Three cheers for Jack Scherbel and his recent letter ("Hatch for Senate again?" Readers' Forum, April 23). He hit the nail on the head.
One of Sen. Orrin Hatch's problems is that he comes from the old school of senators who are against spending, unless it is for something that will get him re-elected. Unfortunately, we the people have been willing participants in this philosophy. Federal spending, including Hill Air Force Base, needs to be based on serious national need.
We can no longer afford to spend money that is not economically justified, no matter that the cause is beneficial to someone. I still see people touting that they got something done because of a federal grant.
Those whose livelihood depend upon federal grants should be on notice, if they are not already, that they need to transition to some other source of revenue. If we don't eliminate most grants and cut federal expenses, the course of events will do it for us, since we will reach the point where we cannot borrow any more money, and the economy will collapse.
We need to elect representation to congress who will view things with a fresh look.
Harry A. Haycock