Few Americans bearing full burden of war
The older I get, the more difficulty I have trying to justify war. World War II was pushed upon America and we Americans resisted every effort to pull us into war, until the aggressive and dastardly attack upon Pearl Harbor.
Then, there was a national draft, rationing of food and gas and the total support and sacrifice of the American people. We won World War II and proceeded with the Marshall Plan to rebuild Europe and Gen. Douglas Macarthur provided the leadership to rebuild a new Japan. In my heart of hearts, that was the last justifiable war we Americans fought; where we Americans can honestly say, not only was evil stopped and freedom restored, but much good came to our world from the great sacrifice.
There has not been sacrifice or total support by the American people of any of the wars since World War II. In sad truth, we have been greatly divided.
Our brave military carry out their duties with great distinction, considering the state of the purpose and end games under which they serve, and which seem to change seasonally. Any honest appraisal of how this is affecting America’s soul and how unfairly the sacrifice is being borne by such a small group of our fellow Americans has not received the civil and thoughtful public debate it deserves.
If only we knew the things that make peace. Peace is not war. War is not peace. Peace is the Golden Rule. Blessed are the peacemakers for they shall be called the children of God.
PAUL F. DOUBLE Ossian
Progressivism renders oaths meaningless
Having been blessed by being born an American, I’ve never had to pledge a naturalization oath of allegiance. Elected officials pledge a similar oath. Its basic composition is:
Support the Constitution. Defend it and laws of the United States against all enemies foreign and domestic.
Bear faith and allegiance to the same.
Bear arms on behalf of U.S. when required.
The first naturalization law in 1790 and since has emphasized support the Constitution. Not executive order around the constitution. Not regulate around the Constitution. Not suspend chosen parts of the Constitution. Not interpret certain phrases of the Constitution to fit a chosen agenda.
If elected representatives cannot define, defend and follow the Constitution, how can 11 million illegal migrants even conceive of the attempt to follow it? How is it possible dedicated Muslims deviate from their Koran teachings to follow a contradicting document?
If the answer is progressivism, there’s no need to bother with any oaths.
MONTY STRAWSER LaGrange
Learning disabilities further complicate voucher efforts
Vouchers and choice are not the panacea that the governor and legislators believed they would become. Republican efforts to privatize Indiana schools are failing.
The real elephant in the room is children with learning disabilities, whose numbers are increasing annually. Currently 41 percent of all students in the U.S. have a learning disability; only 30 percent ever graduate from high school. Since the states supply most of the resources for education, many are being bankrupted by efforts to educate their populations with learning disabilities. It costs two to three times more to educate such a child. Some states are spending as much as $30,000 annually per child with a learning disabilities. This problem will not vanish and the implications for our schools, the adult workforce and society as a whole are staggering. Indiana prisons are already overpopulated with inmates who have been diagnosed with learning disabilities.
Charter schools and vouchers are not the answer.
KATHY HOLLENBACHER Evansville