Re "Public-lands work for veterans fails" ( Page A6, Sept. 20): Senate Republicans can find the money to go to war, but they just can't seem to find the money to actually help the vets.
They didn't have the guts to actually vote on the bill to put veterans to work but successfully blocked the bill's advance with a point of order.
The party line vote (58-40) fell two short to overcome the procedural objection. Not having to vote on a bill like this one gives these gutless wonders the ability to say they really care about the vets and want to help them without actually doing it (and hope you forget about it). As a retired U.S. Marine Corps master sergeant, I won't.
This bill would employ veterans in conservation, management and historic preservation projects on public land, like the old Civilian Conservation Corps.
The Republican objection to the bill was that it would increase the deficit. Spare me the tears.
-- Paul Gaughen, Elk Grove
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