March for Science
Lovers of science braved the rain on Saturday, the 22nd to march in Washington DC. There were obvious political overtones, but generally, Science Lovers Hit Streets to Demand Respect and Funding. I was impressed by the signs: “I just came for the pi,” Without science, it’s just fiction,” and the best one, “No Science, No Beer.” Organizers are concerned about the Trump administration’s proposed cuts to health and science. If we want to lead the world, we must lead with scientific knowledge. Coincidentally the National Endowment for the Arts is again under attack. Not so much for what they have been doing as much as a desire to cut their funding in total. In March of 2017, a proposal to eliminate all federal funding for the program was put forward by the Trump administration. I can’t believe we can’t find $150M to fund this important endeavor. Let’s cut out a couple trips to Mar-a Lago. Science helps us to live, but the arts are what make us human.