An invitation

Letter to the editor

Posted: Thursday, March 16, 2006

According to Webster's Dictionary the meaning of democracy is "government exercised either directly by the people or through elected representatives; rule by the majority."

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According to every recently published poll, well over 60 percent of the American people think we should bring our troops home from Iraq. Sadly, it appears that on the issue of bringing our troops home, most of our federally elected representatives have lost touch with the good judgment of hometown USA.

Against the desires of the majority of the American people, our federally elected representatives continue to send American fathers, mothers, sons and daughters into this war without having a plan for their withdrawal. The third anniversary of the war in Iraq is Sunday. Since the start of this war, more than 2,300 Americans have died, and nearly 17,000 have been seriously injured.

Against the desires of the majority of the American people, our federally elected representatives continue to mortgage the financial security of our children (and our children's children) in order to finance the war. Congress is in the process of approving another supplemental spending appropriation of $72 billion to fund the war effort. The total monetary cost of the war in Iraq and Afghanistan is over $300 billion!

While seeking to establish democracy in Iraq, the politicians in Washington have forgotten the meaning of democracy here at home. If you are dismayed that the Washington politicians are not listening to the majority's conviction that we should bring our troops back home now, then you are invited to make your opinion clearly heard.

On Sunday, there will be a march for peace in Juneau. The march will begin at 3 p.m. in the parking lot off Egan Drive located near the Douglas Bridge (channel side). From there the march will proceed to Marine Park for a peace rally. If you believe that our government should be making clearly defined plans to bring American troops home from Iraq, then join this march. Don't wait until the fourth anniversary of the war in Iraq before demanding that our troops be brought back home - the lives of our military personnel and the future of our country are at stake.

Garland Walker


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