Banks County Opinions...

October 3, 2001


Letter To The Editor

The Banks County News
October 3, 2001

A nation in distress
How can our national leaders rally around a flag they allow to be abused? How can these same leaders speak "God Help America" or "God Bless America" while forcing us to accept "atheism"? Now our state governor wants to grant more liberal rights or not "legal" but "illegal foreign nationals." Why? The American flag that flyed at half mast in remembrance of the attack on America on Sept. 11, 2001, should have been flying upside down for we are a nation in distress.

Sincerely,
David McKinney
Homer

Column
By Shar Porier
The Banks County News
October 3, 2001

Bring the troops back home!
I've been thinking about this predicament we've been drug into. And I wonder, is war the only option? Is bombing desolate countrysides in search of elusive targets the most prudent method in bringing these conspirators to justice? Is justice what we really seek? Or are we just hell-bent on revenge no matter the cost?
What good will it really do to blast away at arms depots or Taliban terrorist camps? We can't really determine who are the "good guys" and who are the "bad guys."
Sure, something needs to be done about the growing terrorist threat. And, sure, the people responsible should face judgment for their crimes.
But, "needs" and "shoulds" are a far cry from "doing" and "succeeding."
Is it really worth the cost, in the hundreds of millions of dollars, we have to pay so our troops can set up in countries around our anticipated targets, Afghanistan, Iraq?
Why are we having to shoulder the financial burden and military expense of finding these radicals anyway? Why aren't other allies out there sending troops to join with ours? Taking a stand with us? Let the United Nations and all the countries of the world take on the task of eradicating terrorism.
I don't think it's worth one more American life. Bring the troops back home.
Or one more American dollar. Bring the money back home. Use it to build up security right here in America. Make our transportation safer by improving aircraft design and putting sky marshals on our airplanes. Increase our borders patrols. Secure our strategic centers. Toughen our immigration laws. We need the jobs that would be created, and so does our economy.
We don't need a war that wastes lives. Revenge doesn't taste that sweet!
Shar Porier is a reporter for The Banks County News.

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