Editor’s Note – Commenting On Space Policy, Not Character

An Op-Ed posted on AmericaSpace concerning personal views about the Obama administration’s proposed dramatic change in direction for America’s human space flight program came under attack recently. Nothing unusual about that. The debate over the future of our nation’s human space flight efforts as been as passionate as any I’ve ever witnessed. In such an emotionally charged environment, it is difficult sometimes to maintain one’s cool, regardless of the side you are on.

This seems as good a time as any to re-iterate the comment approval standards for AmericaSpace:

  • Any comment not submitted with a valid email address will be treated as spam.
  • Any comment making ad hominem or unsubstantiated character attacks on the author of a post or others will not be approved.
  • Any comment longer than the post will generally not be approved, though there are exceptions.
  • Any comment of a partisan nature will be denied–America’s space program is not a partisan, but a policy, issue.

As Truman said, “If you can’t take the heat, get out of the kitchen.” Well, all of us at AmericaSpace are here to stay, no matter how hot it gets, because we believe the American public deserves, and enjoys, a civil debate on an issue as important to our nation as the endeavor to explore space.

Jim Hillhouse

P.S. And yes, that means “Titusville Tom” and “Mel” will not be approved. Give us a real email address and your comments will be put up – Editor.

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