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Reader feedback: Costs may outweigh benefits

Re: Slovakia may have US army bases News briefs May 12-18, Vol 9, No 18

Having lived in three different US cities with major military bases I can tell you that here in America, military bases, without exception, mean more crime, more environmental degradation, more drugs, and so on.

Having lived in Germany for a couple of years under the shadow of a mid-sized base, I can also say that for almost all communities involved, the financial gain was not worth it.

The Slovak Republic would do well to consider this issue very carefully. A bunch of uneducated Americans do not necessarily make good neighbours.

Lyle Copelan,
Seattle, US

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