Reading the March 27 piece regarding DUIs at Fort Carson, I was
struck by its focus and intent. Why not focus on the high success rate safety lectures, transportation and cab reimbursement have had (a 50 percent reduction in four months), and how these programs might be applied to Fort Collins’ own problems with DUI?
You go on to say “it’s no wonder the soldiers want to drink.” Would you make a similar remark with regard to the tribulations people of color, women, gays, lesbians, poor, etc., have faced and overcome?
Next, we find out “these soldiers are supposed to be representatives for our country, and therefore should take advantage of the services the military offers…,” as if enlistment straight out of high school and immediate combat experience magically add 15 years of maturity to one’s age, stress management and diplomatic abilities.
The next treatise, “it seems that soldiers think they are above the law since they went to war and are part of the military,” is completely unfounded. Where in the article, or anywhere else, does ANYTHING allude to or support that opinion? Military training effectively teaches respect above all else.
In your final assertion, you state that regardless, “Soldiers should be held to higher standards.”
As a privileged university student blessed with a good education and the comparatively easy job of putting out a small, lackluster (the editor spelled “soldier” as “solider” in the headline) student newspaper, do you believe it fair that someone who works much harder with greater responsibility for less pay (less than $6.50 an hour for a U.S. Army Private) be held to a higher standard than yourself? Really? As an editorial staff, what were you thinking? If this truly was an opinion representing the views of the 12 member editorial board, one hopes at least seven of these positions turn over in the near future, filled with individuals who preach acceptance and tolerance and understand and practice these virtues.