A commentator above asks me a reasonable question regarding Obama’s ‘dismantling’ of the space program. I can’t answer as I was convinced as a child that by now, humans would be able to take vacations on L-5 or some other space station where work and recreation was a common event. The places our tax dollars have been wasted and the methods that waste has occurred defies even my vivid imagination. Instead of Americans living in space, mining the moon, and Terra-forming mars, harvesting metals from the gases of Jupiter and Saturn, I see the realization of a short story I thought could never happen. A man from a country in Africa, once a third world nation, comes to the USA on a visit and cannot believe the service oriented tourist stop we have become. He wonders at the pollution, the litter, and the squalor of the people as he recalls what we used to be when we led the world in science, space exploration, and education. I wish I had an answer for the person who asked the question of me, but I don’t. As I look at what is happening in the legislature, statehouses, and our environment I feel a certain helplessness. It can be turned around, but as long as American continue to vote for politicians who use fear and social issues to divide and weaken us, it is hard to be optimistic.I still hope tho.Respectfully and hopefully,C.
Stuart Carlson and Jerry Resler