Fast Focus: Should the U.S. take military action in Syria? Let there be peace on Earth

September 29, 2013 

Yesterday I received my copy of the magazine "Journal of Un-American Enterprises" and within its pages were many ideas: health care for all American citizens, strengthening America's infrastructure of bridges and roads, lower health and hospital costs, a citizens' committee watchdog with oversight on commercial and investment banks, cheap tuition costs for American college students, generous mandatory maternity leaves for new parents, revamped daycare for American children, reintroduction of vocational-technical education alternatives for students after the 10th grade, revive the space program, mandatory two years service in a social/community program or Peace Corps/VISTA, introduction of bullet trains from coast to coast, a greater funding for the arts, abolished lobbyists and other special interest groups in Congress, monetary rewards for inventors of ideas whose practicality are adopted by private industry, and a ban on machine guns.

No to invading Syria. No to America's wars. No more Pat Tillmans. No more "sacrifices." Turn the Pentagon into a veterans' home. Shut down overseas bases. And whatever money is left after funding the aforementioned programs, purchase a lifetime membership in the Salvation Army for the former Joint Chiefs of Staff.

-- BINK OWEN, Walla Walla

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