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LYTHGOE OWES VETS AN APOLOGY

I realize Dennis Lythgoe's article on Sept. 8 was written sort of tongue-in-cheek. But avoiding the draft is a rather sensitive issue with me, not to be discussed tongue-in-cheek or in a flippant way.

There are thousands of us in Utah who did not avoid the draft, nor did we want to. And there are many more thousands of us who enlisted in the military service, feeling that we had an obligation to our country for all of the freedoms it provides us.We didn't worry about the "unpleasant conditions at the lowest end of the military scale," as Mr. Lythgoe did. We assumed there would be risks, hardships and danger. It goes with the territory. That's what freedom is all about.

I am rather pleased that Mr. Lythgoe was able to avoid the draft. I would not want him in the same foxhole with me. It might rain or the enemy might sneak in, and that would be inconvenient. Sometimes, it even gets cold and snows and the food is cold. Sometimes buddies get shot and die - that's really inconvenient.

Sleep well, Mr. Lythgoe. Don't worry about your freedoms. Three of my sons in the military, as well as the sons and daughters of thousands of other Americans serving in the military, will protect your freedoms. They serve all over the world - some even at the lowest end of the military scale.

Mr. Lythgoe owes us "stupid" veterans an apology. We just weren't smart enough to avoid the draft.

Bob L. Foster

Salt Lake City