Teresa: Terrific!

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By Ann Tanna (1cust102.tnt2.sarasota.fl.da.uu.net - on Tuesday, August 03, 2004 - 7:34 pm: Edit Post

Mrs. Kerry made a great speech. It reflected her intelligence and compassion, her passion for causes, and it showed she is a true citizen of the world with knowledge and respect for other cultures and traditions, having gained that knowledge by living in different countries and being able to communicate in so many languages.
I felt it was an honor and salute to the Peace Corps that she made reference to it in such a positive manner.

By garydeboer ( on Wednesday, August 04, 2004 - 3:24 pm: Edit Post

Though I like Theresa's speech very much and appreciate her value of the Peace Corps, I wouldn't want the Peace Corps to be thought of as just a bunch of smily faced young college students being ambassadors of good feelings.

The contemporary PCV does serious work and may need to confront aspects of the host culture that are detrimental to the health and development of their people. These aren't always smily situations.

The contemporary PC is a professional organization with experienced, professionally trained volunteers engaged in government, commerce, and many other activities. The PC is no longer a bunch of happy faced recent college grads living in the bush, hanging out, and having a good time.

It makes me wonder, what time zone is Theresa in? Is this just another attempt to Kennedyize Kerry? Would that be bad?

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