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Devaluing Milk, Bread, and Human Life...
By Martha Leftwich


April 24, 2007
Tuesday PM

After reflecting on Rudy Guiliani's "out of touch with reality" answer to the question about the cost of milk and bread: He answered "A gallon of milk is probably about a $1.50, a loaf of bread about a $1.25, $1.30." (A check of the Web site for D'Agostino supermarket on Manhattan's Upper East Side showed a gallon of milk priced at $4.19 and a loaf of white bread at $2.99 to $3.39.)

I no longer wonder why our country is so deep in debt that our great-great grandchildren will still be paying.

I no longer question the fact that we are still fighting a war in Iraq and losing far beyond the number of troops the Pentagon is reporting. Nor the fact that the ones wounded psychologically and physically beyond hope of rehabilitation number in the tens of thousands.

I do wonder when we will no longer have any able bodied men and women to send off to be slaughtered.

I also wonder how the lawmakers still wanting to send more troops and extend tours of duty can sleep at night.

Instead of airing the message on television "viewer discretion advised" before showing images of pitifully twisted, scarred, amputated bodies of young men and women who were healthy before they were deployed to Iraq, let's put their pictures on billboards with "before and after" shots.

Could it be that if we did that, those pictures might hurt the conscience of those still supporting a war based on lies?

If the American people are so proud of these brave men and women, why are we hiding them from public view?

The ones who love and honor the troops with such devotion need to visit and console those who have returned.

If we are going to support and honor our troops, we need to support and honor them when they come home!
Are we any different than those who dance in the streets in honor of the ones who are blowing themselves up for a cause in which they believe?

We send our children to war healthy and whole. Then we stand up and say "they died for an honorable cause" when they return in a flag draped casket.

Or we shield them from view so the publics will to wage war is not weakened.

When will America wake up?

Martha Leftwich

Weaver, AL

Received April 24, 2007 - Published April 24, 2007

About: "I am a 71 year old widow, and fed up with the seeing our young men and women sent off to be slaughtered in a war based on lies. In fact I am fed up with our Nation being destroyed by lies, deception and greed. How can we hope to win a war when the President couldn't efficiently handle a Hurricane?"



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