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A9 MONDAY, FEBRUARY 11, 2019 | SPRINGFIELD NEWS-SUN | COMPLETE. IN-DEPTH. DEPENDABLE. IDEAS& VOICES OURPROMISETOYOU ■ ■ ■ To provide an open forum of community voices. To present balanced views. To seek solutions to important regional problems. LOCALVOICES TODAY’S MODERATOR Weneedto be ready in casewe evermeet ET for putting our best face forward: Stop killing each other, either one-on-one or nation-against-nation. Make peace the highest priority. Increase the number of people living and working in space so we don’t have all of humanity’s eggs in one basket, as it were. Besides, outposts in space may give us early warning of ET’s arrival. Improve our ability to communicate with non-human life forms such as whales, dolphins, primates and octopuses to give us practice. In case No. 3 doesn’t work out, improve our defensive weapons systems. Never to be used on each other — only against space-borne threats. Paranoid, yes, but better to be prepared than enslaved. Eliminate all crime, Some of those planets orbit in a habitable zone — so there could be life there, listening in on our radio and television broadcasts from long ago. Yes, the signals have weakened, but is it possible extraterrestrials have sensitive enough detectors? After all, we recently detected repeating radio signals from somewhere, right? So, let’s say ETs may know we are here. What will they think of us? What would they make of humanity? Would they be impressed or revolted? Would they be friendly and understanding, or hostile and judgmental? The answer makes a huge difference as to the outcome of such a meeting. On the positive side, we do have time to make a difference. Here are a few recommendations me thinking: How will we react if it turns out we are not alone in the universe? There have been warnings by the late Stephen Hawking and Michio Kaku, who say the consequences for humanity meeting a more advanced culture will likely be disastrous. Historically, the less-advanced culture has always lost — and that would be us. Both Hawking and Kaku urge us to avoid making our presence known and hope ETs won’t notice us. But it seems we may already have made our presence known in this corner of the galaxy. Our first radio transmission was made in 1906, and is still heading away from earth, deep into space at the speed of light. It has covered 113 lightyears, an area containing over 7,400 star systems, each likely with planets. across the board. Stop building walls; build bridges. Expand global markets. A rising tide lifts all boats. Maximize sustainable energy — solar, wind power, geo-thermal — proving we can live in harmony with our environment. Put greater effort into treating each other with fairness, concern, kindness and respect. Start a movement and put elected officials on notice this is our collective priority. We need leadership to reach these goals, not posturing andfinger-pointing. Interestingly, the things we could do to impress ET will, in the long run, be good for us. Hard? Yes, but this can all be done. ByDavidLyttle 6. 1. You may have noticed, space has been getting a lot of attention in the news these days. The Chinese have landed a rover on the far side of the moon, a weird unidentifiable sliver of something or other moved on an unpredictable path through our solar system — and, most interestingly to me, scientists recently picked up repeating radio signals from somewhere in deep space. Ron Rollins, who edits these pages, noted the latter in his daily “Today’s Moderator” column not too long ago, citing a Newsweek story that got 7. RonRollins CommunityImpact Editor 2. Tired at your desk? 8. Lyttle 9. 3. Does your desk job make you tired? Plenty of us would say yes, and why it’s so is a bit of a mystery. According to Vox.com: “This question actually lies very close to one of the more hotly contested issues in psychology: What causes mental fatigue? Why is desk work so depleting?” Scientists, the article reports, have some ideas on this. “One hypothesis is resource depletion. That is, throughout the day, we draw on a limited store of mental energy. ... When our willpower stores get used up, we get tired.“The other hypothesis involves motivation. ... We become less motivated to do the task. We become drawn to the things we want to do, rather than the things we have to do. And this tension possibly causes fatigue.” Your thoughts? Email me at [email protected] 4. Centerville writerDavid Lyttle works for the city ofDayton’s HumanRelations Council. 5. FROMTHELEFTJACKOHMAN FROMTHERIGHTMIKE LESTER YOURTHOUGHTSCOUNT: We’reworking hard to present a variety of views. Send letters to [email protected] BALANCED VIEWS FROMTHE LEFT FROMTHE RIGHT Conservatives’ scare tactics on ‘socialism’ are dishonest Finally pulling the plug on temporary immigration socialism. What do Trump’s people, or conservatives in general, mean by “socialism”? The answer is, it depends. Sometimes it means any kind of economic liberalism. Other times, however, it means Soviet-style central planning, or Venezuela-style nationalization of industry, never mind the reality that there is essentially nobody in American political life who advocates such things. The trick — and “trick” is the right word — involves shuttling between these utterly different meanings, and hoping that people don’t notice. You say you want free college tuition? Think of all the people who died in the Ukraine famine! So let’s talk about what’s really on the table. What Americans who support “socialism” actually want is what the rest of the world calls social democracy: A market economy, but with extreme hardship limited by a strong social safety net and extreme inequality limited by progressive taxation. They want us to look like Denmark, not Venezuela. And in case you haven’t been there, the Nordic countries are not, in fact, hellholes. They have somewhat lower GDP per capita than we do, but that’s largely because they take more vacations. Compared with America, they have higher life expectancy, much less poverty and significantly higher overall life satisfaction. The Democrats have weaponized America’s grace against itself. There is a very