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U.S. is not starving its citizens

Dear Editor,

It was with some confusion that I read Sue Gray’s letter to the editor Thursday about American foreign policy.

Ms. Gray claimed that close to 276 million people in the United States are living in poverty. The U.S. Census Bureau claims that approximately 287 million live in this country, with about 31 million of them being poor.

While this is still a great many people (although statistically fairly consistent over the last three decades), it is hardly parallel to some sort of oppressive regime starving its people in a bid for military superiority over its neighbors.

The United States arguably does spend way too much money on defense (or offense, depending on perspective), but I do not think it is a fair accusation to say our country does so at the expense of starving its citizens.

Of course, if the poverty yardstick at play here is the ability to afford a house in Carbondale, then it may very well be that only 11 million people in this country are not poor.

Vincent Picard


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