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TUESDAY APRIL 17 2007 COLUMBUS LEDGER ENQUIRER wwwlcdger enquirercom editorial A9 OPINION Sound Off! Got something to say? your chance to about everything from your job to your neighbor from gas prices to politics mail your comments to soundoffledger enquirercdm or go to our Web site at wwwledger enquirercom and click on the Sound Off link in the Opinion section You can also call 706 571 8583 Please limit your comments to 35 words But not as painless A taxpayer voting for a Democrat is like a chicken voting for Colonel Sanders No excuse The fact that others are dragging the right to free speech through the mud without facing consequences remove the fact that Imus abused that just once too often Selective punishment What pure hypocrisy Imus goes a bit too far and now he is being forced out I could pick 10 hip hop and rap CDs at random and find worse racial slurs I see Rev Al demanding they stop singing Con artists Al Sharpton in his $900 suit is no different from David Duke or Louis arrakhan They are all puppet masters who play the public to fill their pockets with gold Read it again Mr editorial on WTVM was misleading Nowhere in the 1999 SPLOST referendum for the library did the language state or refer to a Keep out Locks only keep out the parents and Little Leaguers when they need practice Vandals will just jump the fence Duhhh! Success? sure the bombing inside the Green Zone to John McCain and George Bush is just another example of how well the surge to protect Baghdad is working Another slur The bill approved by the Georgia Legislature that requires doctors to offer pre abortion sonograms is as much an insult to women as the Don Imus comments Misdirection i Question: Why does the Park Coalition constantly mislead the public? Answer: Because the facts do not support their position Wrong side Where was Jesse Jackson when three white male suspects in North Carolina were being railroaded by false accusations? Out there offering the false accuser free college tuition I Some agenda I Seems today the top priority for the Republican Party especially in Georgia I is liquor sales on Sunday Be warned Voters want the school and library boards to honor the original site plan If this means voting in another school board and changing the misdirection of Midtown it can be done Lousy reason Refusing to go to church because some churchgoers are hypocrites is like winning a Rolls Royce and turning it down because you likethe brand of tirej that came on it Countries not armies fight wars In his landmark book on the American infantryman respected military journalist George Wilson quoted Col Steve Siegfried a combat veteran on why the United States must in a time of war have a military draft of civilians: fight wars Countries fight wars I hope to hell we learned that in Vietnam A country fights a war If it then we send an Sadly we have failed to learn what Siegfried sought to teach us Last week the Bush administration extended the tours of active duty soldiers in Afghanistan and Iraq to 15 months from the current 12 months or Army fathers and mothers this will mean more missed graduations anniversaries and birthdays and more strain on more marriages The entire burden of fighting and sacrificing in this war has been on the Mark Shields Commentary security The all volunteer Army it was agreed was intended for peacetime Any major military engagement would mean resumption of the draft The reasoning was direct: If the goals of pur nation are worth fighting for then we ought not hesitate to ask all Americans to share the risk and the sacrifice of fighting Do Americans in 2007 believe that a country not just an army fight a war? You can write to Mark Shields in care of the Creators Syndicate 5777 Century Blvd Suite 700 Los Angeles CA 90045 7 'Hi i i WE SHOULD GET REQUENT BUNDLE MILES KNEIGHBORHOOD IO KMOLOGYCOM 1HI 1877KN0L0GY (5665649) Hl s88M0NTH OR 3 MONTHS nrero niwm va incnimunim SRVIC Wil CflkTINII AT RGI1I AR RATES ADO TIOHAL OPTIONS COST EXTRA IIMITEO TIME OER OTHER RESTRICTffiK MAY APPLY IMIWIED LONG DISTANCE CALLING APPLIES TO CALLS WITHIN THE CONTINENTAL US LOCAL PHONE LINE INCLUIKS NETWORK ACCESS EE AND LOCAL NUMBER PORTABILITY OR THE IRST LIRE RESIDENTIAL OER ONLY shoulders of the military and their families The other 98 percent plus of us have been repeatedly assured by our elected national leaders that we will not be asked to pay any price to bear any burden And we have mostly been silent ormer New Hampshire Gov John Sununu used to remind his audiences forget we are all in this But what has happened to the admirable American tradition of shared sacrifice? Can nothing shake us out of our iPod American 401k self absorption? Is it true that the only public policy that concerns us is the policy that touches us personally and directly that as Ronald Reagan used to joke when our neighbor loses his job only a recession but when I lose my job then a depression? Long before he would be elected to the US Senate as a Democrat from Virginia back when he was still a card carrying Republican Jim Webb who as a Marine platoon leader and company commander in Vietnam earned the Navy Cross a Silver Star two Bronze Stars and two Purple Hearts criticized complete separation of people in power in Washington from the people at peril in the Persian His words then remain true: the US military was truly representative of the country you would have people going through the roof right The depersonalized detached mindset of policymakers and think tank commandos toward American soldiers and Marines outraged Webb: attitude strikes me as: volunteered You took the money Shut up and The United States does not have an all volunteer military It has an all recruited force In 2003 the Army and the Marine Corps paid $174 million for re enlistment bonuses Last year we learned last week that figure had jumped to $103 billion According to Pentagon figures immigrants in the military who became US citizens through their service reached 4600 a six fold increase from 2001 Bryan Bender of the Boston Globe has reported on serious consideration of the idea of opening US military recruiting offices overseas Would this be the final admission that Americans are not willing to sacrifice for their country? To meet the recruitment quotas the enlistment age for recruits has been raised to 42 Academic requirements have been lowered Waivers have been granted to recruits for past alcohol and drug abuse and criminal records Reportedly the word has been passed that nobody is to be flunked out of basic training This is not the way it was supposed to be The strength of a nation we know from the pain of history is measured by that will and resolve to stand together for the common good through individual sacrifice Conservative author Michael Barone was right when he wrote demands equality of The United States in the 21st century has failed to meet these tests A wise and just manpowcV policy was to be the foundation of our national Plus: Add Unlimited Long Distance andor The Edge (our fastest Internet speed) andor Digital Preferred and take 50 off for the first three months Simple Solutions Standard Package Includes ree Standard Installation unMC puhmf I I II I I fl 1 CS IIVIKin HIGH SPEED INTERNET 4 HA ANU ABLt I OR THE AMOUNT WE BUNDLE 1 ci 7 I I I I I COLM 5 plgBSls patiiR 11 fcs 0 71 1 Ib 16 7 I.

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