- A Whopper of an honor: Local company named top Burger King franchisee (11/15/17)3
- Southern Illinois farmer's grapevines destroyed by dicamba; four years of work lost (10/29/17)2
- Aldi store reopens after renovations (11/14/17)3
- Chantelle Becking strives to make a difference through her family and community (11/10/17)
- Federal jury finds surgeon Fonn guilty of kickback scheme (11/10/17)4
- Residents view pedestrian bridge as eyesore; city manager says it's designed to rust (11/13/17)8
- Jackson elementary students try to help others with 'kindness boxes' (11/6/17)1
- Decisions coming soon on steel mill, smelter in New Madrid (11/17/17)1
- State audit: Bollinger County tax levies violate state law; county commission disagrees (11/17/17)3
- Search reveals body in lake near Poplar Bluff; foul play suspected (11/12/17)
War bonds would help keep Americans focused
Not since World War II have Americans been able to buy U.S. war bonds, but it appears they soon will be able to do so again in the aftermath of the terrorist attacks.
Proceeds from Treasury savings bonds, including war bonds, go into a general pot of money that can be used for any government expenditure.
It isn't that the government necessarily needs the money from the sale of the bonds to finance its war on terrorism. The United States is doing whatever it takes to finance the campaign, including trying to get Americans to return to normal and spend money, which will boost the nation's economy and generate more revenue than war bonds.
But bonds sold in the name of the anti-terrorism effort would be an important morale booster, giving ordinary Americans a way to help.
And in that regard, the sale of war bonds will go a long way in keeping the country united and focused on the long task ahead.