By Express-Times Letters to the Editor
People devoted to a more peaceful world will gather on Saturday to walk from Nazareth to Bethlehem in the 53rd annual Christmas Peace Pilgrimage. This simple event of walking together is an effort to remember the message of peace carried by Mary and Joseph in the Middle East so many years ago. Walkers return year after year because of their faith in the message or because they identify with the need to witness that peace is a possibility.
This year I will be walking with a new thought, that is, a renewed gift of peace on earth created by cuts to the military budget. The U.S. spends more on its military budget than all other countries in the world combined. Cutting part of this funding would provide a few less nuclear missiles and drones and weapons in general. It would offer the chance for a little less killing, a smaller opportunity to wage endless war.
The gift I would like to receive for Christmas is a commitment from U.S. Sen. Bob Casey, D-Pa., U.S. Sen. Pat Toomey, R-Pa., and Rep. Charlie Dent, R-Lehigh Valley, to cut military funding as an essential component of any new fiscal policy.
If you want to join those walking for peace, go to peacewalk.org. If you see a large group of people walking along Route 191 carrying stars and peace signs, give us a beep. Peace on earth.