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CHENEY FREE PRESS' Thursday, July 23, 2015 Thi " Editor's note: The following edi- torial from the Detroit Free Press does not necessarily reflect the views and opinions of the Cheney Free Press editorial board. Until last week, Pluto had been a distant dot in the sky; far out on the edge of the uni- verse and so small and remote that it had lost its full status as a planet. But now, as the first images from the New Horizons trans-lunar mission stream back to Earth, we are getting up close and personal with Pluto and are quickly learning answers to questions that are centuries old. For example, we now know that Pluto is the largest dwarf planet of the Kuiper Belt, the murky region of the solar sys- tem beyond the planets, and that it has a northern ice cap of methane and nitrogen. The ni- trogen is escaping into space for reasons that are not yet clear. Big deal, skeptics might say. For that we spent nine years and $700 million to travel three bil- lion miles? But it's not about the time, money or effort, even though America's investment in space has delivered an undisputed financial return. Most of the technological- advancements of the last 50 years, including the Internet revolution, have their roots in the space program. And the New Horizons mis- sion will continue that pay-off. Trans-lunar travel outside the influence of the gravity of the Earth and moon will open up research into galactic cosmic ra- diation, which NASA describes as the biggest impediment to human exploration of deep space. The knowledge gained could lead to medical break- throughs and other discoveries applicable on Earth. And the way in which New Horizons reached Pluto will help open the door to even more distant probes. The craft used the gravity of other planets to propel itself through the solar system. This is exciting stuff; and not just for space geeks. The images and data streaming back from Pluto will provide science teach- ers with a rich trove of resources with which to excite their stu- dents about STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) education. Those are the practical rea- sons for exploring space - but not the real ones. We pushed to Pluto, and someday soon will push beyond because the human soul has an un- quenchable thirst for knowledge, and space holds the answers. NASA explains it this way on its website: "Humans are driven Curiosity and exploration are vital to the human spirit." Ever since man, in the words of the poet, slipped the surly bonds of Earth he has been propelled relentlessly by the desire to plunge further into the unknown. The need to explore and expand boundaries is part of our national culture. It causes .us to raise our heads above our pres- ent challenges and struggles and search the distant horizon for new adventure. Space exploration has reached past immediate gratifica- tion; today's lift-ors may take a decade or more to report back with significant data. We launch those rockets into the future to fulfill the responsibility each gen- eration has to raise the foundation of knowledge another level. Americans can be proud that our nation has led humanity to explore the unknown, discov- into the depths of the universe, er new worlds, push the bound- and as the images from Pluto aries of our scientific and techni- confirm, continues to do so. cal limits, and then push further. Distributed by Write to the Point Airway hts By AL STOVER S taff Reporter Last week was a roller coast- er week for the city of Airway Heights, which has been under the microscope due to the ac- tions of Mayor Patrick Rush- ing. I won't go into full detail because you can read on the front page of this week'sAI Cheney Free Press to learn what happened. I could attack this issue from many angles. I could go on about First Amendment rights, which was something that was repeatedly brought up at Monday night's City Council meeting. The First Amendment does give us the right to free speech but it doesn't prevent others from disagreeing with us, nor does it protect us from the fallout of expressing our opinions and beliefs. I could talk about how employ- ees who represent a city, sports franchise or business should be held to a higher standard and be cautious of putting their personal opinions out there in the public eye for everyone to dissect. • However, I thought I would look at Airway Heights as a whole as its people and com- munity are the ones who are most affected by this mess. I always tell staff, elected offi- cials and anyone who will listen that I lived in Airway Heights when I was younger. On my way to Airway Heights, I drive past the Lawson Trailer Park where I used to live. The open fields, where I used to ride my bike, are filled with businesses, as well as the wastewater recla- marion plant. I remember when businesses like Yoke's Pac'n and Save Foods - now Yoke's Fresh FREE PRESS Vol. 119-No. 14 Press Production Manager Editor Randy Warwick John McCallum Mailroom Supervisor Reporters Bryce Ryen Paul Delaney AI Stover Pressman Mark Cordes Graphics Brittani Montecucco Sales John Myers Steve Barge DeeAnn Gibb Bookkeeper/Office M na er Debi Labish Front Office Dawn Chernak Publisher Rachel Stuart Harlan Shellabarger The Editorial Board is composed of Paul Delaney, A1 Stover, Britt'ani Montecucco, • John McCallum and Harlan Shellabarger The Cheney Free Press isT h e F r e e P r e s s r e- published every Thursday quests that contributors by the Free Press Publish- observe the following dead- ing Company, William Ifft, lines, which will be strictly president. Periodical post- enforced: age paid at Cheney, Wash. 99004. Published at 1616 W. OBITUARIES, MEETINGS OF GOVERNMENT First Street, Cheney, Wash. AGENCIES - Tuesday, 10 a.m. 99004. CHURCH, CLUB MEETINGS, ALL SOCIAL NEWS -- Monday, noon POSTMASTER: Send D~SPLAY ADVERTISING -- Monday, 4 p,m. address changes to: Cheney LEGAL NOTICES-- Monday, 5 p.m. Free Press, P.O. Box 218, CLASSIFIED ADVERTISING --Tuesday. 11 Cheney, Wash. 99004-0218. am ID PUBLICATION # 102240 Rates: Addresses in Spokane County, $24 per year; $36 per year outside Spokane County; senior citizens in Spokane County, $22 per year. For other rates, call 235- 6184. Subscription cancellations are non-refundable! HOW TO CONTACT US Phone: 235-6184 Fax: 235-2887 email: cfp @ nt rt their healing process "The people of Airway Heights have a right to be angry, but holding in all of that hate and anger doesn't erase the dam- age that's been done and it •won't make the healing process any easier." AlStover Market- and McDonalds came way over the years. Housing into town, developments are sprouting Listening to a couple of resi- up on the north side of the city, dents last night, I too remember Sunset Elementary and Sunset when you didn't want to tell Park have undergone some people you lived in Airway improvements in the last year. Heights. Then there's Northern Quest The city has come a long Casino. In many instances there is one person or a small group of people that will do or say something that is not reflec- tive of their country, race or religion. With this incident making national news, people are asking if the opinions and beliefs of Airway Heights" resi- dents reflect that of the mayor's -- even though the City Council members and staff have gone on record numerous times saying they don't. And Rushing has re- peatedly apologized and said he will reach out to the NAACP to See Write to the Point page 5 i iiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiii!ii .............. 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