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January 9, 2019

Get troops outWhile not a supporter of President Donald Trump, I endorse his withdrawals of U.S. troops from Syria and Afghanistan. We have no business interfering in the sovereignty of other countries. Our national security is not at risk. These endless wars secure the assets of international corporations, promote the careers of the military, and open new markets for armaments manufacturers.The late Marine Corps. Maj. Gen. Smedley D. Butler, a great patriot and America’s most decorated soldier, accurately stated that war is a racket. In a speech in 1931 before the American Legion, he said of his military service, “I spent most of my time being a high-class muscle-man for Big Business.”He explained, in part, “I helped make Honduras ‘right’ for American fruit companies in 1903. I helped purify Nicaragua for the international banking house of Brown Brothers in 1902-1912. I helped make Mexico safe and especially Tampico safe for American oil interests. I brought light to the Dominican Republic for American Sugar interests in 1916. I helped make Haiti and Cuba a decent place for the National City bank boys to collect revenue in. In China in 1927 I helped see to it that Standard Oil went on its way unmolested. Looking back on it, I might have given Al Capone a few hints.”The outcries against Trump for this action come from the military industrial complex and our warmongering public officials.George FaríasWhite House, tooPut the people who work in the White House residence on furlough. Let’s see how Mrs. Trump likes cooking meals, dusting the furniture and picking up after her husband.Doris AldermanRequired listeningI’m reading U.S. Sen. Ben Sasse’s book “Them.” In it, I learned that on each Feb. 22, the Senate reads aloud George Washington’s farewell address.It occurred to me that given the deep distrust between the people and their government, this Senate reading might actually be broadcast on national television and perhaps become a healing tool for a very serious problem in this country.From Sasses’s book: “Historians estimate that the Farewell Address was the most published American document in the first half-century of the new republic. It provided the model for how Americans should think about our government, its limits, and the necessity of modesty and humility from both leaders and the citizenry. It was more studied in schools than the Declaration of Independence.”I’ve emailed the idea to Sen. Sasse. At first, I thought of contacting my Texas senators, but somehow I just don’t think they would be interested in such things.Bobby RileyParty clonesThank you, Express-News, for periodically showing us how our representatives to Congress have voted on the legislation before them. It’s apparent from the information in Sunday’s paper that we have elected party clones to Congress rather than thinking men and women.Shame on them for solely voting along party lines. Shame on us for not doing a better job during the midterm elections of electing people who think for themselves and their constituents.Mike Horridge

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