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BANGOR: Protesters deserve our thanks

Letter by Mark L. and Margaret Bubenik, Gig Harbor on April 4, 2011 at 1:34 pm with 15 Comments »
April 4, 2011 2:18 pm

Thanks to Father Bill Bichsel, Father Steve Kelly, Sister Anne Montgomery, Lynne Greenwald and Susan Crane for reminding us of the nuclear warheads at Naval Base Kitsap-Bangor near Silverdale.

There is substantially more nuclear warhead firepower at the naval base and the nearby Indian Island nuclear storage area than the firepower of the atomic bombs that were dropped on Hiroshima and Nagasaki. If even one of these nuclear warheads detonated, the explosive force and radiation would cause a tremendous number of fatalities, injuries and illnesses to those who live in the Puget Sound region.

Why do we tolerate this situation of nuclear weapons in our backyard?

This nation’s priorities are upside-down when we allow for the U.S. defense total budget to be around $700 billion a year. It is extremely sad that the defense budget is sacrosanct, and Congress is not willing to make huge cuts to it. The Plowshares 5 are God’s prophets for peace and the nation’s conscience as they remind us of the sins that we are presently committing. The Plowshares 5 should be receiving honors instead of criminal sentences.

The Plowshares 5 also raised our awareness to the lack of security at the Bangor Naval Base. If an 84-year-old nun and an 82-year-old priest can be involved in cutting the fence and entering this base, it is scary to think of what well trained terrorists could accomplish.

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  1. truthbusterguy says:

    What did there efforts bring to all of use otherr than tie up the courts when they could be dealing with real criminals.

    I support their right to protest but they are peeing in the wind.

  2. Our right is to protest. Bring about change is not part of the deal.

  3. nokoolaide says:

    If not for those nukes, you would be reading this in Russian or Chinese. No, on second thought you would not be reading this at all. Plowshare 5 are a bunch of misguided fanatics. Do you really think a nuclear weapon can just detonate?

  4. Yeah, thanks guys… for pointing out the security lapses. Now enjoy your bread and water, your 15 minutes are waaaaaay up.

  5. hensandducks says:

    We are a nation of rhetoric that does not align with our atrocious behavior.

  6. aasmussen says:

    And I thank you for writing. I only wish that the ‘Plowshares 5′ (I affectionately refer to them as ‘Bangor 5′), were never sent to jail. I had to laugh when reading that they practically had to ‘flag’ someone down, in order to get arrested…They should have been given a ‘Get Out of Jail Free’ card on that alone. Free the ‘Bangor 5’!

  7. Dave98373 says:

    All the “awareness training” in the world does not give one a right over another to break the law. As for invoking “God’s prophet’s,” for these criminals– PUUHHLEEZZZE!. They have already been given a slap on the wrist for their crimes and their age and actions have already been factored in by the court in sentencing determinations. Do not excuse their behavior in the name of the Lord. “Prophet”….NOT!

  8. Yet again, another letter from the People’s Republic of Gig Harbor”. I’ll venture a wild guess that most of the whiners from over there are California transplants. If you are worried about a nuke going off, move to uhhh……… the mid-west? No they have tornados. How about the south? No, they also have tornadoes. How about California? No, they have earthquakes. How about Chicago? No, it gets too cold there. Darn it! Nowhere is safe to go nowadays.

  9. pazzo242 says:

    M&M said: “There is substantially more nuclear warhead firepower at the naval base and the nearby Indian Island nuclear storage area than the firepower of the atomic bombs that were dropped on Hiroshima and Nagasaki.”—really? Given those two you mention were dropped 70 years ago I would hope we have advanced a great deal more since then.

    M&M said: “If even one of these nuclear warheads detonated, the explosive force and radiation would cause a tremendous number of fatalities, injuries and illnesses to those who live in the Puget Sound region.”–all the more reason to stay clear of them if you have no idea what you are doing. I will leave that to the professionals, thank-you very much.

  10. madmike272 says:

    Typical leftist babble from Pig harbor!

  11. Ididwhat says:

    madmike, most of the folks I know that live in Gig Harbor are conservatives (just an FYI)
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    “Protesters deserve our thanks” … we are showing our gratitude by giving them free room and board, free cable, access to free education, etc.,etc.

  12. The trespassers should return to their church and do what they do best, instead of taking the time of our police force to satisfy their whims!

  13. spotted1 says:

    Shouldn’t we just be happy that they did not get shot? At other times in our history, they would have been shot first then asked questions.

    The presence of nukes, while detestable, has eleminated many of the issues of threat from the outside through history. The use of the atomic bomb ended WWII early. They are part of the world arsenal, and unfortunately, we must also have them to be on an even footing with others.

  14. I see the far right haters are doing what they always do, make fools of them selves.

  15. the3rdpigshouse says:

    Too bad all those naive anti-American losers weren’t shot resisting arrest!!!

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