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Letter: Easy Way to Cut Spending

To the Editor:

After reading the Dec. 11 front-page story “Poll: Find a Fiscal Fix, Just Not Any of Those,” I have to ask why they didn’t include in their poll the question: “Would you rather cut the military budget or Medicare/Social Security?” The U.S. military maintains 662 sites in 38 countries, spends about $1 trillion, or 43 percent of the world’s total military spending.

Or maybe phrase it like this: “Would you help solve the budget crunch by spending a little less on bombing and killing in other lands by the military, or plunder the sick and aging at home?” Or something like that.

Keith Merrick

Post Mills

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