Letters to the Editor

An open letter to T. Cummins,

I only read your opinion column whenever the subject matter involves your hate for our (conservative) President, Donald Trump. Your criticism is always aimed at him and everyone on the Republican side, when I believe most of the hate you like to talk about is from people like you. The left has done nothing since the election but try to find any way to get him out of office. I believe our President loves America and is a true Patriot, unlike the four congresswomen he refers to. You want to hang on every word President Trump says or tweets, but never analyze the words from these four women or any other Democrat for that matter. One is so anti-Jewish and another one is so stupid it’s ridiculous. And where were your comments about Amy McGrath, who is running against Mitch McConnell for the senate? When asked how she would have voted in the selection of Brent Kavanaugh for the Supreme Court, she said affirmative only to change her answer when reminded as a Democrat she should be against him. Can you spell h y p o c r I t e ?

I’m beginning to think you have a problem with women. When Sarah Palin was running for office with John McCain, you made some very sexist remarks about her. Now you attack the First Lady, who has not made any political comments.

The party you support wants to make our county socialist. We all know how well that worked in Venezuela and Cuba.

How much information do you need to be convinced that Obama, the DOJ and FBI (Comey) conspired to defeat Donald Trump or get the election overturned? Or when the DNC was exposed for rigging the Democratic primary for Hillary? You threw out all of your core beliefs to ignore that happening only because of your HATE. I would think that you as a former educator, who obviously is way more educated than us average Americans, could understand what’s put in front of you.

You ask, “Is the spirit of America on hold?” I’d say YOU and your liberal friends have misplaced your spirit of America. The folks I am acquainted with Love America and our spirit is alive.

— Pete Gibson


Hoosiers mapped lunar landing sites

In view of the fact that [last] week is the 50th anniversary of man’s first setting foot on the moon, I thought you might be interested in printing a story of local interest.

Let me introduce myself. My name is John Kettler. I was born and raised in New Albany and have resided in Greenville for the last 51 years. In 1968, I was employed as a photo analyst, with the Defense Mapping Agency, formally The Army Map Service. The primary mission of our office was to produce maps for possible military actions around the world.

We had completed an extensive assignment involving Vietnam and all of its ramifications. DMA, known as the world’s premier mapping facility, and the Louisville Field Office, a standout among five field offices across the country, were asked by NASA if we could map a series of possible landing sites on the surface of the moon for the Apollo Program.

We were thrilled to accept the challenge, though it would prove to be a unique assignment. Maps are based on drainage patterns with special emphasis on man-made features, neither of which would be available, as neither existed on the moon. In time, we located and mapped 13 sites that looked favorable to be reasonably safe on which to land. We know the surface was dust covered, but as to how thick, was anybody’s guess. We were told it could be an inch deep or 30 feet, so every determination we made was strictly a calculation. Of the13 sites mapped, four were eventually used and no one was lost.

At the onset of the mission, our office was located in the 1400 block of West Broadway. The old building sat vacant for almost 50 years, and only recently has been mentioned in the paper with plans to renovate in the near future. Oh, at the time, the draft board was located on the first floor of our building, and Cassius Clay, yes Muhammad Ali, came in from time to time fighting his draft notice. About the time of the lunar landing, we moved to our new office in the brand new Federal Building at Sixth and Chestnut.

Yes, the Apollo Program began and made possible partly due to the efforts and expertise of local talent, just across the river in Louisville, Ky., and about a fourth of those people were local Hoosiers.

— John Kettler