Elected officials can’t always decide

To the editor:

“The Supreme Court has ruled that because the Selective Service Act is aimed at creating a list of men who could be drafted for combat – and women are not in combat jobs – American women aren’t required to register upon turning 18 as all males are. If combat jobs open to women, Congress would have to decide what to do about that law.”

The above statement was included in an article concerning the expanded role of females in the military. If it wasn’t so sad, it would be funny – Congress deciding anything. We got to our current high-priced all-volunteer military today because Congress wanted to avoid such a decision years ago and will continue to do so in the future.

Don’t get me wrong, I’m not anti-military – I joined the Marine Corps as a private in 1958 and left its Reserves in 1982 as a captain. My four sons have all served honorably in the military with three of them seeing service in the first Gulf War.

So, I’m not attacking the military but expressing thoughts as to our elected officials being capable of deciding anything but how much to raise their pay.

William Johnson