Mandating community service is bad
Indeed, several students already choose to make their hometowns better.
Look at the ranks of the Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts, Civil Air Patrol, etc.
But having choices is a fundamental building block of American society.
Forcing youth into community service is counter-productive to making our communities better and building leadership.
Given a chance, our high school students will find a way to make our communities a better place to live.
But it only becomes better if they choose to do something.
And yes, there are also many students who choose not to be a part of those groups.
Joe Hune, a Republican from Hamburg Township, Mich.
"All they have to do is a little community service to get their benefits."A key part of federal welfare reform enacted in 1996 was making the aid temporary — though many Republicans say that regulations modified last year allowing states to apply for a waiver on work requirements weakened the law. Able-bodied adults ages 16 to 60 must register for work, accept suitable employment and take part in any training program to which they are referred.
STORY: Food stamp battle coming to Congress STORY: States consider drug tests for welfare The community service bill, which passed the state Senate on a 27-9 vote would require people receiving food stamps or other welfare benefits to perform community service to get assistance.
Republicans called the bills common sense."There is absolutely nothing wrong with requiring folks to have a little skin in the game," said state Sen.
Vincent Gregory, a Democrat from Southfield, Mich., said a single mother would have to pay child-care costs while performing state-required community service, which doesn't make sense.