LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Columnist's assumptions do not represent facts

Friday, August 9, 2013 | 6:00 a.m. CDT; updated 7:51 a.m. CDT, Friday, August 9, 2013

This letter was received in response to Rose Nolen's column, published online Aug. 6.

In your Columbia Missourian article, you wrote that it seems to you "that only the poor serve in the volunteer army," while those "who can find good jobs and profitable opportunities" don't. Your assumption doesn't square with the facts. Here is a link to a study that refutes what you believe about the volunteer army.

Your insinuation that no American who is not poor would be motivated to serve his country by volunteering for the military is an insult to thousands of patriotic soldiers, including my own son, who does not come from a poor family yet has been serving in the U.S. Army for nearly eight years.

You add to your insult by disparaging ROTC programs, implying that there is something odious and malevolent about such programs encouraging  young people to serve their country by volunteering for military service.

I await your apology to the many patriotic military men and women you have insulted.

Jim Goff is a Columbia resident.

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