We want your opinions

May 31, 2006

ISSUE:

Frank Shannon was expelled from the Naval Academy after failing the school's distance run by 20 seconds.

At other service academies, he would have passed because their required times are slower.

Shannon received numerous chances to pass but was eventually expelled. Now, after investing seven years in the Navy and the academy, he has no degree and no Navy commission, and he owes the U.S. government more than $127,000 for his education.

YOUR VIEW:

Should Shannon have been expelled for failing the running test? Should he have gotten a commission or a degree, and should he have to repay the government the full cost of his education?

Tell us what you think at arundel.speakout@baltsun. com by tomorrow. Please keep your responses short, and include your name, address and phone number. A selection will be published Sunday.

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