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November 13, 2008 at 3:47 PM

Navy sonar

Let’s make more enemies

I am outraged at today’s decision by the U.S. Supreme Court that permits the U.S. Navy to make sonar blasts in nearshore environments when it is known that such blasts can harm, even kill, whales and other marine mammals [“Supreme Court OKs sonar use off Calif. coast,” News, Nov. 13].

The U.S. is very good at making enemies around the world, thus the given reason for these blasts as “national security” measures, but it is indicative of our greed, selfishness and folly that in trying to secure our future we show so little concern for the intricate web of life, marine mammals included, upon which all of us ultimately depend.

Shame on the Supreme Court, the Bush administration and the U.S. Navy.

— Jim Rettig, Woodinville

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