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We can do better than this

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POSTED: Thursday, November 10, 2011 - 7:47pm

UPDATED: Saturday, November 12, 2011 - 10:03pm

I guess the hardest thing about getting older is you realize that things are not always like the should be and you realize that things you thought would be looking out for you are not.

And I want to be careful here because of the sensitivity of this topic, and I know we have mothers and fathers here in East Texas who have had sons and daughters who have given the ultimate sacrifices for this country.

This story is from the Washington Post who broke this and should get the highest journalistic praise that there is.

The Dover Air Force Base mortuary for years disposed of portions of troops' remains by cremating them and dumping the ashes in a Virginia landfill, a practice that officials have since abandoned in favor of burial at sea.

The mortuary in Delaware, the main point of entry for the nation's war dead and the target of federal investigations of alleged mishandling of remains, engaged in the practice from 2003 to 2008, according to Air Force officials. The manner of disposal was not disclosed to relatives of fallen service members.

Thank God.

Air Force officials acknowledged the practice Wednesday in response to inquiries from The Washington Post.

Some of the more graphics details I won't discuss. You can get that from the paper.

But, it was simply this.

Lt. Gen. Darrell G. Jones, the Air Force's deputy chief for personnel, said the body parts were cremated, then incinerated, and then taken to a landfill by a military contractor.

He likened the procedure to the disposal of medical waste. That is just wrong.

The military says since then they are not doing that anymore. Those who did it were punished.

We can do better than this for the brave ones who fight for us.

That's my point of view, what's yours?

You can email me at pov@ketknbc.com.

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In the real world more peace has been won by the Marine Corps than the Peace Corp. The freedom of the many is always paid by the price of the brave few. It has been such since the dawn of time and caused by the selfish nature of man to covet and redistribute the wealth of others to themselves, either through outright war or internal subversion (Tax gun to Head). War by definition is cruelty, yet those to foolishly try to reform it forget that the crueler it is the sooner it will be over.

Foolish misguided diplomats are just as essential in starting and prolonging wars as the soldiers are in finishing them. Make no mistake, it is the soldiers alone who finish the wars, misguided diplomats only postpone the inevitable and prolong the destructive agony. Once we have a war, there is only one thing to do, It must be won, because defeat brings worse things than any that can happen in war.
"We make war that we may live in peace."
--Aristotle—

For too many of us the wars this country fights are far removed, reduced to headlines in a newspaper or an occasional heartfelt moment when the death of an unknown neighbor is told over local television, but for others these wars live in our home; we are the families of those who serve or have served. Our lives, forever changed, carry the reality of war, and though none of us ask for special consideration, we all expect that every American understand that there is an untold price which is paid b

is paid by some of us that is not shared by all Americans. It's time, that as Americans we openly discuss a real end to these wars without being shutdown or censored by the media. It's time that our candidate for president, a man who promises to bring our men home, be heard and not labeled. It's time that responsible journalism come to the aid of our nation torn by a decade of war and stand against the bias that silences his words of peace. We don't ask the nation to pay our price, we only ask

We don't ask the nation to pay our price, we only ask that our candidate be heard. Ron Paul has a message for peace and we believe it’s time that it should be heard by all Americans.

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