NO. Have we arrived at a Brave New World?
National service on a voluntary basis is an
excellent idea. However, mandatory service
smacks of Big Brother running our lives.
Debate goes on
In response to the January Debate,
“Should some form of national
service be mandatory?”
YES. I believe it would benefit both our country and our young people. Two years of service
would give them a sense of ownership. There
are many occupations besides the military that
could teach our young how to work, give them
responsibility and allow them to grow up outside of their home.
lives. After we moved to Oregon we no longer
saw him on TV, but she still tried to remain
active. She was living with me in the ’80s when
he performed his feats of pulling the boats, and
we reminisced about the days when it seemed
he was the only health guru. God bless Jack!
NO. To suggest that “mandatory service”
would boost a sense of civic responsibility is
an outrage and an insult to all who know what
the draft did to the morale of our soldiers and
their families during the Vietnam War. To suggest that it would boost morale and make
more productive citizens is Orwellian at best.
Odds and ends
She knows Jack
After reading the cover story of the January
issue on Jack La Lanne, fond memories flooded
my mind. I remember watching my mother
work out with Jack La Lanne in about 1960 in
San Francisco. He has always been a name in
our house. My mother respected and adored
him for trying to teach us how to live healthier
A labor of love
What a wonderful Christmas blessing
to read about Kim and Troy Meeder in the
December issue of your magazine [“Member
Connection”]. This story, about children who
have had broken lives caring for horses that
have been mistreated at Crystal Peaks Youth
Ranch, the Meeders’ labor of love, was one of
the most memorable stories ever.
Santa Ynez, California
YES. I think every able-bodied young person
should choose a path of national service.
College-bound kids could perform a more
community-based service with expanded
summer programs, while those not moving
on to college might pick the military or service
corps, focusing on disaster relief, [national]
forest and national park work. [There are]
hundreds of other community-based services
that are vital and life changing to perform.
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