simple reason that Omar’s SOTU guest and hundreds of thousands like her from 10 different countries have been threatened with deportation. They were allowed to enter, stay and work here because of the extraordinary generosity of the United States of America. And now, after decades of our government’s largesse, their time is finally up. The Temporary Protected Status and Deferred Enforced Departure programs were established as part of the Immigration Act of 1990, signed by Republican President George H.W. Bush. The idea was to create an orderly way to deal compassionately with foreigners who could not return to their home countries due to natural disasters, hurricanes, environmental catastrophes, civil war, epidemics and other “extraordinary and temporary conditions.” TPS designees won threeyear renewable passes to live and work here, travel freely and enjoy immunity from detention or deportation. Participants were originally required to provide proof that they arrived here on an eligible date, committed no more than two misdemeanors and no felonies and maintained a continuous presence in the country. But the programs are dangerously rife with unchecked document fraud, including unknown numbers of TPS winners who have used multiple aliases and faked their Oh, and they have high levels of entrepreneurship — because people are more willing to take the risk of starting a business when they know they won’t lose their health care or plunge into abject poverty if they fail. What about the slippery slope from liberalism to totalitarianism? There’s absolutely no evidence that it exists. Medicare didn’t destroy freedom. So scaremongering over socialism is both silly and dishonest. But will it be politically effective? Probably not. After all, voters overwhelmingly support most of the policies proposed by American “socialists,” including higher taxes on the wealthy and making Medicare available to everyone. On the other hand, we should never discount the power of dishonesty. Right-wing media will portray whomever the Democrats nominate as the second coming of Leon Trotsky, and millions will believe them. Let’s just hope that the rest of the media report the clean little secret of American socialism, which is that it isn’t radical at all. country of origin to qualify. And without a fully functioning biometric entryexit database in place to track temporary foreign visitors, there’s no way to track all the TPS enrollees. These “temporary” amnesties have become endless, interminable residency plans for unlawful border crossers, visa overstayers and deportation evaders from around the world. They are not, and never were, entitled to be here. Entry into our country is a privilege, not a right. That’s not “hateful.” It’s the stance that every modern, industrialized sovereign nation takes toward noncitizens. Trump is the first commander in chief to challenge the temporary-inname-only farce since the creation of the program. At least 3,700 Liberians like Clark have been here since 1991 on TPS because of civil wars that ended 16 years ago. President Bill Clinton first ordered Deferred Enforced Departure (discretionary deportation delays) for this group in 1999, arguing that the country was still unstable. Nineteen years later, after multiple extensions by Presidents Bush and Obama, Trump finally determined that it was safe for these guests to return to their homeland. If President Trump can’t pull the plug on this interminable charade, no one can. Once again, my old adage will prove true: There is no such thing as a “temporary” amnesty. PaulKrugman Michelle Malkin In 1961, America faced what conservatives considered a mortal threat: calls for a national health insurance program covering senior citizens. In an attempt to avert this awful fate, the American Medical Association launched what it called Operation Coffee Cup, a pioneering attempt at viral marketing. Here’s how it worked: Doctors’ wives (hey, it was 1961) were asked to invite friends over and play them a recording in which Ronald Reagan explained that socialized medicine would destroy freedom. The housewives, in turn, were supposed to write letters to Congress denouncing Medicare. Obviously, the strategy didn’t work; Medicare not only came into existence, but it became so popular that these days Republicans routinely (and falsely) accuse Democrats of planning to cut the program’s funding. But the strategy — claiming that any attempt to strengthen the social safety net or limit inequality will put us on a slippery slope to totalitarianism — endures. And so it was that Donald Trump, in his State of the Union address, briefly turned from his usual warnings about scary brown people to warnings about the threat from Crying “hate” is a lazy way to debate. But in the Beltway, where honest discussion and vigorous deliberation are desperately needed, the rhetorical sloth is so thick you need a Big Foot circular saw to cut it. Take Minnesota Democratic Rep. Ilhan Omar, who thrust a Liberian immigrant, Linda Clark, into the limelight as her State of the Union special guest and poster child. “She has lived here over 18 years,” Rep. Omar lamented, “and there’s no reason she should be taken from her family.” Ahead of the annual address to Congress on Tuesday, Rep. Omar blasted President Donald Trump for “threatening to deport” Clark and “thousands of Liberians for no reason other than hate.” Sigh. This is why the White House cannot deal in good faith with the unreasonable party of “abolish ICE!” “no walls!” “amnesty for all!” and “deportation equals hate!” PaulKrugmanwrites for the NewYorkTimes. FROM THELEFT FROM THERIGHT Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday Sunday PaulKrugman MarySanchez ClarencePage Frank Bruni E. J. DionneJr. Gail Collins LeonardPitts Michelle Malkin StarParker Jonah Goldberg Walter E. Williams Pat Buchanan Marc E. Thiessen GeorgeWill Michelle Malkin writes for Creators Syndicate. PRINTED AND DISTRIBUTED BY PRESSREADER PressReader.com +1 604 278 4604 ORIGINAL COPY . ORIGINAL COPY . ORIGINAL COPY . ORIGINAL COPY . ORIGINAL COPY . ORIGINAL COPY COPYRIGHT AND PROTECTED BY APPLICABLE LAW

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