An emotional response to commissioning of USS Ford
Re: “Trump commissions new carrier,” July 23 news story.
Watching the commissioning of the new and incredibly impressive USS Gerald R. Ford made me quite emotional. Seeing our devoted sailors and officers gave me an unusually good feeling about our country. We still stand as the only nation with the power to prevent global warfare and preserve the actual meaning of freedom. The concept of peace through strength is probably more important now than ever before. It is the inescapable lesson of history.
This new carrier was expensive, but however expensive defense may be, it is a lot less expensive than war, and certainly less expensive than losing one. National defense is the single most essential responsibility of our federal government. Without this we have nothing, no liberty or freedom, no national value and no country. We can only hope that our country continues to possess the most advanced military in the world, for without this country and its devotion to peace and freedom, the world would be a pretty terrible place. Bill Hineser, Arvada
President Donald Trump boards Marine One on the flight deck of the USS Gerald R. Ford on July 22 after the commissioning ceremony of the aircraft carrier.