Decision boot camp

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When I was attending Carnegie Institute of Technology, the Army and I did not see eye to eye and we parted ways after two years of ROTC. One year after graduation, I was married. Then two weeks later, the Army wanted me again, but this time as a private. However, this time I learned a great deal while serving my country. I was eventually assigned to Aberdeen Proving Grounds in the U.S. Army Ordnance Corps working for a civilian group that provided testing of weapons and ammunition and other equipment which was later used in Vietnam.

I was taught in boot camp that if you made a decision, 75 percent of the time you were right. If you did not make a decision, 75 percent of the time you were wrong. I loved those odds so I have used this method of decision making for the last 55 years including my time as director of the Midfield Terminal (Pittsburgh International Airport) design and construction, and it has never failed me.

Therefore, I suggest that the congressmen who can’t or won’t make any decisions about most of the important pieces of legislation they should be addressing today, like the transportation funding of highways, bridges and rail, which is vital to the well-being of the nation’s economy to move goods and people cheaply and efficiently, be drafted into the armed forces so that they can learn the importance of making decisions. Keep them there until they learn to make decisions.

JOHN F. GRAHAM JR.
Mt. Lebanon


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