Re "Give breaks to California's poor, not defense firms" (Viewpoints, July 24): Colleen Rivecca and Frank Tamborello suggest that $1 billion for a new bomber is too much when 25 percent of Californians exist below the poverty line. The Center for Disease Control told us in April that the cost of not providing for early childhood development leading to abuse and neglect is in excess of $200,000 over that child's lifetime. Similar to the amount we now spend to care for diabetes and stroke.
Should we be talking about Boeing and Lockheed, or about the cost of not providing for our most important resource?
-- John W. McKean, Woodland