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Re: Grandson; OT

I agree with Jim. I'm a former military brat who once believed volunteer
army would be best. Now, I don't. Now think military service does three
major things: teaches discipline, exposes individuals to others of
different social, economic, and ethnic backgrounds, provides civic
lessons. I think it would help the country if EVERY citizen would have
to serve in some capacity. (off soapbox now).

ETN Zone 7 
Remember the River Raisin, the Alamo, the Maine, Pearl Harbor, 911. 

----- Original Message ----- 
From: TeichFauna@aol.com 
To: gardenchat@hort.net 
Sent: Monday, December 13, 2010 8:40:34 AM 
Subject: Re: [CHAT] Grandson; OT 

Wonderful news, Jim!!! I bet you are proud! 

Auralie, in my opinion, fwiw...... the military is a far better option 
than running the streets and doing odd jobs. The military is an excellent 
place to learn work ethic and discipline. Perhaps just what they need to jump 
start them into successful careers, many go to college while in the 
military, or when they discharge on the GI bill. I would not write them off 
yet, I would be proud that they are serving their country, and be hopeful that 
they will benefit from what the military offers. 
Just my thoughts on this.... 

As for drunken sailors.....yes, it seems that things have changed in 
regards to drinking....the office cocktail parties, the drinks at offices before 
heading home, etc. etc. Seems everyone was a bit more liberal in past 
decades about drinking than they are now due to laws changing. Company 
parties now have either totally disapeared, or they are non-alcoholic, or keep a 
strict watch on this. Even the military has done so. 

zone 9 
Texas Gulf Coast 

In a message dated 12/12/2010 9:15:28 PM Central Standard Time, 
Aplfgcnys@aol.com writes: 

How nice to have a grandson who is accomplishing things. All of mine 
that have reached that age have joined the military. Bummer. My family 
has a long tradition of education on both sides, but their mother didn't 
that it was important, since noone in her family was educated. She home- 
schooled them when she had no education herself, and now those three are in 
the military. They seem to be doing well, and maybe that will be good for 
them. My oldest son spent four years in the Navy but came out on his way 
to college, and feels it very important for his two who have both graduated 
from U. of Wash. with honors. His son also had a hitch in the Navy but was 
booted out for drunk driving. When I worked for the Navy in the 1950s 
driving was what sailors did. Oh well, time changes. 

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