The March 27 letter "Afghanistan tragedy offers cautionary tale" was brilliant in its simple wisdom and common sense.
For most Americans, it will always be "someone else's problem" until every American has a personal stake in the wars we wage. How many congressmen have children in the military? The tragic repercussions of war, however, do affect us all, more than we can ever imagine.
Restore the draft so that every young person is required to make a civic or military contribution, then every family, including families of members of Congress, will have a stake in upholding the values we espouse. I believe it will also create a more unified society and engender a greater sense of purpose and self-esteem in our young people.
As a mother of three children in their 20s, I did not reach this decision lightly. Though none has volunteered for the military, all three feel the same way.