2005-09-22 / Letters/Opinion

What’s Your Opinion?

Responses compiled and photographed by Bill O

“The military should be able to have access to the private information. They can learn about the child and see if they qualify for the high demands of the military. That’s especially important in this day and age with the war on terrorism.”
Rebecca Manners, Canarsie“The military should be able to have access to the private information. They can learn about the child and see if they qualify for the high demands of the military. That’s especially important in this day and age with the war on terrorism.” Rebecca Manners, Canarsie Question: The federal government’s No Child Left Behind program allows the US military access to graduating students’ private information to offer them recruiting opportunities. Even though parents may sign a waiver preventing access, do you agree with the policy or see it as a government invasion of privacy? Why?


“They just went over this issue in school to see if kids want to sign a waiver preventing the military from having access to the records. Not everybody is ready for the military. They can’t handle it, being away from their families. Things like that. No, it’s not a good idea for them to have access to private information, especially if you signed a waiver for them not to do that.”
Salem Brown, Brownsville“They just went over this issue in school to see if kids want to sign a waiver preventing the military from having access to the records. Not everybody is ready for the military. They can’t handle it, being away from their families. Things like that. No, it’s not a good idea for them to have access to private information, especially if you signed a waiver for them not to do that.” Salem Brown, Brownsville“I think the military needs access to that information. You need to maintain standards for the military. You just can’t pick anybody to protect our country. The government needs to establish a personal level with the recruits.”
Laura Cassin, Manhattan“I think the military needs access to that information. You need to maintain standards for the military. You just can’t pick anybody to protect our country. The government needs to establish a personal level with the recruits.” Laura Cassin, Manhattan“Yeah, why not? It’s not a government invasion of privacy. What’s the big deal? Why shouldn’t they get access to private information? It gives kids an opportunity to have a brighter future instead of just graduating from school with nothing to do.”
Sheila Ramos, Queens“Yeah, why not? It’s not a government invasion of privacy. What’s the big deal? Why shouldn’t they get access to private information? It gives kids an opportunity to have a brighter future instead of just graduating from school with nothing to do.” Sheila Ramos, Queens

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