Millions of Americans & Japanese live today because of quick surrender

To The Daily Sun,

In his letter of Aug. 14, Leon Albushies writes of "correcting the record", "as I know it," about the ending of World War II. Albushies says we didn't need to plan the invasion of Japan or drop the atomic bombs and creating "this immense tragedy to deal with" if we just gave Japan enough time to surrender. This idea is simply a fantasy created by leftists to rewrite history and besmirch our country.

Albushies cites the bombing of Tokyo on March 10, 1945, which killed 100,000 people, the sinking of much of Japan's Navy, and the "nullification of Japan's air power" as evidence of Japan's obvious defeat.

If Japan was defeated and ready to surrender, why didn't it surrender in the nearly five months between the Tokyo bombing and the bombing of Hiroshima?

Some Japanese probably did advocate surrender. If Admiral Yamamoto, who talked of "waking a sleeping giant", had been in power, perhaps there wouldn't have been a war. But these people weren't in power and those in power refused to surrender even after the first atomic bomb was dropped.
In World War II, many German officers were convinced of Germany's eventual defeat after Stalingrad and after the successful Normandy landings, yet Germany fought to the bitter end costing many millions more lives. Japan was also expected to fight to the bitter end.

Although Albushies says Japan was already defeated, the Japanese apparently didn't know it. After the Tokyo bombing Japanese forces continued fighting in the Philippines, Iwo Jima, Burma, Borneo, China, Okinawa, Manchuria and Korea. Most Japanese soldiers fought to the death in these remote areas. The Japanese, like you and I, were expected to fight even more ferociously to defend their homeland and their families.
At Okinawa Japanese air power sank 38 and damaged 368 US ships and killed about 4900 American sailors, apparently Japan didn't know their air power was "nullified".

Every day the war continued Japanese soldiers raped and killed civilians, killed enemies and died in battle, and killed prisoners of war via starvation, overwork, unsanitary conditions, lack of medical care, beatings, and executions. The Japanese killed approximately 20 million Chinese civilians. At one Japanese POW camp in Borneo only six of about 2,500 Australian and British POWs survived.

World War II in the Pacific was brutal. Japan repeatedly refused to surrender. If surrender had been anticipated, there was no need for the negotiations and concessions to bring the USSR into the war against Japan including in the invasion.

Very few Americans knew of the top secret work to create the atomic bomb (not even Vice President Truman knew). How well the bombs would work and how Japan would react were also unknowns. So, of course plans to invade Japan needed to be developed.

The American soldiers who were scheduled to invade Japan knew that many of them would never return home. They, their families, and the American people who were shocked at, and weary of, the human cost of World War II were thrilled that the atomic bombs brought the war to a swift conclusion.
Millions of Americans and probably most of the Japanese population today live because the bombs caused a quick surrender and avoided the invasion and fight to the end.

Albushies says if we just waited for Japan to surrender we could have avoided this "immense tragedy" (dropping the atomic bombs). But Albushies can't say, because it was and is unknowable, how long we would have to wait for surrender. Every day WWII continued, more American and other allied soldiers would die, thousands of civilians were raped and/or killed, and lands devastated. The harm while waiting for surrender could have far exceeded that caused by the atomic bombs.

After the war people who oppose the use of power and influence in our nation's and our citizens' best interests have tried to make Americans feel ashamed of our use of the atomic bombs to end WWII. These people, like Albushies, conjured up a fantasy about an alternate end to the war and call that fantasy "truth".

But their fantasy requires a total reversal of Japanese, and human, nature to want to defend your home and homeland. Nor does their fantasy consider the cost of waiting an unknown length of time for surrender while the Japanese trained their citizens as combatants, built their defenses, made more munitions, attacked our naval forces surrounding Japan, and raped, killed, and destroyed in occupied countries.

Consider what tune leftists like Albushies would be singing if Stalin had the bomb first and used several of them to end the war. It is tempting to believe they would be calling Stalin a saint. Everything to these leftists seems to be partisan and/or anti-American. Consider that despite the continuing wars under Obama Code Pink, that protested every day during Bush's Presidency, has essentially disappeared.

No American should feel ashamed by our use of atomic bombs to end WWII; use of the bombs probably saved millions of lives. Every American should be ecstatic about our WWII victory which protected our freedoms and liberated millions.

Americans should be proud of our nation's sacrifices to liberate, care for, and help others rebuild from World War II (Hiroshima and Nagasaki thrive today: The tragedy would have been to allow World War II to continue a single day longer than necessary.

