Letters to the Editor — Feb. 22, 2023

Beware the energy ‘fear mongering’

In Don Brunell’s recent guest opinion (“America needs U.S. Navy’s nuclear expertise to meet electricity demands,” Sequim Gazette, Feb. 15, page A-16), he points out the need for nuclear power technology. The technology has far surpassed the hysteria of the 1960s and 1970s. We have no need for Jane Fonda’s uninformed thoughts of then. Nuclear leaks and meltdowns have been, so far, by scientists, physicists and nuclear scientists have far exceeded the “fear mongering” aimed at the public.

I don’t even want to address the wrong thinking against clean coal, natural gas and propane gas! I’m getting a new gas stove while I can!

Oh yes, the problems with electric cars and the pollution they create with the disposal of their battery’s not to mention the cost of replacing these battery’s. May as well buy a new car!

Austin Reeves


Religious bigotry adds fuel to persecution in China

Sequim resident Marsha Maguire’s Feb. 15 letter (“Consider the source,” Sequim Gazette, A-16) calls Falun Gong, a spiritual practice in the Buddhist tradition, a cult by citing a paper presented at a forum in China sponsored by its communist regime. I wish that source had been considered as well.

U.S. Congress has passed five bi-partisan resolutions in support of Falun Gong (faluninfo.net/united-states-government). HR 605 (congress.gov/bill/111th-congress/house-resolution/605/text) passed in 2010 reads: “Chinese authorities have devoted extensive time and resources over the past decade worldwide to distributing false propaganda claiming that Falun Gong is a suicidal and militant ‘evil cult’ rather than a spiritual movement which draws upon traditional Chinese concepts of meditation and exercise.”

Falun Gong’s meditation exercises and core principles of “Truth, Compassion, and Tolerance” have brought inner peace and better health to tens of millions of people worldwide.

Like other religions, Falun Gong holds traditional views in terms of sexual ethics. But Falun Gong practitioners make no attempt to impose these views on non-practitioners, and respect others’ freedom of having different lifestyles.

Though the Epoch Times was founded by some Chinese Americans who practice Falun Gong, it doesn’t represent Falun Gong. AllSides, an organization monitoring media bias, rated Epoch Times’ news reporting as lean right, but with less bias than several other media, including New York Times, BBC, AP, Bloomberg (allsides.com/blog/how-readers-rated-media-bias-ap-bbc-and-epoch-times-and-more).

Anyone is welcome to disagree with the Epoch Times’ reporting. But to engage in character assassination by attacking its founders’ faith, incites bigotry and discrimination, and adds fuel to the terrible persecution of Falun Gong in China.

Diane Schneider