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A-bomb drop saved 500,000 American lives & 6M Japanese lives

To The Daily Sun,
Americans and Japanese should celebrate Aug. 6 because American action on this date 70 years ago helped save at least 500,000 American and six million Japanese lives during World War II.

Before the first atomic bomb was dropped on Japan, Americans were planning the invasion of Japan. The Japanese were expected to fight even more fiercely for their homeland than they fought elsewhere. Typically they fought to the death. Often only about one percent of the soldiers were captured. Japanese women and children on Japanese controlled islands committed suicide rather than surrender.

Japanese preparations for the invasion were being made. Every man and woman was being trained and armed. Fighting in Japan itself might have continued until nearly every Japanese man, woman, and youth was dead.

The American military had ordered the first of multiple planned orders for 500,000 Purple Hearts to award to American casualties. Fighting was expected to be as fierce as at Iwo Jima where about 850 Americans died for every square mile of land captured.

Our World War II enemies were developing an atomic bomb which they would not have hesitated to use on our country or our allies to conquer us and end freedom on earth. Fortunately the United States beat our enemies in creating and using the atomic bomb to quickly end WW2.

As a result of dropping the atomic bombs on Japan, at least one million American sons, brothers, and fathers returned home alive and uninjured.

The quick Japanese surrender saved many millions of Japanese lives, prevented the utter destruction of Japan, and perhaps the very existence of the Japanese culture.

Although far deadlier bombs than those used in World War II have been developed, the horror that those World War II bombs demonstrated has kept the civilized world from their use.

We should remember and celebrate Aug. 6 as the first of the two events that saved so many lives, saved a culture, and taught the world the horror of the use of such weapons.

Don Ewing
Meredith

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A gracious article about Lakeport Landing better be next

To The Daily Sun,

Really Daily Sun? There are a whole lot of us who EXPECT to see just as in-depth story about Paul and Erica Blizzard's Lakeport Landing on the FRONT PAGE as well.

That was like rubbing salt in the wound and I and many other people think that was just plain nasty — unless, of course, you will be doing the exact same gracious piece on Lakeport Landing.

I certainly hope there will be another bid from Erica forthcoming as it seems like the door was slammed in her face. I know if Paul were still alive this would never have happened and I just cannot believe that Irwin is trying to run her over like this. And that the city is letting it happen.

Shame on you all as neighbors.

Judi Leavitt
Laconia

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