Newspaper article The Christian Science Monitor

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Newspaper article The Christian Science Monitor

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Universities should have equal access to federal funds

In reference to the Aug. 1 article, "One university's key to R&D - the right senator," on Sen. Thad Cochran's (R) ability to get $37 million in R&D funding for Mississippi State University, I request that you broaden your perspective in higher-education research funding. The vast majority of federal funding is awarded to the top 25 research universities.

There are literally hundreds of other universities across America that serve many times the number of students and constituents than these 25. MSU is one of those that is essentially ignored on a regular basis in terms of federal funds. If equality means sameness, then there is no equality in higher-education research.

I love competition and rewarding excellence; however, balance in the use of public funds should be sought. Kelly Deal Raleigh, N.C.

National service should be required

Kevin Ryan's July 26 Opinion piece, "Enhance force levels? Look to immigrants," which suggests we recruit immigrants into our US armed forces, piqued my interest as a first-generation Irish- American and a second-generation paratrooper.

My late father, Thomas Patrick Raleigh, was not yet a US citizen when he was drafted in 1952. Compelled to leave the Irish neighborhoods of Troy in upstate New York, he served in racially segregated Kentucky with men from across the country. His tour with the 11th Airborne Division was the defining experience in his life as an American.

Recruiting shortfalls should concern us. A nation unwilling to defend itself cannot lay claim to greatness. The men and women who volunteer to serve in our armed forces bear for us a disproportionate burden. Rather than outsourcing our national security, as Mr. Ryan essentially suggests, we might consider instead the proposition that citizenship carries with it an obligation to perform some form of national service.

Counterterrorism is a manpower intensive undertaking. …

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