Mission to Mars will not mend this country's problems

Published: Thursday, January 29, 2004 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Thursday, January 29, 2004 at 12:09 a.m.

Shakespeare wrote, "The fault, dear Brutus, lies not in our stars, but in ourselves." Likewise, solutions to the problems of this country and the rest of the world lay not in the cosmos but on this planet.

A list, not exhaustive, of these problems include: world hunger, homelessness, lack of health care for 40 million Americans and countless millions abroad, corporate fraud, the continuing contamination of our most precious life resources - clean water and air - the recent devaluation of our precious heritage of national parks, the current systematic erosion of our civil liberties, the effrontery and disdain recently shown to our former allies and the almost universal distrust of the rest of the world's nations toward our country.

President Bush, as he runs for reelection, has announced his decision to place a manned space station on the moon as a platform for a mission to Mars and beyond. This declaration is ideologically driven to serve as a diversion from the aforementioned problems, while ignoring the inherent dangers of such an undertaking and the enormous cost to future generations as it adds to our already staggering budget deficit.

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