Joseph Wittrock: Important weapons for the troops

Joseph WittrockDillon

Re. by Alex Miller, opinion, June 5

The day before the 68th anniversary of the D-day invasion, instead of mentioning the largest invasion in human history freeing Europe from the murderous Third Reich, we’re treated to the obligatory editorial lamenting that the U.S. military is too big, too expensive, and unnecessary.Miller makes a specious analogous comparison to his children wanting expensive toys, and the military’s two most important conventional weapons currently being developed, the littoral combat ship and the F-35 fighter. Is Miller suggesting we strive for mediocrity for our national defense? Would he send his boys into an advanced trigonometry class with a slide rule instead of an electronic calculator? If my two boys get sent into harm’s way, I would hope they would have the tools and technology they need to come home safely.Freedom is not free. So I’d like to remind the editorial staff of Summit Daily, while you’re busy debating parking tickets, swimming in ice cold water, and the merits of recreational drugs, please don’t forget some of us have children risking their lives so that you can. I’d also like to take this opportunity to thanks all veterans and their families, your sacrifices are not forgotten.

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