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Letter to the editor

Posted: Monday, August 02, 2004

Would it shock you to know that the United States spends more on its military expenditures than all other countries of the world combined? This was a fact even before Sept. 11. Additionally, very few Americans are speaking of nuclear disarmament of America's weapons of mass destruction anymore. In the 1960s, many citizens, especially college students, actively and vociferously opposed the Vietnam war and our stocks of nuclear weapons.

Where are the college students, or others, who care today? As a society, have we become completely engrossed in our consumerist lives to notice America's militaristic muscle being flexed and growing daily? Or have our citizens become complacent because they feel they are but one small voice against an impersonal and distant government in D.C.? For these citizens, I beseech you to wake up and take action. "If you think you're too small to have an impact, try going to bed with a mosquito in the room," said Anita Koddick.

America can choose a different path, but it will only happen through its citizens becoming interested and active in political affairs.

Juanita J. Freese-Reese

Juneau



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