Friday, June 27, 2008

What Is The Price of Peace?

At the Midwest Regional Conference June 20-22, 2008 in Chicago the participants were asked to write something about peace within a 10 minute time period. The content was to come from the heart. It's been reported that there were several excellent pieces submitted and read to the group.

George Mills, the Citizens for Peace, Public Relations board member, submitted the following piece. George claims it's the first draft. For myself, I'm not sure this gem needs polishing. Colleen Mills, George's wife, said her tears flowed as he read his words from the heart.

June 24, 2008


Peace for Sale! Peace for Sale! For a nickel or a dime you can buy the price of peace.

I used to teach in the inner city—second grade—where students came to school eating

dry Cheerios from their coat pocket. Nickels and dimes was all it took to spark a

school breakfast program. No need any more for teachers to maintain a stash of peanut

butter and crackers for classroom snacks.

Peace for Sale! Peace for Sale! Two bits, four bits, even six bits will do—to shelter

a homeless person in a warming center and provide a meal or two.

Peace for Sale! Peace for Sale! See what a buck will do. Get friends and neighbors

behind you with this one—and give those battered wives and children a safe warm


Peace for Sale! Peace for Sale! Let’s raise the ante just a bit—say five billion dollars—

the price of a sleek new killing machine. The cost of Katrina would be covered in a

heartbeat by the cost of just one or two.

We could go on and on. But you get the idea. No matter what the cost the price of peace

--it’s worth it. We are living in the alternative.