The Seattle-based U.S. Coast Guard Polar Star racing to assist Chinese and Russian icebreakers trapped in Antarctica’s ice [“Powerful Polar Star to assist stranded ships in Antarctica,” News, Jan. 5] sends a strong signal for future peaceful cooperation among nations that the U.S. often has strong disagreements with.
It also can help in highlighting the wisdom of building more icebreakers here in Seattle, which is being promoted by our two senators. Not only would this help in creating jobs in the Northwest, but would also be strategically important as the Arctic ice melts and exploration opens new windows of opportunity. Ships will push the limits and get stuck in the ice and opportunities to be a good neighbor will abound.
The peaceful use of our ships at sea is the best use of U.S. power in the days to come.
Burton E. Bard Jr., Lake Forest Par