Sunday, January 29, 2012

Articles of Interest

It's nice having Florida Today as my hometown newspaper, because almost every issue has something newsworthy on space exploration.

In today's Sunday edition are two commentaries by Florida Today columnists.

Space columnist John Kelly writes that Republican candidates are short on the details when it comes to space policy.

Opinion page editor Matt Reed writes that Newt Gingrich has a seductive space plan but his political legacy suggests he may be insincere.

Reporter Patrick Peterson writes that Brevard County's economy is on the rebound thanks in part to the new commercial space industry. The apocalyptic claims made when the Shuttle program ended have turned out to be wrong, and local officials have learned that economic diversity is the key to survival.

Reporter Dave Berman writes about Saturday's astronaut memorial in Titusville.

1 comment:

  1. [begin snarl] The problem with Newt Gingrich is not that his interest in space programs might be "insincere," it's that he strikes many folks as a flake.

    Consider having a moon base, particularly a big capable moon base. Sounds like a decent idea, right? Expensive, but perhaps the cost can be justified, or made to seem reasonable.

    Consider Newt's moon base: Big and capable, but not costly, because we'll rely on private industry to do all the design and construction. Private enterprise motivated as only profit seeking firms can be -- by prizes, for less than 10% of what Uncle Sam might spend! And built quickly too, before the end of the second Gingrich administration -- no sharing of credit with Democrats, except safely dead ones like Kennedy. And it'll accomplish ... Things! Great American Things! To inspire us all!

    All of which musch be eccapted as a package, rather than debated item by itemn, all of this from a politician of dubious morality whose personal claim to fame is lambasting other politicians for their immorality!

    Right objectives, perhaps glorious intentions. But Newt Gingrich's embrace adds slime rather than luster to the goal of human space flight. [end snarl]