Magazine March 25, 2019, Issue


Marines train at Camp Pendleton, Calif., January 9, 2019. (Corporal Emmanuel Necoechea/USMC)

Army Bootstraps

David French is preaching to the choir, in my case, in “Those Bootstraps Still Work” (February 25). I remember as a teenager having a “career guidance” chat with my World War II–veteran, blue-collar dad, who simply said: “The world doesn’t owe you a living: You don’t work — you don’t eat!”

In 1972, toward the end of my freshman year at the community college, I received my draft notice. My dad laughed and said, “Your turn!” My mom, having seen the daily U.S. casualty counts in Vietnam on the evening news, cried and said, “Maybe you should go to Canada!”

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Readers write in about the career options a military background builds, as well as the trouble with building anything in California.
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The Week

Call us old-fashioned, but we don’t believe in standing by and saying nothing when women get beaten by men, even in track and field.


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