Heaven knows it isn’t often I’m in agreement with an editorial opinion on these pages, but “Nuclear hedge against climate change” (May 22) comes quite close.

There is much to commend nuclear energy. But one of the things that has held nuclear power back is what to do with the spent fuel. For a number of reasons, this is a contrived problem.

First, safe space has been prepared to centralize the storage of all of the country’s nuclear waste at Yucca Mountain in Nevada. Fortunately, Energy Secretary Rick Perry wants to renew the licensing process for Yucca Mountain.

About 95 percent of the material contained in spent fuel rods can be recycled and reused to generate more electricity.

The fear that recycling waste could lead to nuclear proliferation has shown to be bogus. France regularly recycles spent fuel rods without it leading to nuclear proliferation.

Countries as diverse as France, North Korea, Russia, Pakistan, Israel and indeed the U.S. have all developed nuclear weapons without resorting to using recycled fuel. The same will be true for Iran.

It is well within our capability to deal with nuclear waste. What it will take is political will. Hopefully the Trump administration will take the bull by the horns and get things moving.

Peter Skurkiss

Stow

Forgotten service

On this Memorial Day weekend, I would like to thank an often forgotten group of Americans for their sacrifices. That group is the men and women who proudly serve in the U.S. Merchant Marine.

This group of patriots took part in all the invasions in World War II and each conflict since. In WWII, 6,800 merchant seamen and 1,810 Armed Guard (U.S. Navy members assigned to Merchant Marine ships) gave their lives for our country.

Ninety-five percent of the cargo to support our armed services to bring peace in Europe and Asia was carried by the U.S. Merchant Marine fleet. The Merchant Marine lost more than 800 ships.

If each Memorial Day speaker said just a little something about the job the U.S. Merchant Marine did, and the men and women they lost, it would help bring the U.S. Merchant Marine back to the public eye.

I am proud to have served my country during WWII through the U.S. Merchant Marine. The freedoms we have as a country are a result of those sacrifices.

James Hughson

Wadsworth