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Speak Out: Takoma Park's War Funding

Do you agree where your tax dollars are going?

Takoma Park's taxpayers have paid out almost $85 million for the Iraq and Afghan wars according to the website Cost of War. We at Patch want to know what you think of that as Takoma Park residents.

Patch reader Jay Levy already voiced his opinion in a recent letter to the editor in The Gazette. Levy lamented that Takoma Park residents have had to fork over that amount of money.

So tell us, what do you think about the amount Takoma Park taxpayers have spent on the Iraq and Afghan wars?

Fran Pollner May 17, 2012 at 10:34 PM
There is no way we should be spending any money on those wars. rather, we need to make reparations for the damage we've caused. And we need to spend much more of our taxpayer dollars on health care, jobs, green energy, infrastructure, housing, education, and veterans care.
Ryan McDermott (Editor) May 18, 2012 at 12:11 AM
Fran - Thanks for the comment. I've talked to a few people in Takoma Park that feel the same way. Anyone else out there have an opinion?
Rollie Smith May 18, 2012 at 06:39 PM
Couldn't agree more. I've been reading Morris Berman's book "Why America Failed." So much of our military is used to make the world safe for corporate profit and individual wealth. I'm not against profit and wealth, but we are paying for it for a few. We are publicly subsidizing the disparity in world well-being.
Erick Wilson May 20, 2012 at 05:03 AM
It's high time to bring our men and women home! This was never a war of necessity but of choice from corporate interest and greed.
Fran Pollner May 20, 2012 at 02:30 PM
You might be interested in attending the next Takoma Park City Council meeting Monday night (the 21st), when they will consider a resolution to tell Congress to reduce the military budget and invest the savings in our state and local communities (and another one urging the repeal of the indefinite detention provisions of the National Defense Authorization Act). You can see the Council agenda at <http://www.takomaparkmd.gov/clerk/agenda/index.html>.

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