LETTER: Kindness being replaced by a killing machine

To the Editor:

I learned many important lessons as a child in Sunday School. Many of them totally ignored by our nation and people today.

One lesson was to treat all people with kindness and consideration — to treat people as I would like to be treated. In the Boy Scouts, I was taught to be courteous, kind, obedient, cheerful, brave, clean and reverent.

Was drafted into the U.S. Army in 1943, where I trained 13 weeks to follow orders, to throw grenades, to use a rifle and bayonet, to kill.

The United States is now the world’s leading killing machine. Our leaders and our media call on President Barack Obama to do more against Iran, Russia, ISIS, Iraq, Syria, etc.

We would be much safer, and better off morally, if we would use our national resources to improve our deteriorating infrastructure; and feed, clothe, build homes and care for those in need, rather than destroy homes, and cities, making enemies of innocent victims.

What expensive fireworks did our government purchase to have saddled our grandchildren with a $16 trillion national debt?

Where is the thoughtfulness, kindness, consideration that existed in our United States when I was born 91 years ago?

Dick De Witt