Go to Mars
John Crisp’s message (“President Obama wants to send humans to Mars? Oh, let’s not,” Tuesday) is that we should not venture to Mars because of the potential to distract us from problems at home.
This denigrates the human ability to move in several directions simultaneously, and it reminds me of the old saying, “He can’t walk and chew gum at the same time.”
The same argument resonated during the 1960s as we strove toward the moon, and look how successful that program was, flush with technical achievements that benefit all of us.
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That certainly proved the old adage of not putting all your eggs in one basket because of diminishing returns.
Adventure is in our nature. Let’s go to Mars!
Jim Hahn, Fort Worth
I read in dismay (yet again) the opinion that mankind doesn’t really need to travel beyond our earthly bounds.
One of these days, admittedly millions of years from now, our tiny, insignificant speck of a home will be enveloped by our expanding, dying star, as all stars tend to die.
When the folks who are still here at that time ask why their forefathers didn’t think ahead and find another place to live, are you willing to leave a convincing video message to your progeny as to your reasons why?
The NASA budget is less than 1 percent of the federal budget, a small price to pay to save ourselves.
Warren Austin, Arlington
FW water fees
The Fort Worth City Council will hold a public hearing Tuesday to adjust the water and wastewater impact fees for new development.
Impact fees allow cities to recoup costs associated with infrastructure needed to serve future development. This alleviates the burden of new facilities on existing customers/ratepayers in the form of lower increases in water and wastewater rates. Thus growth pays for growth.
Although the city is allowed to charge $7,004 to connect new homes to water and wastewater systems, it only charges $921.Current ratepayers are stuck paying the $6,083 difference.
I consider this a subsidy that is highly detrimental to much-needed infrastructure repairs and replacement. Current ratepayers are subsidizing future growth and subsequent debt, causing our water and wastewater rates to increase each year.
George D. Felan, member, Capital Improvements Advisory Committee,
Once again, sunset comes quickly at the end of the day. The gain of daylight in the morning has little value compared to the loss of daylight after work for errands and for the grandkids’ after-school activities. I would vote for year-round daylight saving time. I’m anxiously awaiting its return in the spring.
Michael L. Mulhern,
As a longtime Arlington resident and longtime Rangers fan, I am so disappointed that we decided to eliminate our beautiful stadium for one that looks like Jerry’s world. Baseball was meant to be played in the elements.
Walt DaPrile, Arlington