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June 28, 2013

Letter: A win-win proposal for a better America

To the editor:

I am a WWII veteran.

I have enough medals to decorate a Christmas tree. I was 19 years old in the Battle of the Bulge and also a POW of the Germans. I truly believe that we were on the side of the Lord, and that the enemy was on the devil’s side.

Today, I am an isolationist. But I do not believe that we should send any of our soldiers, sailors or airmen overseas to fight any foreign war for any reason. If we are to aid anyone, we should send them food if necessary and, or medical supplies but no military equipment or personnel.

We are spending billions of dollars in countries that do not want us there. We do not understand them and they do not understand us.

Instead, I suggest that we keep a big army here in our own country, not overseas. That army should be used to help the victims of floods, hurricanes, tornadoes, earthquakes, to fight forest fires, or deal with any other natural disasters in a timely manner. This home based military should be well trained and equipped for every kind of emergency.

When not needed for the above, they should be well trained in the military skills. When not needed for training or disaster relief, these same personnel should be used in activities such as building or repairing dams, ways to mitigate floods and forest fires, to build and maintain bridges.

All equipment and supplies needed and used should be made or grown in the United States. This would help American businesses who pay American taxes and employ American workers — who also would be paying American taxes that would go to the American government.

This is a win-win proposal. A policy such as this might save billions of dollars, maybe help lower the taxes on our American workers and businesses.

Who knows? Maybe it would even stop inflation or balance the budget.

God Bless America. We need it.

MICHAEL LINQUATA

Gloucester

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