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Many budgets that sustain and enrich American lives have been threatened in the past year. But not the military budget. Cold War military spending continues.

Negotiations are under way in Geneva for a Comprehensive Test Ban Treaty. Yet, voices in the Pentagon are urging that we change our position and negotiate for a Low Threshold Treaty, which would allow testing up to the equivalent 500 tons of TNT. Such a nuclear weapon would be 200 times more powerful than the blast that leveled the Oklahoma City federal building.During the Cold War, the United States, and at times the Soviet Union, led the way to the development of nuclear weapons of greater and greater sophistication. These developments did not make us more secure. If we lead the way in making mini-nukes, surely other countries will follow our example. Will we then be more secure? I think not.

There is an alternative. We can make a firm commitment to a Comprehensive Test Ban Treaty not allowing any nuclear weapons testing whatsoever.

Since the atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, more than 2,000 nuclear weapons tests have harmed human health and the environment as they fueled the nuclear arms race at a cost to U.S. taxpayers of $4 trillion.

I urge Deseret News readers to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the bombing of Nagasaki by calling President Clinton at 1-202-456-1111 to share ideas on how our government could obtain greater global security.

Deb Sawyer

Chairwoman, Writing to Reduce Weapons

Salt Lake City