August 30, 2001 - New York Times: Letter to the Editor

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By Admin1 (admin) on Thursday, August 30, 2001 - 9:17 am: Edit Post

Peace Corps' Future

To the Editor:

The unilateralist and neo-isolationist
tendencies of the Bush administration have
found additional expression in the nomination
of a person to be Peace Corps director who appears to have neither the
professional qualifications nor personal stature required for the job (editorial,
Aug. 24).

At best this is an indication of the low priority the White House gives to one of
the few examples of sustained positive United States engagement in
international development. At worst it signals a strategy to diminish an
institution whose alumni will celebrate its 40th anniversary next month.

Perhaps it is time for Congress to ensure the Peace Corps's survival and
independence from political partisanship by lodging it within an autonomous
federal foundation.

Riverhead, N.Y., Aug. 25, 2001
The writer served in the Peace Corps in Peru from 1964 to 1966.

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