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The Journal Gazette

Thursday, January 25, 2018 1:00 am

Letters

Big-hearted candidate

There isn't anyone I know more qualified for the St. Joe Township Advisory Board than my friend and colleague Nicholas Albert Metel. He has a big heart, and putting him in charge of things like poor relief for the township would be a wonderful thing. There are three seats up for grabs in the May 8 primary election. If you don't already have three candidates you're supporting for this position, I ask you to cast one of your votes for Metel. You won't be disappointed. I guarantee it.

Stephen Thomas

Fort Wayne

US weapons remain deadly for generations

Americans don't seem to realize the import of how we wage war. State-sponsored killing based on geography has existed for millennia, but our use of persistent toxins and radioactive weapons is unprecedented.

War American-style is more than collective punishment. We punish generations yet born for a time span that is hard to comprehend. The use of radioactive weapons that harm life for hundreds of thousands of years in short wars of choice is insanity that even the Nazis rejected.

The Washington Spectator reported on a 2004 World Health Organization study that determined that Iraq had the “world's highest rates of lymphoma and leukemia.” Afghanistan placed second. Such cancers and birth defects were almost unknown before we bombed their cities with depleted uranium.

Syria will likely be the third on this cancer list if they rebuild cities we destroyed with depleted uranium. The birth defects and cancers will continue long after the names of countries are forgotten.

You are reading this on the opinion page, but it is not an opinion; it is a scientific fact. The irony is that I gained much of my knowledge about radiation in the Air Force.

I felt sick when liberal hawks and humanitarian interventionists claimed that war in Afghanistan was justified by girls getting an education.

I hope they study hard because their country will need a lot of oncologists for a very, very long time.

We have killed about a million people in our terror war, but our radioactive munitions will continue killing innocents beyond time and nationality.

How can we claim to be moral people while spending trillions of dollars on wars that benefit only weapon makers? Our wars are not for our political freedom; they are for access to cheap resources (for our economic freedom).

Poisoning the earth is poisoning our future. We cannot continue to passively pray for peace and claim our wars are “well intentioned.”

Peace on earth takes effort. We are running out of time.

TIM TIERNON

Fort Wayne for Peace

 

A better regime

In response to Tom Wilson's Jan. 18 letter “Trump's a disaster,” I don't see how he can make such a claim with a straight face. I laughed when I read it.

Under President Barack Obama, we saw more people on food stamps, more people driven into poverty, the GDP never reached higher than 2 percent, unemployment reached new highs – yeah, let's go back to that. Obama occupied the Oval Office – not my president. He did his best to destroy this country via his Marxist ideals. The only thing that stood in his way was the recession. No, I have no respect for the Obama regime.

Rick Weldy

Fort Wayne