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Grandmothers plead council for peace

Posted: March 14, 2011 1:55 a.m.
Updated: March 14, 2011 1:55 a.m.

During last Tuesday night’s City Council meeting, several well-meaning grandmothers requested that our city adopt a resolution to become a “City for Peace.”

They spoke of the travesty of war and devastation to local families who lost family members to combat in Iraq and Afghanistan.

They disparaged our huge monetary cost of warfare and how all that money should go toward helping children, the poor and the elderly.

They delivered a most compelling argument; after all, who could possibly appreciate war? It’s a dirty, nasty and expensive business.

Those Grandmothers for Peace encouraged our City Council members to urge President Barack Obama and the legislature to disengage America’s military-industrial complex.

As they spoke, I could not prevent my mind from drifting back to the horror of 9/11 and those terrible images of skyscrapers plummeting into dust and twisted, ugly steel and the tragic loss of more than 3,000 people who were simply minding their own business on a normal, beautiful summer day.

Watching TV and seeing people tragically jump to their deaths to avoid burning to death in magnificent buildings brimming in smoke is a scene none of us should ever forget.

I sat there, watching the grandmothers speak and wondered how our leaders would respond. Soon, it was time for our City Council members to weigh in; our two grandmothers, Laurene Weste and Marsha McLean, went silent, as did mother Laurie Ender, who is up for re-election early next year.

Councilman Frank Ferry was absent, but thankfully Councilman Bob Kellar spoke, and he spoke with conviction — his words were galvanizing as he explained his sincere appreciation to our military and the grueling job they do to keep America safe.

Bob Kellar also said that if the Obama administration implemented the grandmothers’ proposals, American lives would be considerably shortened.

I question why those grandmothers spoke to our local City Council members, rather than directly with the Muslim extremists who declared war on America and brought their Jihad here in such a despicable fashion.

Perhaps the Muslim extremists would set their swords aside and sympathize with the “Grandmothers for Peace,” especially if they presented themselves properly in burqa attire.


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