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Support our troops

Something’s not fair about this war in Iraq. It has nothing to do with being for or against the war, being liberal or conservative.

What’s bothersome is that our men and women are fighting, sweating, bleeding and dying, and life goes on here as if the war is an abstract event, or even a video game. Yes, life goes on, as it has in all of our wars, but we think there’s a huge disconnect between mainstream America and the situation in Iraq.

The exception would be the family members of the troops living in day-to-day anxiety – such as local mothers Susan Anderson and Kathy Reynolds – and those grieving over deaths and critical wounds.

Our image of the war is pretty tame. The grisliness is kept from us, for the most part. We only saw the coffins at Dover Air Force Base because the images were leaked.

War is hell. Our troops are in the middle of a hell of an affair where it’s become like Vietnam – nobody knows where the front lines are. No matter our politics, we can only hope that the insurrectionists are in the minority and June 30, the deadline to turn over governance to the Iraqis, brings a better day.

In the meantime, we owe our troops all the allegiance, support and prayers possible.

The Summit County Rotary Foundation is raising funds to buy T-shirts for the soldiers to wear under their armor as summer breaks in the desert. It’s almost inconceivable that we should be helping buy clothing instead of niceties and other cool things for the troops, but if that’s what they need, we should help.

Rotary also is collecting care package items such as instant noodles and disposable cameras. Nonperishable items, such as toiletries, sunscreen, toothpaste and such can be dropped off at Safeway in Frisco. The items need to be travel kit size, not economy.

Monetary donations can be made to the Summit County Rotary Foundation, support the Troops Fund, P.O. Box 4401, Frisco, CO 80443.

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