Wednesday, October 08, 2008

A Message From The Adler Planetarium

To clarify, the Adler Planetarium requested federal support – which was not funded – to replace the projector in its historic Sky Theater, the first planetarium theater in the Western Hemisphere. The Adler’s Zeiss Mark VI projector – not an overhead projector – is the instrument that re-creates the night sky in a dome theater, the quintessential planetarium experience. The Adler’s projector is nearly 40 years old and is no longer supported with parts or service by the manufacturer. It is only the second planetarium projector in the Adler’s 78 years of operation.

Science literacy is an urgent issue in the United States. To remain competitive and ensure national security, it is vital that we educate and inspire the next generation of explorers to pursue careers in science, technology, engineering and math.

And, perhaps more importantly given what was said last night

[T]he Adler has never received an earmark as a result of Senator Obama's efforts.
This is clearly evidenced by recent transparency laws implemented by the Congress, which have resulted in the names of all requesting Members being listed next to every earmark in the reports that accompany appropriations bills.

Read the entire statement here.

As a mother, I want my child to grow up in a country whose leader values science and education, not one who sneers at it or thinks that dinosaurs roamed the earth (along with humans) six thousand years ago. I want my son to learn to think for himself, to have his own beliefs, and to be able to defend those beliefs with facts and information, not to whine that his opinion is valid simply because it is his opinion. I want my son to read books, not burn them.

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