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  • The lessons I learned from Vietnam are:
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  • The lessons I learned from Vietnam are:
    1) Wars are easier to start than end. 2) Wars cost more than stated at onset. 3) Wars kill innocent people along with combatants but those folks are rarely counted. 4) There are long-term unknown costs for disabled veterans and their families. 5) War tends to proliferate and destabilize larger areas than intended. 6) Wars take funding away from needs within our country. 7) The military/corporate complex promotes and needs wars and enemies to perpetuate itself. 8) When we pick allies to arm in a civil war, the arms we provide often are turned against us later, such as in Afghanistan. 9) Often angry, belligerent talk is only talk, and by reacting too quickly without understanding we can be pulled into unnecessary conflict.
    The irony of Vietnam is that we now have full economic involvement with that country and our tourists, who include former soldiers, may visit there. What a shame to have wasted lives and money when if we had resisted war we might never have had to fight to achieve these results! Let's remember, war doesn't pay as a policy. — Annie Drager, Phoenix
    Before we existed in our present singular form, we lived in two separate pieces as two completely different entities: as a living, round and accommodating ovum and as a living, flagellating and assertive spermatozoan. The chances of those two particular individual microscopic life forms coming together, just so, were as infinite as the universe itself. I believe that speaks to the mysteries of the Godhead.
    The ovum and the spermatozoan, themselves, were completely different entities previously, ad infinitum. Also, during certain stages in their development, the embryos of human beings and all mammals, birds, amphibians, reptiles and fish are virtually indistinguishable. Thus, I believe embryonic development speaks to the mysteries of evolution. Creation and evolution: two completely different entities ...
    Adam and Eve, presumably the first human beings, were not conceived. So, clearly, life does not begin at conception. (Voltaire might agree that our conception was necessary for their conception). (It is not possible to construe their "fall from grace" as conception.) (Maybe, we must redefine conception?) Anyway, I'm shocked that Arkansas Senate Bill 417 passed, as it is totally erroneous. — Patti Morey, Ashland
    Much like guns being the root cause of shooting tragedy, I propose banning the production of padlocks. If the kidnapper/rapist in Ohio, Mr. Castro, had not been able to padlock the interior doors of his home, those three girls could have left.
    We need to make kidnapping more illegal, as well as penalize family and neighbors who don't pay attention to strange behavior. I say track down the seller of the excessive rope and chain he bought to restrain his victims and fine the person responsible.
    We can prevent tragedy if we just make more laws and hold the innocent bystander as culpable to the crime. Maybe pass a building code that says all homes be built without interior doors. Yeah — that's the problem, doors! — Brad Martinkovich, Medford
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