April 21, 2009

Imperative to move to abolish nukes

I couldn't disagree more with Richard J. Harknett's contention that President Barack Obama's call for the elimination of nuclear weapons is a "dangerous idea" ("A perilous call to abolish nukes," Commentary, April 14).

If the U.S. and other nations continue developing nuclear weapons and keeping them on hair-trigger alert, they will eventually be used, either deliberately or by accident.

It would never be morally permissible to use these weapons, since they would kill vast numbers of people.

Americans need to be more conscious of the fact that we have a vast and horrendously lethal stockpile of nuclear weapons and that we are continuing to develop so-called smart nuclear weapons.

We need to hear President Obama's call for the U.S. to take a leadership role in joining with other nations to ratify the Comprehensive Test Ban Treaty and to continue down the path to complete elimination of nuclear weapons.

Brother Jerry O'Leary, Baltimore

The writer is peace and justice coordinator for the Xaverian Brothers, a Catholic religious order.

How can Md. afford a new state park?

Would someone please enlighten me? If our state is facing an "enormous shortfall" in its budget ("Red ink to stain future for Md." April 13), how can we have the money to pay for the Harriet Tubman Underground Railroad State Park and Discovery Center cited in the article "Dorchester house free to good home" (April 13)?

Who voted for this thing and how is it going to help get our state out of this financial crisis?

Anne Heaton, Baltimore

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