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A Challenge We Intend to Win

A Challenge We Intend to WinForty-three years ago, my family watched the Apollo 8 spacecraft head for the first manned mission beyond earth’s orbit. It was exhilarating. So it is a bittersweet week as the space shuttle orbits above us on that program’s last flight. For the first time in 50 years, the United States will no longer have the ability to launch humans into space.

On Saturday, I listened to Tavis Smiley and Dr. Cornel West interview astrophysicist Neil DeGrasse Tyson, who pointed out that without the space shuttle, our future manned launch capabilities will pass more into the hands of private investors. Tyson’s enthusiasm for manned space exploration brought back some of the thrill of those earlier days. But the costs are huge, and I wonder how we can afford it.

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Government Works: More Thoughts from DC

We are pleased to share another post of Michael Piraino’s reflections from his week in Washington, D.C.

The morning starts with a conversation with a volunteer who made the rounds of her congressional representatives’ offices all day yesterday. She is amazed at how open things are here. Once past security, you can just show up at an office and talk to someone. The right of the people to petition their government; it works.

By noon, I have had four separate conversations with four different groups of staff at the United States Department of Justice—at the offices for Victims of Crime, Violence Against Women, and Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention.

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Thoughts from Washington DC

Thoughts from Washington DCLast week, National CASA CEO Michael Piraino was in Washington, DC, taking part in a number of meetings with congressional leaders about the importance of social services and child advocacy. We are happy to present some insights that Michael shared from his trip.

Last night, when I turned on the TV in my hotel room, the first thing I saw was an ad in scary language urging me to petition our government. About what, I don’t recall. The language was too loud and strident to allow for thinking. A lot of the language flying around this town is enough to convince you we are in that proverbial hand basket to Hades.

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