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Northwest Voices

Seattle Times letters to the editor

October 21, 2013 at 11:33 AM

Military spending should be spent on programs that are helpful

Use money to save lives, not fund wars

In the recent past, there was U.S. consideration of military action in Syria. We all know that the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan have already cost us about $1 trillion, with more yet to be spent.

One alternative to spending trillions on the military is to spend a tiny amount of aid on programs that are helpful. For instance, the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis, and Malaria has saved millions of lives and has brought us to the possibility of bringing those three diseases under control.

Let’s try helping, and see if by working with others, we can reduce our military spending.

Bob Dickerson, Seattle

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