Since I was a kid, I’ve enjoyed the benefits from the innovations and inventions made available and possible by the space program, NASA. I also love to watch the film from Mars, the Moon and the pictures from space probes and the Hubble telescope.

It’s a great program and necessary, I guess, but I think it’s time to suspend most of it for a while.

The whole program has been plagued by overspending, $5 billion in the last five years alone. It’s in a mess anyway and needs reorganization.

The entire budget is only about one-half of 1 percent of the total federal budget, but it’s a huge amount of money, and we desperately need to use that money for other things right now.

People are having trouble feeding their families and are going without medicines and heat. Our infrastructure is a mess; I avoid certain trips and businesses because I don’t want to beat the heck out of my car.

Let’s use that money and feed some people, and help get people some necessities at least and maybe more. It’s a matter of life and death for some folks.

One guy working in space recently let his toolbox get away from him, and it floated away, $100,000 right there. Are they overpaying for some things, such as $1.5 billion for space taxies? Please. Not while so many elderly and kids are suffering.

Someone will freeze to death this winter, it happens a lot these days. Let’s explore later; right now, we need the money down here.

 

Don Seavey

Farmingdale