Letters to the Editor

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Tag: nasa

Jan.
21st

CLIMATE: Politics outweigh facts for columnist

Re: “GOP stays stubborn about climate change” (Eugene Robinson column, 1-21).

About all anyone needs to know about climate change hysteria can be found in Robinson’s column. He writes, “We now know that 2014 was the hottest year in recorded history.”

Huh. If you actually read the source paper providing data for NASA’s press release on which Robinson relies, its Columbia University authors say: “The three warmest years in the GISS temperature analysis, 2014, 2010, and 2005 in that order, can be considered to be in a statistical tie because of several sources of uncertainty, the largest source being incomplete spatial

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Jan.
9th

ENERGY: Hanford’s ideal for nuclear innovation

Re: “Small, modular reactors for Hanford?” (editorial, 1-7).

Congratulations on the editorial suggesting that we look at supporting a new nuclear industry in Washington state. You are right that Hanford is an ideal location for nuclear innovators. Your facts and arguments about nuclear power being safer than coal are solid.

The only item that gave a wrong impression was the paragraph stating that conventional reactors have an Achilles’ heel of requiring pumped cooling water in an emergency, and the new smaller reactors are safer because they have passive cooling incorporated into their design.

The nuclear power industry started including

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Sep.
4th

SPACE: Neil Armstrong, an American hero

“That’s one small step for (a) man, one giant leap for mankind.” July 20, 1969.

I teach a class at the University of Washington Tacoma titled “The History and Science of Space Exploration.” None of my students remember or were even born before Neil Armstrong walked on the moon.

Remember for a moment what it might be like to be a 12- year-old girl who prays at night for peace, for nuclear weapons not to destroy her life, her future, her home. Remember also, how the communist nation that is poised to attack is also ready to land on the

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April
20th

SPACE: Exploration far too expensive

I usually agree with Charles Krauthammer because he’s a conservative “thinker.” However, in his recent column (TNT, 4-20) about the retirement of the space shuttle fleet and the decline of NASA, I think he’s completely wrong. Rather than looking to the future, and the supposedly bleak picture of America’s technical prowess, Krauthammer needs to look to the past.

Throughout history, nations have continually sought to demonstrate their dominance on the world stage by being “No. 1″ in some arena of human endeavor. At one time, for example, Americans thought that the standard of dominance was measured in feet –

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