We live in the diabolical shadow of the Hiroshima and Nagasaki bombings 74 years ago on Aug. 6 and 9, 1945. These attacks are innately an American problem, unleashing the first nuclear weapons of mass destruction. Grave questions of morality, necessity and wisdom have been raised about the bombings.

It is for us Americans to say we are sorry and this should never happen again.

Today, weapons far more powerful than those exploded on Hiroshima and Nagasaki are being made at the U.S. Department of Energy’s Kansas City National Security Campus, which makes or procures most of the non-nuclear parts of U.S. nuclear weapons. Our current president has stated on three occasions — in regard to North Korea, Iran and Afghanistan — that he could obliterate those countries but does not wish to do so.

It is our duty to raise these grave issues of global extinction so we do not repeat them. Join us at 6:30 p.m. Aug. 4 at the Loose Park lagoon at 53rd Street and Wornall Road for our Hiroshima-Nagasaki Remembrance, sponsored by PeaceWorks Kansas City.

Henry Stoever
Overland Park