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The Dirty Half-Dozen Dozen Dozen

The US Department of Defense is recruiting felons to fill its ranks. The number of criminals enlisted in 2007 is double that in 2006. No news yet about whether the figure exponentiates in 2008.

A soldier gets home, walks into a bar…

Soldiers like to joke that they are more manly than war opponents. That would be correct if you accept the chief attribute of manly men being stupidity. Of course going off to war gives soldiers plenty of further attributes, or should I say, fewer?

It’s in the percentages

Apparently 30% of the most recent batch of Army recruits do not have a high school education. And by the Army's own findings, 30% of soldiers returning from our occupations have Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. And a Colorado Springs school district has revealed that 25% of the children of the Fort Carson new arrivals are "Special Needs" students. Americans, and Colorado Springs in particular, have to live with these percentages. Are we 25% screwed or 30% screwed? At least we don't have to look at these guys across the sights of their guns. Iraqis do, and over one million dead Iraqis it may now be deduced were 100% screwed. 2515

Strong as steel and aircraft aluminum

Like Wonderbread before they were compelled to retract the false advertising claim, the Army builds healthy bodies 24 different ways. There are actually more permutations of disability defined by which limbs have been lost or paralyzed. If you think "healthy" is an affront to those vets struggling with therapy and their own will to live, imagine what they feel about the recruitment slogans Army Strong, or Be All You Can Be.   Army of One probably describes it.

On JAN 14 let us not expand Ft Carson

Please attend the upcoming Fort Carson expansion town hall meeting at the Antlers Hilton on January 14. Let the pro-military, pro-business representatives know what you think about making Colorado Springs even more dependent on poor paying jobs, predatory businesses, and skyrocketing social problems. Only developers, car-dealers, pawn shops, strip clubs, liquor stores, social workers, jails and mortuaries benefit from a higher soldier population. The rest of us suffer increased crime and their children's behavioral problems in our schools. Plus can you imagine the Army is going to use an expanded Ft Carson as pretext to seize Pinon Canyon for their maneuvers?   Has there ever been a city to prosper by hosting military bases? Colorado Springs is awash with Defense Department facilities and look where it's got us! El Paso County is cutting services left and right. Soldiers reduce the tax base, they pay fewer taxes, they register their vehicles out of state, and their spouses require more social services. As a result, El Paso is scaling back its County Health Department. For starters they're closing the STD clinic by next year. More soldiers = fewer STDs? I don't think so.

Military takeover of Southeast Colorado

It was a disappointment to read about a potential betrayal of the rural folk who cherish their family farms and ranches and don’t wish to sell to the Army at Fort Carson, and again last week in Colorado Springs when only pro-military leaders and the Chamber of Commerce expounded on the need for expansion. What a terrible hoax to think anything connected with war business could be considered a “crown jewel” and “national security keystone.” 2684

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