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The morning after the election

By Remy Benoit

Billions of corporate dollars were spent to put candidates in office.

Economic problems were the focal point.

But I need to ask why the war in Afghanistan that is taking the lives of our soldiers, making new injured Veterans each day, seemed not to be an election issue?

What are these wars costing? Costs of war.

What will the long term costs of care for our soldiers be, not only dollar wise, but mentally, physically, and spiritually?

Personal Stories from more than just the Front Lines of War.

What is it about us that we just ignore the verities of war?

Does It Matter?

Does it matter?-losing your legs?

For people will always be kind,

And you need not show that you mind

When others come in after hunting

To gobble their muffins and eggs.

Does it matter?-losing you sight?

There’s such splendid work for the blind;

And people will always be kind,

As you sit on the terrace remembering

And turning your face to the light.

Do they matter-those dreams in the pit?

You can drink and forget and be gald,

And people won't say that you’re mad;

For they know that you've fought for your country,

And no one will worry a bit.

Siegfried Sassoon

And that is from WWI. Well, decide, does it matter? Do they matter?


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