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Letters: Trump’s big nuclear button, Part II

Re "Classes on what to do if nuclear war has erupted" (sacbee.com, Jan. 2): In the early 1960s, health care professionals were asked to develop a public health response to nuclear war. Doctors, who started Physicians for Social Responsibility, studied the devastation caused by the nuclear bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki and concluded that prevention was the only sane response to the threat of nuclear war. There are no effective instructions that the Centers for Disease Control can provide to safeguard the public. The most effective preparation would be to abolish all nuclear weapons as 122 nations have voted to do through the United Nations Nuclear Ban Treaty. In accepting the 2017 Nobel Peace Prize Beatrice Fihn, Executive Director of the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons, said: “The story of nuclear weapons will have an ending, and it is up to us what that ending will be. Will it be the end of nuclear weapons, or will it be the end of us?”

Harry Wang, Sacramento

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