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    JULY 19, 2019, KEIZERTIMES, PAGE A5
Opinion
We went to the moon
By LYNDON ZAITZ
Human beings once trod the
moon. The fi rst time man stepped
foot on the lunar surface was 50 years
tomorrow (July 20, 1969). Apollo
11, a marvel of mankind’s scientifi c
reach, was followed by six successful
moon landings. Man last walked on
the moon in 1972. Our gaze turned
elsewhere after that.
Once we proved to
ourselves that we could
send astronauts to the
moon and return them
safely to earth, NASA
started thinking of oth-
er missions that would
benefi t the people of
Earth. The moon mis-
sions led directly to the
development of the space shuttle.
There were 135 shuttle launches—
two ended in tragic failure.
The launching of satellites have
become ho-hum years ago. The pub-
lic lost its awe about shuttle launches.
Manned missions to the moon have
become something that happened
a long time ago and it doesn’t have
much to do with the lives of con-
temporary Americans. The 50th an-
niversary of the fi rst moon mission
has spawned a number of documen-
taries about the extraordinary efforts
lift man from his terrestial landscape
into the cosmos.
Have the hundreds of sci-fi mov-
ies in the past half century about gal-
axies far, far away made us immune
to the wonders of space exploration?
Perhaps. But it shouldn’t. When we
turn our gaze to the stars, shouldn’t
we tingle with the possibilities?
Man’s natural inclination to ex-
plore went from astronomically big
to infi ntiesimally small with explo-
ration into smaller and smaller tech-
nology for domestic use: small mov-
ie screens, small phones. We turned
inward.
In the late 1950s, as the world
entered the Sputnik era (the fi rst
man-made satellite sent into or-
bit around the earth), the ‘when I
grow up’ dreams of kids shifted from
fi reman to astronaut; the collective
imagination was stoked. Astronauts,
for a time, became our national he-
roes: Alan Shepard (fi rst American in
space) and John Glenn (fi rst Ameri-
can to orbit earth). They were heroes
for a good reason: they were coura-
geous, tooks risks and tempted death
to achieve their dreams.
Naysayers will op-
pose further space travel
spending because there
are plenty of problems
here at home. Limit-
ed budgets caused more
harm to space explora-
tion than anything else.
Mankind has gained
much more from our
space programs that we
could ever lose.
Here are some inventions we use
everyday that come directly from
our space travel research: camera
phones, CAT scans, LEDs, athlet-
ic shoes, wirelesss headsets, portable
computer and computer mouse. Of
course there are many more. Would
these inventions have come about
without space travel? Maybe, but
they all were answers to problems
that needed to be solved when trav-
eling into outer space.
To many people, the fi rst manned
mission to the moon is ancient histo-
ry. It is unfortunate that we have let
this amazing giant step for mankind
fade into the past. Neil Armstrong’s
fi rst step off the landing module into
the dust of the lunar surface should
not be reduced to a question in a
trivia game. Let us be thrilled by
man’s ability to burst out of his sur-
roundings, reach for the unknown.
Just as much as we like to cele-
brate anniversities of events, we like
to turn and face the future and move
forward without trepidation but
with passion and excitement. Who
knows how far we can go when we
foster the dreams of little astronauts
and scientists. Mars?
zaitz
writes
Will Demos fi ght Trump or each other?
By E.J. DIONNE JR.
The media love confl ict, and the
current fi ghts among Democrats —in
the House of Representatives and on
the presidential campaign trail—are
irresistible for us journalists. And so
many of Trump’s outrages are treated
not as the moral disgraces they are
but as campaign strategy. As in: Boy,
all that cruelty at the border and his
threat to ignore the law and add that
citizenship-status question to the
census plays great with his base, and
isn’t he a genius? Trump
has so debased the stan-
dards of our politics that
we stop noticing how
low we have sunk.
But the Democrats’
primary mission right
(Lyndon Zaitz is publisher of the now is precisely to force
Keizertimes.)
attention to what those
wielding authority—meaning, es-
pecially, Trump, but also his enablers
in the Republican-led Senate—are
doing to our country. They can’t just
blame the press for seeing that there
Those unwanted gawkers are at is a lot of, well, tension in the House
your home because they followed Democratic caucus. Reporters aren’t
your bright yellow sign at the corner making up the fact that progressives
of River and Chemawa, leading them and moderates often dump on each
to your home.
other. Progressives say moderates ar-
They’re simply bargain en’t being militant enough against
hunting, garage salers— Trump. Moderates say progressives
two weeks too late.
are not attentive enough to the mid-
This would’ve never dle-of-the-road voters and districts
happened if you would that gave them their House majority
have removed the sign in the fi rst place.
following
your
sale.
