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Pleas to save bases reflect our dependence on military

By Letters to the Editor

To the editor:

Letters written to beg the continuance of military spending in various communities -— including our own — illustrate the dangers of our growing dependency on the military, industrial and business complex that Kansas native son Dwight Eisenhower warned us against as he departed the presidency in 1963. 

I understand the desire to protect the golden goose that provides for us, but doesn’t that also deepen our co-dependency as camp followers and make us unable or unwilling to extricate ourselves from deficit spending and the machinery of violence when the time comes for justice and reconciliation with our enemies?

I list these concerns as a citi-zen, taxpayer, military veteran, parent and would-be follower of Jesus Christ, the Prince of Peace, and with respect for my brothers and sisters who serve and for those whose perspective differs.

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