Re "To clean up government, bring back mandatory military service" (Viewpoints, Dec. 2): The science fiction writer Robert A. Heinlein told a good story, but he was even better at thinking straight about politics. Instead of a draft, he would have had all persons desiring full voting citizenship perform two years of public service. In his book, "Starship Troopers," he said that in our time, "people had been led to believe that they could simply vote for whatever they wanted ... and get it, without toil, without sweat, without tears." History shows that democracy without the personal investments of its citizens cannot stand.
-- Ronald Addy, Davis