Don’t bomb, help poor
Monday, March 21, 2011 - 2:31 pm

Regarding the news that the U.S. and our allies have begun dropping strategic missiles on Libya, I am dismayed that world leaders would react in this manner, because we certainly do not need to be engaged in another war.  What upsets me the most is the U.S. government says we are broke, that we can’t afford to exist as we currently exist.  Deep cuts are being proposed to job training programs, HEAP for the elderly and low-income, neighborhood centers and food banks. Schools are laying off teachers and staff, and our poor continue to be poor, our middle class is shrinking and the rich keep getting richer.  For once, I would like the leaders to respond to the needs of the people in our country.   What about our children, our elderly and our most vulnerable populations? Why aren’t we waging war on classism, poverty and the cycles of poverty in our country?  If we can afford to bomb a country half way around the world in the name of liberty and justice, then I think we should be able to afford to tackle the problems in our county first