Providing tax incentives to encourage the American oil industry ("The budget: How to whack $10 billion," News: Analysis & Commentary, July 3) is far cheaper than spending American lives and dollars in a Persian Gulf War so that we can continue to run high trade deficits by filling Arab sheiks' coffers with American dollars to purchase their mil for import.

Vincent Matthews III

President

Penn Virginia Oil & Gas Corp.

Kingsport, Tenn.

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