Well I disagree about flushing everyone and making them retake the test. I personally think that the ARRL was stupid for making a big deal about Emergency Communications as a reason to get your license. All that did was get a whole bunch of new hams that either would never have gotten a license, had no interest in the hobby, or got us a whole bunch of people who think that EMCOMM is the only thing Ham Radio is good for.
Take the Mormon Church as a good example. They are using it to keep track of their Warehouse stock. They have nets at least once a week to discuss it. That to me is a commercial application that the FCC should have squashed. Sorry to those who are Mormon, but using Ham Radio to conduct official Church business in a non Emergency situation shouldn't be allowed. Sorry, but you can easily do that via the internet and cell phones now days. Now in an actual emergency, I can understand that, but if it's not an emergency, then that info should be kept off the airwaves.
Yes the Salvation Army does the same thing...so I could say the same thing about them.
The whole reason why we have an increase in Ham Radio licenses is because churches are now using it as a way to "help" out. The sad thing is, most of those people who do it because their church said to, and those people will use their radio to communicate once or twice in a blue moon, and the rest of the time their radio will sit in a closet or drawer collecting dust.
As far as Ambulance, Fire and Police getting their hams, they don't do it because they are required to. Most do it because Hams use it in an emergency and if the cop can easily communicate with a ham on site of an accident, then more power to them. Most use Ham Radio to listen for accident reports, or when SHTF, they will be able to communicate with the volunteers, which I have no issue with at all.
What I wish is for the FCC to start chasing down those LIDS who intentionally cause interference. there is a guy that constantly broadcasts his callsign on 10 meters. when you answer, it takes him a little bit of time to get to the radio. I guess he got kicked out of the 10-10 club because he was just interested in talking to people with 10-10 numbers. Don't even get me started on the 10-10 club. That is a very shady organization. You pay money to belong to it, and the only people you will talk to are other 10-10 members? the only reason to belong to that club is to collect 10-10 numbers?
I wish we had field day more than once a year. They should make it so that people have to be out in the field to participate. Or at an EOC. Same with Special Event stations. Special Event stations should be there at the Special Event. There is one club here in Arizona that always holds a special event, however, all their members stay at home and work the special event. To me, that's not what a Special Event is supposed to be about. This is what I think is happening with Ham Radio today. ARRL is pushing agendas, clubs are getting onboard with those agendas, and now we have a bunch of people who think Ham Radio is all about that Agenda.
But this wont happen.