Some events are so significant that the need for being reminded is a most valuable lesson of history. The actions of the North Korean government in January 1968 as they attacked and hijacked the USS Pueblo and its crew from international waters are deserving of such a reminder.

The crew of the USS Pueblo was imprisoned, starved and subjected to severe and unrelenting torture for 11 months. For a well-researched account of this tragic act of aggression, read “Act of War” by Jack Cheevers, published in December.

So, as many focus on other things, I remind each of you of this tragic event in our history. And yet this horrific regime continues to conduct itself in much the same manner as was done in 1968. And we continue to turn a collective blind eye to such events, past and present.

James Smith

North Yarmouth