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July 9, 2009 at 4:00 PM

Nuclear arms: Treaty is good news in volatile world

State senators should push for nuclear treaties

What could do more harm to our people and environment than a nuclear explosion?

Thank you for your editorial “An arms deal, and more” [Opinion, July 7], which nicely summarizes the state of negotiations between the United States and Russia.

We need to ask our U.S. senators to support the forthcoming treaties and to push for further steps toward worldwide nuclear security.

— Bruce Pringle, Normandy Park

With nuclear weapons, small arms should go, too

The main discussion point between President Obama and Russian President Dmitry Medvedev is apparently nuclear-weapons reduction [“Nuclear-arms control heads Obama’s list,” News, July 6]. Obama said reassuringly that a nuclear-arms treaty “would be completed by the end of the year.”

It’s reassuring that again a president of the U.S. and Russia will reduce stockpiles — in this treaty’s case to around 1,500 to 1,650 nuclear weapons depending on what’s counted. The treaty’s signing timing will no doubt find Medvedev and Obama surrounded by holiday displays like a Christmas card on the front page of every newspaper in the world.

The sensational headlines grabbed by nuclear weapons is like déjà vu all over again, and it takes place while each year hundreds of thousands if not millions of people are killed by small arms. Small-arms manufacturers, their salespeople and the clients who buy and sell these small arms “Weapons of Mass Death” result in the chronically annual headlines of genocide, murder and mass deaths in too many places around the world.

I hope Medvedev and Obama succeed in their discussions. Certainly, it will be a step in the right direction to reduce another way to destroy life. Truly, though, many people around the world are much more worried about the weapons carried by others around them.

Small arms fail to catch headlines unlike nuclear weapons. Nevertheless, the problem cannot be ignored, and hopefully, sometime in the not too distant future, leaders of the world put these weapons on the front page of the world’s newspapers and begin to reduce the stockpiles with nuclear weapons’ reduction having lead the way.

— Peter Scott McDowell, Seattle

U.S. needs to stop defiant N. Korea

Right now, I am caught up with concerns caused by North Korea. As a person who is quite against wars, I do not like to see North Korea shooting seven missiles across the Pacific Ocean [“Defiant N. Korea fires 7 missiles in July 4 salvo,” News, July 5].

If these careless people start a war, not only will South Korea be affected, but the U.S., Japan and maybe China will take its share of trouble. It is time that the U.S. stands up against this defiance. I know this is a strong country. The U.S. has every ability to stop this difficulty, and I am just waiting to see how.

— Yena Yun, Seattle

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