus, Ohio
As a woman veteran who served before Clinton's policy, I agree with "don't ask, don't tell." I did not want to hear about anyone's exploits ... Whatever is in your head should stay there, letting the mission and training become your focus and the focus of everyone around you. Professional soldiers do not need the distractions of someone else's sexual experiences.

Richard Vincent of Dallas, Texas
Openness, as demonstrated in retired Gen. John Shalikashvili's experience, produces greater understanding. It is a fact that each person is different from others in one way or another and we should recognize that a gay military person can be just as effective and heroic as a bisexual or heterosexual.

One user said singer Otep Shamaya was a person he'd like to know more about.


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