Letter: Christmas time thoughts

Shortly before Christmas, a holy time of the year, Congress passed next year's military budget of $738 billion, yes billion.

A couple of thoughts came to my mind.  The first was all the good that could be done with this huge amount of money: housing for the homeless, medical care of the poor and needy, education and so very much more.

A second thought was about the time of year.  This is supposed to be the time when Christian thoughts turn to "The Prince of Peace."

And I thought of the 10 commandments (not suggestions).  One is, "Thou Shalt Not Kill."  It is only four words.  It doesn't seem difficult to understand.  So why the massive amounts for killing?

What did we do for peace this "holy season?"

At this same time before Christmas the federal government proposed to cut food stamps from three quarters of a million poor families; another amount that made me wonder about modern American Christian love.

If some want to make America great again, this is definitely NOT the way to do it  (in my opinion).

I really do not understand what seems to be the love of killing and the war against the poor.

It appears to me that the words of the American historian, Andrew J. Bacevich, still ring true.

"If you want to go bomb somebody, there is remarkably little discussion of how much it might cost. But when you have a discussion about whether or not we can assist suffering people, then suddenly we become very cost conscious.”

Peace,

Harvey Benson

Harmony