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    Maybe time has come for local defense industry to feel squeeze

    It is reasonable to make a front-page story out of the effects of sequestration on the Massachusetts economy (“Defense cuts shake Mass. workers,” May 13), but nowhere does the article acknowledge that, as a nation, in the view of many analysts, we’re grossly overspending on defense. Even the Pentagon admits that it is forced to continue production of defense systems it does not need because of congressional pressure, which in turn comes from local fears of job loss should those systems be scrapped.

    Why not point out, in the interest of balance, that some local industries, and workers, may have to endure pain as the nation transitions to an economy less dependent on a bloated defense industry?

    Jan Schreiber