US butter and Russian guns

I fully agree with the editorial "Yellow Light on Aid," Sept 5, which suggests the US help Russia solve their food shortage problem and to use ingenuity in so doing.That ingenuity should include selling grain to the Soviets at a price that reflects a decent profit to American farmers and requiring Russia to sharply reduce military spending prior to US commitment to sell them food. Russia badly needs food, and the US is the only nation with sufficient quantities available. But let's not continue the idiotic practice of depleting US soil and water resources in order to sell grain cheap while allowing Russia to continue to spend billions on defense. Doug Wildin, Hutchinson, Kan.

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