Ann editorial A St. Louis Post-Dispatch article reprinted in the Star Tribune on November 21 asks why America is back in the “big cold rock of space.” why?
NASA administrator Bill Nelson answers on PBS NewsHour. segment: “We don’t have the ability to go to Mars. Learning to live and work on the moon will help us.”
What we already know about both the Moon and Mars is that their atmospheres do not support life as we know it. The oxygen concentration in the atmosphere of Mars is 0.16%.
According to PBS NewsHour, the estimated total cost of the Artemis project to the planned 2025 moon landing is $93 billion. The first phase was significantly over cost and took twice as long as he expected. Will a partnership with SpaceX help reduce costs? Probably, but that goes against the central question.
Isn’t it too early for Congress to ask, “Is Artemis basically a NASA self-preservation project?”
John F. Hick, St. Paul
The editorial happily discusses the Artemis project to bring astronauts back to the moon and eventually to Mars. It focuses on the technological advances that have come from the space program. yes.
However, the Artemis project will cost nearly $100 billion. Considering how much other countries spend on their own projects (such as building China’s space station or sending a crew to the moon), the cost is truly mind-boggling.
Could money be put to better use in addressing the impending climate change crisis?
Nick Baker, Roseville
“A New Frontier in Abortion” (front page Nov. 20) is, in a way, a minor inconvenience for Red River Women’s Clinic, formerly in Fargo and now relocating to Moorhead, as the U.S. Supreme Court overturned Roe v. Wade. It explains that it sounds like But this is like the tip of the iceberg that sank the Titanic, or a slight cough to anyone who stepped off a transpacific flight in early 2020. However, the problem portends far worse disaster than a sinking ship or a pandemic.
The Supreme Court’s irresponsible ruling, coupled with the continued irresponsibility of a dysfunctional Congress, is an iceberg that has the potential to destroy America. It’s not just a ship named after our country — it’s our country!
There have always been minor differences in laws from state to state. When I was a kid, you couldn’t buy margarine in Minnesota. Differences like those in North Dakota crossing the Red River for medical care create inconveniences. But Dobbs’ ruling overturning the Roe v. Wade decision puts us on the road to potentially felony prosecution for Fargo women who visited Moorhead for legal proceedings in Moorhead.
She returned to Fargo. Not only that, but now the Moorhead clinic employee could be arrested and charged with a felony the next time she shopped or dine at her West Acres Mall. Not a reasonable scenario, but a perfectly plausible one.
U.S. Senator Lindsay Graham recently introduced a national abortion policy proposal that would allow abortions before 15 weeks of age, but prohibit abortions after 15 weeks, with certain exceptions. Graham’s proposal was shot down by extremists on both ends of the abortion debate, killing him instantly. I often disagree with Graham. I suspect his mid-September proposal was more an effort to save the Republican chances in the midterm elections than to save the nation.
But a national abortion policy is exactly what we need. Compromise on either side will not satisfy abortion extremists, but the alternative is chaos—peaceful or otherwise that could lead to the collapse of “America.” Anyone interested in the issue should write to Senators and Representatives demanding a national abortion policy.
John K. Trepp, Minneapolis
Featured article in the Minnesota section on November 20th — “Redlined, now one of the victims of internet inequality” This suggests that people in black townships are deliberately overcharged for internet access. This can make problem solving more difficult than easier.
A basic economic fact is that it costs more (per megabyte) to provide Internet service to poor and rural areas than it does to wealthy urban areas. This is because the cost of laying cables or fiber optics to carry the signal between neighbors is only slightly dependent on the total amount of bandwidth provided.
Wealthy regions with high subscriber density have lower costs per subscriber or per megabyte than regions with lower subscriber density.
I think it’s a good idea for people in wealthy neighborhoods to subsidize basic internet services to poorer neighborhoods. It promotes socioeconomic mobility by making education and connectivity accessible to all. If advocates put it this way, I think most people in these affluent neighborhoods would agree and be willing to pay such subsidies through their Internet bills.
If proponents base their arguments on demonizing service providers through “red-line” comparisons that ignore basic economics, sales are much harder.
Peter Fisher, Falcon Heights
I am a retired physics professor.
The November 20th Minnesota section featured a photo of Birdie the Smooth Collie getting ready for the All Breed Dog Show at the Canterbury Park Expo Center (“Looking for a more attractive look. hand”). The photo shows a woman wielding scissors cutting off this ill-fated dog’s muzzle in preparation for the show.
Anyone who cares about dogs will understand the importance of a dog’s whiskers. Nose whiskers are essential for communicating information to a dog’s nervous system, helping them to sense the environment, judge distance, and find food and water. There is also one. Whiskers are essential to a dog’s health and removing whiskers puts a lot of stress on the animal. The Minneapolis Kennel Club recommends that this practice be stopped immediately as it is just another form of animal cruelty.
Vicky Sinha, Eden Prairie