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Northwest Voices

Seattle Times letters to the editor

August 25, 2013 at 6:58 AM

Remembering Hiroshima and Nagasaki

Reduce the national nuclear arsenal

It has been 68 years this month since the U.S. dropped nuclear bombs on Hiroshima and Nagasaki. It has been decades since the Cold War ended. But we’re still living in the shadow of nuclear weapons.

I call on Rep. Jim McDermott and Sens. Maria Cantwell and Patty Murray to support the administration’s common-sense plan to reduce the nuclear arsenal.

The current U.S. arsenal should be cut. A massive nuclear arsenal does little to enhance our security. We are far past the point of a nuclear deterrent; more nuclear weapons means a greater chance that those weapons will fall into the wrong hands, or other nations will feel pressured to develop their own nuclear bombs.

Here at home, our families and communities are hurting from deep cuts to critical programs. Nuclear weapons don’t help with the kind of security we need — the security that comes from having food on our tables and safe neighborhoods for our children.

As we remember the tragedy of Hiroshima and Nagasaki this month, we must also act to make sure it never happens again.

Eldon Ball, Seattle

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