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What would you like to see the United States do about ISIS?

Air strikes are a start, but let’s put boots on the ground.
Look for less confrontational ways to address the situation, like economic sanctions and a multilateral peacekeeping effort.
They’re a pissed off byproduct of the 2003 Iraq invasion. Maybe it’s time to stop creating more terrorists.
Let’s begin by helping the refugees that fled from their violence.

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The following article was posted on April 30th, 2014, in the New Times - Volume 28, Issue 40 [ Submit a Story ]
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Earth and perspective

By Robert Pavlik - San Luis Obispo

Many thanks for Glen Starkey’s article about our tiny blue marble and Earth Day 2014 (“Our tiny blue marble … ,” April 24).

More than 45 years ago, in December 1968, three men went to work in a small steel capsule. They were catapulted beyond our earthly bonds and sailed through the quiet eternal night.

The trio circled a barren, pockmarked boulder. Emerging on the sunny side, there was their smooth, blue home shining in a flat black sky.

While they recorded the image, they read from the Book of Genesis, delivered a Christmas greeting, and fell silent. For a moment, the world joined them, and we all shared the awe of our collective humanity and our own precious, too brief place in space.