By TIMES STAFF
Published May 14, 2007
Thoughts on a draft
Students at Pasco High School in Dade City had some strong opinions to share on our country's selective service requirement. Here are a few but there are many more worth reading at the NIE Blogging Zone, blogs.tampabay.com/nie.
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Benjamin Borregard: We live in this country and benefit from the military so if soldiers are needed, we should pay our dues. For example, I live at home with my parents; they pay for the majority of my expenses unless I don't do my chores. And when I'm asked to do something I'm expected to do it because I live in their house. We live on American soil, so what's wrong with being asked to give something for your country?
Clare Natali: I think that the selective service should be choice. Many soldiers have fought for our freedom and part of that freedom is the right to choose your own path.
Abby Fagan: I feel that the selective draft is a good idea because as U.S. citizens, we should all feel obligated to support and protect our country if needed. I think most of us are guilty of taking our freedom and rights for granted and so many don't realize that it doesn't come free to live like we do!
Ed Boyle: America should not have a draft because . . . this war . . . is pointless and needs no further money or soldiers to make the problem worse. Why should a high school grad be drafted at 18 if he can't even go buy a six-pack of beer? He can go die for his country, but can't go to a bar and have a drink with his buddies?
Christina Perez: There are times when a draft may be necessary only if the volunteer military is not able to handle the country's needs. This fact is hard for many people to accept because no one wants to see their loved ones go to fight. If I were a male, having to sign up for the Selective Service is something I would hate to have to face. But it's our duty as American citizens to protect our country and our rights.
Chelsea Miner: We shouldn't get ourselves into so many things we cannot handle. If we run out of men and women to send to Iraq, Afghanistan and other places, then we should just pull out.
Kisan Chotalal: In my perspective, the draft should not be reinstated, because every day there are people signing up to join the Army, Navy, Special Forces, etc. The government is putting our, and other people's, lives in jeopardy, and I don't think that's fair. Also, it's only men that can be drafted, not women. What would someone do if the man has a child but no wife and he gets drafted? Who would take care of the child? This is a good reason not to reinstate the draft and I hope they don't because some kids aren't ready to join the war.
This summer, students all over Tampa Bay will be blogging with us at the "Zone" on topics ranging from bullying to politics to summer fun! We hope to hear from you!