Message #229:
From: AzTeC SW Archaeology SIG
To:   "'Matthias Giessler'" 
Subject: Re: Historic Military Housing & Washington Budget Politics
Date: Sat, 13 Jul 96 17:06:00 MST
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In response to SWA SASIG Message Message 228 titled 
"Historic Military Housing & Washington Budget Politics" (originally posted 
by Loretta Newman), Ellis McDowell-Loudan of Soc-Anthro Dept, SUNY wrote:

Subject: Re: FW: Historic Military Housing & Washington Budget Politics
Date: Saturday, July 13, 1996 8:11AM
This request for evaluation of the current National Register structures on 
military bases is characteristic of an extremely short-sighted logic.  While 
some may perceive the weeding-out process as a cost-cutter, the broader view 
would recognize the importance of our military past and present, including 
the general human interaction aspects, to national and international history 
as a whole.  If we lose sight of the recognition given to evidence of our 
national security others may not respect us either.  If we no longer 
acknowledge the events which led to the "monuments to the past" how can we 
expect our current generations and the future ones to acknowledge that 
earlier people made sacrifices (for better or for worse) for their own and 
future generations?  Perhaps it is time for more articles / publicizing of 
some of these national historic sites found on military installations. 
Indeed, this might even help with some of the problems of justifying 
funding of our veterans hospitals and reminding people that many men and 
women have served in many different military settings deemed important and 
necessary by our government, our nation, states, counties, as well as 
Allies!  Perhaps taking stock of why we have a standing military force, and 
what the alternatives are, would be worth while?  

Ellis McDowell-Loudan