public service

@msqtech (15226)
United States
January 5, 2007 9:25am CST
Do you think that every adult should have a public service requirement? If so, for how long and what would be appropriate places for public service? Do you think the requirement for all males to register for the draft is right? or legal?
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@3Dlace (339)
• United States
5 Jan 07
I'm not sure. What if there are adults with health conditions? What would they end up doing? If I had to do something for public service (and I have health issues) it would have to be at least once a month working at a sit down job. I did work at the Foothill Pregnancy Center in Sonora California for a while. That was the only public service I felt comfortable at. I do give to the homeless at the local shelters. As for the draft, I do not believe in going to war without a just cause. If our country was attacked (USA) then maybe a draft just to keep those who can't fight stay safe.
• United States
5 Jan 07
Every adult does do a public service. We serve on jury duty which I really don't like. I don't think they should have to register for the draft. It should be the man's choice if they want to join or not. If the enforce the draft again they better include the women to.
@msqtech (15226)
• United States
5 Jan 07
Every Adult is not obligated to Jury duty primarily only registered voters and even they can get out of it. Thanks for your answer, What other jobs would you include in public service? Police, Fire, Emt, etc...?
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• India
6 Jan 07
hmm duno budy abt this....cant say anything.
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@BRIJENDRA (926)
• India
6 Jan 07
One should make public service as his hobby and earn credits for latter stage of life.Making public service requirement has got no sence.One should do his duties for getting public service and definetely rights will follow in a good manner. Registering for public service requirement I think it may be legal but not ethical.......
@DeenaD (2688)
• United States
6 Jan 07
No, people should NOT be forced to do public service. That is totally wrong.
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@medooley (1874)
• United States
6 Jan 07
I don't know if it is right for all males to register for the draft or not. But as far as is it legal... sure it is. Should it be legal, that is up for debate. The one thing that I believe is the biggest crock of hooyee is the fact that men have to sign up, but women do not. Women fight for equal treatment but I don't see them campaining to have to sign up fht the draft...
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@Bunny2 (2102)
• Australia
6 Jan 07
It's an interesting idea, and of course some people would find ways to avid it. I believe it would be good, as suggested, that perhaps all high school kids have a mandatory somponent of public service - even just a few hours before they can graduate. Visiting people in old people's homes or hospitals - perhaps cleaning out the flowers, or reading to them - or just chatting. Regarding jury duty - here in Australia it is quite different to the USA. Here it is compulsory for all people aged 18 to register for the vote and therefore can be called up for jury duty.
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@vanities (11410)
• Davao, Philippines
6 Jan 07
nope i dont think so..its not proper...public service is good but must do it in voluntary way not as compulsory...
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@Willowlady (10666)
• United States
5 Jan 07
public service - giving of time to better our society
Public service would be a grand thing especially to open eyes to the other sides of life. Too often people live insulated from different cultures within their own society. Public service is also beneficial on many levels. We do need the requited registration since we need to be able to defend ourselves. We also should include our militias for the same purpose. Win win in my opinion.
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@wepay2 (346)
• Australia
6 Jan 07
no way conscription in most countries disapeared years ago also if everyone has to do some public service are you saying even the disabled have to do it even though they cannot work you did say every adult those who say yes or agree with you have not thought about it very well
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@msqtech (15226)
• United States
7 Jan 07
so you think the disabled are worthless and are just a burden on society. I think there are many good things that they can do for us in community and definately in other ways than you give credit for. I think my question is more about what individuals in society owe that community for the benefits they receive
• United States
8 Jan 07
Since you don't define what public service is, am I to assume you are speaking of volunteer activities?If volunteering is what you are speaking of, I think it should be a matter of choice and not a requirement. There are folks who enjoy volunteering, and there are folks who do not find it enjoyable. I do not think the requirement for all males to register for a draft is right, especially since the draft was abandoned in the US years ago.
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@ossie16d (11826)
• Australia
8 Jan 07
This is interesting and there are some elements of this that I agree with. When our son was still going to school (early 1990's) as part of their curriculum they had to do some community work in years 10 & 11. Generally they were aged 15-17 and he went to a private Church school. This was the only school in the district where it was compulsory and other schools also did something similar but on a voluntary basis. They had to attend half a day a week, every week and visited the local Hospital, Nursing Home, Retirement Village etc and talked to the people there, read books for those with poor sight, took down life histories, served them afternoon tea etc. It was a wonderful thing and many of them continued doing this even over the school holidays. So, yes I am in favour of it BUT for both boys and girls and as part of the school curriculum. There are plenty of places like those I have mentioned and often the people do not get many visitors so the fact that these "young people" came, listened to them etc was a real bonus. Irrespective of what sort of community/public service work is to be done then it should apply to both boys and girls. That includes the draft.
@kgwat70 (13394)
• United States
8 Jan 07
I do not think or feel that all males should register for the draft as it should be optional. I do not feel they should reinstate the draft either and what they need to do is bring back our troops. It should be illegal. The same goes for public service requirements as this should also be up to the individual whether they want to do this service or not. A person should not be forced to do something that they do not like or are interested in or may be something that they are against.
• United States
6 Jan 07
No, I don't think it's right. I don't know about legal, but the income tax apparently isn't legal, yet they make us pay them anyway. It's unreal.
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6 Jan 07
I guess what you mean by public service is like serving the defence of the country of which the adult is a citizen. If I got you right, I think it should be left to the individual as to whether he wishes to do it or not. Shouldn't be mandatory
@ktmpok (611)
• Nepal
6 Jan 07
wars - Wars of the world...
I think that it's depend upon those youth think what they sholud have to do and within what.May be its legal
• United States
6 Jan 07
I don't think you can force anyone to do service. It should be something they want to do otherwise the entire idea of it all is lost
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@caribe (2465)
• United States
6 Jan 07
I have never thought about it before, but it doesn't sound like a bad idea to require everyone to do public service. Maybe they could do 6 months to 1 year public service. I think that all males should register for the draft. It is all voluntary now unless the need becomes critical.
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@katyzzz (2902)
• Australia
6 Jan 07
Very good idea
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@mirage108 (3403)
• United States
6 Jan 07
well yes I do think that every adult needs to take form of public service what ever it might be and to what they are capable of maybe they can make it a 4 year term. Actually I think it needs to be a requirement that all able bodied men join a military service of there choice if they dont want to choose then they need the draft again a min of 4 years active duty.
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