Letters to the Editor

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Tag: nuclear weapons

May
4th

IRAN: Nuclear treaty is not just about us

I just returned from a trip to Europe where I discussed international politics with many of my friends there. They are dismayed that the nuclear treaty with Iran is being covered by the U.S. media as if the U.S. and Iran are the only players involved.

In fact, we are only one of many countries involved. Most of the other countries are anxious to end the sanctions on Iran as they are hurting their own economies.

My friends believe that despite what some of our disillusioned politicians think, the sanctions are going to end. The proposed treaty is a chance

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May
1st

NUKES: Deterrence effect is worth the price

Re: “These weapons deter the wrong thing” (letter, 5-1).

I worked at Submarine Base Bangor for more than 20 years, going from a marine machinist to a quality assurance supervisor. What I saw was a dedicated group of people who saw to it that every time a sub went out to sea that it came back after the patrol with all the crew members able to return to their families.

Yes, the upkeep on them is not cheap, but the upside is that they keep the leaders of countries that hate us where they belong.

If the letter writer would

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April
29th

NUKES: These weapons deter the wrong things

Maybe “The Nose” was not nosy enough when showing the photo of peace activists holding a mock funeral procession for the Earth (TNT, 4-24).

I am one of the pallbearers in the photo, and I do look rather serious or even sad as we processed meditatively toward the Federal Building in Seattle wearing monks’ robes and praying for our Earth. We were trying to call attention to a very sad situation - the nuclear weapons a few miles away at Bangor - and what they do to our region and the world.

At the Federal Building, we had scheduled meetings with

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April
3rd

IRAN: What right do we have to bully others?

Why shouldn’t Iran have a nuclear bomb? We do. We have more of these weapons from hell than any other nation.

What gives us the right to have the ultimate instruments of mass murder and then tell another country it can’t? That isn’t moral authority, it’s bullying. Might makes right: the lowest moral common denominator.

If we had any actual moral authority, we would start dismantling our nuclear weapons, then challenge other nations to do likewise. Peace.

April
3rd

IRAN: Why not just give peace a chance?

Listen, GOP, we get it. The Iran deal could fail miserably. But what if it doesn’t?

We have an opportunity to stop Iran, with diplomacy, from further pursuing a nuclear weapons program and bringing it one step closer to joining the community of nations. This does not cover all our gripes with the regime, but it is a big first step.

So why the GOP opposition? I imagine it’s because it’s not their horse leading the charge. Richard Nixon and Ronald Reagan both negotiated with the Soviet Union and signed deals with a mistrusted regime could have wiped America off the face

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Jan.
29th

NUKES: Officers’ cheating reflects lax mentality

Re: “Cheating on nuke exams endemic” (TNT, 1-26).

Many officers who hold the keys to nuclear weapons cheated on proficiency tests, and this has been a major problem for decades. Air Force officials attempted to downplay this problem saying that “there is no potential for a nuclear mistake because several backup procedures are in place.”

We Puget Sound area residents wonder whether this endemic cheating mentality is present in the naval officers who manage the nuclear warheads at the Navy’s Bangor Trident submarine base near Bremerton. And we wonder whether dishonesty is linked with complacency, which could result in

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Nov.
27th

IRAN: Leaders no more insane than any others

Re: “Keep illusions out of any deal with Iran” (editorial, 11-27).

This editorial is beyond presumptuous, a blend of pop punditry with no deep or accurate knowledge of the country, its contemporary history or its leaders. How dare the writers blithely tell us about the attitudes of the mullahs toward the United States? I seriously doubt that they have indulged in any profound research or academic study on these extraordinarily complicated subjects.

Since the end of World War II, the United States has co-existed with many dangerous and nuclear-armed enemies: the Soviet Union, China, North Korea, our so-called ally

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Nov.
19th

IRAN: War no answer to nuclear conflict

War is not the answer – but it appears that’s the way we are headed in the Middle East. The duel between Israel and Hamas in and around Gaza may just be a peripheral skirmish to what appears to be an inevitable showdown with Iran.

The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) says that Iran is getting ready to dramatically increase the production of enriched uranium (necessary for an atomic bomb), and that Iran’s refusal to permit IAEA inspections strongly suggests that Iran’s program has “possible military dimensions” – i.e., production of an atomic bomb.

President Obama has repeatedly stated

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