After reading C.T. Ripley’s diatribe printed on March 2, “Stop talking about Heart Mountain,” I had to decompress for two days before responding. Being a grandfather, and father-in-law to three wonderful half-Japanese grandchildren and to a wonderful Japanese daughter-in-law, I take great umbrage to Ripley’s total ignorance of the devastation brought upon thousands of American citizens. History of this inhumane treatment of these citizens is replete with the total loss of their property and basic human rights to no avail, especially the defense of our western shore.
My grandchildren’s first-generation Japanese grandfather, and many of his male family members, enlisted in the U.S. Army and fought in Europe for this country that had taken away their property and rights as citizens, and years after this service this man was without hate about his, and his family’s loss. He was a proud American.
Mr. Ripley, there have been hundreds, if not, thousands of books published about World War II wherein the history of “Man’s inhumanity to man,” has been well-documented in all its horrid detail. You should go to your local library and check out, and read, some of these accounts, and I would suggest that a trip to Heart Mountain would be good for you, at least I would hope so.
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