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Change Wars
If we changed wars the way I thought at first, the cost would be catastrophic. What would happen to all the defense jobs (remember, no nation’s forces “offend” in war; all protect people’s freedom)? Not just sailors and soldiers from privates to generals; but weapons producers, lobbyists and politicians who depend on them. What about military stock-piles? We’ve seen locally how the two Humvees and giant dump truck our city police received free as surplus last year have been put to nonstop use since then. Think how secure our homeland will be when the Pentagon showers our local officers with nuclear weapons and stealth bombers. Woe be to terrorists driving 26 mph through the speed trap on Wiley Road after that.

The Saugatuck High School Interact Club is considering fundraisers to help send members to the Dominican Republic, representatives told the Saugatuck-Douglas Rotary Club last Friday.

Among the usual projects such as car washes, raking leaves and spaghetti suppers listed in their PowerPoint, one jumped out for me: Change Wars Assembly.

“Change wars for peace?” I thought. “It might take more than one assembly. But you gotta love kids’ idealism.”

Then I remembered what “change wars,” in this context, really means: a funder where classes challenge each other to hit up their families, friends and others for spare change.

For full story, pick up a copy of the Oct. 9 Commercial Record or subscribe to the e-edition.

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