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Embarrassment

President Donald Trump’s desire for a military parade is a terrifying and disgusting disrespect of not just Americans but citizens worldwide. Money is being distributed for the ego of our downfall instead of to the people, and all I can think is that with this parade in honor of political corruption we are becoming a dictatorship.

I am rapidly losing faith in our government. We need Washington Sens. Maria Cantwell and Patty Murray, as well as my representative in the U.S. Congress, Pramila Jayapal, to take a stance against this, not just for me, not just for the American people, but for the world.

People everywhere will be in danger if this chaos keeps going. This parade is a waste of resources and internationally taints our country even more than it already has been. I want to be proud to be an American but I can’t be when we’re going to have a parade celebrating warmongering.

Our elected officials must do what they can to put a stop to this. We are better than this.

Tony Wetzsteon, Seattle

 

Waste of money

President Donald Trump and the Republicans rushed through the biggest tax cut for their sponsors in 2017, and now President Trump is considering big bucks for a parade “like the one in France.”

Puerto Rico needs food now, there is rampant homelessness in the country, veterans need more help, medical help can be hard to come by for some — I could go on and on.

Where is the empathy for the citizens of this country? Maybe President Trump should ask us how to spend our money.

Elizabeth M. Williams, Seahurst

 

Focus on veterans

Now that President Donald Trump has urged the Pentagon to hold a military parade that coincides with a patriotic holiday, I find myself shaking my head in disbelief.

A parade like this will cost millions and millions of dollars, while at the same time we are barely even giving adequate care and services to our veterans who are returning from war physically and mentally damaged after sacrificing for all of us. Veterans Affairs is in shambles with so many hurting, and that is where the money should be going, not to this outrageous idea to flex our muscles and show off our military strength to the rest of the world.

I am not surprised one bit that this is the brainchild of President Trump, and it goes to show how truly messed up his priorities are.

Jeff Swanson, Everett

 

‘Dangerous’

Touting military strength is what Hitler and Stalin did, and many communist and authoritarian regimes still do. I believe President Trump is heading in a very dangerous direction.

Former President Theodore Roosevelt’s foreign policy of “speak softly and carry a big stick” is far more appropriate. It is enough that the U.S. military performs aerobatic exhibitions and open houses to allow the public to see, on the surface, where their tax dollars are being spent in defense of our country. But much of our strength is science- and technology-based, and needs to remain in the shadows.

Touting military strength is very aggressive and dangerous. As a Vietnam combat veteran, I believe we need to go to great lengths to avoid war and only respond in our defense.

Jim Peterson, Renton