Nuclear attacks are an obscenity
The interview with Bert Brown was very moving and I don't want to criticise or challenge anything he said ("Eye witness to the bomb that ended the war", Mercury, February 23).
Yes, to him it must have seemed as if the bomb itself had ended the war, but we know better now.
Even Churchill acknowledged Japan was on the point of surrendering – there's a lot of evidence that America slowed down channels of communication so Japan would have no chance of coming to terms with the Allies before the dropping of the two bombs.
And there were two – Hiroshima was devastating enough, but then the second one on Nagasaki was inexcusable.
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Even today, in the areas around Hiroshima and Nagasaki, there's a far greater incidence of birth deformities than elsewhere.
Is it right to go on punishing unborn children? Nuclear weapons are an unspeakable obscenity and should be banned.
Liz Brandow, Member of Leicester CND.
Scott Winterton asked whether I am "a vegetarian or something?" ("Quick question", Mailbox, February 18). It was probably a rhetorical question, but I will answer.
As far as possible, I follow a vegan lifestyle. In dietary terms, this means I do not knowingly eat any food of animal origin, including eggs and dairy and any products containing them.
I have followed a vegan diet for seven years with no ill effects or vitamin deficiencies.
As diabetes is prevalent in my family, I recently took the opportunity of a free health check. The results showed no sign of diabetes; my cholesterol was 4.7; my BMI (Body Mass Index) was 19.03 and my blood pressure was normal.
To put this into context, I am 64 and never felt healthier. In the past, I was a meat-eater. I was also a fat couch potato who smoked like a chimney and drank like a fish.
I no longer drink alcohol and I am a slim, non-smoking vegan who works out regularly.
The moral of this is it is never too late to make lifestyle changes.
I hope this answers your question, Scott.
Elizabeth Allison, Aylestone.