71 years later

To the editor:

Since the 1970s, I have stood with people of peace remembering the bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki. This year will be no exception. It has been 71 years since the U.S. detonated the first of two nuclear bombs in Japan. The bombing of Hiroshima and of Nagasaki on Aug. 9 killed 200,000 people, mostly civilians.

Unfortunately, the threat of nuclear war is still a reality. For future generations and ourselves, we must continue to pressure Congressional representatives and the president to reduce the nuclear arsenal, support nonproliferation programs, and cease building new nuclear cruise missiles. It is life giving for our president and government to work with governments around the world to do the same. It is not sensible, in fact it is suicidal, for our country to be spending trillions of our tax dollars to build and maintain weapons of mass destruction and to consider using them.

Learn more. Go to www.fcnl.org. Write Sen. Rob Portman, Rep. Jim Jordan, and President Barack Obama and let them know you oppose nuclear weapons.

Join others and me in taking action and by saying never again on this 71st anniversary of the bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki.

Ann Francis