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Keep pushing new frontier

Published: Friday, Jan. 31, 2014 5:30 a.m. CDT

To the Editor:

First, I want to thank all the snowplows that clean our roads and parking lots, giving us a path to travel. To our mechanics who keep our cars running through this polar vortex, thank you.

I recently read about China reaching the moon. I salute them, but some think this will turn into another space race.

My concern (according to the article I read) is that while America is still ahead in space technology, America should not be behind in exploration.

We talk of money and the uselessness of continuing it, but I disagree with that sentiment.We need to explore to strengthen the spirit of this nation.

I often think of Christa McAuliffe. When she and her Challenger pioneers were headingfor space, many could not wait for her to teach from space.

Despite what happened, we owe it to their spirits to get back there. We owe it to all who have risked their lives to continue to be second to none – as President Kennedy said we were, and I think we still are.

Yes, NASA needs funding, but we also need a re-emergence of the new frontier, a set of challenges not promises; pioneers and pathfinders not standing still.

America must lead again.

Bob DeLacy Jr.

Marengo

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