December 4, 1988
Kindly ferret out the person who accorded "WarGames" only two checks, meaning "flawed, has moments," rather than "first rate," according to TV Times standards. This intolerant viewer found "WarGames" to be not only a strong dramatic film, but a superb message to this world ridden with nuclear weapons and increasingly ruled by mindless computers. Not only is nuclear war a no-win game, but technology not informed by humanism is a lethal menace to us all. A. Fortunoff, Los Angeles
March 30, 2008
Re "Don't go nuclear," editorial, March 25 You assert that emissions from mining uranium are "significant." Compared to what? Even a modern, high-efficiency, natural gas-fired plant produces substantial carbon dioxide emissions over its life compared with the relatively short time that mining equipment would be used to extract uranium for any individual nuclear plant. Depending on the nuclear fuel cycle chosen, the uranium fuel might be recycled, so that fuel mined during one period would be used over many years, thus limiting mining emissions.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 21, 1986
You asked the right question in your editorial (April 10), "Why Not Negotiate?," but, not surprisingly, you didn't come up with an answer. For, of course, with the mind-set of this Administration and many hawks on the Democratic side of the aisle there is no answer except a continuous and unremitting escalation of the arms race in a never-ending (and never-reaching) search for nuclear superiority over the Soviet Union. This mindless determination for "superiority" is the natural byproduct of 40 years of Cold War of which President Reagan is only the current presiding maestro.
March 9, 2006
Re "A nuclear deal, warts and all," Opinion, March 7 Rajan Menon shines a light on a particularly glaring problem with the nuclear deal-making between the White House and India. As with nearly all of the domestic and foreign policy decisions from the Bush administration, this agreement has more to do with money trumping common sense than with foreign policy. And what American company will get contracts to help India? When Pakistan and India nearly rewrote history with threats of all-out nuclear war, it was fortunate they both blinked under worldwide influence.
August 5, 1990
Regarding David Marples' review of "Chernobyl: The Catastrophe Isn't Over Yet" by Zhores A. Medvedev (July 8), I plan to read this book even though I am leery of any book written by ethnic Russians--like Medvedev--about events in Ukraine. I hope the author points out the Russian practice of building nuclear plants in non-Russian republics, in case of nuclear "accidents." However, these plants are managed by the Russians themselves because they do not trust the native population.