I think swords really can be turned into ploughshares as mentioned in the Bible. It is a beautiful image, a weapon transformed into a tool to serve basic human needs, representing an attitude of inner and outer disarmament.

Trouble is, in an ailing economy, too much money is made in arms sales and other items that are part of the industrial military complex and businessmen instead of statesmen are in charge.

Dennis Kostecki

Mammoth Lakes, Calif.