Reader's View: US needs to sign nuclear-weapons treaty

From the letter: "What do we have to lose by working together to solve the current violent situation with peaceful means?"

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I am an American, so I am able to say that I am opposed to our country continuing to be involved in a very serious and crazy-dangerous conflict on behalf of NATO, as a result of the war in Ukraine with Russia. Each day we spend millions of dollars in military aid rather than humanitarian aid so we can see these two countries resolve their differences. These are taxpayer dollars that would be much better spent on climate-change solutions, rebuilding following weather disruptions, world famine relief, peaceful diplomacy efforts, and health care for all countries of the world.

I hope there are other citizens who can join me in saying let’s prioritize a full-scale diplomatic response, offer compromises like pursuing peaceful ways out of the current conflict, promote ending the senseless targeting of civilians, and de-escalate the talk of nuclear threats by offering impartial negotiation.

What do we have to lose by working together to solve the current violent situation with peaceful means? Contact Minnesota Sens. Tina Smith and Amy Klobuchar and 8th Congressional District Rep. Pete Stauber, and encourage them to get the U.S. to sign the Treaty for the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons. Already, 166 nations have signed, but not our country.

All our lives may be at stake if we fail to take the right steps now.

Nina Preheim



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