Harness power for good, not destruction
I could hear the fear in Secretary of Defense Robert Gates’ shaky voice April 6 when he announced proposed cuts to the Pentagon budget [“Pentagon proposes historic overhaul,” page one, April 6]. I know there are corporations that are scrambling now for congressional votes to defeat his suggestions because they have been going in the direction of destruction for so many years that they don’t know what else to do with themselves.
I would like to suggest to the military-industrial complex that it rethink, retool, reorganize, revamp — and begin to join the move to make this world a better place to live.
We need better transportation. We need better irrigation — a food forest across the U.S. and the world. New Orleans’ levees were laughable compared with those in other countries. The military-industrial complex could use its power, skill and talent to make this world a better place.
— Patricia Robinett, Eugene, Ore.