No mention was made in “U.S. students not showingenoughinterestinscience,technology” (Nov. 20 edition) concerning the space frontier and how it has been kept from the general populationforthelastnearlyhalfcentury.Spacehas been the elite province of an elite few (indistinguishablefromzeroaccesswithregardtothere being six to seven billion of the rest of us) for so long. The universe has been made a total authoritarian state province by the state over us. A great wall has been artificially put up separatingtherestofusfromaccesstotheuniverse, thus separating the rest of us from any sense of need or want for strength in the sciences. Civilization, learning, will to greater things, inevitably declines and falls after too long enclosures within great walls.
By a third generation still being monotonouslypromised“tomorrow,”or“somedaywhen timesarebetter,”ratherthan“today,”whatfrontiers have not been expanded, not been growth frontiers, fertile, vigorous, vital and alive, are dead or on the verge of death? There is a thing called “thermodynamics,” and a thing called “entropy.” They apply. If you don’t expand it, grow it, broaden it, deepen it, really use it hard, you lose it all. G. L. Bradford Jr. Louisville, Kentucky