Red Headed Stepchild
(The Barrett family memoir of Navy Life)
by Sophie Ruth Meranski with photos

 

p46 #1004 Mount Rainier from Nisqually Valley July 1947
Jack Barrett photo -During three day visit weather was very rainy, and Jack Barrett obtained this photo on final day during a ninety minute break in clouds.The Barretts planned this trip for several years in Hawaii while waiting for return of peace. Jack's father died in August l942, while the family were in Hawaii, but Jack's sister Mollie came out from South boston in June l947 and joined the family at San Francisco for tour including Yoemite, Monterey, Salinas, Redwoods, Crater Lake, Williameete Valley, Portland, Columbia River highwazay and waterfalls, Mount Rainier, Ritzville, Spokane, Pend Oreille Lake in Idaho north panhandle, Glacier Park, Yellowstone and Grand Teton.At Bismarck, North Dakota the axle of the l937 Lincoln Zephyr borke, and Mollie had to take train back to her job at Metropolitan Life Insurance south Boston office after six weeks vacation.The Barretts used Irving Melbo's "Our Country's National Parks" in planning their trip. They had a collection of stereo "Viewmaster" views from Sawyer's company of Portland Oregon. It was necessary to cut Olympic National Park from the original plan of the trip. -- 1983 TEXT A PROPOSAL FOR NUCLEAR - WEAPON - FREE CITIES John B. Barrett, jr. Congress should prohibit deployment, storage, transportation, or manufacture of nuclear weapons within forty or fifty miles of urban populations. The United States & Soviet Union on a bilateral basis should agree to create and de-target nuclear-weapon-free zones around all cities. A citizen should have a legal, constitituional right not to have nuclear weapons placed in his back yard in an urban area, both on safety grounds and from doctrines relating to the law of war. Under the law of war it is probably a crime to bomb an unarmed civilian population. But a warship with nuclear weapons is probably a legal target. Why make San Francisco, Honolulu, New York, Boston, or any city a legal target under the laws of war? The Soviets has assured the Scandinavaina they will respect NUCLEAR - WEAPON -FREE ZONES. The century - old Hague Convention, the Nuremberg war crimes trials, the United Nations charter, and the American Catholic Bishops 1983 declaration on nuclear weapons all prohibit the deliberate killing of innocent civilians, unless they are near legitimate military targets. The Air Force has placed most of its missles in thinly populated regions like North Dakota. The Navy, however, has placed ships and nuclear weapons storage sites in areas like San Francisco and Pearl Harbor and plans to deploy hundreds of nuclear cruise missles at Staten Island, New York. Nicholas Yost of the Center for Law in the Public interest in Washington DC has a suit pending in the DC Court of Appeals on the failure of Caspar Weinberger to file Environmental Impact Statements on the MX under the National Environmental Policy Act. In July Mr. Yost also agreed to handle the environmental legal challenge to the Battleship IOWA Task Force. Environmetal Impact Statements should include Worst Case Scenarios -a nuclear accident or a war that could kill one billion people, Mr. Yost argues in his MX brief. Dr. Carl Johnson, a public health official in Jefferson county, Colorado, who investigated the medical consequences of a nuclear acident at Rocky Flats. recommends that "from a public health viewpoint nuclear weapons facilities should be located at least forty miles from population centers, in isolated parts of the country." Following a 1957 fire at a nuclear weapons plant,Dr. Johnson says he knows of at least 241 people who have chromosome damage from plutonium body burdens. In a population ner the plant Johnson found an excess of 24 per cent of all cancers in males and ten per cent in females. Constitutional amendments may be desirable to restore local control to states and cities over nuclear weapons hazards. There is a substantial popular movement to create nuclear-free zones, but the constitutionality of state and local laws is doubtful. Congress needs to take action, perhaps by constitutional amendment. Speaking in Boston June 25, 1983 the noted British historian and anti-nuclear activist Edward P. Thompson stated that a major nuclear weapons accident is almost inevitable in the next ten years. Commnenting on plans to station nuclear cruise missles in Boston, New York, or Newport, he remarked, "It is absolutely criminal to base these missles in a heavily populated center." He called for international solidarity in the peace movements of American & Europe & east & west. Stephen Talbot of public television station KQED made an important study of nuclear weapons facilites around San Francisco.
Subject: Mount Rainier (Y)
Year: 1947July9