Star-Telegram - - Opinion -

Pete David­son of “Sat­ur­day Night Live” mock­ing vet­eran Con­gress­man-elect Dan Cren­shaw, who lost an eye serv­ing our coun­try, is just the lat­est ev­i­dence of a dis­con­nect of some peo­ple na­tion­wide about the du­ties of ser­vice and de­fense of our coun­try borne by less than 1 per­cent of our cit­i­zens.

I don’t think spend­ing an hour with a vet, as the StarTele­gram’s ed­i­to­rial sug­gested, would solve the prob­lem or serve to “share” the vets’ sac­ri­fices. (Nov. 8, 11A, “Sat­ur­day Night Live’s mock­ing of wounded vet vile, ig­no­rant”)

This dis­re­spect for vet­er­ans is pos­si­ble be­cause the vast ma­jor­ity of our cit­i­zens pro­vide no ser­vice or sac­ri­fice to our coun­try.

Uni­ver­sal ser­vice (not just mil­i­tary) for ev­ery boy and girl, such as Is­rael re­quires, would be good for our coun­try, in­still­ing na­tional re­spect and pride.

When the vast ma­jor­ity of Amer­i­cans don’t pro­vide any mil­i­tary ser­vice, it is no won­der that “SNL” cast mem­bers can make dis­re­spect­ful, out­ra­geous jokes and ex­pect laughs at the ex­pense of peo­ple who sac­ri­fice and de­fend our coun­try. – Ron­ald Ed­dins, Tro­phy Club

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