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I'm Not the Smartest Person

By: Anita H. Groves

Date Posted: 2000-08-25

In response to the writer of, "US Bases Are a Burden on the Local Economy": May I ask where he got his estimates from? Not to mention the way this person chooses to contradict himself. I have to admit that I am not the smartest person in the subject of history but I can say that I am at least able to add and subtract. Let me first state that I've always respected Okinawans and their land and I understand that I am a guest and only a guest on their homeland for a short period of time. The author of this letter states that the bases only employ so many Okinawans per year.

Does he understand that if the 200 Okinawans (not to mention the many more that's actually employed per year) didn't get these jobs that a lot of Americans on our bases could have more employment than we actually do? He states that there are 15,000 Okinawans that get "base" jobs out of 1.3 million. Does that figure mean the island as a whole or just the Americans that occupy this place? Oh, and not to mention half way through the letter he states that they would have many buildings available for all sorts of uses.

Like I said, I'm not the smartest person when it comes to history but I would like to ask this person where he thinks these buildings are from. Does he mean that if all Americans were to leave tomorrow that what was once our bases would be there for him to have all "sorts" of uses for? If American bases were never here would he even have these buildings to do all "sorts" of things with? It's true that the island's infrastructure could be modernized. But after all, isn't that what we're paying double taxes/insurance for in the first place?

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