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Letters to the Editor

Self-destruction

March 11, 2010

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To the editor:

Our country faces critical budget shortages, and virtually every state is cutting education, medical care for the disabled and so much other vital public infrastructure that will result in all Americans living in a deteriorating social environment. Yet we are allowing our government to bankrupt us on wars that make us less secure.

We have senators willing to shred help such as unemployment insurance for the American people, supposedly over concern for deficits, yet the amount to help unemployed Americans is a paltry sum compared to the billions wasted every month on these wars we reap nothing but misery from. It is time for the American people to make our government good again and stop this insane rush to self-destruction.

Randy Hershey,

Lawrence

Comments

Richard Heckler 4 years, 9 months ago

Taxpayers in Lawrence, Kansas will pay $209.9 million for total Iraq and Afghanistan war spending since 2001. For the same amount of money, the following could have been provided:

67,135 People with Health Care for One Year OR

4,973 Public Safety Officers for One year OR

4,572 Music and Arts Teachers for One Year OR

34,118 Scholarships for University Students for One Year OR

37,825 Students receiving Pell Grants of $5550 OR

2,522 Affordable Housing Units OR

121,048 Children with Health Care for One Year OR

34,739 Head Start Places for Children for One Year OR

4,515 Elementary School Teachers for One Year OR

216,117 Homes with Renewable Electricity for One Year

http://nationalpriorities.org/tradeoffs

tomatogrower 4 years, 9 months ago

Conservatives seem happy to go into debt fighting a war and rebuilding Iraq, but when we want to spend money helping our own people, they don't want any part in it. Who are the real patriotic people?

notajayhawk 4 years, 9 months ago

Psssst - hey, tomato and merrill:

Maybe you haven't been keeping up with the news, but the Republicans haven't been in power for a while now. You got what you asked for - how come you aren't asking why the Democrats are wasting money on the wars instead of on healthcare, education, unemployment, or 'Homes with Renewable Electricity'?

bearded_gnome 4 years, 9 months ago

and the massive debt built up by Mr. Obama, dwarfs all total debt of the entire history of the U.S. combined, has very little to do with wars in iraq and afghanistan. so, the LTE writer and Merrill-spambot believe we shouldn't have attacked afghanistan in 2001? is that what these loons are actually saying? why in 1941 they would have said that december 7th was not a day that will stand in infamy! they would have said we deserved the pearl harbor attack.

empty minds get filled with sweepings. apparently they want to surrender to terrorists, and then where would we be?

jafs 4 years, 9 months ago

bg,

The war that many of us think was unnecessary is the war with Iraq, as it seems to have been based on faulty/withheld intelligence information.

Abdu Omar 4 years, 9 months ago

War is not a necessary evil but and evil still. We have spent billions upon billions to fight terrorists that are hiding in a small area of Afghanistan. Go after them with the zeal we attacked a non-enemy like Iraq and we would not have spent all our capitol (political, financial and social) fighting an insurrection. The war in Iraq was another war for Israel and we Americans have paid the price. The Israelis want peace they say, but the key ingredient for peace is to stop building "settlements" on Palestinian land which they bodly announce they will continue to do. Do they think the Palestinians won't notice? I think we could save billions of our own if we let our "friend" fend for himself. Israel is not our friend, but a country that has leached on to us for their own gain and not ours. We send them each year enough to pay each Israeli citizen $87,000!

Flap Doodle 4 years, 9 months ago

Saw the title & thought this was about the Democratic Party....

bad_dog 4 years, 9 months ago

Saw the title and thought this was another (insert appropriate name here) blog.

beatrice 4 years, 9 months ago

What is Randy talkin' 'bout? These wars ain't costin' us nothin'. Why, all that oil out there, these wars are payin' for themselves, just like President Bush said they would. 'sides, at least we got rid of all them WMDs.

Laundry detergent, Posterized, Lillypads live uncontested.

Dilbert blames you.

somedude20 4 years, 9 months ago

Barry, a timeline has been set to get America out of Iraq ( a place America never should have been) something your Bush never did. I am so sorry that evil Saddam tried to kill your hero's father but my sympathy for you and your ilk has been replace by knowing that thousands upon thousands of American service members have been killed or wounded as well as the hundreds of thousands of civillians killed in Iraq for a f-ing lie, make money and to get re-elected hey mission accomplished, right (If I cant give you Bin Laden then I sure can give you Saddam). Bush and his people are nothing less than robber barons but more like mass murderers. America could have used the $711,557,181,892 for not closing schools and who knows what the fallen soliders would have done had their lives not been cut so short.

jagaloons, Birthers and mass murderers with heads in the sand Obama bless you Barry

Stuart Evans 4 years, 9 months ago

"a non-enemy like Iraq"

You do realize that Iraq was still our enemy, right? I think a lot of people forgot about the posturing being done by Saddam back then. it's similar to what Ahmedinejad is doing now in Iran. He may or may not have weapons.. but everyone thinks he does.

We probably could have continued our lives without the war in Iraq. Or could we? seems pretty clear in retrospect, but in the lead up, the voice screaming "no war" was a lot smaller than it is today.

Tom Miller 4 years, 9 months ago

...@ bearded_gnome...

right ON! You go!

Ricky_Vaughn 4 years, 9 months ago

I agree with Mr. Hershey, wounded_soldier, and somedude20.

Flap Doodle 4 years, 9 months ago

dude, relax and do what Dear Leader's goning to do tonight, strike up a doobie, have a few beers & pass out on his desk in the Oval Office.

somedude20 4 years, 9 months ago

Snap, I cant stand GWB why would I want to party with , what did you call him, oh yeah I won't party with Darth Vader (although I hear he has some great nose candy)

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