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Letters to the Editor for Aug. 6, 2016

Take a stand against nukes

To the Editor:

Seventy-one years ago at 8:15 a.m. on Aug. 6, 1945, the Enola Gay dropped Little Boy. 44.4 seconds later, the bomb forever changed the world. The blast from just one 15 kiloton nuclear bomb killed approximately 80,000 people instantly and another 60,000 by the end of the year. The arms race was on.

Tsar Bomba, the largest bomb ever exploded, had a blast yield of 50 megatons, over 1,500 Little Boy bombs. The seismic waves from Tsar Bomba were measurable the third time that they traveled around the earth.

Unfortunately, these weapons are much more than just history. Today, over a thousand nuclear weapons are kept on hair trigger alert, ready to be launched in as few as 10 minutes. These weapons continue to threaten the existence of humanity at every moment.

Worse yet, these weapons are being designed just a few dozen miles from our homes. The Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory is one of two labs in America that develops the nation’s nuclear arsenal. The nuclear weapons activities of these labs continue to plague the environment, threaten the health and safety of workers and undermine international security.

This Tuesday, Aug. 9, 2016, at 8 a.m., concerned citizens and nonprofit organizations from the community will gather at the corner of Vasco and Patterson Pass Road in Livermore for an annual rally outside of the lab.

This year’s keynote speaker is the Honorable Tony Debrum, the foreign minister of the Marshall Islands. He is heading a lawsuit in the International Court of Justice against five nuclear weapons states. Among other speakers is Nobuaki Hanaoka, a survivor of the Nagasaki bombing on Aug. 9, 1945. Please join us and take a stand against the world’s most dangerous weapons.

Joseph Rodgers


Buzz about ‘Beehive’

To the Editor:

If you haven’t been to SRT lately, do yourself a favor and go see Beehive! It is absolutely amazing, fun, entertaining, nostalgic — and all the good expletives you can think of. Great singing! Great dancing! Great costumes! What a great romp through the ’60s. All the songs you want to sing along with (but the girls are so good you don’t want to detract from them!)

SRT always comes through with superb performances — this is one of the best I’ve seen for pure enjoyment.

Enough with politics and grim news. Go see Beehive! It will do you a world of good (Peace, Brother!)

Paula Johansen


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