The "immense tragedy" was not how we ended the war, the immense tragedy is that America's and free nations' perceived weaknesses encouraged aggressors to start the war in the first place.

An even greater tragedy may be developing as President Obama's weak leadership, appeasement of enemies while they build their militaries, and reduction of our military power may tempt aggressors to take the steps that instigate World War III which could kill billions of people.

Don Ewing

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'Wink' Tapply will be entered into park Hall of Fame in September

To The Daily Sun,

It is with great pleasure we announce that the first director of the Tapply-Thompson (formerly Bristol) Community Center, Richard "Wink" Tapply will be entered into the National Recreation and Park Association's Robert W. Crawford Hall of Fame at the AAPRA (American Academy for Park and Recreation Administration) Banquet on Sept. 17 in Las Vegas, Nev., as part of the national conference.

The criteria for the Hall of Fame is as follows:

— The individual must have made an extraordinary and lasting contribution to the advancement of the park and recreation movement.

— Their contributions must have been consistent with the mission of the National Recreation and Park Association, the American

Academy of park and Recreation Administration and predecessor organizations.

— Selection to the Hall of Fame is a posthumous honor with no nominee being considered until at least five years after their


In addition to the general criteria, it was evident throughout the process that anyone being considered for this honor must have made significant contributions in parks and recreation at a national level.

While most professionals active in New Hampshire today, never had the pleasure of meeting Wink, he is often thought of as the "Father of Recreation" in New Hampshire and his tremendous impact is still felt today.

The most prestigious award that a New Hampshire Park and Recreation Professional can achieve is named after him as is our annual Playground Leader's Workshop, but his reach went far, far beyond that. As we researched and put the nomination together it was apparent that he truly made incredible, extraordinary and lasting contributions at the state, regional and national level. This is an incredible honor for "one of our own."

Many of Wink's programs continue to this day, including Santa's Village, Summer Camps, Apple Festival and the Lobster & Chicken Supper. Without his vision the TTCC would not have become one of the few successful non-profit recreation departments.

Donna Kuethe. on behalf of the nominating committee

(Donna Kuethe, Carolyn Tracy, Les Dion, Dick Tapply. Marie Anne Baldwin)

Tapply-Thompson Community Center


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Thank you for your assistance with the correction

To The Daily Sun,

I am writing in reference to letter written by me on Aug. 14 in The Daily Sun.

The letter appears to have been written after some events had already taken place. I sent this letter to Daily Sun on Aug. 5. I received notice on Aug. 9 of word or words missing in a sentence, to correct and resend it. I sent it back on Aug. 11. It was printed Aug. 14.

The main purpose for this letter is to clear the minds of anyone who may find it necessary to comment.

My thanks to The Daily Sun for their assistance in the correction.

Henry Osmer


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Donald Trump & Bernie Sanders are the only ones listening to us

To The Daily Sun,

The upcoming presidential election very critical. There are two candidates who stand out. Donald Trump and Bernie Sanders. This is not an endorsement of these candidates. Rather, both are conveying a message that all candidates need to hear. In some respects, they may even need to redefine their own message. None of the candidates is listening at all, with the exception of these two gentlemen.

There is a concern about immigration, Social Security, safety, managing minority rights, disability rights, the illegal drug epidemic, and the economy. All of these are on people's minds. We worry about our families, homes, as well as our safety. Our highways are among the worse and unsafest in the world. (Remember the sinkhole on I-93. How many more are waiting?) The infrastructure is crumbling. Environmental change is happening faster that scientists have predicted. Airlines and highways get subsidies, but Amtrak struggles on. Mass transportation is critical to our economy and our survival. Is it really safe to live here now?

But no one is listening. No one is hearing our cries for help to reduce these problems. Why should we supplement illegal people, as hard working as they are? Why should Social Security go to people who do not contribute? Why are middle-class citizens, who work so hard, bear the burden of the challenges immigrants face? We the people are becoming the very kind of immigrants and minorities who are here. One can understand the very cause for immigrants and minorities. It is an attitude that needs to be changed, not just forcing the cluster of poverty to unwanted locations in a community. All of us come from ancestors who were immigrants.

This country was founded on the principle of hard work. But the large companies still do not give what their workers deserve, those who contributed to their growth. The country is not run by the people. This country is run by a wealthy few, stomping on those who helped to create that wealth. This is what needs to change. Both Trump and Sanders are promoting this cause. Republican as well as Democrats need to listen, we the people have a message, that is not being heard.

