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War glorified unnecessarily

As a Boy Scout in Indiana in the 1930s and as a member of the Grass Valley Male Vocal Choir, I am happy to have the opportunity to honor those who died in service to our country this Memorial Day, but I do not like the glorification of war as a way of preserving our democracy.

War destroys rather than preserves democracy. When we went to war in World War II, we adopted the abhorrent practices of Nazi Germany, putting American citizens, Japanese Americans, in concentration camps, by limiting freedom of speech and press and by bombing civilian populations, killing thousands of innocent women and children.

Today a dictatorial president by lying to the American people by torturing prisoners of war and, by pursuing a war that most Americans do not support, terrorism is being stimulated and democracy destroyed.

On the other hand, the real advancements of democracy in our society, the liberation of women and gays and the civil rights movement under Martin Luther King Jr., have come about by peaceful means.

If we are truly interested in advancing democracy and reducing terrorism rather than dominating the world, we will achieve more by taking the resources now put into the military and putting them into seeing that all people throughout the world are provided with adequate food, shelter, medical care and education.

This is my prayer when I sing “God Bless America.”

Harold Blickenstaff

Nevada City

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