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Reagan Budget's 'Warped Vision'

January 13, 1987

While I was not surprised by your editorial (Jan. 6), "Warped Vision," I was disappointed that The Times continues to exhort such a selfish and narrow viewpoint concerning world affairs.

By your insistence on juxtaposing domestic social programs with military spending allotments you force the evaluation of these issues from the position that when the United States concerns itself with armaments it is acting callously toward the everyday needs of its citizens. Wouldn't a fairer evaluation of the situation reveal that most Americans favoring a strong defense see that defense as a sacrificial duty to the world community?

Can the United States afford to concentrate its economic power inwardly when there are so many people in the world so much worse off than even the most underprivileged American? I doubt any voters would endorse even a small amount of their hard-earned tax dollars to be paid out on guns and missiles if they didn't believe those guns and missiles were being used to improve life on this planet.

For example, drawing from your editorial, you cite aid to the contras in Central America as an instance of a proposed budget item that is partially responsible for taking away food stamps from the poor. So, following your line of thinking, the American poor should take precedence over the poor of Central America. It is the poor of Central America who are being herded into totalitarian servitude for want of bread.

I suppose the United States could attempt to isolate itself from what is happening in the rest of the world and continue to use up most of the world's resources to provide its own citizens with every opportunity for comfort, but could we take pride in that sort of stand?

I applaud the noble sentiment expressed in your concluding statements in the editorial. America should, indeed, take stock of how it treats its "least-fortunate fellow citizens." By my way of thinking our "least-fortunate fellow citizens" are those completely powerless citizens killed before they are born. If I recollect correctly, The Times favors federal spending for programs involved in this kind of killing activity.

VIRGINIA STARRETT

Orange

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