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Letters, Aug. 9

Face what happened

Aug. 6 marks the 75th anniversary of the atomic bombing of Hiroshima. The official and prevailing view is that the bomb was necessary to end the Second World War and “spared millions of American lives” (President George H.W. Bush, 1991).

Many Americans are unaware that leading U.S. military figures opposed the bomb’s use on moral and/or tactical grounds — including Adm. William Leahy, Gen. Dwight Eisenhower, Gen. Douglas MacArthur, Gen. Curtis LeMay, Gen. Henry “Hap” Arnold and Adm. Ernest King.

Adm. Leahy, President Truman’s chief of staff who chaired the Joint Chiefs of Staff, said “the use of this barbarous weapon was of no material assistance in our war against Japan. The Japanese were already defeated and ready to surrender ... I was not taught to make war in that fashion, and wars cannot be won by destroying women and children.”

General LeMay, who commanded the terror firebombing of Tokyo in March 1945 that killed 100,000 people, stated that, “Even without the atomic bomb and the Russian entry into the war, Japan would have surrendered in two weeks.”

The U.S. political-corporate elite have worked to hide the brutal truth of the Hiroshima bombing. It’s time we face what happened and why.

John Marciano

Talent

Grateful for Phoenix police

A few nights ago I went for a ride-along with an officer from the Phoenix Police Department. The experience was educational and fascinating.

I only planned to ride along for three hours, but wound up staying for six hours. The officer I rode with and his colleagues were professional, caring, and sincerely doing everything they could to keep our community safe. They really do care.

Police across the nation are getting a bad reputation based on the actions of very few by comparison. The overwhelming majority of law enforcement across the country, and I can attest to the city of Phoenix, is doing an outstanding job to help the communities they serve.

I would encourage everybody to take a ride along with a local police officer and find out first-hand the challenges they face, the struggles they deal with, and the way in which they help as many people as they possibly can during any given shift. These are good people putting their life on the line serving people they’ve never met. I am more grateful than ever for their dedication and service.

Terry Baker

Phoenix

Humans vs. COVID

I have discovered I seem to be wired to handle a pandemic. I am a rule follower, I thrive on guidance and I have always been a team player.

This pandemic is a serious opponent, ruthless in its attacks against us all, and I want to do whatever it takes to beat it down. I listen intently to reliable, expert guidance. I abide by the rules (mask wearing and social distancing) and I look to my family, friends, neighbors and community to be team players with me.

We will never rid ourselves of this virus if we refuse to unite together. This is “Humans vs. Covid” and we’re on the same team fighting only one opponent. Our goal is for the human team to win!!

Jan Sinner

Medford

Socialism and communism

A quote for our times:

“There is no difference between communism and socialism, except in the means of achieving the same ultimate end: communism proposes to enslave men by force, socialism — by vote. It is merely the difference between murder and suicide.”

—Ayn Rand

Gordon W. Dickerson

Medford

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