A letter to the editor submitted to the Corvallis Gazette-Times by Veterans for Peace’s Leah Bolger:
It is impossible to put a dollar figure on the value of a human being; therefore there is no way to express in monetary terms the value of the thousands of lives that have been lost in the Iraq and Afghanistan wars. There is no way to calculate the value of a limb or eyesight, or the emotional damage from Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder.
In addition to the loss of life, the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan are costing this country dearly. At 10:06 on Sunday, the bill will reach the $1 trillion mark. For $1 trillion we could immediately give every one of the 15.4 million unemployed people in the United States a $50,000 job and still have $235 billion left over. Corvallis residents have already contributed $100 million towards these wars. It costs $1 million to keep one soldier in Afghanistan for a year. Recently our City Council was forced to cut $2.4 million in city services. I would much rather have my tax dollars spent keeping the library open and fully staffing our fire department than to fund 2.4 soldiers.
The price of war is too high. Congress will be voting very soon on a $33 billion war funding supplemental, which is on top of $159 billion for military operations in Iraq and Afghanistan, and which is on top of the $549 billion for the Dept of Defense budget. Call Sens Wyden and Merkley, and Reps DeFazio and Schrader, and ask them to vote NO on war spending.