As we mark the anniversaries of the dropping of the atom bombs on Hiroshima and Nagasaki, I would like to voice my opinion.

Japan was ready to die for the emperor. His decision to surrender rather than have the entire Japanese people commit suicide saved 30 million or more Japanese lives and probably over 500,000 American lives. If you had experienced death and killing as I had, then you would not be so free to criticize President Harry Truman's decision to stop the war.

I quote a greatly respected American, George Romney, "When the present sits in judgment of the past, the future is lost."

I say again. Thanks to you, President Harry Truman

C. Mont Mahoney

Salt Lake City