The Free Press, Mankato, MN

January 29, 2014

War mentality dishonors King's dream


The Mankato Free Press

---- — The U.S. House of Representatives and the Senate recently passed the 2014 National Defense Authorization Bill. President Obama signed it.

This measure includes $80-90 billion to continue the war in Afghanistan on top of a $550-$600 billion base budget for the Pentagon.

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. spoke these words at Riverside Church in New York City on April 4, 1967: “A nation that continues year after year to spend more money on military defense than on programs of social uplift is approaching spiritual death.”

Jean Schmidt

Garden City