Hate the war but not the warrior
I saw a public service video on television that did exactly what most public service videos should do but don’t. It moved me to tears. And to action.
It was in observation of Veterans Day, and it reminded us to thank the Vietnam vets, in addition to the Iraq and Afghanistan vets, for their service.
I hated the Vietnam War. I actively protested it. But I personally want to remind some in my generation that we were wrong to take out our frustration with the Vietnam War on the men who fought it. Those men were our husbands, our brothers, our fathers and our best friends. Most of them didn’t go voluntarily; they were drafted. And most of those who did volunteer did so out of a sense of patriotism and a concern that our personal freedom was at stake.
Those of us who stayed at home, snug and safe in our freedom behind American shores, will never know or have the right to judge what occurs on the field of war.
I’ll be a pacifist to the day I die. I’ll always hate the war. But not the warrior.
I know this is long overdue, but to the Vietnam vets out there: Thank you for your service.
Problem is poverty
Derrick Morgan of the Heritage Foundation believes that the government is not promoting what he believes are traditional values (“Traditional values, smaller government,” Nov. 12 Kansas.com). He apparently defines traditional values as continued disregard for the environment, the continued distribution of wealth to the upper 1 percent, and “unfairness.”
He argued that the disintegration of the traditional family has caused a steep rise in federal spending on welfare. I do not disagree with this statement. However, Morgan is apparently blind to the root causes of family disintegration.
The continued skewed distribution of wealth upward has made it very difficult and even impossible for many people to do what Morgan proposed as the solution. Poverty is the real reason for family disintegration.
The political philosophy of people such as Morgan – opposition to increases in the minimum wage, to labor unions and to the wealthy paying their fair share of taxes – only increases poverty, which increases family disintegration and dependence on government handouts.
It appears that a large portion of the population has lost the ability to reason and do arithmetic, and I have no reason to believe that the situation will get better.
President Obama is doubling down on the “fair-share” rhetoric he espoused during the campaign. If he confiscated every dollar from all the millionaires and billionaires in this country, that would only run the federal government for about 89 days. This is the guy “we the people” elected to a second term?
Democracy in action
The Wichita City Council voted for democracy by allowing people to vote on fluoridation. The people voted against adding fluoride to our water. That is the way democracy works. A people who think, reason and act for themselves cannot be controlled.
I am proud of our town for choosing to reject fluoridation as a medication for healthy teeth, with added economic concerns. Yes, even our poor can think for themselves, even when exploited by the pro-fluoride campaign. I applaud the freedom to act upon that which you believe is right. The fluoride issue was democracy in action.
Remove chlorine, too
We can all give thanks to the anti-fluoride group for saving our children from a horrible death from poison, and to a lifetime of rotting teeth. It won because fear will always conquer reason. Now is the time for this group, while still organized, to save us from a greater peril – chlorine.
Chlorine and chlorine products are added to the city water supply to kill germs. Chlorine is a chemical cousin of fluorine. Yet the city forces our children to drink it. Chlorine was the first poison gas used in World War I with terrible consequences and loss of life. Just note: There are no World War I survivors alive today. We must start the anti-chlorine campaign today to get ready for the next election.
Child safety is parents’ responsibility. If they want their children to die of waterborne illnesses, that is their right. Survivors will make for a stronger population anyhow. As for the parents who want chlorine in their water, it is simple: Add some Clorox.
While we’re at it, how about getting our water straight from the Arkansas River and doing away with the water department? Think of the savings.
VERNON L. GILLILAND