United States must main­tain its dom­i­nance in space race

The Buffalo News - - OPINION - W. John Kozin­ski William D. Morrison Thomas J. Walsh, Sr. Ken­neth C. Pit­man

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?

West Seneca

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.

Ham­burg

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.

Wil­liamsville

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.

Lan­caster

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