youth need to understand Memorial Day

youth need to understand Memorial Day

The content of Angie Vogt’s article (“Thank you, U.S. soldiers, for your courage,” May 24) should be inculcated into the minds of every high school student in Federal Way.

These young Americans, soon to be our new leaders, must learn to understand and appreciate the way of life we enjoy was made possible by those whom we honor each Memorial Day. This article provides an opportunity for parents and teachers to convey to our young people the implications of their precious citizenship.

The quotation at the beginning of her article by John Stuart Mill was appropriate because it is so basic and fundamental to the well-being of our nation. Sadly, some of our fellow citizens do not agree as reflected in their actions and comments.

Don Payne,

Federal Way

descendants are in TROUBLE

President George W. Bush and his surrogates keep threatening to attack Iran.

We cannot afford another war. Bush lied us into a stupid and unnecessary war. As a direct result, we are less secure than we were before 9/11. In his ongoing stupidity, Bush is now rattling his saber at Iran.

As another direct result, our nation is on the brink of ruin. We have a broken infrastructure, a dearth of opportunities for good paying jobs, and astronomical prices for a gallon of gas of gas or a loaf of bread.

Health care, not warfare! Over 47 million Americans lack health care! Most of them are working Americans.

Do not sign on to another attack on another country that doesn’t threaten us. Bush totally screwed up on capturing Osama bin Laden. Why bother now — if bin Laden is still alive!

We are dangerously close to losing the war against global warming. This is an issue that you had better not ignore.

We are not paying for Iraq and I become increasingly angry at the trillions and trillions of dollars of indebtedness this war is going to hand off to my children, my grandchildren, my great-grandchildren and ever onward.

Our dollar is worthless, and thousands of hard-working Americans are losing their homes as the economy worsens.

Over 4,000 dead Americans, over a million dead Iraqis, thousands more who are injured and will need medical care for the rest of their lives. Current estimates put the cost of the Iraq war at $3 trillion with no end in sight. I say that the total costs of Bush’s (and your) Iraq misadventure will be well over $20 trillion, to be passed onto my descendants. And all we get from this administration is the possibility of yet another war — with Iran.

Karen HEDWIG Backman,

Federal Way

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