To the Editor:

Statistics that will make you stop, think and perhaps wonder why:

The United States spends 70 billion a year on food stamps (SNAP). 46.5 million people receive those benefits.

The U.S. also spends $3.6 billion in payments to states to administer the program. The state of California spends an average of $34.06 a month to administer each of its 2 million food stamp cases. San Francisco County alone spends $27,947,139 a year to give 32,000 residents their food stamps.

There are presently 530,000 computing jobs open in the U.S., but only 60,000 graduated with bachelor degrees in computer science. By the year 2020, it is predicted that 1.4 million computer science-related jobs will be available, but only 400,000 graduates with the skills needed will be available.

Washington, D.C., is not a state, yet it sends the most tax dollars, $37,000 per person, to the federal government.

D.C. also gets back $4 for every dollar, higher than any state.

During 2014, 275,000 babies were born to undocumented parents, which totaled 7% of all U.S. births.

In 2014, there were 926,000 reported legal abortions. Of those, 1/3 (or 308,000) were performed through Planned Parenthood.

According to the 2011 FBI homicide report, there were 3,172 white men/women killed. 14 percent were killed by African-Americans and 86 percent by others. The same report shows that 2,695 African-American men/women were killed.

Nine percent were killed by whites and a staggering 91 percent by other African Americans.

Eight hundred suicide bombers killed 5,560 people in 28 nations in 2016. An all-time high, according to the Institute for National Security Studies in Tel Aviv. Add to that the thousands slaughtered by ISIS in Syria.

P. C. Santiago

retired master sergeant

Killeen

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