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Did you know there are 1,025,109 words listed in the English language? I know we don't use all of those and some we use too much. There are 349 words listed as taboo and curse words. What is the worst bad word in the English language? It has to be the word "war." And it only has three letters.

Since this country was founded in 1776 the United States has only seen 21 years that this country has not been at war with someone. This is dreadful! We have just spent over $3 trillion dollars on the Iraq War. We have spent over a trillion dollars on the War in Afghanistan. The United States has been at war 93 percent of the time since 1776.

Last year the U.S. Federal budget spent $598.5 billion on the defense budget plus another $65.3 billion on veterans benefits. That is over a million dollars a minute.

The politicians tell us we need more money to defend our country. Maybe if we stayed home and quit trying to police the entire world things would be better.

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On Veterans Day we thank our veterans for protecting our country. Which we should. But we should also be sending "we are sorry" notes for sending our young men and women into battles for the war mongers and for fighting for big corporations that make money from war.

Will the United States ever get out of the business of war? Will the politicians ever take care of the United States and say, we cannot police the world!

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Remember "peace is patriotic." I know I have not mentioned about the millions of lives that have been lost. All the injuries, all the pain, all the hardships. That should be enough to get us out of the business of war. May the New Year of 2016 bring peace for all of us.

-- LaVon Brillhart, Butte

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