- Legal discrimination complaint, ethics complaint filed in Scott City government (3/22/17)12
- Business notebook: Cape native goes from farm to mobile-food operation (3/20/17)1
- Mall aboard: Future requires evolution at West Park Mall (3/24/17)14
- Former Scott City administrator: 'I was forced to resign' (3/21/17)6
- Triplett manslaughter case set for July 2018 (3/21/17)2
- Former Southeast softball coach sues Board of Regents; seeks damages and her job back (3/23/17)14
- Two people found dead in Advance house fire (3/21/17)
- Two local lawmakers back charter school bill; Perryville lawmaker objects to measure (3/19/17)24
- Two Cape men charged with second-degree murder of Grandi (3/21/17)2
- Cairo man pleads guilty to bank murders (3/17/17)1
In favor of universal service
To the editor:
Recently I have read two letters concerning manpower, one equating the draft with involuntary servitude. The second, wondering whether we should establish a foreign legion, concluded that it would be unwise to move in this direction.
Concerning the draft: This first became necessary when there were not sufficient volunteers and mercenaries to serve in the Union Army. This practice continued through the Vietnam War. Without a draft, we would not have had sufficient troops to fight any of these wars.
During World War II, there was a name given to those who tried to evade their military responsibilities. These people were called "slackers" and often became outcasts in their communities.
The current administration tells us that the war on terrorism will be long. Without the draft, we will not have sufficient personnel to fight such a war.
I am a proud liberal who enlisted immediately after graduation. I have two sons who also enlisted in military service. I view service to my country as a citizen responsibility. I have long supported universal military or community service when a student completes high school. This would provide us with the personnel we need to fight a long war and, at the same time, bring some discipline to our youths.
Perhaps letter writer James Nall is more concerned by "economic implications" than he is about the defense of our nation. This seems to be the case of many of our super-patriotic conservatives.
DEAN ALLISON, Cape Girardeau