(Editor’s note: This letter was first published identifying Jess King as being from Fresno. He resides in Lindsay.)
The newest aircraft carrier, the USS Gerald Ford, is said to have cost at least $13 billion. Another carrier of this type is planned for 2020. Estimates of the cost to build a dam at Temperance Flat range from $2.5 billion to $3.5 billion.
Although I support a strong military, I think federal tax revenue would be better spent for critical infrastructure enhancements such as those that guarantee adequate water since the economy is so dependent on water supplies.
If the economy falters, so do tax revenues available for the military. Look at China. Its military expansion is impressive, and it is a direct result of its growing economy and infrastructure.
Jess King, Lindsay