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Re: Time for a draft
By Ken Lewis


April 02, 2006

Mr. Pat Jirschele's letter Time for a draft was quantified by using Katrina clean-up as a non-readiness justification, on our soil. Nixon ended the draft in 73, but every legal male citizen must register for selective service 30 days before their 18th birthday today. Beside's,I do not think a larger army could have convinced people to live above sea level.

How about this plan? When natural disasters hit our country like Katrina, those legal males who have registered are offered a deal. For every 1 year dedicated to disaster clean-up effort, 2 years tuition for college is paid. House-um, Feed-um, Work-um for an education they cannot afford. This would be optional and I betcha it would be popular and cost effective. Now, this would be a civil corp so-to-speak and those who opted for it would have to meet their contractual obligation.

I use the term legal and male because the 20 million non-documented workers in our country more than likely do not register for selective service, and although we are a much more gender equal society today, the requirement to register only applies to males. I do not have a problem with that non-equal standard.

I found an interesting and educational page about the draft, even if it is CNN. Put your, or a loved one's birth date in the box (if legal citizen) to see if that date would have been drafted in 1969, assuming eligibility applied that year.

Ken Lewis
Ketchikan, AK - USA

About: Long time resident of Ketchikan.


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