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Northwest Voices

Seattle Times letters to the editor

December 17, 2014 at 11:51 AM

Federal budget: Fund programs that promote peace efforts

In a year of deep divide in our government, I appreciate that our elected officials came together to pass a bill to keep us solvent through September 2015 [“Senate OKs nominees and tax bill as term ends,” Nation & World, Dec. 17].

While the budget passed doesn’t include funding for Homeland Security, it does have money allocated for three small international programs that are successfully demonstrating true peace building is possible. These programs, located in the U.S. State Department and in the U.S. Agency for International Development are the Bureau of Conflict Stabilization Operations, the Complex Crisis Fund and the Office of Conflict Management and Mitigation.

Our federal budget totals some $3.5 trillion a year, with national security as a whopping $1 trillion a year, according to The Nation. These effective peace programs cost only $110 million combined, and at just .003 percent of the budget, they deserve our vocal support.

When you share peace with your loved ones this holiday season, please remember to call your political representatives and thank them for funding peace in our world. Let them know you want them to increase our financial commitments to programs that actively work to build a more just world for all.

Susie Tennant, Seattle Peace Alliance

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