It is great that the General Assembly has devised a program to spend $1 billion to rebuild the Baltimore City schools as related in your editorial ("Building for the future," March 20). Fifteen percent of Americans are on food stamps, which costs about $70 billion annually. Yet in the last 10 years, we spent over $700 billion for the Iraq war.

In other words, we spent enough on fighting in Iraq to rebuild the schools of 700 cities throughout the United States or finance our food stamp program for 10 years. We pay a terrific cost for our military empire.

John C. Murphy, Baltimore

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