Newspaper article The Christian Science Monitor

Letters

Newspaper article The Christian Science Monitor

Letters

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'Civilianizing' the Military: Pros and Cons

Your article, "From Burger King to TQM, Civilian Life Seeps into the Military" (Jan. 2), gives one plenty to think about: I see both positive and negative elements of "civilianizing" the military.

For a long time I have had strong negative feelings about the military's setting itself apart from civilian life. In the past, soldiers were expected to fight for all the freedoms and privileges of America, while eschewing most of them. This hardly seems fair, and could have proven dangerous. A soldier cut off from his society has no reason to fight for it. For this reason, armed forces should be applauded for their more integrated approach to military lifestyle. However, there is a downside. It's exemplified in the fact that the new fitness center at Fort Johnson is "fee charging." To a soldier, maintaining a high level of fitness can be a matter of life or death. I find it revolting to charge armed-forces personnel for access to fitness equipment. Next, will we start charging them for the guns they use? Jeremy Hotalen Philmont, N.Y. Ending Microsoft's monopoly Regarding your article "US vs. Microsoft: a New Cold War for 21st Century?" (Dec. 26): My apprehension is that Microsoft is a real threat. If the US doesn't decisively and effectively clip the claws of this coercive monopoly (coercive not only with its competitors but with us, the lowly consumers), the standards and quality inherent in competition will grow ever worse in this crucial realm of communication and technology. To my disgust, I typed this protest letter in Windows. Guess how many other choices I had? Netscape, why don't you do us a favor and design an interface as well as a browser? Katherine Mullins Mountainair, N.M. Still divided over gun control In Benjamin Schuster's letter to the editor ("Private Gun Ownership: Divided We Stand," Dec. 24), he states that the threat of terrorism is "not the same" in the US as in Israel. While true, this ignores the fact that the threat of nonpolitical violence is much greater in the US. …

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