I am very concerned about the U.S. abandoning the 1987 Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty. We certainly need to challenge Russia if we have evidence that they are not complying, but to get into a dangerous and expensive nuclear arms race at this time is putting the whole planet at risk.

There is too much at stake. We actually need to expand the treaty, instead. When somebody breaks a law you make every effort to enforce the law, not abandon it. There were roughly 70,000 warheads in the mid-1980s. There are now about 6,850. This treaty was working. We need to figure out how we can get Russia to comply and get China in on the treaty.

Are we going to put all this money into defense — instead of badly needed social programs and infrastructure — to simply satisfy the ego of our insecure leader? I hope not.

JEAN HOOGE

Astoria

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