Re "Space reminds us how small we humans are" (Op images 2013, Dec. 21) I couldn't agree more with Bruce Maiman. It's been sad to watch our country turn increasingly inward and become so self-centered. Interestingly, his column appeared on the same day that Bolivia, a former third-world country, launched its first satellite and only a few days after China put a rover on the moon. While other nations aim for the stars, America's leadership is stuck in the mud, slinging it. Our politicians engage in childish arguments on meaningless subjects and deliberately avoid building our children's future. Meanwhile, science in America is being destroyed by the armies of ignorance. It is likely that the first boot print on Mars will be Chinese and probably will be placed there on the same day that Congress outlaws teaching science in our schools and substitutes superstitious beliefs.
-- John Soltesz, Orangevale