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Letters: F-35 funding essential to economy, defense

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Posted: Friday, October 14, 2011 9:26 am

As Washington debates the various methods of simulating economic growth and job creation including new “investments” to kick start the economy, current investments must not be forgotten or terminated. One such investment, that is especially important to Arizona, is the F-35 program. In one word, the F-35 means JOBS.

The F-35 program directly and indirectly employs 127,000 people. It includes contributions from more than 1,300 companies in 47 states. What’s more is that the program will employ more people once full production rates are achieved.

Unfortunately, those in Washington do not seem to realize the importance of the F-35. They are unsure of whether to move forward with full funding for the F-35 program despite its substantial economic impact and the obvious national security benefits. Indeed, it is critical that the F-35 program be fully funded. Our country can not afford to lose the jobs, waste the resources or jeopardize military personnel by reducing the funds allocated to the F-35 program.

I ask Senators McCain and Kyl -- who have always been supportive in the past -- to fully fund the F-35. It is essential to our economy and our national security.

Frank Watson


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