Grateful to voters for kind demeanor
I thank all the voters of the Schenectady voting districts 17, 18 and 19 for their demeanor during the recent presidential elections.
I was a poll worker during the process. It went rather smoothly considering the high turnout of voters for early voting and Nov. 3. The Schenectady County Board of Elections did a great job of organizing the balloting. My fellow poll workers were dedicated, helpful, and quite efficient.
However, it was the patience, kindness, and consideration of the voters that made the whole event a smooth operation.
Ring bells today for peace and veterans
Today, the 11th day of the 11th month at 11:11 a.m., I will ring a bell or bang a pan honoring Armistice Day as my dear departed veteran friend Ed Bloch taught me.
First he told me about the Christmas truce of 1914, where German and British soldiers chose to peacefully celebrate Christmas together, scaring generals enough to crack down on them.
When Armistice was declared in 1918, first the people, then our government, celebrated peace on Armistice Day.
By 1954, the “Military, Industrial, Congressional Complex [Pres. Eisenhower’s term] found celebrating “peace” too threatening to their greedy imperialist interests. So they renamed it Veterans Day.
With his deep personal experience and understanding, Ed, like most of my vet friends, chose to ring a bell and walk with Veterans For Peace.
Let’s all ring our bells or bang our pots this Armistice Day, perhaps pushing our corporate, political elite to follow the UN global cease fire proposal — https://www.un.org/en/observances/un-day/message so our soldiers can safely help with COVID-19 and hunger.
After all, what would Jesus, Buddha, Allah or goddess Mother Earth want us to do?
Vets stipend would have many benefits
What would happen to the economy if we were to give every veteran who has been honorably discharged anywhere from $1,000/year to $10,000/year for the rest of their lives?
If means testing is done, then the average discharged veteran would receive $5,000/year.
Since there are over 20 million veterans, the hole in the budget would be $100 billion/year.
Veterans getting $10,000/year for life are not going to go backpacking in Europe or put the money in a CD or savings bank. They will spend the money where they live.
Think what this will mean to the average veteran.
They will not have to live in squalor much to the disgust of some residents.
The spin-off benefits will be enormous. If we give a veteran $10,000/year, then for every $10,000 spent on the veterans, there will be $15,000/year in spin -off benefits.
This will end homelessness for many veterans who can hook up with two other veterans, and they no longer will live on the street.
Veterans in need of psychiatric help will reduce veterans’ share of suicide victims.
The actual cost to society might be as little as $25 billion/year, which is a small cost compared to the benefits we get for 20 million veterans.
Vote ends sorry chapter in America
This is what I learned from the election. Among those who voted, there are about 4.3 million more decent people than there are Deplorables.
A good outcome for a sorry chapter in American history.
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