Whatever their disagreements,
Instead you were lazy, or Democrats are united on many
you forgot.
things. Perhaps a vile Trump tweet
So pretty please, with on Sunday will remind Democrats
sugar on top — after your sale, make why they should be battling him, not
it a priority to collect your signs and each other. Without naming them, he
properly dispose of them. Perhaps, attacked four fi rst-term Democratic
even recycle it in your blue bin.
congresswomen—Reps. Alexandria
If you follow through, you’re less Ocasio-Cortez, Ilhan Omar, Ayan-
likely to receive any unwanted guests. na Pressley and Rashida Tlaib—for
Plus, you’ll less likely be contributing standing up against his cruel border
to Keizer’s litter issue.
policies. Trump told the four progres-
No one says “I wanna be a junkie sives they should “go back and help
when I grow up.” And nobody likes a fi x the totally broken and crime in-
litterbug.
fested places from which they came.”
other
voices
Here’s your sign
By ANDREW J. JACKSON
9 a.m., Saturday.
You’re inside your living room
when a black pickup cruises past your
home slowly. The couple inside the
truck is eyeballing your
home, scoping out the
scene.
Good thing you’ve
installed a surveillance
cam on the front porch.
Are they porch pirates?
Too bad you don’t have
one of those exploding
glitter boxes that you saw
in that viral video.
They could be cat burglars casing
the joint. Do they want to give you
a landscaping or roofi ng quote? Are
they those dastardly security system
scammers?
Maybe you could put them on blast
on social media.
Maybe they’re religious recruiters
or long-lost cousins on a road trip
across the country? Maybe they used
to live here?
They speed off down the street, out
of sight. “That was weird. What’s up
with that?” you ask yourself.
the more
I know
(Andrew Jackson is the Keizertimes
production manager, graphic
designer and resident smart aleck.)
It was despicable thing to say, not to
mention typically ill-informed, since
all but Omar were born in the Unit-
ed States.
The four have been quarreling
with House Speaker Nancy Pelosi,
but she quickly rose to their defense,
assailing Trump’s “xenophobic com-
ments” and declaring that his signa-
ture slogan about American great-
ness “has always been about making
America white again.”
Here’s hoping Trump’s malice en-
courages Democrats to face
up to the stakes of the fi ght
they’re in. It’s already hard
enough to be in the oppo-
sition. In the presidential
campaign, the Democratic
candidates must necessarily
challenge each other over
the best way forward. There
are genuine policy and philosophical
differences among them, and because
the Republican Party has moved so
far to the right, the Democratic Party
is now home to everyone from for-
mer Republican moderates to dem-
ocratic socialists. So, yes, there’s a lot
to argue about.
It’s necessary for Democrats run-
ning for president to challenge each
other over the best way forward in
view of the genuine policy and phil-
osophical differences among them.
Because the Republican Party has
moved so far to the right, Democrats
are now home to everyone from for-
mer Republican moderates to dem-
ocratic socialists. So, yes, there’s a lot
to argue about.
Democratic presidential candi-
dates should join in an informal
union (they are pro-union, aren’t
they?) and agree to stop answering
“raise your hands” questions in de-
bates. Inevitably, they are forced later
to say that this or that issue is com-
plicated, that the question they were
asked was not exactly the right ques-
tion—and the more they explain
themselves, the more slippery they
look.
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When do we start seeing the ‘best people’?
“We have to get the best people,”
said Donald Trump when asked be-
fore he got to the Oval Offi ce how
he’d go about staffi ng his adminis-
tration. “We need to get the best
and the fi nest, and, if we don’t, we’ll
be in trouble for a long period of
time and maybe never come out of
it.”
Oh, what a prophet!
Yes, Trump, in the
presidency, has chosen
the staff to join him in
the White House. Un-
fortunately, they have
been and are mainly
a remarkably scandal-
ous, corrupt collection
of boondoggle cham-
pions, composing a dreadfully in-
competent staff and arguably the
worst-managed administration in
U.S. history.
