Howard White ("Give each homeowner $1 million for loan," Letters, Herald, March 15) is correct; he is not very good at math. Although mathematics is not my greatest strength, I am competent in arithmetic operations.
So even though a billion is a large number, 52 billion can be expressed easily using exponents as: 52 x 109, (There are nine zeros after the one in a billion.) And 52 million can be expressed as 52 x 106 (there are six zeros after the one in a million).
The law of exponents states, to divide a number using exponents subtract the exponent of the divisor from the exponent of the dividend when they have the same base. The base in this case is 10. So: 9-6=3 and 52/52=1.
So, in an even distribution of $52 billion to 52 million households is $1x103 or 10x10=100 x10=$1,000.
I believe that for a large proportion of those houses $1,000 will only pay one month's mortgage and probably not in full. The laws of mathematics are the same worldwide and are not subject to political debate.
James Mooney, Durango