Farmingdale State College is a four-year SUNY school located on...

Farmingdale State College is a four-year SUNY school located on Route 110 and Conklin Avenue. The school was named one of the best colleges in the North in US News and World Report's 2011 rankings. (July 5, 2011) Credit: Alexi Knock

Columnist Daniel Akst's rather timely piece, "The Cost of selling SUNY seats to foreigners" [Opinion, March 5], reminded me of my time at Stony Brook during the 1960s.

I recall that my housed undergraduates on the first and second floors. The third floor almost exclusively housed engineering and physics graduate students from various exotic (as we thought at the time) places such as India, Pakistan and Iran.

Over the years, and especially now, I often wonder if these same students were later responsible in some way for the nuclear weapons programs in their respective countries.

Akst may be more correct than he knows when he finished his piece with, "I wonder if we really know the price of what we are selling."

Michael J. Moonitz, Massapequa