I live in an upper middle-class suburb in Southern California. I, myself, am under the federal poverty level, but I manage to live paycheck-to-paycheck with some left over for savings/retirement. Lots of my neighbors don’t. I didn’t notice it really take off until 2008, but my community has at least quadrupled its homeless population. More women. More children. More young men, in their 20’s.
I love space and space exploration. As a 7-year-old I remember that July day in 1969, living in Fresno, California watching the moon landing on a 17″ black and white T.V. with rabbit ears…grainy images. I walked outside and looked up at the moon…hoping to catch a glimpse of Apollo 11. My imagination fired and my pride swelling…I was proud to live in a country that could accomplish this.
Space exploration will forever be seen as a national source of pride, a barometer of our success…
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