Having been part of the Apollo program, it was a memorable week with all the celebrating of the 50th anniversary of the moon landing. It brought fond memories of all the people who strived to make that program a success and the ones who gave their lives in the pursuit of learning about outer space.

One aspect that wasn’t highlighted was the concise program that President Kennedy laid out to Congress on May 25, 1961: “That we will have a man on the moon in this decade.” Yes, politicians in those days did use the word “we.” That unbelievable program was accomplished, with the whole country behind it, in eight years and one month and once again put us light years ahead of Russia.

When we look at what we can accomplish when we have a competent president that leads instead of divides, it is wonderful. However, when we look at the last couple of decades, not only have we had incompetent presidents, we have had worse legislators. They have given us trillions of dollars in debt. They can’t, in three decades, write an integration law. They have gotten us into Afghanistan and Iraq, and perhaps Iran if we don’t watch Mr. Bolton.

They don’t send people to the moon — only to their deaths in the Mideast.

Bill Rose, Southern Pines

(7) comments

Peyton Cook

It’s easy to criticize, absolutely no facts. It’s the Left that is so angry. TDS is rampant and there is no cure.

Jim Tomashoff

You're the one who provided no facts Peyton. You asserted that Obama "....practically shut down NASA...", but provided no budgetary evidence to support your assertion. Then you criticize Dan and Me for questioning your claim, and merely argue TDS, the lazy, nonsense response of all Trumpians when you can't muster any facts to back your claims. Come on, where's your evidence? We call your bluff.

Ed Pieczynski

Jim: Obama did not shut NASA down but he did dramatically change its' direction;

"NASA is not shutting down. They have changed their main focus from space shuttle flights that carry astronauts to low earth orbit (LEO) in order to concentrate on exploring the solar system. Regular access to LEO will depend on other means, until commercial space vehicles develop further."

Jim Tomashoff

Ed, that's fine, but it is not what Peyton accused Obama of doing. I was responding to yet another of Peyton's wildly inaccurate criticisms of Obama. Why not direct your comment to him? He's the one who chose to lie, or at a minimum, distort the facts.

Peyton Cook

Obama practically shut down NASA and any space exploration. Russian rockets are used to go to the space station.

Dan Roman

The space shuttle program expired as planned and although Congress passed a one year extension it was not utilized. Had nothing to do with Obama.

Jim Tomashoff

Dan, con't confuse Peyton with facts, he has absolutely not interest in them. An old angry white man is our Peyton, who will never forgive Obama for BPWB.

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