People need to stand up to injustice

Letter to the editor

Posted: Tuesday, March 13, 2007

I'm not surprised by recent developments concerning poor quality health care and substandard facilities at the Walter Reed Army Medical Center. If this is the military's showcase hospital, one has to wonder about our country's other health care facilities for our active duty personnel and honored veterans.

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I'm not shocked by these revelations, because there has been a clear lack of leadership from the highest echelons of the U.S. government for quite some time now. Several fingers can be pointed all over the map, but the responsibility for this fiasco ultimately resides with our ostensible Commander in Chief George W. Bush.

What is my motive for coming forward now with this declaration? Martin Luther King Jr. said it very eloquently, but my memory fails me as to his exact words. My feeble version of his powerful statement is that if one sits idly by while an injustice is taking place, it can be viewed the same as condoning that action.

A quote from Dr. King that I do remember is, "I refuse to accept the idea that man is mere flotsam and jetsam in the river of life, unable to influence the unfolding events which surround him." We saw this belief become reality when the Berlin Wall came down.

As with Mahatma Gandhi during India's independence movement and the Civil Rights movement in this country, I believe we must continue to take up the armaments of nonviolence and defeat the demagoguery of the current administration in Washington.

I'll sign off for now, but together we can stop the slaughter and maiming of so many innocent people on both sides of the war in the Middle East. Meanwhile, please remember the men, women, and families of our armed forces who have and continue to sacrifice so much. They deserve your love, support and prayers.

Cliff Stone

Juneau



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