Budget Reduction vs. Nuclear-Weapon Production

The front-page article "Cold War Over, but US Continues Designing New Nuclear Weapons," July 23, puts its finger on a budgetary problem. The United States is not in danger of a ballistic-missile attack; even CIA Director Robert Gates concedes that no such threat is likely for at least a decade. Our senators surely realize that a far greater need is to fund domestic programs and to reduce our tremendous deficit.

Instead of an increase, can our leaders not decrease the allocation for this unnecessary and problematic development? Kenneth Thimann, Haverford, Pa.

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