Spend The Peace Dividend Wisely On Defense

What does your editorial writer think brought the Soviet Union to its knees? Our disarmament? ("Now, let the arms cuts really begin," Editorials, Oct. 14). How ridiculous to state we should now stop developing a means to defend ourselves. The advanced Stealth bomber and Strategic Defense Initiative programs initiated by President Reagan were the key factors in bringing the Soviet Union to the arms limitation negotiations and are absolutely necessary to protect this country. It's all well and good to say we should stop spending for arms and use the funds to improve our lives, but first we should make sure we will have a country to improve.

C. W. Johns

San Jose, Calif.

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