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I am writing in response to Mr. Jake Watts letter in the Jan. 17 issue of the Times. I am sorry he has become so despondent and is appalled at the present situation in the United States.
He states that he would like to seek asylum somewhere else but can not due to his age and health. I would have liked him to list all the Gardens of Eden in the world where he would like to live out his days. I will not volunteer to raise the money for a ticket since he indicates he probably wouldn't go anyway.
I thank him for his history of World War II and wonder why he tied that together with French fries and pouring out French wine. Yes, most of us are aware World War II started before Pearl Harbor and the point is? By the way, those were Vichy French troops firing on our boys when they landed in Africa in case you have forgotten.
You are also appalled that a "large proportion of graduating high school seniors are faced with joining the military so they can go to college. I too faced that "awful dilemma." It was called the GI Bill during Korea and I was glad to get it. By the way, it is not a large proportion and they are not forced. Try community college and working. I know it is a unique concept but it can work.
I have never felt the overwhelming oppression of the military in my 72 years in America (other than in boot camp). For you to compare it with the USSR is ludicrous. From the tone of your letter, I should have guessed you usually lived in a university town. I am sorry you don't feel comfortable in this military environment. I too get upset when the folks from the base get in line in front of me at McDonalds.
Last, you recommend President Kennedy. May I remind you that he sent the first troops into Vietnam, watched the Berlin Wall go up and gave us the the Bay of Pigs Invasion. I don't know if this qualifies as a unilateral pre-emptive strike.
Lets face it, very few of our presidents have been perfect. However, you get the type of government you deserve. Just ask the 47 percent of the American people who don't vote. Certainly there have been times in our history which would have encouraged you to return to Scotland when you were younger and in better health.