World peace is something most people want. But we won’t have world peace if we let other interests run over us. War comes at a terrible price, even for the country that wins. I don’t think the U.S. should focus on being politically correct to the point where we apologize for standing up for our country. Other countries protect their interests. So should we. Japan is inviting world leaders to visit Hiroshima, the site of the first nuclear bomb released on their country during World War ll. I believe a harsh reality: The U. S. should not apologize for dropping two nuclear bombs on two of Japan’s cities. Yes, it was a horrible event. Thousands were killed. But President Truman didn’t wake up that August morning in 1945 and say, “I think we’ll bomb the daylights out of Japan since we have nothing better to do.” The bombings were a culmination of several events: Japan started the war when they attacked us at Pearl Harbor in Hawaii. Since then we had spent four years beating them back across the Pacific. They had to retreat from several ocean islands to Japan itself. By that point they had little to fight with but still wouldn’t surrender. We had lost tens of thousands of American lives and had spent an enormous amount of money. Military experts estimated it would take several more years and cost the U. S. and Japan plenty if we invaded Japan instead of dropping the bombs: Japan would suffer 10,000,000 casualties, with the U.S. suffering 1,000,000. Contrast these numbers to the estimated number of Japanese casualties from the actual bombings that ended the war: about 200,000. Many people don’t want to believe it but if you look at the math, you’ll see how the bombings actually saved lives–Japanese as well as American. As I said, even when you win you pay a huge price. The U.S. didn’t want to drop those bombs, but we knew the only other thing that would make the Japanese cut it out was an invasion of Japan itself–at a much bigger cost. We should be sorry we had to drop those bombs, to end a war they started, with as few casualties as possible. But we shouldn’t apologize for doing what we had to do to end the horror with minimal loss of life–on both sides.
The ballpark at Arlington, Texas is only 22years old. It has been upgraded several times before. When I was there 13 months ago, it looked fine to me. But now the Rangers want a new stadium with a roof on it and want the city to pay for half of it with a tax increase. A mere 500 million from the taxpayers. They say that fans complain about sitting out in the sun on hot summer days and nights. A closed in Stadium with air conditioning would be nice. But not for 500 million from the taxpayers. Football fans in the north sit through games in zero degree weather. We actually have fewer domed football stadiums in the north than we do in the south. If the Rangers want that kind of luxury they should pay for it themselves. If they don’t have a billion laying around they can try to raise it. Or they can keep playing in the perfectly good stadium they have, which the city helped pay for over two decades ago. Some other professional ball teams have paid for their stadiums in full so it isn’t without precedent. That half a billion could be used to rebuild our crumbling schools, increase teacher salaries, rebuild our local infrastructure, help the needy get on their feet so they can begin supporting themselves, etc. There’s nothing wrong with having professional sports. It provides entertainment and jobs for people connected to that industry. But I think we should maintain a balance. Professional atheletes already get paid millions to chase a ball, while others toil in regular jobs for a few thousand a year. Should we really sink a half a billion in tax dollars for a stadium we don’t need? If we do it will remind me that some things haven’t changed since the time of ancient Rome. They put too much of there resources into sports, too. Haven’t we learned from our history teachers that Rome fell? Does history have to repeat itself?
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After killing four people with his truck, Ethan Couch got two years in jail. That’s only six months for each victim, not to mention the others who were hurt and all the emotional pain he has caused. That’s the toughest penalty he can get after his case was sent to the adult court system. I think the law should be changed. Two years isn’t enough, even if he was only sixteen at the time. I also think his behavior after being put on probation should be taken into account: parties he attended where people were supposedly drinking, and his flight from the country with his mother. As a teacher, I see too many young people in our schools who aren’t learning responsibility. I can’t help but believe that is cause and effect with our permissive society and legal system.
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As an an independent who voted for the democrats in the last two elections, I’m voting for Trump this time. But I’m still appalled at the republicans refusal to admit that fossil fuels add to global warming. If most of the scientists said those fuels have nothing to do with climate change then I’d be on the republicans side. But the scientists say just the opposite. A history program showed a clip of former vice president and republican, Dick Cheney, saying he believes we are in the midst of global warming: “I call it Spring.” Then the audience laughed and he smirked, apparently proud of himself for being cute. I thought it was tragic. How arrogant many republicans without scientific backgrounds are to believe they know more than the scientists. If the democrats thought like that, I’d say the same thing about them.
Cheney thought he looked so cool with that little quip of his. But fifty to a hundred years from now, when fossil fuels are a thing of the past, people living in than greener age will look at that old clip and compare it to the age of the dinosaurs. They’ll probably say, “Can you believe a former vice president, someone who is supposed to be a world leader, said that? Can you believe the republican party way back then supported that prehistoric idea?”
President Obama seemed to go out of his way during a recent dinner to make several jokes about the democrats and republicans. The power of most presidents is reduced during their last year in office. But I think Obama made himself look even more powerless with all those jokes. A little bit of presidential humor is fine. Lincoln was known for being funny at times. But I thought Obama went overboard. His behavior seemed to say that he can no longer shape the world, so he’ll settle for making a speech that contained one joke after another. To me, it looked like he was trying to hide his frustration at the lack of cooperation he’s had throughout his presidency from others in Washington. I voted for Obama twice, but am disappointed that he no longer looks presidential. Hopefully, the next president will be a better leader who won’t have to resort to executive orders to get what they want–and too many jokes near the end of their administration when they don’t.