Space exploration ignored
Renowned physicist Stephen Hawking has confirmed what I have been saying to friends, family and students for years: We must look to the universe for ways to preserve our heritage and the human race. Hawking estimates that we have approximately 1,000 years to migrate to another planet in our solar system before the Earth is no longer habitable.
It is truly sad that since John F. Kennedy, no president, or presidential candidate for that matter, has placed a high priority on space exploration. Not once did panelists put forth questions to candidates in this campaign's debates or past debates about space exploration and specifically if they had a plan to save our civilization when our Earth spins out of existence.
We are so intent on protecting that which we have built and those who will carry on our heritage, yet we seem to be so very shortsighted by not placing more emphasis on space exploration, the only gateway to the survival of life as it now exists on Earth. If we continue to ignore the inevitable destruction of the Earth, those we love and all we have built will perish, and there will be no trace that we ever existed.
The writer, a Republican, is a former Allegheny County Council member.