A modest response to Nadine Coyne (Mailbag, Feb. 6): At first I was taken aback by some of the outrageous comments in said letter, but after reading entirely I am more convinced that it is intended satire.

Just in case someone may take her seriously, I will add a comment, a modest correction. "They never kept our military up, just let it turn into junk." Oh, that it could be true. The world could breath a sigh of relief.

About a week or so back NPR gave a report on the status of our submarine fleet, which I felt worthy of remembering: These are the world famous "Tridents," each of which carries missiles armed with 200 independently target-able nuclear warheads, capable of total annihilation of 200 cities with all residents anywhere in the world. I feel confident that our entire fleet is kept up to "in new condition", but I think we only have a dozen or so of them.

A secondary note in today's paper (Albany Democrat-Herald, Feb. 7) said we are spending $45 billion a year to wage war in Afghanistan. I hope these real facts will ease the worries of anyone who might have thought you were serious, Nadine.

Ed Hemmingson

Albany (Feb. 7)

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