Letter: U.S. military needs F-35 to be strong

Published December 11, 2013 1:01 am

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Re Barbara Bisping's misinformed letter on the F-35 ("F-35 jets are unneeded expense," Forum, Dec. 8): First, this advanced new aircraft replaces the F16, not the F-22 which has a different mission entirely.

But more important, it always amazes me that supposedly "progressive" citizens look at the successes of our strong military — protection of our shore and our interests, keeping us free and safe — and use that very success as an argument to not invest in that strength.

Ironically, the result of letting these liberal utopia advocates see the results of their folly — a weak military — are too costly to our way of life to be allowed to play out.

I cannot wait until I hear the first F-35 roaring over north Davis County. When I do it will be, "The sound of freedom."

Tim Roberts