February 17, 2002: Headlines: Recruitment: Speaking Out: Charleston Sunday Gazette: Volunteers: ; Young idealism

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Volunteers: ; Young idealism

Volunteers: ; Young idealism

Volunteers: Young idealism

Feb 17, 2002 - Sunday Gazette - Mail; Charleston, W.Va. Author(s): Gzedit

THE noblest part of President Bush's State of the Union message was his call for multitudes of college-age Americans to volunteer for humanitarian work among people in need, both in the United States and overseas.

Especially, Bush said he wants to double the size of the Peace Corps over the next five years "and ask it to join a new effort to encourage development and education and opportunity in the Islamic world." He said this project could "lead the world toward the values that will bring lasting peace."

Bravo. We hope great numbers of idealistic young people answer this invitation to donate a couple of years to helping the less fortunate - particularly in Muslim lands.

America is hated and vilified in numerous Islamic locales. "Death to the Great Satan!" slogans were common in Iran during the reign of Ayatollah Khomeini. Many other religious tyrants and agitators find it easy to rouse Muslim fervor against America as a heartless superpower bent on injuring Islamic peoples. That's why news film often shows mobs burning the U.S. flag and effigies of Uncle Sam.

But if conscientious young Americans work as volunteers among the poorest Muslim villages - helping to feed, clothe, house, educate and otherwise care for deprived people - the populace will see clearly that the slurs of the fanatics aren't true. Surely, that would reduce the hate.

When this story was posted in October 2004, this was on the front page of PCOL:

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RPCV Carl Pope says the key to winning this election is not swaying undecided voters, but persuading those already willing to vote for your candidate to actually go to the polls.

Take our poll and tell us what you are doing to support your candidate.

Finally read our wrap-up of the eight RPCVs in Senate and House races around the country and where the candidates are in their races.

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Story Source: Charleston Sunday Gazette

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