|Centre senior and former U.S. Senator collaborate on op-ed
Nate Olson and Gary Hart have piece published in Denver's Rocky Mountain News
RELEASED: March 18, 2004
DANVILLE, KYIn a recent opinion piece Centre senior Nate Olson and former U.S. Senator Gary Hart say that America has a profound national purpose beyond self-protection.
"The point in being a superpower now lies in meeting human needs," they write in the March 14 edition of the Denver Rocky Mountain News.
"In an age of globalization, you need only ideas and energy . . . [and] young Americans have plenty of both. . . . Think of [this new humanitarian movement] as a rapid-reaction force of idealists deployable anywhere, anytimea peaceful counterpart to the Army's Delta Force."
The piece goes on to describe the efforts of VOYAGE (Voices of Young Americans for Global Engagement). Olson, a double major in government and economics from Owensboro, Ky., is the founder of the organization. VOYAGE is an eight-member group of exceptional young people, all 25 or younger, who work to bring a new voice to world issues.
"In the coming months, when overheated presidential politics are sure to reduce complex issues to shouting matches, it will be especially important to speak out for a foreign policy based on reason, hope, compassion and humility," says Olson, who recently returned from a visit to Israel and the West Bank as part of a VOYAGE mission.
Hart represented Colorado in the Senate for more than a decade and was a presidential candidate in 1988.
For more on VOYAGE, go to www.voyageweb.org. To see Olson's article with Hart, visit http://www.rockymountainnews.com/drmn/opinion/article/0%2C1299%2CDRMN_38_2723089%2C00.html.
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