Reader says peaceful solutions the best approach

Posted: Tuesday, August 02, 2005

I'm pleased to see there are veterans advocating for peace in Kenai, as well as Soldotna. Given the pervasive power over mentality of our cultural context, it is sometimes difficult to see that there are almost always, if not always, nonviolent solutions to problems. As I know from my own life's experience, we all have things to learn about how we perpetuate violence in the world and in our personal lives.

In the unfortunate circumstance of Iraq, clearly there were other options than the one that was chosen, so far resulting in the deaths of more than 1,800 U.S., tens of thousands of Iraqis, as well as more than $180 billion of deficit-producing financial resources spent.

In Soldotna, there has been a presence advocating finding peaceful solutions since before we began the war. At this point that consists of a candlelight vigil Sunday evenings from 7:30 to 8:30 p.m. at the flower beds of Soldotna Creek Park. There is also a loosely knit group of "people for peace and justice" that meets on the 10th, 20th and 30th of every month at 7 p.m. at River City Books. You are welcome to join us.

Stan Histand, Soldotna

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