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New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - June 5, 1987, New Braunfels, Texas Opinions Dave Editor and Publisher Jim Managing Editor Page 4 New Texas 1987 Guest Column Resisting inactions of registration resistors By Selective Service System David Gillam Kerley has been convicted as a felon by a jury of his peers in On May he was sentenced to three years in prison and ordered to pay a His crime Refusing to comply with the Military Selective Service Act the federal aw that requires men to register with Selective Ser vice within 30 days of their 18th bir While I agree with the necessity to prosecute I have great sympathy for My feelings are akin to the adage that one should hate the but love the It is a paradox that a man fortunate enough to live in a free society one that protects our right of legitimate dissent should choose to defy a law that helps guarantee Registration gives our nation the ability to call on its young men in any future emergency should Con gress decide a draft is Kerley overstepped the bounds of legitimate dissent by knowingly and willingly violating the The government literally begged him to register and thus avoid going to Kerley adamantly and repeatedly rejected such Apparently he never understood lhat its okay lo be discontent in our but its not okay to be a For a democracy to citizens cannot pick and choose which laws they will obey all laws must be Laws that prove unpopular or unwise are changed by our society through our system of not by criminal disobe Despite widespread circulation of fliers on the University of Wiscon sins Madison campus calling for students to pack the very few supporters of the defen dant were present when the guilty verdict was handed I suspect that the young men in like about all young American know that spending those five minutes at the post office to give the government your date of social security and phone is a civic duty as well as a legal Failure to they is simply not worth the risk of being branded a being denied employment and certain federal job training It is sad to note that Kerley has also placed his future profession at He aspires to a degree in and one must wonder what dif ficulties will be encountered when a convicted felon applies for admit tance to the Although I have never met I am certain we share some common concerns and Sure we both want future generations of Americans to enjoy the same benefits we inherited from our But history teaches the wise must not only pray for but also must simultaneously prepare for Preparedness never caused a war and un preparedness never prevented This as we commemorate the Bicentennial of the signing of our we should each remember that freedom isnt Nor is its permanency Each generation must be prepared to make whatever sacrifices are necessary to preserve and protect American In our the security of our free society must often rank ahead of individual goals or we must adhere to the legal concept of least drastic That is to say the governments method of assuring the safety of the state must minimize intrusion on individual Peacetime registration without a draft is hardly Eighteen million men have registered since President Carter called for a return to peacetime registration after the Soviet invasion of No doubt many were less than eager to do and some have legitimate and deeply felt objections of conscience that would preclude them from ser ving in But they lived up to their obligation by registering and the moral high ground belongs to Not one has been adversely af fected because they obeyed the law they go to marry and enoy all the other benefits of living in our great na Every registrant knows that registration is not an obligation to serve in the All should know that the system will provide equitable opportunities for exemp postponements and cleferr ments should Congress reinstate a Conscientious objector status will be dispensed liberally to those whose ethical or moral beliefs cause them to oppose military It is out of fairness to these millions who have registered that the government is obligated to pursue those few who have failed to I am proud of the young men who come forward every I la ment that Kerley doesnt share this He has failed to unders tand that registration is an invest ment our nation must make to help maintain the Your Representatives BUI Clements Governors Qffice State CapitQl Texas 78711 Mae Sweeney kamir Smith United House 9f Representatives IQ9 CannQn House as2Q515 Senator ientsjn United States Senate 7C3 Hart senate United Hoyie pf Re presentativf 17i3Upngw9rtn Hsuse off tee 20515 William limi Texas 78711 Edmund Teyas House ef geftresgntatives Phil m gusseJi Sf nate iWf Texas 78769 i QUESTION BOX Could you give a job Ascription for the next president of the United States Buffalo WITHOUT A Andy Rooney What class reunions should be but arent To return or not to That is the question when it comes to class It was alternately ex fun and as Thomas Wolfe You can never go home it is equally true that You cant go back to school At a reunion were all looking for something as gone as I was at how quickly old both good and were re The classmates I didnt like very much almost instantly irritated me again and 1 could see they felt the same hostility toward The years hadnt dissipated whatever it was in each of our personalities that rubbed the other the wrong The good part was that when I met the people who had been friends in the warmth of our friendship was instantly It was sweet pleasure to be reminded of why I lik ed them so You dont talk to anyone for long at a You envision spending hours reliving old times but you There is almost no time to listen to anyone elses life story or tell your I saw Carl across the room and headed through the crowd to say We laughed about the Latin class we both failed and then our conversation was interrupted by a We never talked again and when I got into bed that I remembered that the last time Id seen Carl was at the Eighth Air Force base in England in where hed been a B17 Two days later hed been shot down and spent two years in a German prisoner Such is the condensation of reunion conversations that it never came There were students around and they had a proprietary air that amused It was as though it was their school and we were intruders for the Those young students had no way of understanding that we knew the school as well as they I looked at the the familiar cracks in the marble the locker the stairways and a desk Id sat at for three years and I smiled at the It was their turn to be I talked to We sat next to each other in chapel because his last name begins with an We had been friends but not close He wasnt in my I guess youd I never did much he I certainly didnt distinguish It had never occurred to me before that he had thought that about himself when he was in What are you doing now I Im a heart surgeon practicing in Los he It was one of the depressing I realiz ed how cruel and exclusive a small group of us had We thought of ourselves as the leaders and the doers and as much as half of the class was shut out simply because of some quirk of What business did we have shutting out of our group a 15yearold boy with the ability inside him to become a heart surgeon I dont know whether Ill go to another reu Today I wouldnt but in five years I I like the continuity lifelong friendships but there is something artificial about the reu nion Schools encourage graduates to return to their reunions because reunions generate the kind of enthusiasm that induces alumni to give I was thinking that there are some other groups of people Ive spent important parts of my life with who Ill never see again simiply because theres nothing in it for the organizations to which we They have no interest in bringing us together and we wouldnt bother on our Maybe just as Mike Royko Presidents global strategy clear as mud Slats GrobniH up from his paper You this Persian Gulf thing is harder to dope out than any horse Npt its simply a matter of global What is confusing you to start whose side are we on in the matter of the JranIraq were on Iraqs That is why we are going to protect Muwajti oil Because Iraq and Kuwait are allies Kuwait helps bankroll Iraq in its Rat wasnt irgq that hit pur ship md Wiled ajl these sjjjors Tbit was a Pilot error pr sometjsing like but imt Iraq reaj palsy with the I get We want Iran to so we sell them We want Iraq to so they bomb one of ships and kill our And that make s sense to jn those But you are oversimplify I guess l am go what happens Now we hive our fleet guard Kuwaits 9U tinkers to prevent Iran from shooting Thats because we need that huji we dont need Kuwaits We get mpst of pur oil from other S9 whs negds the oil but you are not the And Reagan has that well whats he going to dp if that crazy Khomeini starts shooting at our ships J that soot is liable to dp right He thinHs it wtti help him get to The president nisnt said what we will He says he wints Iran tp gQ 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