I fail to see what is so terribly wrong with the Federal Helium Program that it must be terminated [“Lawmakers find it hard to let helium program run out of gas,” front page, April 27]. Here we have a government program that pays its own way and pays off its debt while fulfilling a public need that no private company is willing or able to fulfill. What’s not to like about that? But evidently we’ve talked our way into an ideological straitjacket in this country: If it’s government, it must be bad.

David A. Korn, Washington