Dropping ‘the bomb’ saved lives
On the 70th anniversary of the dropping of the atomic bomb on Hiroshima, there are protests on both sides of the Pacific about the necessity of dropping it. It shortened the war and saved tens of thousands of lives, Japanese and American.
In the spring of 1945, the closer we got to Japan, the more furiously the Japanese fought. Military intelligence indicated that the Japanese were prepared to fight to the death.
So many Purple Heart medals had been stockpiled for the invasion of Japan that replacements were not needed until after the Vietnam War.
As Sun Tsu advised in “The Art of War,” you must always leave your enemy a golden bridge from which to retreat. The atomic bomb was that golden bridge.
John W. Connor, Lincoln
Iran nuclear deal will avoid war
Re “Obama makes case for Iran nuclear deal” (Editorials, Aug. 6): Individuals criticize the proposed nuclear deal with Iran without offering specific actions to defend their belief that the proposal should be rejected. Shouting “no deal is better than a bad deal” offers no solution for a better future.
People fail to accept that a country can always acquire a nuclear weapon. Furthermore, no nation agrees to open search and seizure by another foreign power. If you do not accept an agreement with a country to constrain its perceived pursuit for such a weapon, what action can achieve the desired result? If you believe war and never-ending occupation is the answer, at least have the courage to make such a case.
Daniel Fong, Rancho Cordova
Bad information hurts the cause
Re “Climate change is slowing” (Letters, Aug. 5): Misinformation hampers efforts toward necessary changes in policy.
Letter writer Ralph B. Alexander’s comment that “there has been a pause or hiatus in worldwide global warming for the past 18 years, to the consternation of alarmists” is simply not true and rings of the continued attempts by certain political groups to confuse the issue.
NASA reports that the 10 warmest years in the 134-year record all have occurred since 2000, with the exception of 1998. The year 2014 ranks as the warmest on record.” This is clear evidence of ongoing significant climate change. It’s past time to end the politically motivated “debate” and take serious action.
Mark Soeth, Davis
Let’s remember our grandchildren
Re “State is model for U.S. carbon plan” (1A, Aug. 4): Many of us would like to leave gifts for our grandchildren and great-grandchildren to ensure that they are safe and able to thrive.
We are leaving negative gifts of carbon dioxide every day when we burn fossil fuels in cars and coal-based utility plants. This carbon dioxide stays in our atmosphere for 100 years before breaking down and ceasing to add to global climate change. The carbon dioxide we generate today affects our descendants for a century by adding to climate destabilization. Is that the kind of gift we want to leave to these children?
I do not want future generations to say that I knew about causes of climate change but didn’t do everything I could do to try to see that they would be able to have a livable world.
Please, for the sake of the grandchildren and great-grandchildren, actively support all attempts to reduce carbon dioxide emissions.
Bill Becker, Gold River
Obama, Brown are wrong on coal
It is disheartening to listen to Gov. Jerry Brown applauding President Barack Obama as he attempts to destroy the power-generation systems and move us even further into a Third World status.
I wonder where Brown is going to get affordable electric power to move his “bullet train” since the Four Corners coal-fired power plant and natural gas-fired plants in California will be forced to shut down or double or triple the cost of providing electric power.
According to Obama, the cost of electricity will decrease. Where have we heard that story before?
David Fields, Rancho Murieta
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