The State of the US Science and Space-Research Programs

How ironic that the Monitor printed both the editorial "Don't Derail Maglev Development" and the news clip "House Votes Funds for Space Station," July 31. The status of these two projects illustrates the massive misdirection of the United States scientific and technological effort.

The space station is the biggest boondoggle ever foisted onto the American public in history. Why do we need humans in space? We don't need them to launch satellites and monitor experiments; these tasks can be done with much less cost and hazard using machines.

Now is the time for our nation's leaders to rethink this "manifest destiny" notion as it applies to space. Do we really belong there? Not while there are good reasons, such as the maglev project. Pamela Logan, Los Angeles

Letters are welcome. Only a selection can be published, subject to condensation, and none acknowledged. Please address them to "Readers Write," One Norway St., Boston, MA 02115.

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