Concern for America


Published: Sunday, January 11, 2004 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Sunday, January 11, 2004 at 12:17 a.m.

Even though I have no grandchildren and will never have any, I am deeply worried about the future of our country and am puzzled as to why so few other Americans seem to be concerned; (I write as a veteran of WWII).

Just a few years ago, under Jimmy Carter, the entire nation was engrossed in the survival of several dozen captives in Iran; today the nation appears to be indifferent to the fact that hundreds of our soldiers have recently been killed in Iraq, thousands more have been wounded and more are dying or being wounded each day.

In addition, just yesterday (Jan. 7) the IMF warned that the United States is running up such a huge deficit that the very financial foundation of this nation is becoming shaky. In addition, the report warned about severe threats to the future of Social Security and Medicare. Indicative of the danger is that the U.S. dollar has lost more than 25 percent of its value against the euro in the past two years.

On the same day as the IMF report, the Bush administration quietly removed the 400 inspectors who have been searching for WMD - the stated cause of the Iraq war in the first place! Why did they not announce this as loudly as they initially declared there were WMD and we most go to war?

Furthermore, there seems to be no end to the billions of dollars for which we are obligated in Iraq in addition to the almost $200 billion already spent.

Frankly - be you Republican, Democrat, Independent or whatever - aren't you concerned? I am.

William D. Hedges,

Gainesville

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