As an avid reader of your paper, I discovered that my old Maine brain has lost its reasoning.

On page B1 on Nov. 9 is an article on seat belt needs in school buses. The National Highway Traffic Safety administrator was quoted as saying that “seat belts are icons of safety.” According to the article, the estimated cost was $11 million a year, or $7,000 to $11,000 per bus.

Jump to page 12 of the Nov. 16 Time magazine, which reported that the U.S. Department of Defense spent $43 million on one single gas station in northern Afghanistan. It did not have the expertise to explain the cost because the task force behind the project closed in March.

Do you suppose this country needs some new, common-sense leaders? l don’t know where to send this letter: to the comic section or to the sympathy page.

Fred Ricker

York