Letter: Offer aid with strings attached

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Robert F. Nesvick Jr.'s Dec. 29 letter, "Cut back on foreign assistance," brought back memories from the distant past. He suggested we discontinue or cut foreign aid.

Way back in 1964, when I made my first run for Congress, that was one of the pillars of my platform. I brought it up again in my book, first copyrighted in 2003 and again in 2008, wherein I said, "Any foreign aid deemed necessary shall be in the form of vouchers or credits redeemable only in the United States. Will wonders never cease? Would you believe that after many years and billions of dollars, it finally occurred to somebody that we could produce American jobs through our generosity?"

Now don't get excited, the scenario described in my book takes place in the year 2020.

Bill Hughes

Vancouver