Nu­clear pits put us at risk

The Taos News - - FAVOR Y CONTRA -

Aug. 6 and 9 was the 73rd an­niver­sary of the USA bombing of Hiroshima and Na­gasaki. Mayor Mat­sui of Hiroshima said, “Cer­tain coun­tries are bla­tantly pro­claim­ing self-cen­tered na­tion­al­ism and mod­ern­iz­ing their nu­clear ar­se­nals, rekin­dling ten­sions that had eased with the end of the Cold War.”

On Aug. 7, I vis­ited Los Alamos’ Brad­bury Science Museum. A quote by the re­spected World War ll gen­eral and for­mer Pres­i­dent Dwight D. Eisen­hower was posted on a wall: “Ev­ery gun that is made, ev­ery war­ship launched, ev­ery rocket fired sig­ni­fies, in the fi­nal sense a theft from those who hunger and are not fed, those who are cold and not clothed. This world in arms is not spend­ing money alone. It is spend­ing the sweat of its la­bor­ers, the ge­nius of its sci­en­tists, the hope of its chil­dren. This is not a way of life at all in any true sense. Un­der the cloud of threat­en­ing war, it is hu­man­ity hang­ing from a cross of iron.”

On Aug. 10, CBS aired “Whistle­blower” with in­ter­views of two for­mer po­lice chiefs who dis­cussed nu­mer­ous mis­man­age­ment and se­cu­rity lapses at the Los Alamos (Na­tional) Labs in 2002.

Now, with suf­fi­cient plu­to­nium pits al­ready in the U.S. arse­nal, and a his­tory of Colorado’s Rocky Flats be­ing closed by the FBI due to safety vi­o­la­tions of plu­to­nium pits in 1989, Los Alamos Labs will be a site for more plu­to­nium pits. This need­less nu­clear arse­nal will cost bil­lions of tax­pay­ers’ money and put residents of North­ern New Mex­ico at risk of pos­si­ble nu­clear ac­ci­dents.

JEAN STEVENS Ran­chos de Taos

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