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“About Yesterday”

Yesterday was Veterans Day, a day of honor!

Since November 11th 1918 — the end of World War I — Americans have honored veterans who served our country to preserve and protect our freedoms. It was an honor to serve in uniform and the people of a thankful nation proudly acknowledged their service.

Veterans had a revered place in our society after World War I and again after World War II. They were celebrated for their heroics and sacrifices to keep America safe. Gestures of thanks were honest and heartfelt.

On this day in the past Veterans were respected.

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“The Hidden Costs of War”

The cost of war does not end with the conflict!

In October of 2007 I submitted this article to the New York Times Opinion Section in hopes they would reprint it to let all Americans know that there is a cost to every war that those that wage war do want exposed to the American people. It is a cost that should enrage everyone and is passed down to our children and grandchildren. The burden I wrote about then has more than doubled since it was written. Here is that article:

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A dead U.S. soldier costs less than a disabled one.

It is an unfortunate truth—a callous statement—but a reality of the hidden costs of the occupation of Iraq; an occupation that has destroyed lives and families and cost over $450 billion in American treasure thus far.

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“This Is Not Iraq: This is Syri…us”

This article has been poste at Huffington Post. To read is at Huff Post click on the link.

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The drums of war are being beaten again!

Those who advocated an unnecessary and illegal war in Iraq are now pounding the drums to get us involved in the Middle East again — this time in Syria.

We’re told that Syria is much different than Iraq. If the word ‘wolf’ comes to mind, ignore it. These are the same people that wanted to attack Iran less than a year ago because they were eerily close to a nuclear weapon.

Is Syria really different?

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“Which War Is Next?”

Romney promises to unleash the wrath of the U.S. on Iran!

At a recent campaign stop, at the Veterans of Foreign Wars Conference in Reno, Nevada, Romney told an enthusiastic crowd that he would wield America’s $760 billion military might around the world, including a military solution in Iran.

This drew elevated applause from the ex-military audience, long separated from the ravages of war. The perfect gathering for a draft-dodging, war-mongering, right-wingnut like Romney?

Another war? Are you serious?

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“Siege in Oakland’s Ogawa Plaza”

This article was accepted on The Huffington Post on 11/17. To read it on the HuffPost click on the link.

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Three weeks ago a peaceful Occupy protest was disrupted by the Oakland Police!

On that Tuesday night Oakland and neighboring police departments turned Frank Ogawa Plaza into a war zone.

More than 300 officers from the Oakland Police Department and 18 local departments, in full battle gear, surrounded Frank Ogawa Plaza prepared to evict 100 people from the Occupy site.

Oakland PD, in a press release, cited health and safety concerns as reasons for removing the protesters. It was to be closed for cleaning and vector control then reopened to the people.

So, why were they dressed in riot gear when what they needed was HazMat gear?

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“War and Taxes”

This article was posted on The Huffington Post at noon on 7/28. Click on the link to read the article at HuffPost.

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The battle in Congress over taxes is — historically — unprecedented and UnAmerican.

We are in a time of War!

Our government sent our young men and women to foreign soil to die, or return home torn and injured—ravaged by the effects of the destruction and damage people can inflict on each other.

With most wars there is sacrifice and that sacrifice is shared by all countrymen and women. But these wars have narrowed the painful sacrifices to a very few families and groups.

Whether you were for the war or, like me, against it, the reality is—our troops are engaged in a life and death struggle; one that few Americans are invested in.

The burdens of war are costly in both lives and treasure. The current costs to taxpayers for the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan have exceeded $1.2 trillion and Professor’s Joseph Stiglitz and Linda Bilmes believe it will cost $3 trillion. Their estimates include the “Hidden Costs of the War.”

Have the wars been worth the tremendous sacrifices of some Americans?

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