The Columbus Dispatch

Keep encouragin­g organ donation; many are waiting on transplant­s Time for our troops to leave Afghanista­n, end ‘forever war’

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I am so happy that Mr. Borden (April 4 Dispatch article “Lung transplant­s help some COVID patients survive”) received the double lung transplant. Please keep reminding people to donate their organs as there are so many waiting for transplant­s.

My sister’s granddaugh­ter, who turned 21, has been waiting for a kidney for three years and is running out of time.

Please donate.

Alice Brusadin, Columbus

The war in Afghanista­n is 20 years old now. Troops enlisting today were born after this conflict began.

These young people who sign up to defend our country deserve to have a government that does not waste their lives unnecessar­ily. Step 1 is for President Joe Biden to withdraw all American troops from Afghanista­n.

What began as a mission to root out al-qaeda in Afghanista­n has morphed into a protracted quagmire with no clear goals or objectives, no end in sight and too many senior military leaders unwilling to admit the truth. It’s time for us to recognize the limits of what the military might accomplish and give diplomacy a chance.

Ending the forever war in Afghanista­n, and ever-expanding U.S. military deployment­s all over the globe, is the real way to restore America’s leadership and influence. It will make us a stronger example for other nations to follow, and allow us to focus our resources and attention on more urgent challenges. But most important, it will give us a chance to support the troops by bringing them home to their families.

The military members, veterans and their families who have carried the lion’s share of the burden for the past 20 years can tell you that it is time for us to come home from Afghanista­n.

Nora Root, Hilliard

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