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Friday, May 4, 2012

Nuclear Park?

Congress is considering making the Hanford B reactor, as well as sites in Los Alamos, NM and Oak Ridge, TN as part of a Manhattan Project National Park.  Recently, concerned citizens, elected officials, government officials, and business owners met in Richland to discuss the park including how the Park Service might interpret this controversial subject. 

America's ushering in of the atomic age and the dropping of the Fat Man and Little Boy bombs on the Japanese cities of Hiroshima and Nagasaki is a story that produces strong emotions.  Many are opposed to the sites being added to the park system and rather than being commemorated believe the sites should be destroyed and forgotten.  But one of the United States' strongest qualities is our willingness to confront controversial subjects.  Some of our darkest chapters in history are told and preserved in the national park system.  For example, the Park Service protects sites where Japanese Americans were interned during World War II, or the site of American Indian massacres or civil rights riots. 

America grows stronger when it confronts controversial subjects and invites all sides to share their views.  The Manhattan Project National Historical Park will be another in a long line of thought provoking parks

What are your thoughts?

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