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Published: Wednesday, April 11 2012 12:00 a.m. MDT

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Joan Watson
TWIN FALLS, ID

The decision to test on American soil or anywhere else in this world nuclear weaponry should not be left to the military complex - and that includes scientists. The effects of such testing that took the lives of so many in Utah should always remain another example of "mans inhumanity to man."

PeanutGallery
Salt Lake City, UT

I realize I'm not an "expert" like the people Beck has listed who support the ban. But I think signing the ban would be a BIG mistake. With what we know now, testing can be done in ways that are safe, such as underground or otherwise. Without the U.S. nuclear arsenal, the world would be a much more dangerous place, because rogue dictators would feel much freer to attack us and other peaceful nations.

Our nuclear arsenal needs updating, and periodic testing is a vital part of that. Some of the "experts" say testing is no longer necessary, but I'm very skeptical of that claim.

Hemlock
Salt Lake City, UT

Radiation is a serious health risk, but many more people in Utah have died of tobacco related diseases than have died as downwinders. Neither is acceptable. The only check the US has on Pakistan, North Korea and soon Iran is our nuclear capability. Don't leave it up to scientists or the military? On whom shall we depend for a rational policy, one trick pony anti-nuclear protesters? We call medical Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) by that name because the original name of Nuclear Magnetic Imaging was protested by those who wanted "no nukes."

Happy Valley Heretic
Orem, UT

With over 5,000 tests in the Nevada desert, enough is enough or like other children do they just like to "hear the boom."

The Skeptical Chymist
SALT LAKE CITY, UT

At this point in time, our computational abilities are good enough that testing is no longer needed. The scientists employed by the Department of Energy already perform very high quality simulations of nuclear devices. In fact, they are so good that there is no longer a need for actual tests.

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