It is time to talk about bringing back the draft.

I’m saying that every able young person, male and female, should be required by law to serve America for two years in some capacity.

We need to get our mostly out-of-shape and self-centered youth into shape, physically and mentally, and they all need to go to boot camp. The sooner, the better.

We are at war and we must all do what we can to be ready for action. All the freedoms that most people take for granted are now under serous attack.

I think that older vets like me should be allowed to be truck drivers where it’s dangerous – let’s roll!

The Rev. J. Parker Sawyer

Portland