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EDITOR'S LOG

Robert Carpenter | Editor-in-Chief

Atomic Anniversary, Politics & Perspectives

August was the 74th anniversary of the
atomic age. The United States, still in
the midst of a horrific war, developed a
weapon that forever changed the world
and shaped our country.
President Harry Truman made the
fateful decision to drop an atomic bomb
on the Japanese city of Hiroshima, and
a few days later, when Japan's military
leaders still resisted calls for surrender,
another bomb was dropped on Nagasaki.
The results were devasting, and the
Japanese reluctantly surrendered, finally
bringing a complete end to a war that
they had started with the United States at
Pearl Harbor on Dec. 7, 1941.
President Truman's agonizing decision
to use the bomb was based upon
the Japanese' own doomsday tactics
dictated by their proud warrior culture.
To successfully invade and pacify the
Japanese home islands, it was estimated
that more than one million American
soldiers would lose their lives, tens of
millions of Japanese would be killed
and the nation would be gutted beyond
recognition. Truman felt he had no choice
but to use the bomb.
My father thought it was the correct
course of action. He was in Germany,
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having spent close to three years fighting
his way across North Africa, Italy, France
and Germany. American soldiers in those
theaters were being readied for another
bloody assault in the Pacific.
My mother thought dropping the
atomic bombs was the right decision.
She was living in Tacoma, Wash., having
moved there from Oklahoma when
her husband of a year was drafted. She
believed working in the shipyards was her
duty and responsibility to support her
husband and the war effort. In August
1945, she was foreman of a welding crew
building Navy war ships. She spent every
day worrying about her husband and
praying he was still alive.
My parent's story was repeated by
millions of Americans. In fact, virtually
any American who lived through World
War II thought it was the right decision.
But times change and so do
perspectives. In a Microsoft News/
CivicScience poll taken in early August,
Americans overall still supported the
decision to use the bombs with 61 percent
believing it was the right decision, and
20 percent saying it was the wrong
decision. But that percentage of approval
continues to erode with time as people
forget the lessons of history.
In the modern world of polarizing
politics, the poll found a weakening
of resolve. "...When broken down by
political leaning ... among conservatives,
almost 80 percent supported the use
of nuclear weapons in World War
II. Fifty-five percent of moderates
supported use, and only 44 percent of
liberals were in support."
Today, we're descendants of a
generation that made the tough decisions
and sacrificed at appalling personal cost.
And while our mountains to climb aren't
nearly as steep or tall as those of the
1940s era, the challenges are potentially
just as impactful. Our issues remain
divisive with no sense of middle ground
to tackle the great challenges of today and

build tomorrow as our ancestors
strived to do.
The coronavirus pandemic brought
a booming American economy to a
screeching halt and effectively shut down
the world. The virus affected every aspect
of our daily lives and still threatens to
do so for some time. By June, President
Trump opted to allow states to start
reopening in a cautious, controlled
fashion. Immediately, employment
skyrocketed. It was a lifeline for many
businesses but especially for those small
business owners, hanging onto solvency
by their fingernails. Another wave of virus
cases has inhibited business operations
in some areas but, for the most part, the
U.S. remains open and is slowly staggering
back onto its feet. While Trump maintains
opening up America is the right move,
his opponent Joe Biden said in a recent
interview that if his scientific advisors
recommended shutting down the U.S.
economy again, he would absolutely do so.
The pendulum swing of American
politics to the far left threatens to erase
the more business-friendly atmosphere
built over the last three years. The
petrochemical industry remains under
siege, yet natural gas still offers the best
and cheapest solution for America's
energy needs and immediate reduction of
air pollution. Environmentalists fail to see
opportunities, only an industry to blame.
As of this writing, I wouldn't even
attempt to predict how the upcoming
political election will turn out. But
the certainty is that 74 years after a
momentous decision was made - the
right decision - to take action and
change the world, our country faces a
plethora of critical decisions once again.
Most concerning is that I hear a lot of
pontificating, but not much listening. *


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