On President Trump’s visit to inspect the border wall prototypes in California a couple days ago, he also stopped at the Air Station at Miramar. While there, the news reported that he said we could, sooner than later, expect a manned space flight to Mars. And he also more than hinted at the development of a “Space Force.” Some thoughts: On a campaign tour in Texas several years ago, I told a Gainseville Daily Register newspaper reporter that as president I would be totally opposed to militarization of space, period. Conquering space? It’s not ours to conquer. What’s more, while we’re spending billions of dollars to go to Mars where there’s no air to breathe, no food, no measurable water… millions of people on this planet are regularly starving to death, have no access to cleaning drinking water, and are in the cross hairs of rapidly advancing climate change. Wouldn’t the money, and scientific brain power, be put to much better use, again, on this planet? Common sense says: yes. Note: Yesterday students across the country walked out of school for 17 minutes to commemorate their fellow students who had been killed in Parkland, Florida, several weeks back. While politicians waffle about gun control, and more youth continue to be in the cross hairs of real guns, our position on guns is unwavering — and, we believe: the real answer.