Dear Friends at the IRS,
We cannot in conscience pay for the killing of other human beings or pay for war and preparations for war. Human life is too precious to drop bombs on people because we do not like their governments. Developing a new generation of nuclear weapons which could put an end ot life on our beautiful planet is insane.
Giving the Pentagon hundreds of billions of dollars when we are cutting funds for schools, libraries, head start programs job training and creation, and now even social security, does not increase the security of our people.
The wars in Iraq and Afghanistan and the use of drones have NOT increased our security, but have created more enemies of the United States in both countries, in Paksistan and around the world. Lets end the war on terror and bring the tax dollars home to meet the needs of the American people.
We are Quakers and cannot contribute in any way to the killing of our brothers and sisters in other parts of the world. We owe a total of $1844 this year and have enclosed a check for $922 or half to the Department of Health and Human Services and ask that you designate all those funds for health and education and human well-being – and NONE for war and killing.
The other half (the portion which goes for war and killing) we are contributing to peace and justice activities and programs meeting human and environmental needs in the US and around the world.
Thanks for listening to our concern.
David and Jan Hartsough
Cc SF Chronicle, Senator Barbara Boxer, Senator Diane Feinstein, and Congresswoman Nancy Pelosi