Green Bank, others provide value data
CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- In response to the article "Byrd telescope may be axed," I ask, what are our national priorities?
The fact that scientifically important research is being cut from the National Science Foundation budget, possibly closing facilities in Green Bank, Sirocco, N.M., or Kitt Peak, Ariz., that are in their prime, which are already built and paid for, is insane. What has happened to this country that we cannot pay the operating cost of these important facilities?
Will we accept the closures of one or more of these facilities in order to build the Large Synoptic Survey Telescope that is to be built in Chile? I understand it is an important project, but is it important enough to close these state-of-the-art centers of research?
Education and research are the keys to the leadership and prosperity that has made America the world's leading superpower it is. Are we going to give this up to save a few dollars on our budget? Are leaders thinking ahead, or just thinking of the short term, cutting dollars to make themselves look good?
If you research the news, you will find that several companies have thousands of jobs that cannot be filled because people with the needed education cannot be found. Cuts in education and research will cost America its leadership and lower our standard of living in the future. Leadership and prosperity are not a given, they are earned. We need to look at the direction we are heading toward, and decide if that is the future we want.
Tips to avoid library parking problems
For those challenged by parking for the downtown library, let me offer a few hints:
* Spaces are more available in the morning, especially before 10 a.m.
* Try Quarrier Street first.
* If that doesn't work, circle around and check Capitol, then Summers and Laidley.
My wife and I, in our 70s, almost always find a spot within a couple of blocks of the library.
* Call the library and have your books sent down to the drive-in window. You can select them online.
* Use the WVDELI service to get electronic books and other media.