September 13, 2012 Issue


War is not the answer

Dear Editor:

It is sad that U.S. leaders don’t listen to the voices of caution before they make irreversible decisions that affect this country for decades. Hundreds of thousands of Americans and millions of people worldwide marched before the U.S. invaded Iraq in 2003 and begged then President George W. Bush not to go to war in Iraq. “I get to make that decision” Bush sneered, “You don’t.” Then in April 2009 a new President Barack Obama quietly committed 16,000 additional U.S. troops to Afghanistan. Later in December 2009 President Obama informed the nation that he was sending yet another 30,000 U.S. troops to Afghanistan.

The U.S. war in Iraq lasted eight years and nine months and did not produce anything positive that will endure. It opened Pandora’s Box of chaos in the Middle East. Today there is a growing civil war within the Arab world between Sunni Muslims and Shi’ite Muslims. United States is using a divide and conquer strategy and stoking the flames of this sectarian war by backing Sunnis against Shi’ites.



Pres. Obama claimed in his acceptance speech that he is winding down the U.S. war in Afghanistan, and the savings will be used to create American jobs and rebuild the U.S. infrastructure. This claim is wishful thinking. When Pres. Obama assumed office in January 2009, the U.S. military death toll in Operation Enduring Freedom (the Afghanistan theater of war) stood at 653. Today the U.S. military death toll in the Afghanistan theater of war stands at 2114. Obama has prosecuted the U.S. war in Afghanistan for the last 44 months. He entered office referring to Iraq as the “bad war” and Afghanistan as “the good war.” Bush and Obama used bad judgment in prosecuting unnecessary, unwinnable wars. The American people as well as the people of Iraq and Afghanistan will suffer the consequences for decades to come.

Gov. Romney does not offer any solutions. He is critical of Pres. Obama for getting U.S. troops out of Iraq. Romney pledges to strengthen the U.S. military and fight harder in Afghanistan. The bottom line is neither the Democratic Party nor the Republican Party offer American voters any real alternatives. Presidential candidates from both parties are beholden to the military industrial complex, to big oil and coal companies, and to the Wall Street financial establishment that drive the U.S. economy. Until Americans realize that war is not the answer, this country will be unable to undertake the paradigm shift required to create an equitable, green, sustainable economy.

Randy Cain

Wilburn proud of county’s elected officials

In my empowerment forum, The Open Door To A New Tomorrow With Plans To Give Us Hope For A Better Future, as a concerned citizen I expressed my belief that each and every citizen is important in our community, and it will take all of us working together to make things better.

I said all people want is to be treated equally and fairly. Remember your mistakes do not define you. What defines you is how fast you rise after making them. To all the wonderful friends who supported and voted for these elected officials, we say thank you, “we won.” Just know we don’t fight battles, God does. You see, we prayed to a higher power than ourselves.

We don’t judge people no matter what people say about us or do to us. We must stay focused on moving in a positive direction, keeping your eyes on the prize. Just know because we love God so, we must love them as well, and we must treat them all with grace, because that’s how God treats us. He’s a forgiving God.

Friends, only look down on a person when you are picking them up. This wasn’t personal. It was never about me; it was all about the great people in this county. They asked for my help; and I asked for their prayers. You deliver. Because I love you, all of you, I couldn’t say no.

To the people, we have worked so hard together along with the candidates putting great elected officials in office. Pat yourself on the back. I am so proud of you, all of you. So let’s not stop, we still have a lot more work to do.

Everyone matters. You said you want a positive change. As we move toward the November election, lets help each other get registered to vote. Your vote matters. I am here to help you also. Please, please vote and take back the power.

Your Friend For Life,

Sandra N. Wilburn


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