Recently, the second annual day of remembrance for downwinders was commemorated in Salt Lake City. Decades of nuclear testing in Nevada resulted in a heavy human toll of sickness and death, as well as a regrettable legacy of distrust.
Fortunately, the outmoded Cold War mind-set is changing. Chuck Hagel, President Barack Obama's nominee for secretary of defense, supports efforts to reduce and eventually eliminate nuclear weapons ("Hagel supports nuclear arms cuts, then elimination," Tribune, Jan. 30).
Global Zero's step-by-step, multi-lateral plan to arrive at a world without nuclear weapons has been inaccurately characterized, but it offers our best hope for arms reductions and nonproliferation.