This is in response to your June 5 editorial support of JROTC in our public high schools (“JROTC is an excellent program”).
JROTC is a military curriculum supported by city taxpayers in 14 high schools, at an annual cost of $2 million, to recruit our students. As a former public school teacher, Councilman Danny Dromm understands the needs of our public schools, which do not include supporting military education. Taxpayer money must be reallocated to educational programs that better serve our students and prepare them for a meaningful role in society. JROTC is a misuse of taxpayer money.
We Veterans for Peace (veteransforpeace.org) have long opposed the increasing militarization of our society, including training our children for war, which has been found to be so costly and destructive to our society, while creating new enemies. We support peaceful alternatives to war.
We veterans, who know something about wasteful military spending, say stop the war machine, which consumes so much of our budget with no real benefit. Meanwhile, programs for our returning veterans are significantly underfunded, in order to pay for unnecessary new weapons, when we have no conceivable enemies. Let’s stop teaching war, and concentrate on funding human needs, including healthcare and education, rebuilding our crumbling infrastructure and mass transit, and funding useful jobs for our young people.
World peace is both necessary and possible in the 21st century. Teach peace!