TO THE EDITOR: For those that know and remember Feb. 19, 1945, the start of the Battle of Iwo Jima and four days later the famous flag raising, just a little history of Iwo Jima:
It is the middle island of three volcano islands in the northwestern Pacific Ocean. It is about two and a half miles wide, and its soil is a soft, gray, volcanic ash.
The Japanese defending the island dug extensive underground fortifications in tunnels and caves, machine guns ready to kill all of the U.S. Marines as easy prey as they came on shore. Before the island was captured, Japanese fighter planes used the air strip to attack U.S. bombers from there.
In the count of those who gave all are more than 6,000 U.S. Marines, in capturing the 18 square miles from the Japanese in February and March 1945. The capture was a great help to the American forces in one of the great battles of World War II.
After American forces won here, U.S. fighter planes used the air strips to protect American bombers flying from Saipan and Tinian to Japan, and it also served as an emergency landing place for our B-29 bombers returning from raids to Japan.
To all veterans, and hopefully some of America’s citizens, this major battle will be remembered until the end of time. To those other Americans, it’s called “Lest We Forget.”
I am a proud American veteran.
TO THE EDITOR: For those who don’t understand global warming or choose to deny it, characterizing such warnings as Ray Johnson provides to the Press-Republican as being alarmist, I would say that indeed these warnings are indeed alarmist and for very good and well-substantiated reasons.
The scientific evidence is overwhelming that this is real, is affecting us now and is largely human-caused.
Don’t take my word for it. Do as Barbara Kingsolver pleads and read the book by Bill McKibben titled “Eaarth.” It’s probably our last warning written for general audiences and written graciously and with extensive data. Indeed, McKibben is far more gracious than most in his arguments.
Personally, I tend toward the arguments of Derrick Jensen, but McKibben’s provide the best recipe for widescale application if we are to transform ourselves before it’s way too late.
It’s already too late to salvage Earth as we knew it; we need to learn to live on this new planet called Eaarth — if we heed the alarms to wake up.
My thanks to Ray Johnson for his efforts.
RICHARD J. DeNEALE