On Oct. 24, The Wall Street Journal published a story about Vladimir Putin and Russia’s large-scale, new preparations for a possible nuclear war with the United States.
On a local level, here in Asheville, I have seen nothing in any of our area media reporting on this, as well as nothing on the large number of news stories that have just appeared elsewhere concerning Putin’s statements about the very real possibility of nuclear war and Russian spending on upgrades for nuclear bomb shelters in major cities, radiation defensive gear, gas masks, food storage and actual widespread nuclear drills in Russian major cities.
In addition to this, the treaty between the U.S. and Russia for control and disposal of weapons-grade nuclear materials no longer exists because President Obama is moving the MOX [mixed oxide fuel] facility (where this is done) out of South Carolina and did this without first notifying the Russians, and their response was that this treaty will no longer be in effect.
Recently, I called Mayor [Esther] Manheimer’s office and suggested that the mayor and City Council needed to be aware of all this and think about Asheville’s readiness for a nuclear strike on the U.S. Of course, her aide who answered the phone laughed and listened, but I could tell he thought I was nuts. I am not, and this is why I am writing a letter for publication in Mountain Xpress.
This NPR story covers the issues well: http://www.npr.org/sections/parallels/2016/10/28/499754655/a-dangerous-situation-as-u-s-russia-tensions-spill-over-to-nuclear-pacts
— John Penley