As we pass Monday’s 67th anniversary of the U.S.’s dropping of the atomic bomb on Hiroshima, let us renew our commitment to work for peace in our world. More than 220,000 Japanese people were killed and gravely injured by the atomic bomb blasts in Hiroshima and later Nagasaki. Many others suffered cancers caused by the radiation fallout.
During the Vietnam War, the use of nuclear bombs was reportedly also considered by the U.S. government. Historical records indicate that President Richard Nixon and Henry Kissinger discussed dropping nuclear bombs over Vietnam, but Secretary of State William Rogers and Defense Secretary Melvin Laird opposed the idea, and peace negotiations between Kissinger and Le Duc Tho to end the war transpired in Paris. Clifton Truman Daniel, the grandson of President Harry Truman, who ordered the atomic bombings on Japan, visited the Peace Memorial Dome in Hiroshima this week. He stated, “I think this Cenotaph [the tomb for the perished] says it all — to honor the dead, to not forget, and to make sure that we will never let this happen again.”
Let us renew our belief in the sanctity of human life and rededicate ourselves to working for peace, for ourselves, for our children and for all the future generations.
Lee remarks off the mark
Mayor Ed Lee’s comment about Chick-fil-A staying away from San Francisco (“Same-sex foes rally behind Chick-fil-A,” Thursday) is a clear indication of the mismanagement of this city and county. Why would an elected official seek to alienate a profitable corporation given these economic times?
Further, while everyone is raising the question of free speech, let us be mindful that not all speech is protected under the First Amendment. So, unless you are a learned student of the law or have taken a course in First Amendment law, leave the editorializing to those more informed.
Moreover, as an educated, gay African-American male — same-sex marriage is not a right under the U.S. or California constitutions. Marriage is a privilege and elected officials have clearly defined who has the right to marry.
Hopefully, the U.S. Supreme Court will settle this matter and send a clear message to the 9th Circuit once again — the most overturned circuit in the country.
Aid risky in yacht tragedy
Regarding the story about the lack of rescue by other participants in the tragic Full Crew Farallones Race (“Yacht racers failed to help accident victims,” Tuesday), any sailboat that had tried to assist would likely have suffered the same fate.
It would not have been prudent, to say the least, for any skipper to put his or her boat and crew in that predicament.
Prop. 30 will create debt
Most of us know the statement by Albert Einstein that it would be insanity to do the same action over and over again expecting different results (“‘Wall of debt’ rises on Brown’s watch,” Opinion, Monday). Gov. Jerry Brown put Proposition 30 on the November ballot, a debt-reduction plan for repaying a wall of debt that if passed would only result in increased debt.
The voters are not so naive as to think that a new bond issue will result in paying down the debt, and should reject Brown’s promise of a different result from his bond proposition. Perhaps Brown should give up on high-speed rail and the peripheral canal, like he should have done with the new Bay Bridge. The state is broke and cannot afford any of the three.
Please keep our cities from going bankrupt from unsustainable employee retirement benefits. Spending and giving more, is not less.