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June 9, 2014 at 6:26 PM

D-Day anniversary: The courage to withstand war

D-Day, June 6. I have never witnessed a World War II memorial that did not contain subliminal messages, planted by the arms manufacturers and their media propagandists, about the glory of “The Good War” [“History, politics can’t keep Putin away from D-Day observance,” Nation and World, June 4] World War II was not good….


Comments | More in war | Topics: Bowe Bergdahl, D-Day, Fred LaMotte

March 26, 2014 at 2:48 PM

Snohomish mudslide: letter from father of missing woman; effects of logging

This aerial photo, taken after Saturday’s landslide, shows part of the plateau that has been logged over the decades. Right above where the hill fell away is a 7½-acre patch, shaped like a triangle, that was clear-cut about nine years ago. (Photo from The Associated Press).

Risks known

Several years ago this same hill slid, and altered the course of the river. The Army Corps of Engineers did a lot of work on the site, but they knew it was unstable [“Risk of slide ‘unforeseen’? Warnings go back decades,” Local News, March 24].

My daughter lived on Steelhead Drive, and I tried to convince her it wasn’t a good place to live. She and her neighbors liked it there, and now they’re gone. Perhaps more could have been done to relocate them. Not sure they would have listened, but we allow too many homes to be built in slide areas.

I’m heartbroken.

Pete Bellomo, Bellevue

Editor’s note: Pete Bellomo’s daughter has been confirmed missing, according to news reports.

Effects of logging

Robin Youngblood, whose home was destroyed in the mudslide in Snohomish County, said on CBC’s “As It Happens”’ Monday night: “There was clear cutting up there. … There was nothing left to hold the


Comments | More in Snohomish mudslide | Topics: Army Corps of Engineers, Fred LaMotte, Oso

March 8, 2014 at 5:09 PM

Ukraine: Look past the propaganda

Partial knowledge is the yeast of ignorance, and ignorance is the bread of war. Ukraine’s U.N. statement that “16,000 Russian soldiers have deployed to Crimea” caused a frenzy among Western media, which ignored the fact that those troops have been in Crimea since the late 1990s in accordance with a Kiev-Moscow treaty [“U.S. faces tough choices…


Comments | More in Ukraine | Topics: Fred LaMotte, Propaganda, Ukraine