Secretary of Labor Alex Acosta
resigned a week ago amid intense
scrutiny from his role as a U.S. at-
torney. Therein, a decade ago, he
made a deal with hedge fund fi -
nancier Jeffrey Epstein that allowed
Epstein to plead guilty to a lesser
offense in a horrifi c sex-crime/sex
traffi cking case.
Trump told reporters a week
ago that Acosta had decided to step
aside. He called Acosta a “great la-
bor secretary, not just a good one
and a tremendous talent.” “This
was him, not me,” Trump remarked
in regard to the resignation decision
as Acosta stood by his side. “I said
to Alex, you don’t have to do this.”
But we know why Acosta re-
signed. He had become an embar-
rassment to Trump. I doubt that
Trump had any idea whether he
was doing a good job or not be-
cause he proven no interest in such
matters. Of late, we’re aware that
Acosta had been under pressure by
White House Chief of Staff Mick
Mulvaney who viewed
him as not aggressive
enough in eliminating
the rights of working
people, ending work-
place safety regulations,
or supporting corporate
interests.
Not a betting man,
yet, what’s known about
Trump leads me to believe he cared
minimally whether Acosta gave the
that monster, Epstein, a sweetheart
deal. Nevertheless, Trump has prov-
en he will work hard to provide
special privileges to the wealthy
and break laws to do it. He himself
has bragged openly about abusing
women and has been accused of
rape. So, why would he care if one
of his current or former rich pals
molested young women.
Fact is, Trump is known for
bursting into the dressing rooms
of beauty contests to watch teen-
age girls dress and undress. He has
been recorded on such occasions
to comment that, “in a few years,
I’ll be dating her” and has lustfully
commented about his own daugh-
ter, Ivanka.
Regarding Jeff Epstein, he said,
gene h.
mcintyre
Keizertimes
Democratic
primary
voters
should add a new criterion to their
list of must-haves: Who among these
candidates is best suited to create the
diverse alliance that must come to-
gether to beat Trump? This is not an
argument for automatically picking
the most “moderate” candidate. The
nominee will certainly need middle-
of-the-roaders who recognize what
a disaster Trump’s presidency is. But
she or he must also mobilize young-
er progressives into the electorate.
Rarely has a party been more in need
of raw political talent.
House Democrats have suffi cient
power to get a few things done, but
not enough to enact their core agen-
da, because of the Senate and White
House blockades. It’s a recipe for
frustration, which breeds the kind of
public bloodletting we’ve been wit-
nessing.
House Democrats need to get
their act together. They could take
heart from seeing that Trump’s ad-
ministration is vulnerable. It was a
grim triumph, but it’s good that La-
bor Secretary Alexander Acosta had
to resign because of his inexcusable
prosecutorial handling of the Jeffrey
Epstein case. And Trump did have to
retreat on his politically motivated
census question.
Pelosi’s colleagues should then
ponder a variation on a query from
baseball lore: Can anyone here play
a long game? This requires assess-
ing how much clout you have now
(it’s limited) and what your job is
(improving the chances of defeat-
ing Trump and thereby earning the
ability to get much more done after
2020).
It will be unforgivable if the op-
ponents of a genuinely dangerous
and immoral regime indulge them-
selves with inward-looking feuds
when history’s demands upon them
could not be clearer.
“I’ve known Jeff for fi fteen years.
Terrifi c guy who’s a lot of fun to be
with. He likes beautiful women as I
do, on the younger side.”
In the White House, what’s im-
portant to Trump is always looking
good and staying in the limelight
without negative distractions. After
all, as with all the surviving White
House staff, their job is not to re-
fl ect badly on Trump and that’s how
Acosta failed him.
Acosta is just another turnover to
Trump who will soon replace him.
He apparently pays little attention
to vetting these people who too
often come from disgustingly blem-
ished backgrounds. This condition,
characterized by undesirability, is a
chronic outcome throughout the
Trump administration. Three-quar-
ters of the original top White House
position holders are gone for one
reason or another, argued the worst
record of that kind among the other
44 presidents. In the White House,
pandemonium prevails with the
only interest there being re-elec-
tion. Meanwhile, we Americans are
the big losers.
(Gene H. McIntyre shares his
opinion regularly in the Keizer-
times.)
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