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March 6, 2013 at 4:30 PM

John Kerry meets with Egyptian President, releases economic assistance

Priorities should be at home

The article on Secretary of State John Kerry meeting with Egypt’s embattled leader Mohammed Morsi is another example of our policy to bribe other nations with millions of our tax dollars to influence an ally who has already “ramrodded” Islamic focus on their new constitution with violent objections from the secular moderates who protest daily [“Kerry, Morsi meet; U.S. frees money to Egypt,” News, March 4].

Meanwhile, aging American veterans like myself are burdened with medical expenses that are not covered due to Veterans Affairs policy that federal funded Medicare health plans deny our eligibility at VA hospitals and proceed to garnish our Social Security checks to pay for services rendered.

You’d think our government would take care of its own before writing checks to morally questionable allies like Pakistan and Egypt, to name a few. “Are aging veterans all but forgotten?”

–Kip Goozee, Camano Island

Curb foreign aid

The United States needs to curb foreign aid, especially when so many of our agencies are facing huge cutbacks because of the failure of Congress to act responsibly.

Our country cannot afford to continually borrow money to give away. If an individual did that, it would [mean] bankruptcy. Beware!

–Roberta Tarr, Clinton

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