Lay off the Political Commentary

Peace Corps Online: Peace Corps News: Peace Corps Library: Recruitment: Peace Corps: Recruitment : The Peace Corps and Recruitment: October 19, 2005: Headlines: Recruitment: Census: Peace Corps: Highest Number of Volunteers in 30 Years : Lay off the Political Commentary

By Kevin ( - on Tuesday, November 15, 2005 - 11:52 am: Edit Post

As a RPCV I was interested to read the blurb/article about the fact that the Peace Corps currently has its highest census in 30 years. I was disappointed to read of all the political commentary contained in the blurb. While we all want the Peace Corps to be a thriving organization, I strongly believe that it is not Peace Corps Online's job to provide political commentary. Keep your views to yourself and exclude language like, "long-forgotten dream," "with deficits in federal spending stretching far off into the future," and "any substantive increase in the number of volunteers will have to wait for new approaches in funding and a new administration."

Quite frankly, I find the political commentary offensive. We all know that Peace Corps funding is a complicated subject which many times has absolutely nothing to do with what type of administration is in office. We've got to give Bush some credit for his proposal and in doing so bringing the Peace Corps to the forefront and putting it on the front page of many newspapers!

By Suave Dave ( - on Tuesday, November 15, 2005 - 3:07 pm: Edit Post

Oh sure, Kevin, we don't want to say anything to hurt Bush's feelings... after all he's done to promote peace in the world. Personally, I find all of the dead folks in Iraq to be offensive.

By Sherri Mangum ( - on Tuesday, November 15, 2005 - 10:17 pm: Edit Post

I can't see where admitting funding is difficult regardless of who is in office as being supportive of any administration, past or present. Additionally recognizing a president for bringing a topic to the forefront doesn't state support for all that president represents.

Examples: Literacy increased 500% under Stalin's regime - do we want him to be our leader because we believe in education? We can also see there are fewer Iraqis killed from this war than in the three years preceding under Hussein without wanting to vote him back in.

Praising one thing a leader says doesn't mean there is unabashed support for all the leader says or does.

By Kevin ( - on Friday, November 25, 2005 - 12:31 am: Edit Post

Dave & Sherri - the article has nothing to do with Iraq or what the Bush administration represents. Keep on the point here - only to what Bush proposed for the Peace Corps and how it was brought to the limelight. Dave - I am glad you find all the dead folks in Iraq to be offensive - I do too. And Sherri - again, I am not saying I support Bush or not - that is far from the point - all I am saying is give the guy a little credit for bringing Peace Corps issues to the forefront.

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