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Linn-Benton Community College is saying they need to cut out the horticultural program because of lack of funds. The secondary streets in Albany need repairs. The federal government says they need to cut down on what they are spending for disaster relief, especially in places like Puerto Rico and the southern states. And now the federal administration is trying again to get the Affordable Care Act reversed. Even though it has been the agent for significant improvement in health care in Oregon over the last several years.

Meanwhile, the federal administration touts as one of its cardinal achievements the passage of a huge defense increase. What have we received in return for our large defense expenditures? Over the last 50-plus years, major ventures into Viet Nam, Iraq and Iran and countless activities in other areas such as Nicaragua, Granada, Libya and hundreds of places where our armed forces maintain the hegemony of the United States.

What have we gained from all this except vast destruction of resources and infrastructure and in many places an instability that makes the life of the citizens difficult? And the underlying reason we give is to “keep us safe.”

Meanwhile, our people are getting sicker, more desperate in their lives so that drugs and/or suicide for some are, to an alarming extent, the only way to find relief from a life they find unbearable. And we cannot underwrite secondary education, or repair our streets? Why? Because the military industrial agent is consuming us.

Larry Eby

Albany (March 27)

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