March 13, 2013

According to Walter Pincus [“A department that’s more special than others,” Fine Print, March 7], the U.S. Army wants $192 million to build a barracks for 650 West Point cadets — or $590,769 in taxpayer funds for each two-cadet dorm room. There are developers offering luxury two-bedroom condominiums, with kitchens, living rooms and access to extensive common spaces, for less than $600,000 per unit.  And these developers have to buy the land and pay marketing costs. Maybe Army dorm-building should be turned over to the private sector?

Tim Andrews, Fairfax City