Letters to the Editor

Connect the dots

February 17, 2010


To the editor:

OK class, this morning I’d like you to write a short essay explaining the connection between the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan and the current budget crisis in the Lawrence school district. Yes, it’s all right to mention the delusion of the American people who naively believed that they could fight two wars, cut taxes and generally ignore the laws of economic gravity while blithely pursuing the American dream.

Space permitting, you might want to explore how the military-industrial-political-entertainment complex has convinced many Americans that national defense has more to do with weapons and counterinsurgency than with public education and health. Please try to turn-in your essay by this time next week. If the doors to the school are locked, please hand-carry to the nearest recruiting station for processing.

Ray Finch,



Paul R Getto 8 years, 1 month ago

We now have what Ike warned us about and that which the merchants of death and masters of war so fervently covet: One, perhaps two, endless wars, a military-industrial complex calling the shots on the economy and weapons being built in every congressional district. We need a strong defense, but what we have now will assist in our moral and financial bankruptcy, not security. Spending more than all other nations combined on the military is not making us more secure, except in the board rooms of those with blood on their hands as they count their money.

Stuart Evans 8 years, 1 month ago

Noam Chomsky would be proud of this LTE

georgiahawk 8 years, 1 month ago

You are right Tom, this is all about politics and blaming the "other" side. Do not look in the mirror, place the mirror so that when the other side points at you they are actually pointing at themselves.

George Lippencott 8 years, 1 month ago

Frame that issue to reflect badly on the other guy!!! We sure are good at doing that.

job4mike6 8 years ago

Mr. Finch- I think you are badly confused. Our state and local revenue shortfalls were brought about a lack of economic growth due to a credit crisis. The shortage of credit and dysfunction in the credit markets were largely the result of poor real estate financing practices and the ability of financial institutions to over leverage their capital. Much of this is the fault of the Bush 43 administration (abetted by Rep. Barney Frank's (D-MA) outrageous ideas about roles and oversight of federally secured loans) but the Obama administration has the economic gravity ignorance gold medal for calling for increased transfer payments and stimulative spending on useful infrastructure. Dr. Roemer of his own economic council staff should have resigned rather than stand by the policies she is asked to support which claim government spending is superior to tax cuts for economic growth. Roemer's own peer-reviewed economic research shows the opposite--tax cuts are more effective for growth than raising government spending.

Now, Mr. Finch, I recommend you connect these dots: Many students at KU are on scholarships funded by the Department of Defense. KU receives research dollars from the DoD. Many foreign language classes remain available at KU due to subsidies from DoD. There are honorable people in the military who have faced danger at home and overseas so your rights are protected. There are young people studying here so they can gain the knowledge to better protect us in the future. All of them and their faculty pay taxes in Douglas County. Federal employees of the Department of Defense (civilian, active, retired, National Guard, and Reserve) live in Douglas County and pay taxes that support schools and the remainder of municipal, county and state government activities. I am one of those guys and I pay taxes! You sir, posed a vile hypothesis that our national defense spending robs local schools. Your hypothesis is baloney.

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