Kudos to the still anonymous author of the recent letters to the editor for his/her facile rendition of various facts and figures in an attempt to support a vacuous argument.
Too bad there was no reply to the main points made in contradiction of the original letter. I considered fighting numbers with numbers, but two points came to mind instead:
1) as Mark Twain (the great and well-traveled American) attributed to Benjamin Disraeli (the venerable and worldly-minded Brit), "There are three kinds of lies: lies, damn lies and statistics."
2) Hasn't the author chosen the wrong forum to use as a soapbox for demanding changes in American policies?
Diana Knox Wolfe