William G. Moseley: Let's not pull back on the Peace Corps

  • Article by: WILLIAM G. MOSELEY
  • Updated: December 11, 2008 - 8:32 PM

It helps our standing in the world -- and helps us understand the world. But offices are closing, and opportunities are on hold.

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wjjimmDec. 12, 08 7:16 AM

As a two-time volunteer with Peace Corps in Brazil and India decades ago, I can attest to its usefulness in promoting understanding around the world. The Peace Corps budget back in the early 1970s was around seventy million dollars and there was a threat then of its demise but it survived. It will survive the present-day crisis as well.

dinomnDec. 12, 08 8:31 AM

When I was accepted into the Peace Corps I was given a wonderful opportunity to share my skills and abilities with others. I served in the Islamic Republic of Mauritania in West Africa and in some cases worked with people who knew Americans by deed only. When 9/11 happened, I was surrounded by Mauritanian friends and host families that mourned with the US. The things that they taught me I have brought back home and have tried to put to work though volunteering. I firmly believe that the benefits to this Peace Corps outweigh the costs.

plowenDec. 12, 0812:35 PM

It amazes me that we, the American people, are willing to spend over 400 million dollars a day on wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. My Peace Corps experience (Senegal, 2003-2005) tells me that personal friendships and working together can have a big positive impact.

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