Letters to the Editor

Letters from Aug. 8, 2007

Atomic bombings: History is being revised

Most Japanese and many Americans have accepted a revisionist view of the atom bombs dropped on Hiroshima Aug. 6, 1942 and three days later on Nagasaki. The information proving the case for the bombs is detailed at www.OperationDownfall.com. Enter that name in your computer and you will see the two-phase plan for invading Japan. Operation “Olympic” scheduled 14 Army and Marine divisions to capture Kyushu. A few months later 22 Infantry and Armored divisions would invade Honshu and the Tokyo plain.

1.5 million combat troops and 3 million support troops would be involved. MacArthur’s Intelligence Staff estimated 1 million American casualties by the fall of 1946.

Japanese women and children were in training to use sharpened bamboo spears in Banzai charges. The Japanese had hundreds of Kamikaze planes and dozens of small suicide submarines the Americans did not know about. The Japanese troops in the home islands were well trained. Casualties would have probably been higher than estimated without the atom bombs.

40,000 Allied POWs were to be killed when the invasion began. Enter www.Rogermansell.com in your computer to learn the slave labor camps and detailed rosters of allied inmates.

Enter www.lougopal.com to find Santo Tomas Internment Camp in Manila where civilians and nurses were interned. With links to pictures and biographies of many internees. Several related links one of which is the story of Ushiroda Shizuko. Born in the Philippines to Japanese parents. Drafted by the Japanese Army to be a translator and nurse, she viewed the Americans as the enemy. Wounded and sick when captured, she received very kind treatment from American doctors and nurses.

The Japanese are revising history. Japanese historians who try to get the truth out about the atrocities committed by the Japanese are having a hard time. Americans are having a hard time getting the POW story widely memorialized. Kitsap County is no exception.

ROBERT TILDEN MEDLEY

Tracyton

County budget: Bad money management

The well-advertised Kitsap County budget crunch sounds like a budget management problem. Recently, Commissioner Angel stated the county can’t meet budget needs with limits on property tax increases. Yes, the county has limits on tax increases but what they fail to say is there is no limit on the amount the county can raise property value.

These are separate items.

Angel stated that tax increases can’t keep up with inflation. Excuse me, but haven’t property values been raised 10-40 percent over the past several years. That’s significantly more than the annual inflation rate. The county has also grown considerably and this fact alone should help fund county services.

The county needs to get its act together, make timely decisions and quit wasting money on costly consultant fees every time a decision has to be made. In addition, limit new parks and recreation funding until it learns to manage and maintain what we already have. However, the No. 1 target for budget cuts should be Kitsap Transit and its top management followed by the 40-plus county social service agencies.

LARRY HILBERG

Poulsbo

Taxes: Property taxes capped at 20 years

Doesn’t anyone get it that without a revamping of the property tax code, levies like the Kitsap Regional Library’s are going to continue to fail, and we can probably include school levies, fire levies, etc. in the future? Then where does our quality of life in Kitsap County go?

My suggestion recently to cap property taxes when the homeowner has reached 20 years of residency, would likely be very profitable in passing levies. It is a no-brainer that when people know exactly what their tax bill will be, they would be more likely to know they can afford to support the local levies. When they don’t know what escalating assessment values will be, it is impossible to make a sound judgement.

Even if the levy proponents say the rate will remain the same, the total amount still goes up based on new assessments. That is why levies fail. Threats of “you’ll be sorry” coming from levy supporters is not going to change voters’ minds when they could lose their homes due to “non-payment” of taxes or have to sell because they can’t afford the taxes.

For the record, even if the 20-year rule was passed today, my husband and I would still not qualify yet, but you can bet we’d most likely vote a resounding “yes” on all the levies to ensure this place remains a wonderful place to raise kids as well as retire!

BECKY MCENERNEY

Kingston

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