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Dubious honor

January 20, 2009

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To the editor:

After reading Saturday’s column (“Commissioning of aircraft carrier an inspiring event,”), I’d advise your editor to reread President Eisenhower’s farewell address from January 1961 and his dire warnings concerning the “disastrous rise” of what Ike labeled the “military-industrial complex.” In his paean of praise for the USS Bush, your editor failed to mention the $6.2 billion price tag for this floating target. More troubling is the notion that a U.S. president would agree to such an “honor.”

What ever happened to naming a school or library after a president? For an American leader to apply his name to a devastating weapon system speaks volumes about where this country has been headed, if not for the past 50 years, then certainly for the past eight. The fiscal realities facing the new president will hopefully force a change in direction, or if not, the USS Bush will be put to use early.

Ray Finch,
Lawrence

Comments

Finding_Uranus 5 years, 3 months ago

Ray, presidentially named libraries are usually funded in part by rich sheiks---at least two presidents ago was. Would they want to contribute to the building of a US warship?

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staff04 5 years, 3 months ago

Wait...common defense?I thought you didn't need the government to protect you...

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SettingTheRecordStraight 5 years, 3 months ago

Ray is fortunate, if not ignorant. The Constitution declares that the government shall provide for the common defense. Thus, it's wholly appropriate for our nation to build the arsenal necessary to satisfy this obligation.

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