United States must maintain its dominance in space race
Fifty years ago, America was involved in a space race with the Soviet Union. It culminated in sending a manned space capsule to the moon and back. It was a resounding success. United Sates was the winner of that space race.
Today, domestic competition between private companies and NASA is heating up. A new era of manned exploration is taking a central stage.
However, another nation is also competing in the space race. It is China.
China is only the third country in the world that has independently sent humans into space.
It is planning to launch its own permanent space station in 2020 and a manned expedition to the moon.
One of its goals is to construct space based solar power satellites that would beam energy back to earth. With such ambitious plans, China is accelerating the space race!
During the next decade, the United States must make an even greater financial investment in space exploration.
The implications and rewards are enormous.
There will be spinoff innovations that produce useful items for all humans, greater world political leadership, superior weather predictions and better technologies for future exploration of the cosmos – humanities’ greatest frontier.
Looking towards the heavens makes our lives on earth much better while protecting our mother earth. If we do not make the investment, China is heading toward supremacy of commercial space exploration.
Thus, who is going to win the next space race?
Corporate greed overrides merits of self-regulation
I have been an advocate of selfregulation. However, the March 30 op-ed cartoon by Adam Zyglis (“A brief history of self-regulation…”) gives me good reason to reconsider my position.
In all cases, following disaster, the corporate executives promise that they will do everything they can to prevent another occurrence.
Yet, why did they not do everything they could to prevent the first? My best guess – money.
Response to Chick-fil-A exposes far-left leanings
Amazing, Assemblyman Sean Ryan a leftist social justice lemming raising concerns over Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority’s deal with Delaware North Cos. to bring Chick-fil-A to the airport.
Ryan’s mindless babble on this topic is just another prime example of why term limits are desperately needed here in New York State along with our federal and local governments.
With all the trouble that New York State is facing (fiscally, loss of population and decaying infrastructure) it’s difficult to comprehend Ryan’s most recent bloviations about plastic bag and straw use, now about NFTA’s deal concerning Chick-fil-A.
Seems our little social justice warrior forgot about that pesky part of the U.S. Constitution’s First Amendment that guarantees religious liberty. Chick-fil-A officials have never promoted hate; they’re simply observing and staying true to their religious beliefs.
Also, doesn’t the NFTA’s deal concerning Chick-fil-A simply reflect the widespread popularity of Chick-fil-A’s product offerings? A logical extension of Ryan’s thinking is
I read the March 28 Another Voice submitted by two of the members of the WNY Peace Center.
They state that Buffalo Police officer Corey Krug was acquitted on the three charges brought against him “for some reason.”
For their information, acquittal is determined by the jury when there is insufficient evidence to convict. I’d say that’s reason enough.
As far as retribution for accusing any officer of excessive force, the complainant in this case was later arrested for marijuana possession because it’s against the law, at least for now.
As far as the Supreme Court “eroding citizens’ protections from abuse by policing forces,” have you heard of the Miranda warning?
Among other rights granted to suspects is the right to free counsel.
Yes, Krug was represented by an excellent attorney, but it certainly wasn’t free. True, there are police officers who use excessive force, but they are few and far between.
Perhaps the WNY Peace Center is not aware of the rigorous psychological testing all recruits are subjected to, to determine their mental state, and tendencies to be unfair or brutal.
If they don’t pass these tests, they are not accepted to the academy.
Scott is indeed an odd choice to oversee health care reform
President Trump assigned Sen. Rick Scott with the task of repealing Obamacare.
Scott was the CEO of a for profit health care system in Florida.
He resigned in disgrace after his company was fined $1.7 billion for Medicare fraud.
On a recent Sunday, Scott was on “Face the Nation” and could not answer one question coherently about the consequences of repeal and replace.
The Republicans have no plan of their own, they just want to trash Obamacare.
Once again Trump only gives us his best people.
I hope people remember this when they vote in 2020.