September 5, 2013

PUBLIC FORUM: Letters from Thursday, Sept. 5, 2013


---- — We don’t need to bein another war

I can’t say enough how I much I love my county, my state, and my country. I love the troops, including my wonderful cousin Sarah Johnson, right here from Logansport, serving in England. She is much younger than me, but she is my personal hero. I lost my cousin Seth Miller, serving in the Air Force, and a good friend of mine lost his son, Sgt. Patterson from Rochester. I do not want to lose any more of my friends and family due to war. I understand completely, all military personnel know, when they sign up, they are to defend our country, but that doesn’t mean we as a country have to put our troops, loved ones, tax dollars, on the line for what? What have we gained from the billions we dumped into destroying Saddam Hussein’s regime, other than oil?

After a recent study, most of Iraq oil goes to China, not the U.S. And where were the weapons of mass destruction that then President Bush and Vice President Cheney told us Americans were the reasons for the invasion?

I understand why the U.S. wants to defeat the extreme Muslims that want to do harm to the American population, but we can’t be just involved in wars all over the world. It concerns me that the U.S. is becoming a bully, more than a superpower. In the history of the U.S., war seems to follow us throughout since our beginning, including but not limited to the American Revolutionary War, the War of 1812, Mexican American War and the American Civil War. Let me comment on this war for a moment: If a superpower country had given full support, money and arms to the Confederacy and the country supplying the South with bombs and huge amounts of high tech guns, which the Union had never seen, it would have led to the loss of cities like New York, Boston, Philadelphia, etc.. And if the Union had lost, where would we be as a country today?

As a country, all wars combined, we have lost over 1,321,612 in deaths, and 1,531,036 wounded in action. How many more wars must we get involved in, before we all realize that when we look at our paycheck and see $450 deducted for federal taxes, the U.S. government has a stockpile of $2.6 billion worth of tomahawk missiles, paid from our paychecks, not from from corporations, since General Electric, parent company of NBC, somehow paid zero federal taxes, even though GE had a billion dollar contract with the U.S. for jet fighter engines.

America, we need to wake up, not only write our representative, but visit the offices for representatives, from the county, to the state to the federal level.

Matt Hubenthal