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April 20, 2009 at 4:00 PM

F-22 Raptor

Key asset to national security

I just left a short presentation on the F-22 Raptor airplane at Boeing. Before going to this presentation, I was in the position of, “If we really do not need them, we need to quit making them” [“Defense cuts may add to growing unemployment lines,” seattletimes.com, Local News, April 10].

That was a tough position for me, as I own a small machine shop in Renton and the F-22 program is the bulk of our work. Without it, we go from 24 people to 10 or fewer. It also means that the equipment we purchased to produce the parts for this airplane will sit idle while I still have payments to make on them. It also means less manufacturing in the U.S. But, as a concerned American, I did not think we should spend our money on something that was not necessary.

Then I went to this presentation and listened to “the rest of the story.” The information we received today showed us what an asset this airplane is to the security of our country. It is leaps and bounds ahead of every other military plane produced here or anywhere in the world. The strength of this plane would deter countries from waging an air war with us. It was also explained that this plane is a key component in protecting our ground troops and for destroying enemy facilities that target our ground troops.

As the mother of a former Marine, and after talking with him, it would seem to me we would not even contemplate stopping production of the F-22 Raptor. Perhaps we should do some more homework on this decision.

— Marjorie Langton, Renton

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