Cities concentrate both amazing opportunity and staggering difficulty.
The inner cities of our nation need renewal.
At present, funds are drying up for housing, public and higher education, health care, nutrition, infrastructure maintenance and development, employment training and many other necessities of life and growth.
Our inner city communities need help, leadership and new life--the kind of investment that could lift an entire generation of youth out of poverty and onto a new path.
What I have in mind is a "Marshall Plan-type" approach that could break the cycles of generational poverty that continue to devastate our children.
As a nation, we were actually making progress in this direction.
Then came the war.
The cost of the Iraq War staggers the imagination. You can watch a running tabulation of the soaring costs at: http://www.nationalpriorities.org/Cost-of-War/Cost-of-War-3.html. You'll also be able to see the comparative costs as to what these expenditures could purchase in other, much needed services and capital improvements.
Last night we watched the destruction continue, the loss of life, the crippling injuries. . .now inside the "Green Zone" of security.
I find the costs, the rationale and our approach in this conflict bizarre and bewildering from start to finish.
It is time for this war to end, for the incredible spending to stop for the sake of our children, our cities and our national future.
More than 4,000 American dead. Tens of thousands wounded. And this, before we count the Iraqis--and yes, they count too.
The Iraq war should end. Our safety and security as a people would be better served for the next generation if we would turn our attention toward improving life in our urban centers.
The costs are far too high to justify taking even one more step in the current direction.
Our cities need the war to end.
Our children and our grandchildren deserve better.
The cost to our urban centers in terms of the loss of American lives will forever remain inestimable.
It is time that people of faith and moral courage speak up.
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Larry James' Urban Daily
A repository of ideas, resources, commentary and opinions concerning the issues facing low-income residents of the inner cities of the United States and how mainstream America largely forgets or, worse, ignores the day-to-day realities of urban life for the so-called "poor." Written and edited by the President & CEO of CitySquare. Please visit CitySquare.
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