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Defense spending trumps education

April 30, 2007

Re "Romer tapped to lead learning initiative," April 26

The defense spending for the United States is roughly equivalent to the combined spending of 200 other countries in the world. We have chosen to waste our treasure on guns rather than butter. I hope that ex-Los Angeles schools chief and former Colorado Gov. Roy Romer focuses on this fact when he begins his campaign to make education a top issue in the 2008 presidential campaign.

Unless we drastically alter our national priorities, moving away from war and toward social needs, any such campaign is doomed to failure.

ROBERT LENTZ

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