It’s the Japanese who should repent
The “Journey of Repentance” should not be from the United States, but should come from Japan for its sneak attack at Pearl Harbor and for the atrocities that the Japanese committed during the war they started.
This includes the starvation, beheadings and unspeakable tortures that my parents and I witnessed for three years as civilians in a Japanese concentration camp.
The bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki brought the war to an end at a cost of approximately 220,000 Japanese lives, but it did save millions of Japanese lives and destruction of their entire country. If the United States had invaded Japan as was planned, the outcome for Japan would have been horrifically different.
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Possibly the Japanese government should send its representatives to the United States to thank us for sparing so many Japanese lives.
I am proud of our country and will never regret dropping the atom bombs to end the war.
U.S. should not apologize to Japan
I write regarding “The Journey of Repentance.”
Let me start by saying, “DO NOT INCLUDE ME IN YOUR APOLOGY.” I agree with the action taken.
Whoever has the biggest gun wins, and that was the United States.
It’s too bad people cannot read so they would know the Japanese were the aggressors. Did they never hear of Pearl Harbor or the U.S.S. Arizona, with the trapped 1,102 crewmen that are still entombed?
Are they going to apologize for them merely being there and being an inviting target? Did they never hear or read about the horrors of the Bataan Death March of 75,000 brave warriors captured in the Philippines and forced by General Homma to march more than 60 miles, some barefoot, all the while enduring beheadings, bayonet stabbings and shootings?
Of the original 75,000, barely 54,000 survived.
Is America apologizing for them, too?
Fortunately, for his actions General Homma was executed April 03, 1946.
And what about all the South Pacific islands where the brave GIs suffered horrendous and inhumane torture such as beheadings, disemboweling and other acts of cowardice by the Japanese? More apologies?
It was most gratifying to stand on the deck of the U.S.S. Missouri, years ago, where the unconditional surrender was signed by the vanquished and the victors and feel what was accomplished there.
What these repentance gentlemen are proposing to do is analogous to treason and they should be ashamed of themselves.
Shame on you!
What’s needed is tax reform
I would suggest to my fellow Democrat, Gayle Broadbent, who writes of the deficit in the letters to the editor section, that the situation is not the fault of drunken orangutans but of pussyfooters.
We have known for years that our tax structure is an ineffective monster, and the Legislature established a well-qualified commission to make a report back to lawmakers. They just did not have the courage to follow through with any action in the face of what was, by the time the report arrived, a noisy rebellion started by a watch salesman.
We need the courage to take action to stop excessive reliance on sales taxes. The establishment of a rainy day fund was too late to save us from drowning in the bust following the boom. It is really unfortunate that Washingtonians have shown their good sense by quickly changing their spending habits.
County building a ‘Jail to Nowhere’
People are concerned about the $10 trillion loaned, given, guaranteed and borrowed (including $2 trillion budget deficit) this year by Congress and President Promises, mostly to bail out banks and financial institutions, to be repaid by future generations.
Politicians want health reform, but they created the greatest Ponzi scheme ever with the bankrupt Medicare system. Solve this problem before taxpayers are burdened with another fiasco.
The greatest fiasco facing Thurston County taxpayers is the “Jail to Nowhere” built by county commissioners without our permission. It may take five years to raise the money to staff it — fiscal irresponsibility at its worst. Voters turned down the $80 million jail bond issue in 2004 by a 61 percent vote.
Will commissioners cover up their mistake until after the election? Why don’t they have a solution for funding the empty jail? Why do they sit with blank faces when I ask questions at their meetings?
Will commissioners ask taxpayers to pass a property tax special levy to fund the new jail? Will they rent the jail out to other counties to incarcerate their dangerous felons?
Look for more budget gimmicks in addition to raiding the road fund for $2 million and borrowing $6 million to pay for that 6.2 percent pay raise for county employees.
We cannot continue to elect incompetent politicians recommended by the political parties. The Thurston County Taxpayers Association will speak out against fiscal irresponsibility at all levels of government.