At the turn of the 20th century, people came to this country to work, to learn English, and become part of the American Dream. Their cultures have enriched this country. Today, it seems subsidy is demanded, not asked for. Immigration, today, taxes the very heart and soul of the ancestors and their subsequent generations. This is not just immigrants. Rather the citizenry of this country as a whole, immigrants, birthrights, generations together. This is about "Black Lives Matter." People who have been denied their inalienable rights as provided by their Creator. It is about all of us.

No one is listening to any of us. There is division in this country as never before. The current campaigns should focus on healing these divisions, improving the economy, giving healthy control back to the people. The other issues would then heal by themselves once everyone realizes we are all in this together.

But no one is listening except the people. This is the message being conveyed by Trump and Sanders.

Robert T. Joseph, Jr.

New Hampton

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The professor is showing utter contempt for fellow human beings

To The Daily Sun,

Professor Cracraft waxes "wackadoodle" and has apparently decided to use the "Ververka method" of wacked-out humor, condescension and belittling as a way to get letter writers who disagree with him to shut up an sit down, lest they acquire his toilet seat award. This in his most recent smear letter.

Now, he may tell us he was just kidding around and having a little fun. That he did not intentionally mean to demean other letter writers as ethnocentric, bordering on being racist, on being radical nationalists and having utter contempt for their fellow human beings. But it's hard to take "the mean" out of the "left".

We all owe the kindly professor a deep debt of gratitude. His recent letter was a perfect example of how the progressive left attacks those who don't agree with their terribly flawed philosophy. They must resort to name calling when they have nothing of substance to offer.

Scott educates we poor uneducated neanderthal types about our open border to the north. After all, he asserts that the recipients of his esteemed "wackadoo awards" will probably have to look up words like ethnocentric, jingosim, racist and perhaps even radical nationalism. Actually, I would like to know the meaning of radical nationalism, especially since I am limited by having only a Bachelor's degree. Seriously Scott, it is not the "right" that wants to overthrow our republic. That belongs to the fundamentally transforming "left", does it not?

The learned professor informs us that, "a lot of white European immigrants come here and work as nannies for wealthy families in New England and work illegally", by way of comparing the Mrs. Doubtfires from Canada to the unskilled illegals who stream across our borders to the south.

In 2013, Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) released 36,000 violent, criminal, illegal aliens onto American streets. Those would be the ones who have committed homicide, sexual assaults, kidnapping, drug dealing and drunk driving mayhem on our highways. Last year, ICE released 30,558 criminal aliens into our society to terrorize citizens, legal immigrants and the numerous peaceful illegal immigrants. Check out ICE director Sarah Saldana's video on Katie Pavlich's column back on 4/10/14, where she twists herself into semantic knots trying to justify the release of these really bad people.

Professor Cracraft, a question if you please. Just how many European nannies are killing U.S. citizens, raping and kidnapping our children and running over folks while drunk or high on drugs? Only an allegedly progressive, "leftist" professor could pen such an inane and patronizing letter while pretending he is the much more intelligent and educated than they great unwashed who frequent the "liberal right". Yes, I said, liberal right because there is nothing liberal about what the "left" is doing to obliterate our borders, language and culture. And Scott apparently is not moved by the death and destruction caused by our illegal alien onslaught. No, the left continues to hate those who fight evil. It really is quite bizarre and inexplicable.

It is actually Professor Cracraft who is showing "utter contempt for fellow human beings." He thinks he is clever by throwing the race card around like a drunken alien gambler in "casually mentioning" that Linda Riley would not recognize the WASPS because they would be the "same color as she". The man who detests racism finishes by saying, "I am going to assume your favorite colors are lily white." Wow, that does sting a little doesn't it?

Oh Scott, you rapscallion, did you intentionally present us with a letter which drips with racial overtones, just to show us how not to act in such a bigoted manner? Or are you as petulant, cocky and arrogant as most of your fellow "leftists" who just know they are seated majestically atop the high moral ground?

Anyway, perhaps you can enlist the services of James Veverka and Henry Osmer to join you on your "wackadoo selection committee". Heck, I'm even willing to loan you the services of the "right wing clown car", for a nominal fee of course. And feel free to plug in the many CDs available. From John Locke, Edmund Burke, Alexis de Tocqueville, Lord Acton to Milton Friedman, William F. Buckley Jr., Whitaker Chambers and James Madison. There is much to pique ones critical thinking skills. You might also enjoy Lee Greenwood's, "God Bless the USA" and Martina McBride's, "Let Freedom Ring" as well.

Russ Wiles


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