The Joplin Globe, Joplin, MO

Opinion

July 25, 2012

Our View: Sally Ride an inspiration for us all

“Space used to be a man’s world. Then came Sally Ride, who blazed a cosmic trial into orbit for U.S. women. With a pitch-perfect name out of a pop song refrain, she joined the select club of American space heroes the public knew by heart: Shepard, Glenn, Armstrong and Aldrin.”

It was an almost poetic beginning by The Associated Press about the end of the life of Sally Ride, 61, who died Monday of pancreatic cancer.

We remember her as the first American woman in orbit, flying into space on the space shuttle Challenger on June 18, 1983.

But we should also thank her for her work motivating our children to learn more about science. She wrote five science books for children, and headed her own company helping push youths toward careers in science, technology, engineering and math.

Ride is often heralded as a role model for women.

We see her as a pioneer who could provide a lesson for all of us: Dare to break the barriers.

As we remember Ride today, perhaps it’s appropriate to mention the name of Amelia Earhart. Born 115 years ago Tuesday, she and her navigator, Fred Noonan, were lost on their July 1937 flight from New Guinea to Howland Island in the central Pacific Ocean.

Earhart was trying to become the first woman to fly around the planet.

Perhaps somewhere out there today in the galaxy, these two bright stars will find each other.

We believe their lights will continue to guide adventurers for many generations to come.

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    “Shall the Missouri Constitution be amended so that the people shall be secure in their electronic communications and data from unreasonable searches and seizures as they are now likewise secure in their persons, homes, papers and effects?”

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  • Your View: ‘Right to Farm’ is wrong

    On Aug. 5, voters will be asked to make a decision about Amendment 1.

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  • Your View: No on Amendment 7

    The Missouri Department of Transportation is wanting more money through a three-quarter-cent addition to the sales tax. Consider one example of how it spends your money.

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  • Your View: Bad way to get revenue

    I received two fliers through the mail today asking me to vote “yes” on Amendment 7, which would add a three-quarter-cent tax to Missouri’s sales tax to help maintain roads and bridges.

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  • Rebecca French Smith, guest columnist: Amendment 1: Farmers are 'boots on the ground'

    Take a moment and ask yourself who was the last person in your family to farm.

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  • Your View; Makes no sense

    Chess was never my game. It’s too complicated.

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  • Your View: Time value of money

     I was shaking my head along with Anson Burlingame (“Much has changed in U.S. over 14 years,” Globe, July 22), then he offered his readers a chance: “Go ahead — take your pick.”

    July 28, 2014

  • Your View: Boiling a frog

    We voters are now being urged to vote on Aug. 5 for Amendment 7 “to fix our roads, highways and bridges.”

    July 28, 2014

  • Our view: 'Yes' on 7

    Opponents of Amendment 7 say this: “Missouri families are already hard pressed to pay their bills during this period of slow economic recovery.”

    July 26, 2014

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