Re "A call to mandatory national service" (Forum, July 20): Thank you, Gerald Haslam, for your article. Finally, someone has brought attention to the fact that our young citizens should have to serve either in the military training or other volunteer organizations.
Not only would the country benefit, but crime rates may be reduced. Military training is preferred, especially for those coming out of high school with no plans to attend college. Two years would teach them how to respect authority, respect others and respect themselves.
I also agree that aspiring politicians should be required to have done some type of national service before running for office. For example, if a good number of those in the legislative bodies of the federal government had participated in the military, they would have a better understanding of how our veterans should be supported by their country regarding their well-earned benefits and health care.
-- Debbie Langston, Elk Grove