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Letters: Stop the petty politics

Johnson City Press • Feb 7, 2020 at 6:00 AM

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Stop the petty politics

The leaders of our country acting so petty on national TV while the world watching is making the United States a laughingstock to the rest of the world. How childish can both President Trump and Speaker Pelosi be?

Speaker Pelosi started it off by not using the standard opening to introduce the president, and then President Trump not shaking the hand of the speaker. The coup de grace came when on national TV, Speaker Pelosi unprofessionally and blatantly ripped up the president's speech like an angry third-grader (my apologizes to all third-graders everywhere).

How embarrassing was this display of pettiness to the American people? Both parties should be ashamed. When are the representatives of our government going to get back to taking care of the business they were voted into office for, the benefit of all people of the United States regardless of their party?

The American people of both parties should in a unified voice take up the phrase from the movie Network and say to their particular party, "I'm mad as hell, and I'm not going to take it anymore!"

JIM WILSON
Johnson City

Nukes doom us all

As the scientist keepers of the Doomsday Clock have now moved its second hand to 100 seconds before midnight, the issue of ridding the world of nuclear weapons takes on new and existential importance and urgency.

These weapons are kept on hair-trigger alert, leaving just a few minutes’ time for action decisions. A wrong decision, such as we just saw with the Ukrainian airplane shot down by the Iranian military in their operator’s quandary of “only seconds” of decision time, could kill many millions of innocent people. Were it to unleash a full-scale nuclear exchange, the scale of destructive consequences the world over would be unimaginably grim.

Seven Catholic anti-nuclear activists, including a Jesuit priest, were recently convicted for entering a Trident submarine base in Kings Bay, Georgia, to protest the nuclear warheads based there. They had done so during the night of April 4, 2018, the 50th anniversary of the assassination of Martin Luther King, and in the spirit of his concern about “the need for peace in our world and the survival of mankind.”

They had posted an “indictment” on the grounds of the base charging the military with crimes against peace for not abiding with the terms for disarmament, under the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty. Banners they left, paraphrasing Dr. King, said “The ultimate logic of Trident is omnicide.”

The Doomsday Clock scientists now consider the world closer to catastrophe than ever before, in a true emergency and “state of world affairs that has eliminated any margin for error.”

The “Plowshares 7” activists, convicted of criminal trespassing and depredation of government property, face sentencing soon and potentially long prison terms. But their civil disobedience action was a call that should be honored, to abolish nuclear weapons and end the emergency we face from them.

FRANCES LAMBERTS
Jonesborough