LORA RATHBONE, Richland
Oct. 7 marked the 11th anniversary of the war in Afghanistan, and the last 30 days until the election.
The horrific human costs of this war include more than 40,000 Afghans who have been killed and at least 2,000 U.S. personnel killed, with many, many more wounded.
Much of the debate this election season has been about the economy as communities face local cuts to schools, health care and other social programs, and as the specter of the "fiscal cliff" looms over the stock market.
But most candidates are not connecting the dots between our economic woes and 11 years of war spending. At this point, we have spent more than $500 billion on this war. The cost continues to rise each day, and it will continue as we care for our wounded for their lifetimes (as we should).
Now is the time for the U.S. to end the conflict and redirect funds spent on war to human needs at home and in Afghanistan.
Vote for candidates who will work for the people, not big corporations and the war machine. Vote for candidates who will end this futile war and do everything possible to prevent another in Iran or elsewhere. Vote Democrat!