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Sell off war, not forests

BAXTER PHARR, SILVERTHORNE

The Bush administration has recently proposed selling 304,000 acres of U.S. Forest Service land to raise about $800 million to fund rural schools. How can the richest nation in the world afford to spend over $245 billion fighting the war in Iraq, but not have enough money to educate our children? Why do we have to auction off these national treasures to the highest bidder when we can afford to send more than 150,000 troops halfway across the world for three years to invade and occupy a foreign country on the false accusation that they possessed weapons of mass destruction? Already the invasion of Iraq has resulted in 28,864 to 32,506 civilian deaths, countless injuries and untold human suffering. Now the country is rocked by daily car bombings, suicide attacks, kidnappings and murder. Women in Baghdad are too afraid to venture into the streets, and children stay locked up inside. According to most reporters, the country is spiraling toward cival war, but according to Bush, Cheney and Rumsfeld, Iraq has now been “liberated” and is heading toward democracy. Truly it will be a great day when our schools get the money they need and the Air Force has to hold a bake sale to build another bomber! After all, these forests do not belong to the fiscally-irresponsible Bush administration. They belong to the decent, hard-working, tax-paying American citizens. By turning pristine forests into parking lots, we are contributing to global warming, pushing more species toward extinction, and reducing the value of our private property. Help stop this insane proposition by e-mailing the Forest Service at SRS_Land_Sales@fs.fed.us by March 30. Remember, the only thing necessary for evil to triumph is if enough good people stand by and do nothing.


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