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Dear Editor:

The U.S. people never cease to amaze me! They are screaming NO, NO, NO at President Trump's request for funding of the border wall.

Do a little simple grade school math folks -- $5 BILLION to protect our national security? Just a drop in the bucket of our foreign aid. In 2017, we gave away $4 TRILLION (!!!) to foreign countries for their national security. That is the cost of 220,000 F-16 fighter jets ($18 million+ each at 2017 dollars). $4 TRILLION will fund 800 walls at Trump's $5 BILLION request. Yes, I know the $5 BILLION will not be accurate. After all the politicians, contractors and others get their thumbs into the pie, it will probably be a lot higher. Up to $70 BILLION as some California congress people are saying. Homeland Security is estimating $21 BILLION, but still, is the security of foreign countries more important than ours?

I know that some of you are going to start screaming about persecution of all the downtrodden, politically oppressed, medical needs, victims of gang violence, etc., etc.There is a legal way for them to enter our country. I am referring to our protection from the criminal and terrorist elements. That is another whole topic.

Larry M. Head
Hotchkiss

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