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Letter: Choosing mission over military doesn’t deserve ridicule

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Posted: Friday, October 12, 2012 8:22 am

It is interesting that you encourage people to consider not voting for Romney when he did not serve in the military, but went on a two half year LDS mission. I think you underestimate the desire for LDS young men to serve a mission. My son, graduated top of his class, worked hard in sports so he could attend the U.S. Air Force Academy. He received a $415,000 dollar scholarship to the AFA. He worked hard, he was on the dean’s list, was also in the 22 squad (Raptors) which finished first in the school and was able to stand behind President Obama at the graduation. He gave all this up to serve a mission in Chile. That is how important Mr. Romney also felt. He did this with the hope that there will be no major budget cuts to the AFA so that he may return there.

This should not even be one of the issue’s we are talking about since President Clinton did the same thing avoiding the draft and President Obama never served in the military but could have. Let’s stay on topic and improve this economy.

We should be debating idea’s for our future... not slinging mud.

Rick Smithson


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