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Those who teach have obligation to tell more than half the story

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To The Daily Sun,

Professor Cracraft, in his Sept. 26, letter to The Laconia Daily Sun, gave us another example of liberal bias in academia. While many professor's argue that their writings do not influence their students, one would think that if the students can read, then his and other professor's biased writings may influence them.

In his letter, the professor states his position about the military draft. He and I are in total agreement about that. However, his liberal bias comes through when, to make his case for a draft, he makes derogatory claims about former President George W. Bush's and former Vice President Dan Quayle service during the Viet Nam war, but he says nary a word about Messrs. Biden, Clinton, and Gore, or any other liberal politician.

We have often heard about the five deferments of former Vice President Dick Cheney, but Cracraft, and others, are loath to mention that hale and hearty Vice President Joe Biden received the same number of deferments, and was not in the service. While the professor demeans Quayle for signing up for the National Guard, and he states that the draft " . . . favored the sons of the rich and influential", he neglects to cite a few facts about former Vice President Gore, whose father was an influential and outspoken Senator from Tennessee who opposed the war. Al Gore enlisted in the army after he graduated from Harvard. Normally, an enlistment is for a three year tour of duty, but he was allowed a two-year tour, actually serving for a total of one year and nine months. During that time, the former vice president also saw five months of service in Viet Nam as an "Information Specialist", but saw no combat. Perhaps Al Gore did, in fact, benefit from being the son of a rich and influential Senator. (http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-chat/2525562/posts).

Cracraft also fails to mention the draft deferments of former President Clinton, or the "draft letter" that he sent to Colonel Holmes. In that letter, Clinton said, "I came to believe that the draft system itself is illegitimate. No government really rooted in limited, parliamentary democracy should have the power to make its citizens fight and kill and die in a war they may oppose, . . .". Here is the link to Clinton's full letter: http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/pages/frontline/shows/clinton/etc/draftletter.html.

Professor Cracraft is free to write as he pleases. I do think however, that those who teach our children have an obligation to give more than half the story.

Bob Meade