I read two bits of news that troubled me greatly this past week. First, the U.S. Military announced that they are again lowering standards for entry into the military services. Last year it was a lessoning of physical requirements. This year they have announced they are accepting folks who have a history of mental issues. What is particularly sad about this is that the military only needs 80,000 men and women to meet next year's recruitment goals. So what we are sadly learning is that this nation can't coax 80,000 Americans to serve their country without lowering traditional standards. And this from a sample of approximately 100 million eligibles.