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Saturday, June 23

Mandatory Service

Chris Dodd is proposing a system of mandatory community service for all high school students, among other points. What does everyone think of this? I think it is a good idea. I would like to see how it will be structured and funded. Instead of going shopping all the time, thereby polluting the planet even more with stuff we don't need, we could do something positive. Young people can always use a chance to feel useful. When I was in high school and college I belonged to a group called The Third Order (of St. Francis). I was still catholic. It was a large group composed of multifaith, multiracial, multigender young people. We were drawn from high schools and colleges in the Detroit Metro area. There was socializing and religious discussion but we also did work with orphans and the elderly. It remains one of the best memories of that time for me and gave me some confidence to face the world as an adult. My daughter is working for Americorps right now and it is saving her from despair while she tries to find a job in her field.

I think we can all agree that Dodd is a very long shot for the Presidency but this could be something we demand of whoever gets the nomination. There are so many positives inherent in the idea it needs a hearing.

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